Outgoing Local Shakedown host Amy Moore-Shipley on how to improve Denver's scene

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How did you go about selecting stuff to play outside of what was suggested to you?

It had to be good. I would listen, but I think it was also about learning the networks -- this band likes this band, and that band likes that band...I would give it a try, but also my quality standards were still there. I think I do have a good ear...I played things that deserved to be shared, and I tried to not get stuck in one genre at all.

I think I could have probably done a lot better at that and maybe spent less time on media darlings. I could have gone more experimental, but it's also radio and you can't do that too much.

I had a band on almost every week, and my knowledge grew a little bit more and I was finding out about someone else to check out or whatever.

Who was your first guest?

I didn't book them, but Carbon Choir was already booked and they played. When Carbon Choir's final album came out, they invited me to Silo Studios and that was my first time at a studio. The first band that I think I booked was Le Divorce. That's when I first met Mike King. And it snowed that day. I think classes were canceled, and the UMC was closed down and they still came.

You have at least a semi-well-maintained archive of shows.

I have a lot to catch up on. In the past they tried -- Keegan Warner had a website he designed. Tiffanie Taylor had a Tumblr. Attempts were made, but what I pushed was the performance. I really love the studio performances and the interviews, and [I worked to] make that something that was a product.

So you did an interview with Carbon Choir that first time?

Yeah, I remember being really nervous and being at Abo's on the hill and prepping for it and thinking, "Whatever!" Because one thing Hannah always told me was, "The less you care, the better you'll be." That's something that stuck with me, because a lot of times my attitude was, "No one's listening." We didn't really know how many people do listen, and it could literally be two people. I was kind of sloppy and not always very prepared. And to do something consistently? I missed only a handful of shows that whole time -- if I get sad I'll give up on something. It forced me to not do that each week. I felt this commitment to the station, and I felt a commitment to the bands.

What did you do that you felt you did especially well?

Artist hospitality. You know, being someone who is down to earth and just appreciating what they're doing. Showing them a good time and having fun. When I lived in Boulder, a lot of times there were beers, and there was a certain vibe, and it was fun. I wanted bands to feel like they were coming for a good purpose and for something that wasn't an inconvenience for them.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.