Hey, DJ! Q&A with boyhollow

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: boyhollow. The co-founder and longtime Lipgloss resident, boyhollow has played Red Rocks three times more than most people, opened for a slew of indie rock bands and once got props for his Danzig remix from Girl Talk. He walked away from a lucrative corporate gig to pursue a master's degree and ended up becoming a DJ. Find out what else there is to know about boyhollow after the jump, and then catch him at tonight at Lipgloss or at Shag for Scumbag Sundays or Panty Raid on Thursdays.

Name: Michael Trundle aka boyhollow

Club night(s): Lipgloss at La Rumba, Scumbag Sundays & Panty Raid at Shag Lounge

Style(s) of music you spin: I spin a little of everything in most sets (hip-hop, '80s, rock, metal), but my focus is on indie rock and electronica.

So what's your story, in 100 words or less? I'm just a guy that loves music, deejaying, the Denver music scene, and is lucky enough to scrape by on the things I love. I walked out of a fairly lucrative corporate job about ten years ago to finish my Master's in literature, started deejaying at Lipgloss for fun and realized how much I love and have a knack for it.

Name of a track you can't get out of your head: "I Was Born" by Denver locals Speakeasy Tiger. Aside from the fact that it's an incredibly catchy song, I'm working on a remix of it, so I hear it constantly while doing so. Could be a worse song to get stuck in my head .. .Also "Africa" by Toto. Gonna take some time to do the things we never have.

Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: Miike Snow, Fake Blood and LAZRtag. Couldn't narrow it down to just one.

What's been your best crate digging experience in another country (if you've had a good one)? Discovered Muse at a record store in Paris. They've been one of my favorites ever since.

Best club experience in another country (again, if you've had a good one)? Hearing a French house cover of Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight" at a swank little club in Paris, where I later got into a fight with the owner because I thought he short-changed me. Turns out I just couldn't count French currency correctly, and thus became what every European hates: An American tourist. But it was amazing, mainly because it was Paris.

Musical mantra: Dance, motherfuckers!

Favorite DJ experience: Opening three times on the main stage at Red Rocks at the Monolith Festival. And having Girl Talk tell me after one of those opening sets that he loved my Danzig remix.

Worst request: LADY GAGA.

Worst club faux pas you've committed: Taking a hit of weed at the club when I was stressed out, being completely unable to function and having to let my guest DJ finish out the night (I'm allergic to weed).

Most treasured vinyl score: The "Black Whole of Love" box set of vinyl by Death In June, all albums signed by Douglas P.

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? Several remixes an original production, and a project with my Lipgloss resident DJ Chase Dobson called Geneva Convention. Keep an ear out.

What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? This entire scene deserves more attention. The bands that are coming out of Denver right now are stellar, and I feel like people don't recognize that fact. The one thing I miss about Lipgloss back in the day was that we could put a band on at midnight and people would be stoked and dance to them. Now they're not interested. I'd love to have a bunch of people who love and appreciate both local live and DJ talent.

What elements would your fantasy club night entail? Well, I pretty much love Lipgloss as it is. I guess I would wish for more amazing people like those that already attend and maybe a little more scratch to be made for my work. And more volume. Always more volume.

Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Do I look pretty in this dress?

Next time we can see you spin: As above, at my regular nights. Lipgloss is off the hook lately, so check it. Outside of regular nights? Opening for A Place to Bury Strangers and the Big Pink at Bluebird Theater on 4/11, playing at SXSW in Austin for one party and Miami for the Winter Music Conference for three parties, details TBA on my website www.boyhyollowcom.

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