Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

What's your idea of "making it"?Being comfortable doing what I like to do.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?The Basementalism crew, Radio Bums, Dent and the Shunz, Amen and Sounds Supreme, DJ Vajra and Bumpy Chill (if he ever drops some new ish).

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?DJ Spinbad, Needle to the Groove; Vin Roc, Reconstruction; DJ Chonz, Chonz '97; Nas, Illmatic; A Tribe Called Quest, Low End Theory; Cru, Da Dirty 30; Isaac Hayes, Hot Buttered Soul; Biggie, Ready to Die; Pete Rock & CL Smooth, The Main Ingredient; and Slick Rick, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Jigga, Jay Dee (RIP Dilla), Pete Rock, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Spinbad, Vin Roc, Radio Bums, Basementalism Crew, Primo, Prince and, over the last year, Median and Tanya Morgan.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Myspace is what you make it. That explains both the good side of it and the rest.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?I have two iPods, and both are full of all sorts of random ish. Hundreds of mixtapes, classic and new hip-hop, some soul/R&B albums, a bunch of crazy live shows -- really, anything that's dope.

DJ SOUNDS SUPREME
NOMINATED IN DJ: HIP-HOP CLUB/TURNTABLISM

Website:myspace.com/soundssupreme1

Native or transplant? Born and raised.

Releases/discography: The "AnyQuality" mixtape series w/ DJ Amen.

Describe your music in a sentence: Drunk or not, that DJ's crushin'!

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? YES! -- if my mom lets me.

What's your idea of "making it"? Free beer and no song requests.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about? ManeLine, DJ Amen, DJ Deft, DJ Stretch and Whygee.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Gang Starr's Moment of Truth.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Revolution, A-Trak, Premier, P.N.M and Radio Bums.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? Neither -- it's just an ingenius business idea.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? Yes -- hopefully nobody fat; they ain't cheap.

DJ VAJRA
NOMINATED IN DJ: HIP-HOP CLUB/TURNTABLISM
4 P.M., VINYL ROOFTOP

Website:www.myspace.com/djvajra; www.djvajra.com

Native or transplant? Transplant. Grew up in Indiana. Moved to Colorado when I was seventeen.

Releases/discography:Saul Good, the Mixtape (available for free download through my website, www.djvajra.com)

Describe your music in a sentence: I like good hip-hop, so that's what I try to make.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? I feel like I already am.

What's your idea of "making it"? Being able to support my family by doing what I love.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?I like them all!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? The ones I have listened to at Bart's CD Cellar in Boulder.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? All of the ones who have encouraged and inspired me, and the ones who will continue to do so.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? www.myspace.com/djvajra :)

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?I haven't jumped on that bandwagon just yet.

DORK
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE

Website: www.wearedork.com

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:Rock Out With Your Cock Out (2001); One Up (2002); Furious George (2003); Dorkside of the Moon (2004); The K.R.O.D.Father (2005); Suck It! (2006).

Describe your music in a sentence:We are the most hardcore pop-punk band on the planet (if there is such a thing).

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We have as good of a shot as anyone, I suppose.

What's your idea of "making it"?Being in a band and not working a day job.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?The Photo Atlas and Love Me Destroyer.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Dookie made Green Day my first favorite band.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Green Day, Metallica, blink-182, Dave Matthews and Pink Floyd.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Godsend, for sure.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?I do, and right now, I am listening to the new Less Than Jake -- but waiting for the new Bouncing Souls and AFI.

DRAG THE RIVER
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY
7 P.M., SHELTER

Website: http://dragtheriver.com

Personnel:Chad Price, Jon Snodgrass, J.J. NOBODY, Spacey Casey Prestwood and Dave Barker.

Native or transplant?Transplants from Missouri, Alabama, New England and Wyoming.

Releases/discography:Five studio albums (Hobo's Demos, Chicken Demos, CLOSED, ...Hey Buddies, It's Crazy); Two live (recorded at the Starlight & at the Green Door in Oklahoma City) and three 7-inches.

Describe your music in a sentence:It's country and Midwestern music, which, to us, means country with a Midwestern indie-rock influence from bands like Hüsker Dü and the Replacements.

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