Hey, DJ! Q&A with crowdrock

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: crowdrock, who can be found at Beta's Basslab and monthly at Vinyl. In the spare time he finds between sets and school, he writes original music. Below, he tells us what happens to prostitots looking for Britney remixes who come staggering into his booth, doesn't meet Thomas Bangalter and offers some straight wisdom to fame hounds: "If you're really dead set on "making it", get an MBA yo."

Name: Jason Benjamin Roth, aka crowdrock, aka Frother McRockerton.

Club night(s): Basslab , which runs monthly at Beta in the Beatport Lounge (March 27th is the next one w/ nastynasty ), And a new monthly at Vinyl now as well(march 20th w/ propa tingz , and april 24th w/ megasoid). Both for the gltich-hop/dubstep/bass music stuff. I've kinda let following other genres go so I have time to write music as well, badly I might add, but I play it in my sets pretty regularly now anyways, its going over ok, and my work gets better every show. Various other one offs at Slurvantes and other such places of sonic joy. Dates are listed below.

So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Small town kid moves to the big city to make his dream of being a famous actor/model/singer come true!

Name of an artists you're currently championing in your DJ sets: Megasoid(link above), Nastynasty(link above), and Salva, that whole Frite Nite camp is slaying.

What's been your best crate digging experience in another country (if you've had a good one)? You mean that one that never happened, like, when I, like, completely met Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk in some chic Paris record boutique, fuck yeah that was awesome!

Musical mantra: Life is a lot more fun when you don't take yourself so seriously, by all means have goals, and working towards them is a good thing, but this is party music, don't hoover all the party out of it bro. With that said, please do try and keep things semi-pro, show up on time, not 30 minutes into your set. This is a business don't forget that, but remember it is art too, for many of us as well, 'speshly for the dudes that play their own material, aka, the motherfuckers I roll with. I hope that makes any sense and isn't completely contradictory.

Favorite DJ experience: Yeah, djing can be pretty fun, I think a lot of kids get into it for the wrong reason, and music for the wrong reason, they want to be "that guy/girl up there", and it becomes a power thing, not a music thing, or an art thing. I mean, I'm not one of those people that believe djing is an artform, I think you have to stretch the meaning of art pretty far to include it, anyways, I'm it for fun in your basement, do it because you really like showing people new music, don't do it because you "really want to be that person up there aiding people in their desire to dance, and nail some ditsy little prostitot(aka tot+prostitute) in fishnets and furry boots." It's disheartening to see any person give up on any musical activity because they don't think they will "make it". If you're really dead set on "making it", get an MBA yo.

Worst request: "Wat?, does this look like Suite 200? Do I look like the kinda dude that's gonna be like 'yeah I fucking love Britney, I have all her remixes', take your fake ass out of my space, the good customer service stopped the second your stumbling ass fell up these stairs into the booth and fucking bumped the deck/audio interface cord/stop button on the cdj, now take that skank ass outta here before you get dragged out by that pony tail it took you 30 minutes to plaster to your empty head, am I clear, AM I CLEAR?"

Sometimes it's just necessary.....doesn't mean I can't enjoy it........amiright or amiright?

Worst club faux pas you've committed: LOTS, I've tried to apologize for most of them, some I still need to do so.

Most treasured vinyl score: Fuck vinyl, it's all about the 8-track baby, get your reel-to-reel on, make some noises with a pizza box......let's get this snobby elitist party started! Fuck your soft-synth, it's all about my multi-thousand dollar antique analog synthesizer. If this pisses you off, good, quit being a dick. THESE ARE ALL JUST TOOLS BRO, don't let yourself be a tool by championing them as the only "real." I mean I have friends that are hardware guys, and by all means, many of them write great music, but to think any format or way of making music is the end all-be all of music just makes folks look like an ass, and it also makes them wrong.

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? Me and lipgloss resident/idm mastermind chase dobson(aka are doing a wuss'd out french house/synthy/slighly nu disco dj/production side project called "the lights out", which you can bliss out to for 5 hours at lipgloss march 26th starting at 9pm.

What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? In the bass scene, david seied, no doubt, and its happening slowly but surely, he's got new jawns coming off addictech soonish! My partner in Basslab, SPECTRE, aka reuben garst, fucking slays, you do not want to follow this dude. Trust me I do it all the time, not fun, he'll have a new EP out on propa tingzs new label true movement soonish as well. All the peeps in our brother/sister crews sub.mission, family moons, and blingfaced are worth checking out. My dude drop logik just dropped his album chalk full of sonic gems, all the sample hungry backpacker types should scope that, and the post-backpacker flying lotus types as well.

What elements would your fantasy club night entail? Funktion one sound, thank you beta, for fucking up my acoustic experience at every other club in town, ASSHOLES. Fuckin up the curve....

Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Why do I like the smell of my own B.O.? Why in science's name did this girl chose me? I mean how lucky am I?

Next time we can see you spin: 3/19-zen w/ tmp 3/20-vinyl w/ propa tingz 3/26-lipgloss w/ chase dobson 3/27-beta w/ nastynasty 4/10-bacaro (boulder) w/ jantsen 4/20-cervantes w/ virtual boy 4/24-vinyl w/ megasoid 5/7-cervantes w/ tipper

MAD SHOUT OUTS: all my dudes in DBS (denver bass squadron), soup, klaw, Preston, Mike, Ryan, Catherine, Carmichael, all the beta peeps, all my fam over at blingfaced, sub.mish, and family, trundle, tyler jacobson, caleb pullman, peter black, onket, my lovely and patient lady jenny pop(love you girl, I promise the comment about stabbing you on was just a joke baby, snookems, honey buches of my oats), jungle bums, anybody that's ever booked me and payed me. April chase, jonny shuman, chelsea twinning, SoCo HOLLA, all my unnet/sidewaysfive peoples, energy riders, whomp truck massive, keep them shits renegade as fuck, josh powers, david seied, bliss, soto, zen, anybody that stick to their guns about their art, stay golden, the motherfucking force is with you. Sorry, no hotlinks errybody, I'd be here alllll DAY.

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Kiernan Maletsky is Westword's music editor. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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