Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half cocked and ask them to play that new song by such and such -- you know, the one that goes... This week: DJ Psycho, Radio Bums affiliate, the official DJ of the Colorado Rapids and co-DJ of the Denver Nuggets. In addition to mixing and serving as music director on several radio stations, Psycho was one of sixteen finalist in the recent Red Bull Big Tune producer battle in Atlanta, Georgia. Read the full interview after the jump.
Name: Dj Psycho
Club night(s): Saturdays at the Purple Martini Downtown and various guest dj spots around Denver
Style(s) of music you spin: I play a little of everything from Hip Hop, Top 40 and Electro to Latin Dance
So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Born and raised in Denver, I grew up listening to everything. My Dad listened to a lot of '70s rock, and my mom was the Motown influence. I took interest in the art of deejaying when I was in high school, and I think it just went hand-in-hand with my drum playing background. I've been a professional DJ for more than twelve years now and an up and coming producer for about five years. I've been a mixer for three radio stations and also a music director (KS 107.5, Mega 95.7 and 96.1 The Beat). I'm in my seventh season as the co-dj of the Denver Nuggets and my third season as the DJ of the Colorado Rapids.
Name of a track you can't get out of your head: Muse - "Uprising"
Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: Ryan Leslie
What's been your best crate digging experience in another country (if you've had a good one)? When I was in Culinary School in 2004, I had an externship in Avignon, France. I was wandering around the city one day and came up on an old record shop. I started digging and came up on the 12-inch of Michael Jackson's Thriller. It had the instrumental on the B-Side. I had never seen an istrumental for Thriller, it pretty much made my day. All you DJs out there who have ever came up on a rare vinyl know what I'm talkin about!
Musical mantra: Hear the music ... don't just listen
Favorite DJ experience: Winning the Westword Award in 2007 for Best Hip Hop DJ, and getting to DJ on Rap City for Common, Redman, Method Man and Big Tigga
Worst request: "Can you play something I can dance to??"
Worst club faux pas you've committed: Stopping the "live" record instead of the one I was cueing ... everyone at the club looked and me and started booing ... hahaa
Most treasured vinyl score: The Last Dragon Soundtrack ... sho nuff!
What other music-related projects are you currently working on? I just returned from Atlanta, Georgia, as a competitor in the National Finals for the Red Bull Big Tune producer battle. The sixteen of us national finalists are working on a CD to be released after the New Year consisting of all original production and artists from our respective cities.
What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? I feel that the local scene in general needs more attention. Lots of talent in every genre, but not everyone is putting themselves out there enough. I think bands and groups need to market to a wider audience, not just their inital fanbase.
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What elements would your fantasy club night entail? The sound system from Beta, a crowd that would appreciate good music and actually dance, a bottle of Ciroc and Jessica Alba hosting the night.
Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Do I really need this many pairs of sneakers???
Next time we can see you spin: Saturdays at the Purple Martini at the Tabor center downtown and every Denver Nuggets Home Game!