Share your sensibilities at Hard Drive

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Thumbnail image for 0915_hard-drive.jpg
Earlier this summer, a group of DJs started getting together for an informal round table of sorts at City O'City. Inspired by a party they admired in West London called "CDR," a trio of DJs, A-What, Musa and Peter Black, began meeting to play music for one another and talk about the songs each of them had been playing in their sets.

"Many of the parties we get booked for are specific formats," Black explains, "a chill-wave/indie gig, a witch-house party, electro or Bass music night etc. We felt if we sat down and discussed what we played in our sets, we could share what caused the best reactions with dancers, as well as piqued the ears of our listeners.

"Obviously, it's pretty easy for anyone to surf the web and shop online," notes Black, "but regional tastes are cultivated and informed by a lot of our own local influences and taste-makers and vary to a slight degree from the way others play/perform in Baltimore, LA or NYC, despite the global link."

The gatherings have been so successful that the DJs have opened them up to other working DJs and producers who would like to take part in the discussion. Things are still pretty informal at this point; if you'd like to attend, make your way to the Meadowlark tonight at 9 p.m. If you come, bring a top ten list of the hottest tracks in your arsenal whether they're original or commercial.

As things evolve and the Hard Drive swap meet grows, there's talk of creating a forum to play new tracks from local producers, as well as offer remixes for critique from an audience of peers.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.