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By David Goe
Friday, January 23, 2015
Photo by Jodi Coleman Niernberg
I’ve got mad respect for Trevor Adams.
Currently playing around town as Selector Trev, Adams has committed his life to music in the same way that many people commit their lives to a religion or a sports team. For him, music is not a hobby, it is a fundamental reason for being.
“My relationship with music, whether playing drums, singing, shopping in a record store, going to shows, dancing, or listening to recordings, has always been powerful and important to me. It’s definitely the most important thing in my life, after my relationships with the people I love,” Adams says.
For someone who’s spent his life in the music industry, doing everything from barbershop choruses to music theater, you could say his dedication to music started nearly 30 years ago with a family visit from his cousin Chris.
Armed with a mix tape filled with songs recorded off a radio broadcast and a rap’s greatest hits collection featuring early pioneers Run DMC, Fat Boys and Salt-N-Pepa, his cousin unknowingly set Adams on a course that would change his life.
“Being raised Christian, and going to Christian school, we didn’t listen to much other than the local Christian radio station in our house,” Adams said.
Other than the “American Graffiti” soundtrack, which his dad would play from time to time, there wasn’t much interaction with secular music during his youth.
His introduction to rap music not only was his first experience with modern music, it was a glimpse into a much bigger world.
“The way rap music influenced me most was that I became interested in beats and rhythms. Rap is so much about the drums that I just had to learn to play drums myself. And once I found out that girls wanted to dance with guys who could dance, I watched rap videos (MC Hammer, Kid ‘n Play, Young MC) to learn to do the cool moves like the Running Man.”
Learning to play drums led Adams to the indie rock world not only in Grand Junction — he played in early indie bands The Loveletter Band and Jones Adams Duo and later with Dreamboat — but across the Pacific Northwest. Working as a musician in Portland, Oregon, and Bellingham, Washington, Adams plugged into the burgeoning indie rock scene, befriending a number of musicians, including Ben Gibbard of the band Death Cab for Cutie and electronic group Postal Service.
Adams’ love for rhythm eventually led him to his current profession as a club DJ, or as he prefers, a selector.
“I love to go out dancing. It’s the main reason I DJ. I kept finding myself at a bar, wanting to have a fun night dancing, and being disappointed that the DJ was playing instrumental electronic music all night long. I want to hear a variety of genres, styles, rhythms, tempos and beats throughout the night. I think that a lot of people feel the same way,” he says.
As Adams has grown into his role as a selector, he’s doing something that few other DJs in town can or are willing to do.
Known loosely as “the guy who DJs but doesn’t really DJ,” Adams pays homage to great pop tunes across all decades and genres in his setlists. He is a punk rock DJ running counter culture to everyone else.
While most other DJs are busy beatmatching between one subgenre of EDM, Adams’ appreciation of both the past and the present shines through at his shows. Only at a Selector Trev gig could you hear Bobby Brown next to the Kinks, INXS next to LL Cool J.
“Everything I’ve done with music has been about love rather than commerce,” he says. “I feel like the whole point of DJing is to make people happy. If I play music they love and that makes them dance, and dancing makes them feel good, then it’s been a successful night.”
A lifetime of living and breathing music, Adams’ passion is infectious to anyone who is lucky enough to meet him or attend one of his shows. He earns my respect every day and every night just by being himself and living true to his life’s passion.
Selector Trev plays 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Barons and again at the Winter White Party with Dusty Thunders and DJ Strangefellow at Charlie Dwellington’s on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Selector Trev's "Stay Gold 2014" Gift Mix:
By David Goe
Thursday, January 15, 2015
If you think that all pop music sounds the same, wait until you see this year's summer festival lineups. As more and more lineups are released to the public, the lack of diversity between major events is disturbing. Not so long ago each festival used to have its own regional vibe, now everything is essentially the same. Case in point, take a look at the graph Spin Magazine put together. It illustrates just how much crossover there is between Bonnaroo, Coachella, and The Governors Ball music festivals. Conclusion? It's a good time to be a fan of Florence and the Machine.
By David Goe
Thursday, January 15, 2015
With a new year comes new changes and new resolutions. If you pay attention to the early signs, 2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year for music in Grand Junction.
Collectively, the Grand Valley music community seems determined to have its best, most exciting year yet, and that’s got me thinking that western Colorado may finally capitalize on the state’s exploding music community, maybe.
In true Internet list-o-mania fashion, here are five reasons why Grand Junction’s music scene will totally rule 2015:
1. Skylark Events
A new production company, Skylark Events, is wasting no time making a name for itself.
The brainchild of Cash Kiser and Lloyd Hutchinson, Skylark is an independent music promotion company with the sole goal of bringing quality live music to Grand Junction.
Starting with Saturday’s The Yawpers and The Conifer show at Barons, Skylark has lined up a number of Colorado’s burgeoning rock bands for local shows. Denver based bands In Transition (Jan. 16), Rubedo (Jan. 30), Rossonian, and Raven at the Writing Desk (Jan. 31) will all swing through Grand Junction this month.
That’s a substantial pace that I hope holds out over 2015.
2. The Avalon Theatre
Partially remodeled and ready for the masses, is Avalon Theatre ready to be the major music venue for Grand Junction?
While the theater won’t reach its true potential until the stage remodel is completed during phase two, early announced concerts are a positive sign that maybe the Avalon will once again be a music destination.
Banjo superstars Bèla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform live on Jan. 17 and Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang perform on Feb. 20.
Both shows feature world-class talent — Fleck alone has won 15 Grammy Awards — and more importantly have enough crossover appeal to draw in wider audiences. If these are the type of shows the Avalon continues to book I’d say it’s a good sign for downtown Grand Junction.
3. The Local
Speaking of downtown Grand Junction, another live music venue has opened for business.
Occupying the old Dolce Vita space, the new spot known as The Local is a mixed-use space and looks like a future haven for local musicians. It’s a restaurant, café, bar (liquor license in process), art space and live music venue.
It’s open later than any other downtown location (serving the full menu until 4 a.m.), and gives the people what they really want after a night of bar hopping: food.
In case you are wondering, with the Local now open there are at least eight locations just on Main Street that regularly host live music. It’s no 6th Street in Austin, Texas, but Grand Junction’s Main Street is slowly turning into the central activity hub it so desperately wants to be.
4. Loudwire Music Festival
Replacing Rock Jam this summer is the Loudwire Music Festival. Little is known about this event other than it’s supposed to be a rebooted modern take on the Rock Jam festival formula and that multi-platinum selling faux metal group Linkin Park are confirmed as headliners.
Taken from a previous Daily Sentinel report, the festival “will feature some of the world’s greatest rock bands from all genres of rock — hard, classic, alternative, metal, and indie” on three stages.
Depending on how the festival lineup fills out, this could be an exciting yearly addition for the Grand Valley.
The Loudwire brand is a major player in the rock world, so I hold out hope that this event will worth the $80 general admission ticket.
5. Country Jam’s Toilet Initiative
First off, the announced lineup is the best it’s ever been. Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and The Band Perry are all worldwide superstars and they are playing in our backyard.
Second, and good lord is this a doozy, Country Jam just made the most innovative festival move in history by allowing festival-goers the option to reserve their own port-a-potty.
No joke, for $130 you can reserve and lock up your own toilet. Multi-day festivals are notorious for nose curdling toilet banks, and the thought of renting my own personal port-a-potty sanctuary sounds like heaven.
By David Goe
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
With Christmas in the review mirror, it’s time to wind down and focus on what really matters: your New Year’s Eve plans.
If you’re like me you probably need a vacation from your Christmas vacation. It’s exhausting work making Christmas cookies, out doing the neighbors with your light display, decorating the tree… You love the holidays, it’s your favorite time of year, but it’s a lot of work.
Let’s face it; you deserve a party. For the last month you’ve been scouring stores and beating away other shoppers for the perfect gifts, doing your best to wrap them nicely, and you probably did your fair share of stressing over budgets and finding a hideous Christmas sweater for the office holiday party.
It’s time to shed all that work and worry, and celebrate the end of something great and the start of something new. This New Year’s Eve there are plenty of reasons to hit the town for dancing and drinks. A number of the area’s favorite musicians are gearing up for one last hooray and you are cordially invited.
If you don’t mind a little walking or you just want to attend all the New Year’s Eve parties you can then Downtown Grand Junction is the place for you. From Charlie Dwellingtons on the far end of Main Street to Baron’s on Colorado, there are a number of parties and drink specials to take advantage of.
The place I suggest you start is Barons for the “Tight Gun Thump Down New Year’s Bash”. First off, the bar is huge so it’s unlikely that you’ll be completely packed in like sardines. There’s plenty of room to spread out, talk to your friends, and dance, dance, dance the night away. Second, what better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than with two of Grand Junction’s most celebrated bands: Shotgun Hodown and Tight Thump.
I don’t know about you but I want my New Year’s Eve party to be unpredictable. As it just so happens, both these bands are predicated on unpredictability. Oh, there will surely be some odd moments at this party. You’ll probably question your own sanity, maybe experience moments of delirium, but when you loose it to their funky bluesy, booty shaking music, all that holiday stress will be long forgotten.
A block up from Barons at Sabrosa, DJ Phoenix and VJ Coltrain will be spinning dance tunes leading up to the midnight hour. If pumping bass and non stop dancing is your preferred way to send out the year (it’s also a great way to sober up if you’ve hit the sauce too hard, too fast), Sabrosa is your spot.
If you’re looking to spend New Year’s Eve sipping on tasty drinks and snacking on delicious appetizers, then the far end of the Grand Valley at Palisade’s Peach Street Distillers is the place to be. One of Grand Junction’s favorite bands, Jack n Jill, is playing all night long and Grand Junction’s best restaurant, Bin 707, is providing appetizers for the evening. Keep in mind, if you commit to this event you’ll be anchored there all night. Distillery drinks are devilishly good, so make sure to have a designated driver lined up.
Wednesday may seem like an odd day to go out for a party, but if you’re lucky you get Thursday off to recover and Friday is going to be a total waste of a workday anyway, so you’ve basically got a four-day weekend coming up. Be selfish and cut loose this New Year’s Eve. You worked hard in 2014 so treat yourself.