Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
CD sales, stealing wallets, working security, pimpin', rocking mikes and giving sound financial advice.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Summer Jam 2003 at Fiddler's Green.

Favorite places to play?
Anywhere that has good sound. We hate incompetent sound staff!

Why music?
The only thing I love more than music is God (the fathers in the crew really love their kids). Everything else is secondary.

If not music, what else?
If it weren't hip-hop, it would be jazz. If not jazz, then blues. If not blues, then soul. If not soul, then reggae. If not reggae, then punk rock. Music will always factor into the equation.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
The Ground Zero Movement was always it. There were no other suggestions.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
We did a show with Shock G (Humpty) in Fort Collins at the Starlight Theater. Some kid in the crowd stole his nose, so he had to just be Shock G for the rest of the night.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
After one of the shows in Mexico, a guy came up to me (Dow) and straight-up offered me his sister. His friend grabbed my hand and tried to make me feel on her goods, and the girl grabbed my head and kissed me. I felt like a true superstar -- that never happens here. DJ CY didn't sleep for the entire four days we were in Mexico. But if it wasn't for the people he made friends with in his sleepless nights, we would have never made it back home. Thanks, Aldo!

Worst gig?
We don't look at any shows as completely bad. Sure, there are some that had a lot of room for improvement. But if we can turn even one new person on to the Ground Zero Movement, it makes every show worth it.

What do you love about the local scene?
The people. Thanks for your support!!

What bugs you about the local scene?
The complaint we have about the scene here is the same one we have always had: People do not take hip-hop seriously here. The sooner people (promoters, listeners, performers etc.) respect hip-hop -- both as an art form and as a viable business prospect -- the sooner Colorado will share in the billions of dollars that hip-hop generates each year.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we are thugs who don't know how to act. That we are so uncontrollably rowdy we can't do a show without someone getting hurt. We are very professional and take our performances very seriously. We like to have a good time with our music, just like any other band does.

Any random facts we should know?
Dow Jones makes beats at 5 a.m. before work. D.O. loves anyone who buys him Black and Mild cigars. DJ CY has a black belt in tai chi. Sid Fly is the chairman of the Gullification Council (if you don't know, ask at a show). DJ Arkitech helped mix the sound for The Little Mermaid. And A.S.E. One makes the best cornbread in Park Hill!

Avalanche or Broncos?
The team I can get tickets to see is the team I like, especially if the tickets are free.

Parting shot/final comments?
You know Chauncey Billups got the MVP, right?!

HEMI CUDA
NOMINATED IN PUNK
7 P.M., SERENGETI

And you are...?
Anika Zappe, lead vox and guitar; Karen Exley, bass and vox; Mark Allen, drums, monster from another mother.

Website?
www.hemicudarocks.com (home site); www.popsweatshop.com (US label site); www.thunderbaby.de (German label site); www.myspace.com/hemicuda (fun profile)

How long has your act been together?
Since '97.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Ha! Overcoming every hurdle possible to get our summer tour together; our Red Rocks gig (July 20); and many miles on the treadmill.

Recent recordings of note?
We just did three songs in this bad-ass studio with a producer -- sounds awesome. Hope to release it as an EP this summer.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
We don't. We live in a lean-to by the Platte, but you can see us slinging booze at your favorite bars around town.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Mmm. Probably sold out at the Ogden -- 1,000+?? (speaking for the girls, not our drummer: He's played for many, many more).

Favorite places to play?
The ones that pay us well, with big stages and good, good-looking crowds -- so many!

Why music?
Dumb question.

If not music, what else?
World traveling or helping the mentally handicapped.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Wait a sec, these are the same questions every year. Well, to change things up, we did consider naming our album "...it's what's for dinner."

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
The time Anika forgot to bring her amp!

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