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For This Moment, We Thank You
The epoch of anticipation comes to an end as the moment has finally arrived - With immense pride, we welcome you to, Till The Break of Dawn: A Moment In Time. Thank you so much for joining us in this celebration of underground dance music. Get ready for breathtaking views and stunning production from one of the scene's most talented group of creatives. We promise you this will definitely be a memorable experience that you'll cherish for years to come. Our 'Til The Break of Dawn event series, in its massive iteration, started with the 'Under The Stars' event in 2020, receiving a massive outpouring of support within the community. This year, we're approaching AMIT with an inspired level of focus on growth and evolution. Emphatically, with the additions of a second full stage, bookings of DJ Dara and R.A.W. as headliners, along with meticulous attention to ambiance & detail, we're taking this production to a whole new level. Indeed, this will be our most impressive event and wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and core team: AK Productions, Quite Low Records, Quite Right Records, Revival Concepts, and Bass'D Out DNVR. Most importantly, however, we have been humbled by the enormous showing of love and support from our friends, family, and community. Many of you are going above and beyond just to be in attendance this year and there are no words to describe how much we appreciate every one of you. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for spending this moment in time with us! None of this is possible without you. We are tremendously honored to have you as our guests and want to make it clear that everyone is welcome. Moreover, we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone has an amazing experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our staff should any difficulties arise. Above all, this is a time for celebration. We're thrilled so many of you are able to join us this year because you are the reason why we do this. With that in mind, let's seize the moment- Together, we can make this a truly unforgettable weekend. Thanks again for supporting the music, the artists, and our collective movement. We love you! See you on the dance floor. For more info, please visit the TTBOD event site.
Emyli Dahlia wants to get Lost in the Moment with You
Do you remember where you were the last time you shook your ass so hard that you lost track of time? If not, that's definitely okay because you likely got lost in the moment. That's what underground dance music is all about, right? Obviously, we wouldn't love those late nights in bars or dusty warehouses if it wasn't. Moreover, it sometimes slips the mind that there's a person masterminding that infectious effervescence which entrances us on the dancefloor. Thus, as we return to dancefloors, it's hard not thinking about those high energy sets from artists like Emyli Dahlia- The ones that get us lost in the moment. Furthermore, let's be thankful that we're getting those vibes back very soon. You might find her somewhere, deep inside her home studio, ensconced in various purple fabrics and LEDs, behind her DJ rig adorned with plushy bunnies. Or, you can two-step your way down to the Tin Cup for her mellifluous curations on Techno Taco Tuesdays & Sound Saturdays. Wherever you find Emily Dahlia, in all her glorious vivacity, you're sure to find euphonious rhythms. This, above almost anything else. is what we adore about her. When she's on the 1's and 2's, you can't not feel the beat. Something About Emyli Dahlia is So Contagious So, how the fuck does she do that?! You could lose your shoes, wallet, phone and keys all in one night yet still remember the moment the beat caught you. It's almost like we gyrate free from our sense of awareness of everything except the music. So much so, we tend to even forget about the artist behind the decks pumping us full of that posterior wobbling verve. However, with Emyli, she exudes such infectious energy that it becomes impossible to exclude her from our sensory escapades. From this, we develop an inordinate sense of wanting more. In other words- That's that shit we like! As we all get to the business of emptying our bank accounts for festival tickets and party favors, we face difficult decisions. Certainly, the sudden influx of events lining the calendars of various venues is gonna leave us in diverse states of perplexity and bewilderment. With that in mind, it's best to choose wisely and go with the guaranteed option. As a result, you should definitely toss some greenbacks at a chance to see Emyli Dahlia do her thing. Her vibe is so contagious and you're guaranteed to feel it during her set! Luckily for us, Quite Right! Records has her on deck for her next live appearance. Surely, there couldn't be a more aptly named or felicitous place to see her than at her next event- A Moment In Time. So, strap on your party helmet and let's get lost on the dancefloor. Bass'D Out DNVR: What have you been up to since the pandemic hit and DJ bookings, events, and nightlife in general took a nosedive? Emyli Dahlia: I’ve spent a lot of time DJing alone in my house. I upped my home LED lighting game A LOT. I started a YouTube channel and have done a bunch of live streams, including Acid Night Online, the streaming version of my quarterly party I used to throw at Tennyson’s Tap. BOD: It's dope how different everyone's response is to that question and it def sounds like you put that time to good use. What stands out to you the most about that experience?
