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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I have a degree in music composition from Occidental College. I could knock out a dope piano sonata for you if I wasn't too busy organizing my records.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Allow me to fess up to my cultural illiteracy: I have no idea who the hell either of those guys are.

Weezer or Winger?

Winger. Give me the hair band any day of the week.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Hov. H to the O-V. I used to sell snowflakes by the O-Z.

Football or foosball?

Basketball, of the Nuggets variety.

Parting shot?

Radio Bums 2005, you fucking ho!!!

DJ BIG AL
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/NON-TRADITIONAL
6:15 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/offthewalldenver

Personnel:

Just me and my Bronski Beat records.

Native or transplant?

Transplant, from Virginia.

What's in a name?

It reflects my party-oriented nature.

When did you form/start performing?

2003, à la LOST LAKE.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I sound like the inside of Rob Lowe's brain during the filming of St. Elmo's Fire.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

I got a room full of people to dance to "9 to 5," by Dolly Parton.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Upstairs at Eric's (Yaz); Xanadu (Electric Light Orchestra); and anything by Neil Hamburger.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Man Ray, Mark Rothko, Lee, Jan Vermeer, Nikki Holder, Paul Klee.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I design low- mid-rise metal structures for one of the top metal building manufacturing corporations in America.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Pay hippies to take a shower.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Watching The Littlest Groom.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Tori Spelling.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

My own "Man About Town" column in Westword.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That I don't like to party.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I don't know how to DJ.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

They BOTH SUCK.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

I don't like sports.

Parting shot?

Drugs are for suckers.

DJ CHONZ
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/HIP-HOP
9:15 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.djchonz.com

Native or transplant?

Native.

Whats in a name?

Its a Spanish slang word for underwear.

When did you start performing?

1993.

Who or what do you sound like?

I sound like me.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Illmatic (Nas); No One Can Do It Better (the D.O.C.).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Mr. Choc, Kid Capri, DJ Babu and DJ Spinbad.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I work for KS 107.5. Im on air and mix from 5 to 6 p.m. every weekday. I also have a marketing company called Radio Bums Marketing.

Finish this sentence: If I didnt have to worry about money, Id . . .

Travel.

Finish this sentence: Id rather be . . .

Sleeping.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself as a music or program director for a radio station.

Whats the biggest misconception about you?

That I only can play one genre of music.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

Im the very first live commercial DJ to mix on Denver commercial radio.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Im gonna go with Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Football.

DJ CYSKO ROKWELL
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST -- HIP-HOP
8 P.M., VINYL PATIO

DJ IDIOM
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST -- HIP-HOP
5:30 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website: www.djidiom.com

Personnel:

Me.

Native or transplant?

Liver transplant.

What's in a name?

A name can be nothing or everything. In my case, I chose Idiom because I needed a name to write on a CD a few years ago, and I felt it was descriptive of my style and mentality.

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