Q&A with Travis Egedy of Pictureplane

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WW: A couple of years ago, I used to see you and there would be a small group of people and a few months later I'd see much larger crowds, to the point where I didn't know most of them. What do you attribute this to?

TE: I don't think it happened that fast. It was more I had played around a lot all the time. I don't know. Living at Rhinoceropolis was a turning point and playing there. Playing some bigger shows. I remember early on, I played an Orthrelm show. There were a couple of shows at Monkey Mania that I played that were pretty high profile. I don't even really know what the turning point was. I think just the fact that I was playing all the time and that kids maybe liked it. At Monkey Mania, I played with Excepter. I remember seeing HEALTH there, and not many people were there, and I didn't really talk to them that night. I was at Monkey Mania a lot both when Josh [Taylor] lived there and afterward.

WW: You're from Santa Fe. When did you move to Denver?

TE: Seven years ago, when I was eighteen and out of high school. I went to RMCAD [Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design]. It was a good decision, and I'm glad I did that. I was really excited to be at art school. I love art, and it was neat to be around all these artist kids. I felt like I could really be myself. Denver was close yet far enough. The school seemed awesome. I didn't really know anything about Denver [before moving here]. I lived in the suburbs for three years - Wheatridge, Lakewood and Edgewater. My school was in Lakewood. All my friends lived there. It was weird. Denver was really foreign to me at that point. I would come into town to go to a show or something, and the city was just this huge place. Which is just so funny now because Denver is so small. I lived downtown in LoDo for a little bit, then Capitol Hill then Rhinoceropolis, where I've lived for three years now.

WW: How did you get hooked up with the people at Rhinoceropolis?

TE: Through my friend Harry Walters, who went to RMCAD. He was friends with Buddy [Milton Melvin Croissant III], and he knew all those guys. I found Monkey Mania on the Internet and thought, "Wow, I need to go to this place, it seems awesome!" I went to a couple of shows there and introduced myself to Buddy, and he invited me to a party at their house, where he and Warren Bedell and Zach Spencer lived together. I went to some of their house parties. They came to some parties of mine out in the suburbs. We just hit it off. Then they started Rhinoceropolis, and I started going there all the time. I thought they were the way cool kids at the time -- which they were.

WW: I imagine Santa Fe being this beautiful place with a lot of artists and hippies. Is it really like that there?

TE: Yeah it is, kind of. Just recently, it's still changing, evolving. I was there this summer for a little while. Santa Fe blows me away with how progressive that place is. It feels like ten years ahead of the rest of the country. It's super slow paced and laid back. Everyone's really chill and friendly. Everyone's kind of a hippie and the Hispanic culture is really strong down there. There's a lot of Native American culture, which is neat to see. The town is a little segregated. There's a lot of wealth, rich white people there. The Hispanics kind of live on the other side of town. But it's not that bad. There's just not a lot for young people to do there. It's a very small community. Very established. All the galleries cater to the older artists. There's not really a young scene there at all, which is weird.

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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.