By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
By Jena Ardell
By Mary Willson
By Bree Davies
What's your idea of "making it"?I'll know I have made it when I have a beautiful-yet-oddly-strong roadie named Estelle who hauls my gear and tunes my guitars. Until then, I'm a complete failure.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Chris Eagleton, Joshua Novak, Ed Skibbe, Born in the Flood, Matt Kowal, Angie Stevens, DeVotchKa, Tom Zingaro, Meese, Drag The River, Red Cloud West, Zack Nichols, Starfuzz, Ten Cent Redemption, Astrophagus, Kettle Black and A Dog Paloma.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?The Beatles, Abbey Road and the "White Album"; Neil Young, Rust Never Sleeps; Lynyrd Skynyrd, Second Helping; Chet Baker, My Funny Valentine; Velvet Underground, Vu; Tom Waits, Rain Dogs.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Bob Ross, Tom Waits, John Lennon, Jesus, Sparklehorse, Miles Davis, Yo La Tengo, Rufus Wainwright, Neil Young, David Lowery, Big Star, Beck, Jeff Tweedy, Robert Zimmerman, my brother Scott, Daniel Lanois, Robert Pollard, Mark Kozelek, Elliott Smith and Emma.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?Myspace = digital high school. It all depends on how much you enjoyed high school.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Bonobo, Eels, Rogue Wave, William Shatner, a bunch of found audio stuff.
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC
6 P.M., VINYL ROOFTOP
Native or transplant?C.O. NATIVE...that Northside love!!
Releases/discography:Make Yall Feel It (mix CD with DJ Chonz, 2006); Platinum in the Shower (2005); Low Budget Soul (2005); Hip-Hop Love Jazz (2005); The Revolushun (with Rraahh Foundashun, 2005). Peace to all the DJs playin' my music and showin' love on the mix CDs.
Describe your music in a sentence:Hmm...take some time out and come vibe out to some of my music. Y'all tell me.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?The way I see it, the place in the middle of the map is where it's at. There are many hip-hoppas worldwide who are on the grind in this industry, But being in the middle, I can network with people from both coasts. Create and build your own network, and let the music speak for itself. Form a game plan, stick to it and let your music spread like wildfire. The world is a lot bigger than Colorado. Let your light shine!
What's your idea of "making it"?Waking up every single day of your life, doing something you love, being able to pay your bills, doin' your passion... To me, that's the essence.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?I run with the Radio Bums and the Shunz, so there's some powerhouse krews. I love everything my peoples are rockin', but other than that, I'm feelin' Distrakt, D.O. ManeLine and Boostwell Camp. And I like Playalitical, just to name a few.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?We could probably talk about that all day. I study all kinds of music. For hip-hop albums, let's say Eric B. and Rakim, Paid in Full; Big Daddy Kane, Long Live the Kane; the D.O.C., The Formula; and all of Native Tongues.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Big Daddy Kane, Kool Keith, Rakim, Chill and Afrika Sam.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?I use it; I think it's a great networking tool for your music, if you use it for all the right purposes. Look me up.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?I don't have an iPod, but my music is on iTunes; buy my EP in the iTunes music store NOW! Platinum in the Shower. Support good music: It's SAUL GOOD!!!
NOMINATED IN GOTHIC/INDUSTRIAL
Native or transplant? We are all from various parts of the globe, but we've lived in Colorado for the past ten years, some of us longer.
Releases/discography: We have an EP, Absenta, which was released in 2003, and we are recording a new album to be released at the end of 2006.
Describe your music in a sentence:Dark-edged electro-rock.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We've had label offers, but recently have decided to go with an independent record label, Kheperi Global Media, which has done a good job of exposing our music through TV and film.
What's your idea of "making it"? D' responds: Making it for me would be to be able to make a living writing and performing music and make enough money to have a car and a place to live. That's all I really need.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?D' responds: I really like DeVotchKa. I think they have a unique sound and look that works well for them, and I think they'll get far with it.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?D' responds: David Bowie's Low and Diamond Dogs, Ministry's A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. London has been influenced a lot by artists like Tori Amos.