Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

Personnel: Noe DeLeon, Joe Sego, Lex Windle and Gef Gust.

Native or transplant? All of us are from out of state but reside in Colorado.

Releases/discography: Gross National Product (2004), ARMA (2006).

Describe your music in a sentence: DigitalNewMetalEuphoriAmbiSonicCerebralFlux.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? We are in other markets already, and continue to build on our momentum.

What’s your idea of “making it”? Obtaining and maintaining the capacity to sustain life under the financial obligations of our world -- in other words, the business of creating “career longevity.”

What local artists are you most excited about? Actually, ALL of them. As of late, there seems to be more “national” attention focusing on artists in Denver, and, moreover, an opportunity for everyone to capitalize on this.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Wow, uh, too many to list. Off the cuff: Dark Side of the Moon, Forever Night-Never Day, Aenima...

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Gef: Personally, I thought Aiden and 30 Secs were great to work with, but I have been definitely moved by Clint Lowery’s new project, Dark New Day, and another up-and-comer, Flyleaf!

Myspace: godsend or the devil? It’s a FREE marketing tool. ´Nuff said.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who’s on it right now? Above mentioned.

MELISSA IVEY
NOMINATED IN SINGER-SONGWRITER
8 P.M., BANNOCK ST. GARAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/melissaivey

Personnel: Mike Whalen (guitar); James Han (keys); Sean Hodges (drums); Deseree' Davidson (assistant); The Ivey League (street team); John Bursell (graphic arts guru); Intrigue Entertainment (management/booking); Mike Farley at Michael J. Media (PR agency).

Native or transplant?I was born in Denver, but my boys and I are definitely gypsy gallivants.

Releases/discography:Melissa Ivey EP (2002); Live in Denver (2004); From The Inside Out (2005); Lovers and Stars EP (upcoming 2006 release).

Describe your music in a sentence:I play passionate rock and roll with a blues-driven pop edge.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?I have been touring out of Denver for two years now and am out to conquer new markets each time.

What's your idea of "making it"?My idea of making it is playing music every night while getting a great audience response consistently -- and not having to work a day job while doing that. I wish to make a good, honest living while spending time on my songwriting craft. I have been blessed to work with some great people this past year, and I feel it has made me a stronger writer and performer.

What local artists are you most excited about?BaSheBa Earth, because her energy and vibe is so genuine. Plus, the girl has mad skills, and nothing about her is egotistical or diva-ish. Tempa from Tempa and the Tantrums, because she is so embracing. Miss Jill Watkins, because she always puts on a good show. Denver has such a great pool of local talent right now, and there are just too many to list.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Pearl, by Janis Joplin; Blood on the Tracks, by Dylan, because it is just timeless music; and anything that Jenny Lewis (frontwoman for Rilo Kiley) has worked on.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Bitch & Animal (NYC), Drums & Tuba (NYC), Gogol Bordello, Felina (Portland), the Jealous Girl Friends (Detroit), Sista Otis (Detroit), Joe Rohan (Cincinnatti), Jenny Lewis, Coles Whalen, Misty Odell (L.A.), Vicci Martinez (Tacoma), just to name a few.

Myspace: godsend or devil?It's great when I am trying to meet new folks in other markets for when I hit the road, or discovering new music and networking with other independent artists. I also like the pure voyeuristic aspect. However, the devil when your old high school boyfriends can just come and find out all about you.

Do you have an iPod? if so, who's on it right now?I like borrowing iPods better than owning one, for now. That way I can listen to new music and songs that I haven't heard a million times already.

JOSH IVY
NOMINATED IN DJ: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
9 P.M., VINYL MAIN

Website: www.blackbridge.tv

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:Magnus Buchan (with Strawberry Fish, Om Records); Scumbucket (Dope Recordings).

Describe your music in a sentence:Booty junk funk.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Of course. If that's what I wanted to do, I would do it. That's how I operate.

What's your idea of "making it"?Being able to do what you love and being able to support yourself (whether that means barely scraping by or living comfortably).

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Grandpa Mojo, Mr. Anonymous and Bright Channel.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Beatles, "White Album."

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Lately, it's been All Good Funk Alliance, Inverse Cinematics and Mode Selektor.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Too much to deal with! I'd rather the world get back to good-looking websites. Being a design nerd, I don't like the myspace format -- it's very junky looking.

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