Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

What do you love about the local scene?
The fans that support what we do!! Brass knuckles!!

What bugs you about the local scene?
Shady promoters and no big radio airplay. But it's all good. Just have to grind a li'l bit harder.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Who cares? You either like us or you don't. Oh, yeah, I'm not in a band. I'm a solo rapper.

Any random facts we should know?
I'm 24, single with no kids!

Avalanche or Broncos?
BRONCOS!!!!!!

Parting shot/final comments?
Thanks to all the fans and supporters: Base Jase, Blizz, Trigga, 3 Deep, Jason Swartz, 1190 AM, 90.5 FM, and everyone who has helped us on the way. Holla.

BOP SKIZZUM
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
8 P.M., LA RUMBA

And you are...?
Bop Skizzum: Andy Guerrero, guitar and vocals; Serafin Sanchez, sax and keys; Joe Ferrone, trumpet; Charley Hine, lead guitar; Jimmy Stofer, bass.

Website?
www.bop-skizzum.com

How long has your act been together?
I (Andy) started the group back in 1999. We went through various lineup changes over the years, but the core of the band has been playing together for about three years. Serafin joined in 2001, along with Christian, then Joe a year later, followed by Jimmy and Charley in early 2003.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
We finally released our first full-length album, Waiting For, which took us about a year to put out. So please go buy our record. We helped to premiere a local TV show called The Noise Floor, which focuses on the local music scene here in Denver and Colorado. That was screened at our CD-release show at the Gothic Theatre, along with Love.45 and our homeboys, the Fray. And the biggest feat is being nominated for best Funk/Soul band in this year's Westword Music Awards.

Recent recordings of note?
Waiting For.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Andy: I run my own postering and promotions business, working for NIPP and putting up posters for other local bands in town. Serafin: full-time student at CU and gives saxophone lessons at Wheat Ridge High, along with helping instruct the Pomona marching band. Charley: works for REI making backpacks. Joe: teaches trumpet to kids in DPS on the weekends and was just accepted into the Air Force Falcons' jazz band. Jimmy: barbacks at the Dark Horse Saloon in Boulder and is a full-time student at UCD. Josh: works for a textile delivery company.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
1,000 people or so in Fort Collins with G. Love and Special Sauce and Flogging Molly.

Favorite places to play?
The Gothic Theatre.

Why music?
Because we live and breathe it. We've lived and breathed it our whole lives and can't see living our lives without it. It's what keeps all of us going day in and day out, in one way or another.

If not music, what else?
Haven't given that enough thought. Music has always been the first choice. We're all hoping that it's going to work out.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
We kind of stumbled onto Bop Skizzum. I can't think of the other names. Oh, wait, I think I first named the band Felix, but it was already taken by some band in Austin. We decided on Bop Skizzum because we didn't want to be strapped into playing only one style of music. Although we are primarily a funk band, we wanted a name that people could remember and that allowed us to play rock, hip-hop, reggae, Latin -- whatever we wanted. So the Funky Funkinaters was overruled.

What do you love about the local scene?
I love the fact that almost everybody in this town knows at least two or three people who are in some kind of band. There are really only about three degrees of separation from each band in town. Somebody knows somebody, and I think that's awesome! Also, the fact that more and more people are being turned on to the awesome music scene we've got here.

What bugs you about the local scene?
The fact that some bands try to play rock star and don't support other bands in town. Very few people in bands actually take the time to go see other bands in town. There seems to be a tight-knit community in the indie-rock and punk-rock scene. But more funk bands need to see indie bands. More metal bands need to go check out the hip-hop band. And hip-hop bands need to check out rock bands, etc. Get out there and see how awesome other bands who don't play your style of music are. We try to get out and see a lot of different groups. Get out there and see your peers.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That our band name is Bob Skizzum, not Bop Skizzum. And that we are a ska band. Love ska, but we are not a ska band. Also not a jam band. We funk and we rock. It can be done.

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