EmD: I enjoyed the time away from the scene because it helped me hone in my own specific sound a little more, since I wasn’t really being influenced as much by whoever I was opening for at the clubs. I also really enjoyed watching what other artists did online with their time in quarantine and felt very inspired by many of the streams I saw from some of my favorite artists. BOD: I definitely co-sign on that! It was a nice break from the monotony of the scene for sure. That's an interesting point too considering you're actually from Boston. For a lot of people out here, this is the only scene they know. So, the obvious question here is what's the scene like out there? EmD: I have been to a few shows there and I think the people dance less but have just as much love for the music as we do in Denver. BOD: Right on. I would say the artists we have here are a big part of that. Have you worked with any of the artists from out there? EmD: I did a live stream with the Boston techno crew, Infra, at one point last year. It was a lot of fun working with them and they’re super talented. BOD: It's always good to hear the love for the music is everywhere. But, it begs the question; what brought you to Colorado?
EmD: I made the move to Colorado in 2005, for snowboarding and to work in the ski industry. BOD: Ha, I never would've guessed it had anything to do with the mountains. It seems like you've made friends pretty quick out here too, considering your affiliations with Strange People and Beyond Collective. How have these partnerships helped you in your development as an artist? EmD: Both my crews are super encouraging. They remind me to keep working on production and make me feel supported as an artist. BOD: That's tight, and it sounds like they can see you have something special brewing. From what I can tell, you have a very colorful personality which I'm excited to witness at ‘Til the Break of Dawn next month. Should we be prepared for a high energy performance? EmD: Yeah, my sets are super high energy. I like to make people dance & party and keep it playful. BOD: So, the next one up for you is a camping festival. Are you big on those and how excited are you to be playing live again? EmD: I absolutely can’t wait to play for people and on a big sound system- I live for it! I love camping festivals. Catch me on my converted purple short-bus. BOD: LOL! I like your attitude! What should we expect from you next...? "Expect some hammerhead sharks swimming your way soon." It's hard to know exactly what that means, but it sounds cool as fuck! Of course, that makes total sense because, well... Emyli Dahlia is cool as fuck. Don't even consider missing this opportunity to catch her doing her thing live, for the people. Hopefully, the guest mix she dropped for us can hold you over until then. Check it out below and be sure to follow her socials to stay up to date on her journeys into sound. Follow Emyli Dahlia: Facebook | SoundCloud | YouTube | Instagram | Mixcloud | Twitch
Einida Eleven Must've Invented HGH for Beats
The best thing coming from this nightlife sabbatical, is most assuredly what awaits us when we return to the dancefloor. Certainly, artists are chomping at the bit to get back in the booth- at least the die-hards are. As a result, they're swiftly ditching their live-stream placations for the familiar roar of a raucous and effervescent crowd. From this mass uncoupling of couch and ass, we can surmise one thing - producers and DJs alike, got fresh beats on deck, for days - no cap! Ever the lab-rat, Einida Eleven is certainly no exception here. Just like many of his peers, he's ready to show us that the best is yet to come. Surely, everyone in the production game consistently logs crazy hours over the wheels and in the studio. Nevertheless, when it comes to evolution of sound, not all beatmakers are created equal. In particular, this is true for a sonic vessel like Elijah Garcia. Even he looks back at his early Einida Eleven productions and is aghast at his proclivity for progress. Indeed, if you're intimate with his development since his 2017 debut, you might share that sentiment. Thus, it's clear that he was built for an inadvertent and sudden expansion of free-time. Or, maybe he's just soaking his stems in HGH and steroids. Einida Eleven's Got More Soul than a Sock wit' a Hole... Truly it feels like he's found the secret sauce. Some concoction he infuses with a dash of Miracle Grow for the soul and squirt of Rogaine for beats. If only it were that simple. As one would expect, it simply comes down to good ol' studio grinding, focus & discipline, and spiritual inspiration. Actually, that should be obvious even to the casual dancefloor enthusiast. While your favorite DJ was panic buying toilet paper and hand-sanitizer, Einida Eleven was tarrying in his bunker, avoiding the hysteria. Otherwise, he was likely subdued within the serenity of nature, replenishing his spiritual stockpile. Literally stocking up on ammunition for his secret weapon- That thing that allows him to unleash a limitless and ever evolving stream of creative consciousness. In his own words: "...the spiritual and emotional growth that comes from tapping into the vibrations of sound." Undoubtedly, the dude's got soul. With that in mind, it's easy to see how he continues to develop his talent so quickly. Moreover, it's clear why he's getting so much love in the scene, from the Denver underground and beyond. As we inch ever closer