option4 moving on from Lipgloss, which will usher in new talent and return to original sound
After two years of dropping deep house beats at Lipgloss, option4 (aka Brennen Bryarly) will be bidding farewell this weekend to the long-running indie-dance night, performing his final set this Friday night at Beauty Bar before moving on to his own residency at NORAD. We spoke with both Bryarly and Lipgloss co-founder Michael Trundle about the impending change, what's motivated the move and what's next on the horizon for the two of them.
Lipgloss co-founder Michael Trundle (aka boyhollow)
For his part, Trundle (aka boyhollow) says he'll greatly miss Bryarly, but that their parting is cordial, and he completely understands the need for change. "He's been great to have around," says Trundle. "He has an unbridled enthusiasm that is clear to see when he is deejaying, and he always has a smile on his face.
"I'll definitely miss his positivity," Trundle goes on, "but I understand why he wants to move on. His true love is deep house, and I think he needs to be able to pursue that direction more exclusively than he could at Lipgloss, and I need to be able to keep moving the night in the direction that I want it to go. I think it's good for both of us in the long run."
"Lipgloss is the best," declares Bryarly. "It's such an amazing party. I have all the best feelings toward Lipgloss and always will. It opened so many doors for me in this city. I moved here for Lipgloss. It's just, musically, the night has shifted in the last three or four months toward more of a rock/'80s night -- and I don't own any of that music. Michael's going back to a very cool era of music, which is awesome, but I'm unfamiliar with that. And there's so much music that I want to play that isn't appropriate for Lipgloss. We don't want the vibe to change drastically every time Michael and I switch off."
After his Lipgloss swansong this weekend, Bryarly will launch a new weekly at NORAD called Home, which is slated to begin on Friday, March 1, and will focus primarily on deep house, angling toward building an audience of genre-specific music, in contrast to Lipgloss's patented eclecticism, which focuses on a wide range of styles and sounds.
"We're looking for a crowd that is interested in more underground house music," Bryarly explains. "Basically the same model that the Hundred is doing -- bringing more up and coming acts. People have been blasted by EDM for so long, it's put a sour taste in our mouths. We're exploring a much more tasteful, soulful type of electronic dance music. It's not built on big drops and crazy lights; it's more about the groove and soul and boogie."
Despite the loss of such an established local DJ, Trundle says he's optimistic for the future of Lipgloss, particularly returning to the more dance-rock oriented sound that the night was founded under. "I'll be bringing in two new resident DJs, Largechild and Tower," Trundle reveals. "DJ Largechild -- who I play with on Sundays at Shag Lounge -- is well known in the hip-hop scene, having played with Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Mixmaster Mike of the Beastie Boys and Z-Trip. That may confuse people, since we don't play hip-hop at Lipgloss, but I've learned from playing with him over the last nine months that he is an incredible rock, soul, indie and '80s DJ. He's incredibly versatile, and that is something I value immensely in a DJ.
The Lipgloss crowd dancing the night away at Beauty Bar.
"DJ Tower has been a mainstay in the Denver DJ scene for years," Trundle adds. "I danced to his sets at Deadbeat Club and Onyx well before I ever started deejaying. He has a vast knowledge of music, both new and old, and regularly plays tracks that have me going to the booth asking what artist or remix he is playing. I think they'll both bring a great diversity of musical genre to my dance floor, which is what has always made Lipgloss such a special and unique party."
Trundle explains that he will, for the most part, be doing away with genre-specific DJ sets, mixing in records from across the board of time and style into Lipgloss events. When asked whether he thinks the changes will affect the size and scope of his Friday night crowds, Trundle says that, honestly, he doesn't know, but that the music ultimately creates the vibe.
The Lipgloss crowd getting down at Beauty Bar.
"The Lipgloss crowd is comprised of people who truly love music, as opposed to those who want to blindly dance to beats with no real personal connection to the music," he notes. "I have no problem with people who want to dance for the sake of dancing; it's just not the crowd I really want or even can cater to.
"The Lipgloss crowd is built of people who want to sing while they dance, who have memories and emotions tied to lyrics and guitar riffs and who love music because it's good, rather than because it's on the radio every ten minutes. I think those are the people we have, and I think they're going to be very excited at how the night will be moving forward."
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