Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Watching Casual (Hiero) throw a drunken idiot out of the backstage area at 8150.

Worst gig?
8150 is always bad. They hang the turntables from the ceiling because the whole building shakes when people dance in there.

What do you love about the local scene?
I love that there are people trying to make it bigger and better.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Not enough quality talent.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
When I do routines, people get confused because they think they're supposed to dance to what I'm doing. They don't understand that I'm not a rave DJ. I like to make my own music using other people's records rather than just letting them play.

Any random facts we should know?
I am alive.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Broncos, of course. Hockey sucks.

DJ WYATT EARP
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE/ELECTRONIC
9 P.M., THE CHURCH

And you are...?
Wyatt Earp is my stage name. My real name is Wyatt Jenkins. To my friends, I'm just Wyatt. Any of those will get my attention in a mall. I also answer to Jessica, but that's a different interview altogether.

Website?
HotorNot.com. You may have to refresh a few times to get my page, but I'm there. Currently a 9.5, thank you for asking. Actually, www.wyattearpmusic.com.

How long has your act been together?
A few billion cells have decided (on a whim, I'm guessing) to be me for 28 years so far. I hear rumors we may break up, but that's probably just water-cooler talk. Of course, I'm like 90 percent water, so that murmuring may warrant further investigation.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
I recently built a house and purchased a granite slab for my kitchen countertops for $800. That's a screaming deal. And when it's installed, it will really look quite nice.

Recent recordings of note?
A 33-second A minor with a Casio Bossa Nova background last week. Two weeks ago, I tried to record C major over the same melody but failed. I forgot to rewind the cassette.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
I run ladies on Colfax. I office on the RTD's prestigious 15L Friday and Saturday nights after I finish spinning. You'll find me in the back, on my phone, making things happen.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
One time the Nuggets came into the Church after a game. A lot of them are well over 6'4".

Favorite places to play?
Hotel lobby, for the after-party, checkin' out at six in the mornin'...

Why music?
It was either spin music or tell your fortune outside the Purple Martini. Some guy beat me to the second thing.

If not music, what else?
Kite-fighting.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Wyatt, Your New Insect Overlord. Wyatt? Why Not!

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
I once played an entire set with no pants on because an unruly dance enthusiast dumped a beer on me before I went on. And, well, because I had just purchased this great lace-up suede thong from BodyAware. My ass looks great in that thing.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Ibid.

Worst gig?
This questionnaire.

What do you love about the local scene?
I actually hate the local scene. I hate all scenes. I really dislike the term "scene," actually.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Oh, I didn't know there was going to be a second part to this question.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That I am a band or an act. I'm just a guy trying to help drug-addled music aficionados wallow through another evening of mind-numbing sex and depravity at the cost of previous generations' struggles.

Any random facts we should know?
You should probably know your mother's maiden name. That seems to keep coming up again and again.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Actually, the most dangerous animal is a shark riding an elephant, just trampling and eating everything it sees.

Parting shot/final comments?
What were the last nineteen answers? Chopped liver?

THE DOJO
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP
6 P.M., OPAL

And you are...?
Dojo.

Website?
www.dojosound.com

How long has your act been together?
Four years and many moons...

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Releasing our second single in France on the La Fondation label. This one is a remix of "Bad Dreams" that DJ Destro (Dialektix/Procussions/Mad Scienz) did that follows the twelve-inch we did two years ago with them featuring the Analog Suspect. The single is off a compilation called Battle Weapons in Session, Volume One that has moved sick units in France and the U.K. And it just got licensed to a distribution company in Taiwan called High Note. (Big up to the deck ninja Destro; your cuts are worldwide.) We also got to rock the stage before KRS-One in Boulder last fall, thanks to the H.D.C. crew, which was humbling as well as eye-opening. The Dojo also has a new home purchased by the producers that will serve as the new home base for Dojosound and the Dojo studio. And it came with a brand-new barbecue grill and basketball hoop. You can't beat that with a bat.

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