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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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I sound like the kind of stuff that goes on behind the scenes at the Adult Film Awards. Sometimes I sound like nails on a chalkboard.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Guitar Center store winner, fourth year in a row.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze, soundtrack to Boogie Nights.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Ron Jeremy, Hilary Duff, Joe Francis (creator of Girls Gone Wild), DJ Swamp, Skratch Piklz, Alies, Peter North, Jena Jameson,

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

Where do I start?! Loan officer (because I think everyone should own a house), Custom Belt Buckle supplier (at Colorado Mills mall), artist (because I can't help but paint fat-ass canvases), and, of course, DJ.

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

...take two chicks at the same time. Actually, I'll do that anyway.

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

...with three chicks at the same time.

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

It would be a mix of: Mr. Burns, Dirk Diggler, Tyler Durden, Godzilla and Alec Baldwin.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years older, 500 times more successful.

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

Some people think the Crunk Bros. are not the best crew in Colorado. All I can say is, "If you're going off of skills, then we definitely are."

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

Mayonnaise sucks, 151 & Coke is still viagra, and, sometimes, "shit happens when you party naked!"

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Smith's Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezy, fo' sheezy.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Z-Trip.

Football or foosball?

Depends if I have money riding on it -- but I do like the cheerleaders

Parting shot?

Make sure you check out the Custom Belt Buckles at Colorado Mills mall in front of the Ecko store. Check out any of our mix CDs, Diverse out now. S.C.E.E.N. productions' "Carlos aka Lunchbox." And, of course, the Crunk Bros. crew.

DROP THE FEAR
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE/ECLECTIC

Website: www.dropthefear.com

Personnel:

Ryan Policky, Sarah Marcogliese, Gabriel Ratliff.

Native or transplant?

Sarah: Two countries, eight states, 35 homes -- and, no, my dad wasn't in the service.

Ryan: Born and raised in good ol' Littleton, CO. Watched as the bombs were being made right next door.

Gabriel: Colorado via Tennessee via Virginia via Texas via Washington, D.C.

What's in a name?

Ryan: Names are something which need no explanation. Take from them your own interpretation. Drop the Fear had many personal ties and motivations, and I feel many out there can relate to these three simple words. "Fear" has engulfed many out there in the world, and many have simply lost awareness of it. Sarah: Hey, we all have fears, and sometimes it's worth an attempt to "drop" them. Gabriel: I think names can take on a couple of forms when it comes to a band. It can simply be an inside joke among people that play music together; it can have some personal meaning to the individuals in the group, which brings strength and motivation; or it can have an external message to the universe, which the group, as well as its audience, can feed off of and continually come back to. Personally, I thought "Drop the Fear" filled all of those.

When did you form/start performing?

We formed back in 2003, began recording immediately, and starting playing out live in 2004.

Releases/discography:

Listen EP (2004); Drop the Fear CD/DVD (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Sarah: An eclectic soundscape of shadow and light.

Ryan: A melding of lush soundscapes, with instrumental/vocal layers forming the boundaries. The album in itself is an array of emotions which chain together much like how they do in life. Gabriel: Two tablespoons of Massive Attack, one cup of Slowdive, four tablespoons of Boards of Canada, one teaspoon of Bjrk, 1/4 cup of M83, and several pinches of too many other people to name.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Best Music DVD for Westword was a biggie. Also had some huge accomplishments abroad. Landed some songs on college radio, and at one point were being spun on over 120 radio stations, with a slew of them reporting us in the top ten for CMJ and RPM. At one point, we were getting more adds to stations than some of our heroes in the music industry. The Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera also put us in their top-ten lists for the year, and our partnership with helmet r00m recordings definitely played a huge part in much of our success.

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