By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? P-Nuckle, Filthy Children and Melissa Ivey: They all have what it takes to be successful in the conventional sense. They are talented, fresh and innovative with unique perspectives. They all have something worthwhile to contribute to music, art and the world in general.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Dub Side of the Moon, by Easy Star All-Stars; The Specials, by the Specials;White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean, by NOFX; 40 oz. to Freedom, by Sublime.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Chrix and Aaron Poland from Warsaw Poland Brothers have had some of the most influence on us: They tour constantly, performing 300 shows a year; they practically live in their van; and they always seek new levels of skill and talent in their music. They are living their dreams and stand as an example of how musicians can control their own destiny.
Myspace: Godsend or the devil? Myspace is wonderful. It is truly helping bands in their quest to network with their audience and other musicians, to book gigs in towns they've never played, and to get their music to the people.
UNDER THE DRONE
NOMINATED IN METAL/HARD ROCK
5 P.M., TWO A.M.
Personnel:Mike (drums); Dave (bass); Justin (lead guitar); Ben (vox and guitar).
Native or transplant?All native.
Releases/discography:Under the Drone EP (2004), Keep It Shred (2005), and in early 2007, we'll be releasing a new album.
Describe your music in a sentence:Some would say we have a thick, dynamic, soul-filled, intense punk-rock-metal-roll sound.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?If we make it out of Denver, we are going to try and conquer Ogallala, Nebraska, next.
What's your idea of "making it"?Our idea of "making it" is when her clothes are off and things start to get sweaty.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Dartanian (their CD release is June 23 at the Marquis Theatre).
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Metallica, Master of Puppets; Refused, Shape of Punk to Come; Ugly Kid Joe, America's Least Wanted.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?Myspace works for us.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Bella Donna, Peter North, and more music than you can listen to.
NOMINATED IN METAL/HARD ROCK
6 P.M., TWO A.M.
Native or transplant?Val is from Texas; Bart grew up in Florida; Igor was born in Venezuela; and Lance is a Colorado native.
Describe your music in a sentence: Fast, aggressive, punk-influenced metal that kicks ass!!
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We have yet to tour, but that has not been our goal. We play for fun first. We started the band just to be ourselves and not to market the music to others. However, we are happy that people have taken to our band -- it just makes it more fun.
What's your idea of "making it"?We have no idea. Half the bands that make it blow chunks.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Under the Drone and Prescription are fun to see live.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?The ones that don't suck.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?You have to filter through a lot of crap to find anything good. Now that the Fox Corporation owns it, we'd say it's evil. We have booked a few good gigs and networked pretty well with it, though.
Do you have an iPod?No.
NOMINATED IN DJ: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
Native or transplant?Springs Bridge (Colorado Springs)
Releases/discography:Various mix CDs currently, and cassette tapes back in the day.
Describe your music in a sentence:All quality music that rocks, is hot, soulful or bangin' -- old school to next school!
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Already have: I used to DJ in SF as well as NYC, at Spa, Plaid, Mission, Black & White, Justice League, and for events by the likes of Surface Mag, Adidas, New Museum, L'Oreal, Garnier Fructis and KCDC Skateshop in Brooklyn.
What's your idea of "making it"?Any slot I got gets rocked! Making the Denver DJ scene more progressive by blending the unexpected.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Planes Mistaken for Stars, Out on Bail, Machine Gun Blues and Call Sign Cobra (R.I.P.)
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Recently: Gnarls Barkley, TV on the Radio and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?B.I.G., Gang Starr, Digable Planets, the Clash, DJ Shadow and Diplo.