Sub.mission residents and crew reflect on five years of bringing dubstep to Denver
The view from the top balcony at City Hall at the Sub.mission Five Year Anniversary with Deep Medi Musik
Photo by Britt Chester
It's not easy to start a business that succeeds against the odds. With Sub.mission, Nicole Cacciavillano has managed to do that thanks to the help of a dedicated crew of interns, volunteers, resident DJs and eager supporters. At the five year celebration at City Hall this past Saturday, we sat down with a handful of crew members to find out what Sub.mission Dubstep means to them, and more importantly, what it means to Denver.
Nicole Cacciavillano, Founder, reflecting on the five year anniversary party: "I think that tonight was pretty much the most epic of epic motherfucking parties that I've ever been to. That's what I think. It's exactly what I hoped it would be. United people on the dance floor for music that is real -- the legit stuff -- and shit went off."
Nate Ishe (Sub.mission resident DJ) on what Sub.mission means to him: "What does Sub.mission dubstep mean to me? I think really what it means is dedication to the artistry and the disciplines behind this music. We live in a country that teaches us that competition is key, and in order to survive you have to take things away from other people. Sub.mission is built upon this idea that we can be family, that we can be a community, and we all have shared fate.
And so, when you look at what happens with Sub.mission, what it means is that everyone that's involved with it grows equally: The DJs, the residents, the artists that we bring, the crowd, the venues -- we all share in the success, and we keep it within ourselves. It's really just this community of people that have a common vision to all work together. It's the closest thing to a collective that I've ever been apart of. Nobody is more important than the other. I think that's why certain kinds of people are attracted to what Sub.mission does: It's about the music, but it's about the dedication, and running something based on principle."
Coulter Hoff, aka Coult-45 (Sub.mission resident DJ), gives his thoughts on being apart of Sub.mission: "When I was first getting into dubstep eight years ago and watching it develop and watching it grow into a giant snowball where it created it's own avalanche and being so determined in the dubstep game to achieve that, after throwing some big gigs and showing them I meant business, getting accepted to Sub.mission was a dream come true. It's a chance to do something with a movement that no one else has right now."
Patrick Megeath, aka Dirt Monkey (Sub.mission resident DJ), describes his experience with Sub.mission: "It's like a family that is spreading love to as many people as possible via bass music...via good bass music. You could broaden that to just music, and you know it's good music when you can feel the intentions behind it are good. What's happening right now [points to the amphitheater] -- you can feel that."
Wes Waldo, aka Rumblejunkie, (Sub.mission resident DJ) explains his enthusiasm the scene: "I feel like Sub.mission pushes the scene that we are in, the dubstep scene, for all the right reasons, and that's why we're successful. We have a good intention for all of it: We want people to hear what real dubstep is, and I feel like we bring that to them. It does a good job in educating where it comes from, and why we are all doing this."
Brent Bjornberg, aka Dodger (Sub.mission resident DJ), describes his affiliation with booming company: "I would say that Sub.mission is my family. It's my way to share what I love with rest of the city. I guess when I met people in Denver, they really took me in. So, back when Nicole posted something about looking for talent, I made a mix, sent it to her, and then I played some shows. It's gone beyond anything that we all expected."
Andrew Carr, aka Subliminal (Sub.mission resident DJ), gives some history and thoughts on how much Sub.mission gives back: "I moved to Denver about five years ago, and I got in with [Sub.mission] right after they started, so I think I missed just the first few parties. I got in touch with Nicole, found her, and she invited me to the radio show we were affiliated with. She gave me an opportunity to prove myself, and accepted me with open arms."
Tye Idleman, the Sub.mission photographer, comments of what Sub.mission means to him: "Sub.mission, to me, is just family. It gives me something to look forward too every week and something to keep me going and keep pushing what I love. The culture they bring to Denver is something I've always had in my heart: Sub.mission is just family to me."
Corey Blecha, intern at Sub.mission, explains why he's remains apart of it: "Sub.mission is for sure family. Here are people I met as complete strangers, and within a year, they are some of closest people I know. That's gotta be number one. Besides that, it's all about pushing the proper bass music, showing people what's up on the deeper end of the spectrum. There's a lot of music out there, and everyone doesn't listen to all of it."
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