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: DJ Amen, a RadioBum who taught himself to DJ watching old battle videos after hearing head Bum DJ Chonz spin on the Eclipse radio show. In addition to holding down residencies at three different clubs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, he co-hosts a recently launched weekly podcast with DJ Sounds Supreme called Field Day Radio. Catch Amen tonight at the Drink in LoDo.
Name: DJ Amen
Club night(s): Thursday at Below Hai, Friday at the Drink and Saturdays at the Sports Book with DJ Soup.
Style(s) of music you spin: Hip-hop, indie, electro, club music
So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Born and raised in Denver. Began deejaying in '98 after hearing Chonz in a battle on the Eclipse radio show (that he won). Taught myself to DJ through old battle videos. Deejayed high school and college house parties for a while. Became a resident DJ on Basementalism 1190 between 2003-2005-ish. Started deejaying nightclubs around 2005. That was around the time I met Chonz and the rest of the RadioBums. I had the honor of becoming a RadioBum in 2007, and have focused mostly on my club steez since.
Name of a track you can't get out of your head: A-Trak - "Loonies To Blow"
Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: Chiddy Bang
What's been your best crate digging experience in another country (if you've had a good one)? I wish I could say that I had one!
Best club experience in another country (again, if you've had a good one)? You'll be the first to know once I get booked. Haha
Musical mantra: Do YOU! Set the bar for everyone else and always keep an open mind.
Favorite DJ experience: I'd say opening up for Jazzy Jeff at BETA last year. DJ Am (RIP) was supposed to DJ, as well, but he was filming his MTV show in Philly. The Red Bull 3style event this year was also fun.
Worst request: All of 'em!
Worst club faux pas you've committed: Putting too much trust in club owners or promoters.
Most treasured vinyl score: Slum Village Fantastic Vol. 1 on vinyl that they only sold at their shows. Some of J-Dilla's earliest work.
What other music-related projects are you currently working on? Recently started a weekly radio show/podcast with DJ Sounds Supreme called Field Day Radio. You can find it at djamen.net or fieldday.biz.
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What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? Good DJs that are trying something new and different.
What elements would your fantasy club night entail? A weekly club night that everyone looks forward to, where I DJ with several of my friends over a good sound system for people that are open minded to anything. Good drink prices and awesome surprise guest appearances.
Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: What else are you involved in that we should be aware of and where can people follow what you do? I am part of a local brand, Field Day Clothing (formerly LARD). Right now, we are in the final development stages. We have our blog set up at www.fieldday.biz, and our weekly podcast FIELD DAY RADIO we just launched a few weeks ago. You can follow me at www.twitter.com/djamen and www.djamen.net.
Next time we can see you spin: Thursday at Hai Bar in the Highlands, or Friday at the Drink and Saturday at the Sports Book with DJ Soup in LoDo.