Westword Music Showcase 2004

Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.

Website?
Crunkbros.com should be up in August.

How long has your act been together?
Two and a half years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Placing second in the DMC, and winner of the Westminster Guitar Center battle.

Love .45
Love .45
DJ Vajra
DJ Vajra

Recent recordings of note?
Two mix CDs, I Need Money and Cysko Doesn't Mow the Lawn.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
LoDo Music Festival 2003 and opening for Hieroglyphics crew, fall 2003.

Favorite places to play?
Soiled Dove.

Why music?
It's all I know.

If not music, what else?
Art.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Sons of Wrath.

Worst gig?
December at the Soiled Dove, DMC champions tour with Klever Enferno -- this was the worst gig, because nobody showed up. And it was some of the illest turntable shit I've ever seen.

What do you love about the local scene?
Hip-hop is starting to be a commodity in the music scene.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Shows are too far between.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That most of us underground DJs only play Top 40.

Any random facts we should know?
Grand Wizzard Theodore created the scratch.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Broncos -- definitely keep it old-school.

Parting shot/final comments?
Support your local hip-hop, please! Shouts to: Crunk Brothers, Unappreciated Scholars, Life Crew, Basementalism, Yo, Flaco!, Dialektix, Platter Pirates and Procussions.

DJ IDIOM
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST/HIP-HOP
9 P.M., OPAL

And you are...?
Christopher James Cory, aka DJ Idiom.

Website?
www.djidiom.com is in the works. I've got ten of my top scientists and creative monkeys slaving away 24/7 for the upcoming site launch. (To Matt and Mark, my web designers: Disregard the previous sentence and take as much time as you need to make the website hilariously awesome.)

How long has your act been together?
I've been deejaying outside of my bedroom for just over a year, but I have yet to get my act together, by any means.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
My most recent feat was working my Monday shift at Twist & Shout Underground without buying a record before the end of my shift.

Recent recordings of note?
I made an awesome mix tape for Ginger, but none of you will ever hear it unless: Ginger lets you ride in her car; Ginger drives by you in her car bumping my CD with her windows down; or Ginger decides to burn my CD and slang it to you.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
How I manage to pay my insane amount of bills is a mystery. I mean, I've got the mortgage on my summer home in southern France. Then, of course, my winter-getaway residency in the Caribbean. Not to mention my penthouse in NYC. And you think I can fly on a commercial airline to any of my cribs? Hell, no! I need my private jet, of course. And with today's gas prices, jet fuel isn't exactly spare change like it used to be. Of course I need furs and sparkly jewels and thangs. Plus I love to wine and dine my special lady friend, and mama's got to have the nicest shoes and champagne money can buy. Luckily I've got jobs at Twist & Shout and Comedy Works to keep my extravagant lifestyle afloat.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
The biggest crowd I've ever played for where people probably weren't paying attention to me was the Elemental Flavaz concert at the Lending Pavilion, before KRS-One. The biggest crowd I've ever played for where people probably were paying attention to me was either the Blackalicious show at the Fox or the Sage Francis and Anticon show at the Boulder Theater. The most people who I've probably played for in one night happened last year at my old house on Clayton Street, during our Springaween celebration (Springaween = Halloween + Springtime).

Favorite places to play?
My favorite places to play are Ginger's basement; Round Midnight in Boulder, because it has the most amazing owners, bartenders and sound engineers ever; the hi-dive; the Fox; and the Boulder Theater.

Why music?
I guess music has always had a presence within my life. My mother is a piano teacher, and I've always played an instrument. So if I wasn't playing music, it was always going on in the background. I think music just seems to naturally make the most sense to me of all of the things that go on in my life. I was always really intensive with school and sports as a kid. But when I got home from all of that, I would listen to music to relax and unwind. So last year, when I graduated from college and heard the "what are you going to do now" and "are you going to get a real job" questions over and over, I figured I had two obvious options: Number one was to stay in school for six more years to get a Ph.D. in sociology, which is the obvious socially preferred pathway. Number two was to say f#*k it and become a starving artist for the time being. Well, here I am answering questions for Westword instead of writing essays about social inequality.

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