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Best DIY Promoter Denver 2014 - Zach Smith

Professional concert promoters are rarely seen at their own concerts. They're so busy (or jaded) that fans almost never catch them in the crowd or at the bar, let alone swinging windmill fists in the mosh pit. But Zach Smith is not your average concert promoter. He's not even a professional in the strictest sense: At 24 years old, Smith has promoted concerts at "unofficial" venues in New Mexico and Colorado since before he could legally sign a contract. Denver's hardcore scene has benefited to the tune of at least one or two extra ten-dollar shows per week featuring rowdy local bands, touring acts that could not get booked elsewhere, and groups that would rather play a warehouse than a bar. Zach faced adversity in 2013 as property owners forced him from two different locations, but he continued undaunted to Helm's Deep II. It's a venue that touring bands would write home about — if only they could give out the address.

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Idontgetit
Idontgetit

If I remember correctly seventh circle is a licensed venue.not trying to take away from Aaron but if that's the case then he wouldn't be a diy promoter since he runs a business. 

asinine
asinine

complete jack-assery. having never heard of Zach Smith, or been to one show he's put on i find this article inane. i think the author is terribly misinformed but i would venture to guess Zach Smith wrote this himself. 

thisisdumb
thisisdumb

One or two extra shows per week? Who ever wrote this is clearly delusional. Has there even been more than ten shows he has promoted in the last year?

Aaron Saye has booked several hundred shows in the last year, and is at almost every single one of them helping out. Maybe the author should have checked out a couple other promoters before writing this. 

kidsister
kidsister

@asinine   @thisisdumb knowing zach myself and attending the mass amounts of shows that he has single handedly put on, i'd like you to understand that maybe you haven't been looking hard enough or maybe you're just confused as to what a hardcore show is. this is a huge deal and i as well as hundreds of people are grateful for what zach has been doing for this states scene. Its about supporting each other, not cutting it down, asking him about these shows and/or befriending him literally the easiest thing in the world, if you want to be apart of it just let him know, say whats up dont be negative. if you cant handle that than just stick to what you know and move on. theres no room for such hatred here.

ponrunkius
ponrunkius

@kidsister @asinine @thisisdumb  Yay for scene unity! I agree that these comments are a tad whiny. There are a ton of DIY promoters and each one has something great about them. That's what makes Denver such a great place to see and play music. 

thisisdumb
thisisdumb

@kidsister @asinine @thisisdumb Hey dipshit, the award says best diy promoter. not best hardcore promoter. It is cool he has booked a handful of shows, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to what people like aaron are doing, or what food friends hardcore did. But you wouldn't know because you are too busy jerking off to trendy mosh metal bands. you fucking poser.  

thisisdumb
thisisdumb

@kidsister @thisisdumb  But seriously, what is your favorite pop-hardcore band to beat it to? Is it Backtrack? Maybe Expire? I could imagine they really get a good rhythm going. Or are you more of the Hundredth jerker? Just stroking and crying? If I had to put money on it, I would say that your favorite massively trendy "hardcore" band that really gets you off is Xibalba. You probably just sit there and pound the poor flaccid thing until it bleeds. 

kidsister
kidsister

@thisisdumb he started less than a year ago, and its the fact that what he's doing is expanding so quickly. no one here is jerking off to trendy mosh bands but you, i was telling you to do that but thanks for the clever joke of turning what i said back at me. might as well stick to "your mom goes to college" jokes. im sticking up for someone and something i love, what are you doing besides looking like that exact asshole that this venue, this promoter, and these bands are meant to show the world that hardcore is NOT all about.

keyboardwarrior
keyboardwarrior

@thisisdumb @kidsister @asinine Damn you care about this a little too much. Sounds like we have a keyboard warrior on our hands!  It's okay dude--nobody cares as much as you do.

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