Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Favorite places to play?
House parties and bumping clubs. No difference to me, as long as the kids are dancing.

Why music?
It crosses boundaries.

If not music, what else?
Assorted creative projects getting my drawing on, writing, stenciling and clothing alteration and design.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
DJ Left Ear. (I'm deaf in one ear, 89 percent!)

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
A fight broke out at the Skylark one night a few years back, and I got to choose the soundtrack for the brawl. One person actually noticed my selection of music, and I was thrilled!

Worst gig?
Never had one.

What do you love about the local scene?
Those locally who take the time to meet new people, go out of their comfort zone and build community.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Talk without action.

Any random facts we should know?
Besides being an Internet detective, I used to be a puppeteer.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Avalanche. Legal fist fights are where it's at.

Parting shot/final comments?
Denver fucking rocks it. Shout-out to 1190 and the Monkey Mania crew. Keep it realz.

DJ SHAKE
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST/HIP-HOP
7 P.M., OPAL

And you are...?
DJ Shake, Crunk Brothers.

Website?
www.SceenMag.com

How long has your act been together?
Crunk Brothers, three years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Third place, Boulder DMC; first place, Englewood Guitar Center -- third year in a row; third place, Guitar Center New Orleans regional.

Recent recordings of note?
Club Crunk, a mix of club muzik put together by myself and DJ Mier. And some of the background muzik you hear in pornos.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
Hustle, hustle, hustle. All I really do is spin and network with the right people. Soon I'll be doin' tats and selling canvases.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
About 2,000. That's not too big, but it was an import-car show, and there was tons of hot ladies, which was all that mattered.

Favorite places to play?
Thursday -- Splash 2; Friday -- the Castle; Saturday -- Bash; and, of course, any time I get a chance to bust some hard-core turntablism.

Why music?
Just another way to creatively express myself.

If not music, what else?
Pimpin' ho's, starting riots, producing XXX films and tattooing.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Crunk Brothers was it. Nothing else came up.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Having girls come up to me thinking I'm some national headliner -- and me going along with it.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
In New Orleans, at the House of Blues: Gettin' drunk after my performance and hittin' all the strip clubs (all before I was 21).

Worst gig?
Haven't had a real bad one yet.

What do you love about the local scene?
There's some really good people here puttin' CO on the map. And that makes it easier for others to come up in the future.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Not enough people know what's real. Spinnin' club muzik is great, but I wish people would know there's a lot more to deejaying than just blending songs and party rockin'. At least take an interest in the turntablist scene. See who's takin' titles and winning battles.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Some people know us for battling and others for doin' clubs. But that just makes us more diverse than most DJs.

Any random facts we should know?
I love Hilary Duff, Angel Val, Raylene -- pretty much any of the Vivid girls -- and I always watch The Simpsons.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Avys.

Parting shot/final comments?
SceenMag.com coming soon. Big up to Carlos at Sceen Productions, Westword, TechnixArt canvases, DJ Mier and the whole Crunk Brothers crew, Nufunkdefile Records, and some 151 & coke = viagra. Peace.

DJ TY TEK
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE/ELECTRONIC

DJ VAJRA
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST/HIP-HOP
7 P.M., THE CHURCH

And you are...?
Chris Karns, aka DJ Vajra.

Website?
None at the moment.

How long has your act been together?
I've been deejaying for about eight years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
First place at the DMC Boulder Regional.

Recent recordings of note?
I did some studio work for a new Procussions single titled "Wake-Up."

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
I work full-time at Bart's CD Cellar in Boulder.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
2,500 people, opening for Run-DMC in Wyoming.

Favorite places to play?
Fox Theatre in Boulder.

Why music?
Because what else is there?

If not music, what else?
I don't even want to think about the possibility of not doing music.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
DeeJay Shmeejay, Steamin Pee, Bob Chylan, Samuel L. Scratchin' and Saul Good, to name a few.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Can't think of one right now.

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