to the return to the dancefloors, we can only hope every artist put their time to good use. Thankfully, Quite Right! Records is bringing his energy to 'Til the Break of Dawn: A Moment In Time. Therefore, we won't have to wait long to see for ourselves. And what better setting than lakeside, up in the mountains, to bear witness to how far Einida Eleven has come. Bass'D Out DNVR: I’ve noticed that you’ve been a busy man in the lab lately with a string of new releases on SoundCloud along with some fresh contributions to a few compilation albums. Would you say we’re starting to see the fruits of your labor during the pandemic? E11: I've been grinding hard on music for the last few years. I would say I have seen the fruits of my labor all along the way. I've been welcomed with open arms by quite a few people and labels around the world. Those, I would say were the first fruits of my labor. BOD: Nice. It sounds like we should expect some big things from you this year. How else have you spent that extra time that normally would have been absorbed by gigs? E11: I've always been a nature person but since the pandemic I have definitely been called to spend more time with Mamma Gaia. BOD: That's good to hear man, glad you're managing to stay busy. So, I didn’t realize until now that you barely dropped your first original track back in 2017 yet you’ve been noticeably prolific while getting lots of love in the scene. Would you agree that you’ve improved quickly? E11: Yes! I've definitely been catapulted forward with my music production. I put an insane amount of time and energy into it. That, along with my enrollment in Vesela Nota Music Production School, gives me the necessary tools I need to move along as quickly as I have. BOD: How has your sound evolved over the years? E11: I would say the feel of my music is consistent but my production quality continues to grow insanely. BOD: No, doubt bro, you've definitely bubbled-up quickly and it shows in the beats. Beyond the music, the content you put out on social platforms makes you come across as a real soulful dude. One of your most played tracks on SoundCloud, ‘Con Los Mismo Entencíon’ which you categorized under the “Storytelling” genre, seems to exemplify this. Is that your motivation for "Playing house, trance and down tempo medicine for the soul...”? E11: My motivation for making this style of music is the spiritual & emotional impact and growth that the audience and I can experience when we tap into the vibrations of the sounds! My music is very intentional and is often channeled through me from source along with the higher vibrations at play. BOD: Right on, so basically, you pull in energy from all directions - I definitely feel you on that! How do you channel your spirituality into the music? E11: I set up crystal grids, smudge regularly, and stay in a meditative state on a regular basis. All of these things allow me to receive whatever messages are out there, especially the ones I may need to hear- LOVE! BOD: Quite Right! is definitely known for their deep, euphoric, and uplifting releases, so dropping beats through their label seems like a natural fit for you. How did that relationship come about? E11: I've known the Quite Right crew for several years now. Started out as a DJing relationship but quickly grew into so much more. Brandon [Loyche] has supported me since day one and I am forever grateful for that. That support is what helped me grow so quickly. Even when my music wasn’t so great, Brandon always found something nice to say about it and gave me really helpful pointers as well. BOD: My man Brandon's been doing his thing with Quite Right! def giving Colorado artists a dope platform. Speaking of dope platforms, you've also recently done collabs with Kosa and Unfinished Monkey. How have they affected your career and creativity? E11: Kosa records crew has been in my corner since day one as well! Endless support has been the biggest factor in my growing success. I actually have a track on Kosa Records' very first release. It's a compilation album full of artists I’ve admired for a long time. This really made me step my game up and is doing a lot for my music career. Unfinished Monkey Records is a new relationship of mine, but I’ve got mad love for those guys already. With that in mind, I can't forget to mention Plurpura and Garasadah Records. They've released some of my music and i have a great relationship with them too. After working with these guys for years, they continue to show me support and help me grow. BOD: Of course! It always pays to surround yourself with positive and like-minded beat junkies. Speaking of which, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’re definitely going to feel right at home with an open-air set at ‘Til the Break of Dawn – A Moment in Time. On a scale of one to Davy Crockett, how psyched are you to blast some beats out in the wilderness and what vibe are you planning on bringing? E11: You already know I am Davy Crockett excited lol! I'll be laying out some fresh originals along with some jungle bangers! BOD: That's what we like to hear! Definitely looking forward to your set. For now, what can fans expect from you in the near future? Any shout-outs? "Hugest shout out to my music teacher, Stanisha Krstic and Vesela Nota Music Production School! I've got a bunch of releases in the works - about 20 tracks dropping this year at least! Stay tuned! Love!" You'll regret it if you miss your next chance to see Einida Eleven live, so be sure to cop those A Moment In Time tickets here now. Until then, catch a vibe to the Einida Eleven BOD Featured Artist Playlist below. It's got some of his old and new releases mixed in with his most popular tracks currently available on SC. It definitely gives you a taste of where he started and where he's headed. If you didn't know about him before, now you know... Follow Einida Eleven: Facebook | BandCamp | SoundCloud | Beatport | Instagram | Mixcloud
