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That show was Bryarly's first official performance as option4. From there, he played wherever and whenever he had the opportunity while he was in town. A few years later, four months before the Snake Pit closed, Dramatic established a club night of its own at the club, called Dramatic's First Fridays. The crew charged eight dollars and even took out ads in this paper to promote the event.
"We'd have, like, eighty of our friends that would come up once a month, and a lot of them were from the Springs," Bryarly says. "We had no pull for anything. That was in '08 or '09. Through that we met Matt Fecher, and that changed everything for me in Denver.
"There was this group called Dynamic," Bryarly goes on. "We had a rapper, and my buddy Jeremy Poley did music for Dynamic to rap. We made an EP, and Matt Fecher saw it on MySpace. He was doing this night called New Music Mondays, and he was like, 'Man, you have to come up from the Springs to play it.'"
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That fateful message lit a fire under an already motivated Bryarly a short time later, when he and Poley realized who it was that had sent it (Fecher was the co-founder and co-curator of the now-defunct Monolith Festival). So on a Monday night, the pair brought a couple dozen friends from the Springs and helped pack out the Larimer Lounge. This made an impression on Fecher — so much so that he invited option4 to perform at Monolith in 2009. And that's where Bryarly made another key introduction, backstage at Red Rocks. "I remember Michael Trundle was drunk, and we rode the shuttle back down from the venue," Bryarly recollects of his initial exchange with his Lipgloss cohort, and the night's co-founder. "I gave Kitty Vincent [Trundle's girlfriend, of Le Divorce] my artist bracelet, because she wanted to go through the back way because they needed to get to Shag. I remember talking to Michael, and he said, 'You know what? Send me a demo sometime.'"
Bryarly went home, got on his turntables and immediately set to work on a twenty-minute demo, one that he ended up recording twice because the first mix didn't meet his own standards. "That demo was phenomenal," notes Bryarly. "I don't even know if he listened to it. I think I played like forty tracks in twenty minutes. I was cutting and going off."
Bryarly sent the demo to Trundle in an e-mail; three months later, he was invited to play Lipgloss with Trundle and then-resident Chase Dobson. Evidently, option4 made quite an impact. Trundle received a good deal of positive feedback, and not long after, Bryarly received an invitation to do a Lipgloss residency, replacing the outgoing Dobson. "I don't know what my life would be like right now if it weren't for that," says Bryarly. "I'd always loved music, but I never took it seriously. But for the last year and a half, I have."
Now, on the eve of his latest EP release, Bryarly's ascent continues. As the one-year anniversary of the Hundred — a curated club night focused on people discovering and appreciating new music rather than just partying — approaches, Bryarly's stoked about how well the concept has been received. "What ended up happening is that it turned into this phenomenon," he says of the night's unexpected success. "It's all about the music and the vibe. That's what we've been successful in building, and that's probably been the funnest thing in the world for me — seeing that happen."