File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? We'll tell ya once WE get to share some files.
Who's on your iPod right now? Rex: i-what?; Susan: Two Ton Boa, Amy Winehouse, Throw Rag; Carlos: Waylon Jennings, Jesse Dayton, the Supersuckers.
Parting shot: You're only as good as your last show!
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
4 P.M., SHELTER
Personnel: Justin Gitlin (computer, guitar, bass, vocals, triangle, etc).
Native or transplant? Transplanted from New Hampshire in 1998.
Releases/discography: Automate Everything (2005); Musique Discrete (2003); various remixes and singles for compilations (2004 to present).
What three adjectives best describe your music? Electronic, experimental, breakbeaty.
Favorite place to play a show: The Bluebird is the coolest venue I've played.
Favorite place to hang out/drink: Björk at Red Rocks. Or Sputnik, if I want to stay in the neighborhood and see some friendly faces and get a grilled cheese.
Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): George&Caplin. They've created a large collection of very original and beautiful music over the span of many years and albums. You wouldn't think they could improve their sound, but each new album is more impressive than the last.
Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): I'm not sure about that one, but I used to get excited when I'd hear hip-hop MCs shout out Colorado on their albums.
If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Emerson, because it's got a lot of good, a little bad, it's way stealth, and it doesn't have many stop signs.
If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? There's so much great local talent, but at this moment I would say Scaffolding and Sarah Marcogliese. They bring together elements of music that spread across a wide spectrum of different sounds coming out of Denver: electronic/organic/sexy/experimental/dancey.
Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? It isn't musically, but the artist Bit Meddler had a big impact by influencing my recording-name decision. After hearing his name I laughed for a few minutes and decided to come up with a tongue-in-cheek play on words that would refer to my computer geekiness.
Which album has had the biggest impact on you? There are so many, but right now I would say Jazzanova: The Remixes (1997-2000). The production and style blew me away and made me realize the limitless possibilities of melding genres into something new and interesting (and accessible, if you're into that kind of thing).
File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend. There's so much music out there to sift through to find artists you really like. Downloading is a great way to find out about new music, but I think everybody should try to support the artists they like by buying the albums, etc. Personally, I'd rather have someone download my music "illegally" and enjoy it than not have the chance to hear it.
Who's on your iPod right now? I took a stand against iPods and never got one. But I've been listening to the new albums from Brightblack Morning Light, Amon Tobin, Björk, the Bird and the Bee, and some dubstep, which is a pretty cool new-ish electronic-music genre.
Parting shot: Big up, everyone who makes Denver/Colorado a great place for music and the arts. Let's bring it to the next level. Extra special love to the people who helped me get started in Denver: DJ Idiom, Tyler Potts, Equulei, Dojo, George&Caplin and more.
NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK
6 P.M., ACOMA CENTER
Personnel: Andy Tennant (guitar, vocals); Jim McTurnan (guitar/vocals); Connor Bailey (bass); Warren Wonders (drums).
Native or transplant? Transplants from NY, London, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Releases/discography: Past Lies and Former Lives (2007); CAT-A-TAC EP (2005).
What three adjectives best describe your music? Good, bad and ugly.
Favorite place to play a show: The Stage.
Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Bar.
Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): DeVotchKa.
Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Closer Than You Think Pt. 1" - Everything Absent or Distorted.
If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Speer: We're all over the place and can rarely walk a straight line.
If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Someone on Needlepoint — we need money.