Electronic music is alive and well here in Denver, in all of its many glorious forms. Everything from house and techno to dubstep and glitch-hop are well represented here in the Mile High City. What's more — Denver music fans know their shit and won't accept any second-rate DJs. That sort of mentality breeds quality, as this list of ten of Denver's top DJs, in alphabetical order, proves.
A part of the Sub.Mission collective, as well as the Mile High Sound Movement, Family Moons, and the Headless Bird Clan (HBC), Cloud-D is self-taught and has been making music for six years. Popular in the local bass scene, Cloud-D is one worth keeping an eye out for.
Maggie Despise has over a decade of deejaying experience, and she's the co-founder and head of the Recon DNB crew. She combines drum and bass with dubstep, all while blending dark and light. She has described her music as "having the most beautiful dream and horrible nightmare all at once."
Specializing in dubstep and tribal electronic, Ether has a style influenced massively by far-Eastern sounds. There's some glitch-hop in there, too. So, he likes to mess with sub-genres and style. What comes out the end, however, is very much his own.
7. Late Night Radio
Real name Alex Medellin, Late Night Radio is a project that has been creating a buzz lately, using samples to create hip-hop-styled electronic tracks. According to his own website, "Medellin’s background in hip-hop is crucial to his development as a producer. Unlike some of his contemporaries who came up in the dance music scene, Late Night Radio keeps his cuts funky and inventive with an unshakable commitment to soulful grooves."
Brennan Bryarly, aka Option4, says that he's more house than tech, more deep than disco. He's a Denver guy, but he's happy to admit that his influences come largely from Chicago. In other words, he's house. Don't forget it. His first two singles, "Do Work" and "All the Girls," came out in 2013, and he hasn't looked back since.
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5. Manufactured Superstars
Bradley Roulier and Shawn Sabo are the men of Manufactured Superstars, a high-energy dance duo that likes to dress in NASA uniforms while performing alongside a giant teddy. No, it doesn't make sense, but who cares? They just want to play great tunes while having fun. Good for them.
4. Maya Amack
She might hail from New York, but Maya Amack is in Denver now, and so as far as we're concerned, she's one of us. She started off playing largely house, but now her style is a trippy mix of house and techno. She can often be found at Beta and the Funky Buddha, or throwing an underground party with her 5270 crew.
Andrew Carr is Subliminal, and when he moved to Denver from Memphis in 2007, he became an early part of Sub.mission after looking for fellow dubsteppers in the region. A disciple of Andy C, Carr says that he is determined to combine two records seamlessly into one.
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2. Uriah West
House DJ West started deejaying in 2002, which by coincidence is the same year he moved to Denver. After performing at clubs like 2AM, the Church and Vinyl, and working with the likes of Mark Farina, DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter and Heather, West started Bump Shop Music with Ejay in 2006. Since then he also started the 5280 Music Label by himself. The man likes to keep busy.
1. Vibe Street
Vibe Street is Ben Davis, a man who says he takes influences from game-changing producers in the ever-exploding lectro-hip-hop-glitch-funk movement and combines it with elements of bluegrass, folk, blues and jam. In other words, the man originally from Trumbull, Connecticut, is perfect for the Denver scene.