Pruitt Poythress (due at Artopia this Saturday, February 22) has crafted a sound that translates his fascination with the storytelling styles of hip-hop's golden era into modern dance music. Creating big-room sounds minus the same old build-and-drop structure of most electronic sets, Pruitt works the ebbs and flows of his life into the beats that emanate from the sound system he's controlling. In advance of his appearance at this weekend's Artopia, we spoke with the recent North Carolina transplant about coming to Denver and the new flavor he brings to the scene.
Westword: Coming from North Carolina, what are your thoughts on the scene in Denver?
Pruit Poythress: I always love North Carolina, no matter what. In Denver, though, there's always something happening in the scene. Back in North Carolina, we didn't really get that, so there are more people to listen to your music and get it into the right hands.
When you were in NC, you were a full-time DJ. What are you doing now?
Just grinding, man! I'm a resident DJ with Denver Disco and working part-time with an audio/visual company. I'm producing what I'm driven to produce. Right now it's house music and deep house, and the real melodic big-room songs. I focus on house music because that is what my passion is for. It's always been that way for me, it seems. I listen to a lot of what I produce, and house music is pretty much all I listen to now. I grew up listening to a lot of hip-hop, though -- OutKast, Wu-Tang, and artists you listened to growing up, who were telling their story through their songs.
How are you telling your story with your music?
I would say the up and down -- the versatility. When it goes from a chill song to a hype song, those are parts of me, and the parts I want to show. Like "B3," my newest release, it's something that's more of a chill side of me, and I have other songs coming out that are much more of the party side. There is a lot in between that I haven't been able to put out yet, but one day I will.
What's holding back the release?
Just me being a perfectionist. I don't want to put something out that is not true to me and not true to my story. Anyone can make a big beat and add big bass, but I want to be honest with my songs so that I know they are the best that I can do.
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