DJ Dragon is releasing Homegrown, a limited-edition, free mix CD Thursday, March 4 at Beta to show off the best the Colorado dance scene has to offer.
"Over the last few months I've noticed how much great music was coming out of Colorado and thought that it would be cool to finally showcase these people," he explains. "I'm tired of places like Toronto, Amsterdam and Paris getting all the love."
The compilation will include new and unreleased material from producers including Pretty Lights, Savoy, Shawn Mitiska, Orange Peel Moses, mLe, Lea Luna, Venaccio, Joman, Manufactured Superstars, Kostas K, Satori-C and others. It spans multiple genres and styles, from trance and electro to electronic hip-hop, but Dragon was able to make it all work together.
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"I sat in my studio for a few days just listening to the tons of submissions ... and chose the best sounding and most interesting tracks," he says. From there I kind of mapped out what would work well together. It was a bit challenging trying to fuse all these type of electronic genres into one cohesive mix. Battling with different tempos and styles was tough, but I did a lot of editing to each track while trying to maintain the essence of each artist's work. In the end, I think it worked out nicely."
If you want to own a copy, you'll have to head down to Beta on March 4 to get one of the 500 copies. The plan is to release it strictly as a free, limited release to create buzz around the acts on the disc. "As of right now, the plan is to just give out the CDs at Beta," Dragon says. "The club has done a great job in trying to give back to the clientele while at the same time promoting the local artists. All the artists were gracious in giving us their tracks and not asking for a dime, so in return it wouldn't be right to charge. At the end of the day, everyone involved with this compilation is out to further the Colorado music scene."
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If you need extra incentive to head down, the club is also kicking off a monthly "fairytale" promotion, where the staff will be dressed up as characters from famous fantasy stories. The inaugural theme is Oz, and there's a contest associated with it as well (get the details at Beta's website). And if you don't make it down, there's always next time -- the plan is to continue to release similar comps in the future to showcase Colorado's bounty of talent.
"Of course, I'm hoping to make this an annual compilation," Dragon says. "The talent pool is getting bigger and bigger, and I'd love to see this become something similar to the Fabric Nightclub compilation."