By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
By Jena Ardell
By Mary Willson
By Bree Davies
NOMINATED IN METAL/HARD ROCK
Personnel:Who knows anymore?
Native or transplant?Both.
Releases/discography:hang the moon; the low road; pillar of salt; high and mighty.
Describe your music in a sentence:"Commerce City soul music."
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Yeah, if you lend us gas money.
What's your idea of "making it"?Making what?
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Weapons of Ass Destruction. Makeshift Vagina. Munimula. (loif)
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Cro-Mags, Age of Quarrel.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Jerry VanDyke.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?Those dudes are on there? I wanna be their friend!
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?We rock a shoulder-full of boombox, bitch! Recognize...(?)
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC
7 P.M., VINYL ROOFTOP
NOMINATED IN DJ: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
7 P.M., VINYL MAIN
Native or transplant?Native.
Describe your music in a sentence:Basshead paradise, anti-everything.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Yes. It's all about attitude.
What's your idea of "making it"?Doing what you enjoy and getting paid for it.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Laylights, Swayback, Photo Atlas.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Anything on the Mo'Wax record label.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?Mindwaste.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?VYBZ Cartel; Sound of Miami: Funk Compilation; Brazilica: Compilation; Baile Funk Compilation; Sounds of Young New York - '80s New Wave compilation; Massive Attack, Blue Lines; Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings; the BellRays; Mad Decent Mix, Diplo (Podcast); Cameo, Best Of compilation.
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
7 P.M., LA RUMBA
Personnel:Bop Skizzum is Andy Guerrero (lead vocals, guitar); Serafin Sanchez (tenor saxophone, keyboards); Joe Ferrone (trumpet); Jeff Valentine (trombone); Tohbias Juniel (drums); Chris Harris (bass). The Bop Skizzum extended family is made up of Simone Bracket and Monica Conway (aka The Simonica) and Mike Friesen (producer, backup vocals).
Native or transplant?Halfsies.
Releases/discography:Reverberating Funk (2001); Waiting For (2004); Propeller (2005).
Describe your music in a sentence:Did you ever see the Funktion in 1996? Like that, but with Serafin.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Definitely can. Just waiting for a van and that Westword spread. Call me, Dave!
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Serafin Sanchez and Jeremy Jones Quintet, 8-trac, Hip-Triplet, Everyone's Pleasure, the U.S. Air Force Falconaires, the Flobots, Psychodelic Zombiez (reunion), Yo, Flaco!, Pure Soul, Tony Black Project, Chilly Willy, After 8, Funktion (circa '96), and we really love the Fray.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?All the Psychodelic Zombiez albums, Thriller, and Tower of Power's Back to Oakland.
Myspace: godsend or devil?It's a godsend, slowly eliminating all human-to-human contact. It's a great way to meet and communicate with people outside of Denver. We've got some fans in the U.K.! www.myspace.com/bopskizzum Thanks for the ad!
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Yeah, we got iPods; we've been spinning audio books like crazy. Also: Gnarls Barkley, Chili Peppers, Danger Doom, Charlie Hunter, Kneebody, the Coup and Muse.
BORN IN THE FLOOD
NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK/POP
7 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE
Native or transplant? Transplants.
Releases/discography: The Fear That We May Not Be (Self-released, 2005).
Describe your music in a sentence:The pounding of heads on walls and smashing of vessels once filled. Rejoice.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? If the van keeps running.
What's your idea of "making it"?We've taken a vow of poverty, so in essence, we've already made it.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Joe Samson, aka A Dog Paloma, Strangers Die Everyday, the Milkshakes, and a yet-unnamed project involving Jeff Lindsemeyer.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen; Minus Story, The King Is Dead, Let the Drum Corpse Dance.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?It comes in waves: I love it, then feel very dirty, end up hating it, yet fall back in love. Overall voyeurism is overrated but somewhat necessary.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?We fear change. Mix tapes all the way.
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- GROUP
BUCKNER FUNKEN JAZZ
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY