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By David Goe
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Selector Trev is Trevor Adams, drummer for Dreamboat and former band member of the Jones Adams Duo. Selector Trev, Adams DJ alter ego has played a number of live shows including Big Kid Prom, Radio Soul Train, and he is the resident opening DJ for funk band Tight Thump. Here are his thoughts on DJing and the Grand Junction music scene. Also, at the end of the article check out Selector Trev's Big Kid Prom "Guilty Pleasures" playlist.
1) How long have you been DJing for? When did you first know this is something you wanted to do? What DJs do you look up too?
Well, over the years I've occasionally thrown on music for people to dance to at parties. And I used to DJ at KMSA in the 90s and 00s and then KAFM in the mid-00s. But it's only very recently that I've started DJing at bars and taking it more seriously. I'd been thinking about trying it for a while and then Dusty Thunders asked me to join him DJing at Sabrosa on Valentine's Day, and that started it off.
2) You approach DJing differently than a lot of other DJs do. Talk about your DJ philosophy.
I just play songs that I think will pack the dance floor full of happy people. I don't manipulate the music at all. I don't mix. I just try to pay attention to the dancers and figure out what will make them happy and keep them dancing. All while playing music that I love, too, of course. Also, when I'm dancing, I want to sing along with the music, so 99% of the songs I play have vocals. With a few exceptions, the instrumental electronic thing just isn't my cup of tea.
3) What's your personal philosophy when putting together a set? You play a lot of different genres, how do you mix it all together in a cohesive way?
Well, I do come up with a playlist beforehand, but I'm always ready to totally switch gears, depending on how people respond to the music. Honestly, I don't worry that much about cohesion. I'm not trying to be an electronic musician. I'm just trying to give people great songs to dance to. I try to make the transitions from song to song make sense, but I'm not beat-matching or doing any technical stuff to blend the songs together. And, as a dancer, I actually like the beat to change from song to song. I like the vibe to change a lot throughout the night, while staying fun and dance-able.
4) Whats the biggest misnomer and pet peeve about the Grand Junction music scene?
As far as DJs go, I would like to see more DJs get out of the EDM box. I don't want to hear instrumental electronic music all night long. That's really why I wanted to start DJing. I would go out dancing and not hear a whole lot of music I liked. Of course, I'm a grumpy old man and I'm sure lots of people do want to hear that.
5) What sound are you obsessed with right now? Where do you see music heading in the next couple years?
There isn't any one sound that I'm obsessed with. Musical trends come and go, but I'm always looking for great songs that are fun to dance to and sing along with. Whether rock or pop or rap or R&B.
6) Anything you'd like to add?
I've been having a lot of fun DJing and have been really happy with the positive reception I've been getting. It's great to see that there are so many people who like to dance to the same kind of music that I do. And thanks!
By David Goe
Thursday, June 26, 2014
photo by Ryan Hennessey
Allen Bradley is the bass player for both The Williams Brothers Band and Tight Thump. Taking a couple minutes out of his busy schedule, here is Bradlley's thoughts about forming Tight Thump, playing live shows, and what the Grand Junction music scene is really like.
1. Where did the idea for Tight Thump originate? How did the band come together?
The band started when Tim D'Andrea and Casey Dry approached me one night at Sabrosa and said, and I quote; "We know you aren't in a band right now, so how's about you start a funk band with us?" and with an offer like that who could refuse? We jammed together each week for awhile, but could never find a drummer that wasn't flaky...go figure. One day, a mutual friend of ours said that his neighbor played drums and was interested in playing with us sometime. Enter Mike Van Middendorp, who has proven to be precisely what we needed. The name Tight Thump comes from staying "Tight" or musicians slang for being precise and staying perfectly "in the pocket", and "Thump" is something I picked up from old Parliament albums which is a big influence on our sound.
2. Tight Thump’s music definitely has a fun attitude. Songs like “Salty Bacon” are just fun jams that are primed to set off an audience. How much of the band’s own personality comes through on your songs?
When someone brings a song or a riff to the table, the first thing we look for is something we call "Groove-ability". Our main goal is to keep people dancing. We love seeing people have a good time, and in turn that makes us have the BEST time. Although, we understand that its not an easy task to dance the entire night, so we sprinkle in a few slower floaty songs like "Stay" and "Chains" to give a break for the crowd, as well as us.
3. You guys jam a lot on stage. How do you strike that right balance between jamming out on a song vs staying with a riff for too long? How much of the music is strictly composed vs open ended for jamming?
It's all about the eye contact. Our songs have structures that we stick to, but we keep an eye on each other, and give the nod if its time to move to the next part, or shake your head "no" if say Tim wants to extend a guitar solo. It can be problematic at times, and has resulted in flubs before, but as they say, practice makes perfect.
4. It’s pretty obvious you put a lot of effort in to the live shows and have a lot of fun performing together. Did you start the band with the goal to be a killer live group?
The band came together from our mutual love of live music, and music in general. It started as us just getting together in my old basement and jamming while having a few beers, and over time more and more of our friends would start coming over during our practices and hanging out in the living room. Eventually, it turned into full on dance parties each week on Monday nights, and that's when we decided it was time to start booking shows.
5. You play a lot with Selector Trev. What is it about his style and approach to DJing that you like?
As I've said before in a Facebook post I tagged Trevor in, "I want Trevor Adams to DJ my life." A good DJ can string songs together to kind of "force" you to keep dancing. It's like, one song he plays will be great, and then he follows it up with another perfect song for dancing, and then after that, somehow he will play YOUR FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME, and just keep rolling along in a pattern as such, so I find it fitting to have him do the music for before and after the show and during the breaks. I am also an avid fan of hip-hop, and Trevor happens to be quite well versed on the subject.
6. What’s been the biggest challenge so far with Tight Thump?
The biggest challenge we've had so far is finding the most time to get together and keep the songs fresh in our minds. We've all got our own lives, and our own things going on, and sometimes that has to take priority over practice, but we work together on it and find ways around the obstacles when need be.
7. What do you make of the local music scene here (both musicians and audiences)? Where do you see it going in the future? Where do you see Tight Thump fitting in?
My favorite thing about the GJ music scene, is we're all friends, and very good friends at that. It's not competitive like bigger cities and we all work together and don't let ego's get in the way. That provides a big window of opportunity for the scene as a whole. Audience wise, Grand Junction knows how to throw down quite well, and Ive heard that much from bands that come play here from out of town such as The Blind Pets, who love coming here strictly for the fact that they know the crowd will be there, be friendly, and be as wild as possible. I've got high hopes for all of us musicians in the valley, and I think the coming months and years will bring lots of expansion, such as new bands, and bands going on tour together. We'll just have to see how big we can roll this snow ball.
8. What’s the biggest misnomer and pet peeve you have about the Grand Junction music scene?
My biggest pet peeve is the people who claim that we don't have a scene around here. There is some fantastic talent here, and anyone who says other wise obviously hasn't made it out to any shows. There is a little bit for any style of music you are looking for, from folk, to death metal, to reggae, punk, bluegrass, hip-hop, you name it. Also, you really don't have to look TOO hard to find it.
9. Anything you'd like to add?
My only closing comments is, we are in the process of recording our first E.P entitled "Shaken Booty Syndrome" and it will be released sometime this summer. We used Taylor Riley over at Fusion Audio Solutions, and he does some masterful work. He was the sound engineer for the Zolopht album, which sounds absolutely stellar, and if you haven't gotten it, you more than likely should.
By David Goe
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Denver Westword recently published an article about the 100 (ish) best bands in Denver. They asked Pizza Time, a band who just happens to be playing this Saturday (June 25) at Barons, what's one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project? "We don't sing about pizza," Pizza Time's David Castillo said. Beyond that answer, here are the top five things you should know about Pizza Time:
Pizza Time is signed to Burger Records label, "a rock n roll philanthropic quasi-religious borderline-cultish propaganda spreading group of suburban perma-teen mutants!!!"
Pizza Time's album "Quiero Mas" is entirely in Spanish and available as a free download through the band's Bandcamp site.
Pizza Time is a lo-fi punk group with skate and surf influences.
Pizza Time is actually one person, David Castillo, but they sometimes play as a band.
Pizza Time's logo is a cartoon greasy slice of pizza who sometimes cannibalizes other slices of pizza.
Catch Pizza Time Saturday at Barons with support from local bands Wavebaby and Dreamboat. It is an all-ages show.
By David Goe
Friday, June 20, 2014
Ahead of tonight's Wayne Static show at the Mesa Theater and Club, check out this Five Count radio interview with the man himself. Wayne talks about starting to play music, his original love of KISS, early days of Static X, his new solo tour, and collaborations with guys like DMC (from Run DMC) and former New Edition member Bobby Brown.
The entire interview provides insight to the metal icon's struggle with the music industry and his former Static X band mates, and shows that he's more than a crazy haircut.
By David Goe
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Holy smokes. It's time for another Country Jam. While I'm not planning a trip out to Mack this year to see Lady Antebellum, Kellie Pickler, the LoCash Cowboys, or even Britney Spears' little sister, I do have a lot of fond memories of being out at Country Jam. For some reason my publishing schedule with the Out and About has never synced up with Country Jam weekend so I haven't had the chance to write about it as much as I'd like. Nonetheless, here is the last story I filled about Country Jam. It's not so much about the music, rather the people that make the Jam a memorable experience.
Originally published June 15, 2012
It’s been six years since I last worked backstage at Country Jam.
On summer break from school, I joined my best friend Tate, several career roadies and the Stage Pro team to form the “local crew.”
We were a band of grunts assembled to build the stage, move sound equipment and change gear between sets. Basically, we did the jobs nobody else would do.
It was hot, exhausting, backbreaking work. Road managers for the performers verbally lashed us without mercy, calling out orders all day long. They sent us up the vertical scaffolding to adjust lighting and secure monstrous speakers that could crush us in an instant.
Generally, it was an awful, weeklong nightmare job. But we put up with it for one reason: the coveted all-access pass.
For music nerds such as Tate and me, nothing beats being part of a big show. Country Jam 2006 was a big show. Anyone who has been out to the fields of Mack for the Jam knows it is more than a series of concerts. It’s an experience perfectly designed to share with your best friends.
Country Jam 2006 was my first year out to the festival. Looking back on it, getting to meet Sugarland, learning insider secrets from Terri Clark’s guitar tech, or watching Alan Jackson’s massive headlining set from stage left wouldn’t have been nearly as special without someone to share it with.
The true greatness of Country Jam is not the performers. As long as you’re not blacked out from a SoCo Hurricane or suffering from exposure, Country Jam is a memory waiting to happen.
One evening, Tate and I were sent over to run spotlights for Carrie Underwood’s set. Essentially, we were getting paid to ogle the newly crowned American Idol. It should have been the best gig of the festival. It wasn’t.
A tyrannical monster from Team Underwood who was charged with lighting and directing the stage show criminally abused us for close to two hours.
Someone had failed to mention that we had no experience running spots and that we had only signed up for the job immaturely hoping Underwood would recognize our natural talents and somehow fall in love with us.
The show went live and we operated the hot spots as best we could. The stage director, particularly upset with the spot operator following the lead fiddle player, unleashed a creative and profanity laden monologue and dismissed the poor kid mid-show. He was unjustly fired.
In the moment, I remember looking at Tate. In his eyes I could see we were thinking the same thing. “This guy is the biggest ... ever.”
Country Jam 2006 will always be special for me, and not just because Gretchen Wilson sang “Barracuda” note-for-note.
At that time, Tate had moved to Bozeman, Mont., to become a fighting Bobcat at Montana State University. For that one quick, summer week, we were back together, being bored kids geeking out over live music. It was how it used to be, before I became this “grumpy” columnist.
Experiencing the Jam both in front of the stage and behind it, I’ve seen and felt firsthand how music can bring people together. This year’s Jam will be no different.
You better believe Trace Adkins or Blake Shelton’s 90-minute set will last eternally in the hearts of a group of close friends.
But the secret truth is, it doesn’t matter who plays Country Jam. It only matters who you are with.