El Conquistador is Ready to Conquer the Underground
We're setting our sights on a triumphant return to live music in the Denver Underground after a long layoff. With many of the roadblocks already being lifted for an uninhibited return to the dance floor, DJs are beginning to refuel their bass cannons. Certainly, that is music to the ears of bassheads in the scene and promoters in the region are responding, in droves, with a flurry of new event announcements. AK Productions, Quite Low Records and Quite Right Records are no exception as they gear up for the return of 'Til The Break of Dawn. In response to their call to arms, El Conquistador is ready to conquer the underground, hitting the ground running, following a long hiatus. Francisco Pizarro, known affectionately in the underground as El Conquistador, is wasting no time in getting back into action. For him and many others, the pandemic will go down as a time for reflection and revitalization. With his return to the Colorado wilderness for A Moment in Time, he's calling for us all to witness his growth as an artist and an ardent supporter of all things bass music! Specifically, his trigger finger is itching to bombard us with his payload of incendiary beats. Undoubtedly, Cisco cannot wait to remind us exactly why his El Conquistador moniker is truly fitting. Moreover, he wants to show us all that he's ready to conquer the game. Certainly, with backing from so many of the infamous bass music crews around Denver, his credentials are fully verified. Therefore, the logical next move is for him to show us exactly why they're adding him to their cavalries - on the dance floor. Indeed, jumping on a lineup full of Denver's bass infantry is the perfect opportunity to get back into midseason form. After dropping the opening set for TTBOD in 2020, it makes perfect sense to highlight him as part of the festival's return. As a result, BOD couldn't resist the chance to check in with El Conquistador as he gets set to grace the decks for AK, QL, and QR once again. Certainly, the Miami transplant has plenty to say about why he brings his talents to the bass capital. Above all, he has plenty to say about why he's ready to conquer the Denver underground. Bass'D Out DNVR: You were set to do big things in 2020 before the pandemic took a never-ending shit on the nightlife industry. How’d you manage to stay in top form music-wise last year? What are some positive things that came out of that experience for you musically? El Conquistador: 2020 - What a shit show! I'm glad it's over. 2020 was going to be a great year for dnb in Denver. I was able to stay in top form by getting to do a lot of live streams. Those are just fun! There really isn't any pressure. I try new things and see how not only it mixes but also how its received by the people tuned into these streams - the chat room can be revealing. 2020 was nice to just be in my DJ room and play around with dnb and other genres like breaks, glitch-hop and funky house (man do I love it)! BOD: So, I know you’re originally from Florida, the land of booty bass and nasty breakbeats, but be honest, who's bass music scene goes harder - Denver or Miami? Is it hard being an up-and-coming DJ in a such a huge market, known for major events like Ultra and WMC? ELC: I'm from the 305 bro! Growing up in Miami is crazy and you get exposed to so much more then Bass Music. Miami was home to all genres of House when I was growing up. Bass music was always very underground and one of the reasons I was drawn to it back in boarding school, in the mid '90s. If you look at something like the WMC, there weren't many dnb parties. I remember the good old days, if you will, of the RAM vs. VIRUS party for example. I'll let you just imagine that one in yo' head! Denver is called the Bass Capital for a reason! I feel moving out of Miami to the Mile High City was a great move. The people and DJ friends I've made here are raising my skills as a DJ and I'm finding people that I can build things with. There's a barrage of drum and bass crews here with some of the best talent that I've seen, period. Over the years, I've seen some shit (good and bad...so very bad)! DJing in Miami is different. You have the big major clubs with the biggest names in dance music you can think of, but there's also a gritty underground scene if you look hard enough. You can find any type of EDM on any given night. So, if you want to go to one of the meccas of dance music, you best bring your 'A game' or go home, son! BOD: We have to address the alias now. Is it an homage to the 18th century explorer/conquerors, a tribute to the song by Thirty Seconds To Mars (shout-out to Jared Leto), or because you really loved that WWF tag team from the ‘80s? How’d you come up with it and what is the significance of it to you? ELC: Ha! Let's see who knows their history...the name my momma gave me is Francisco Pizarro. Someone, somewhere, at some point said, "...dude you are named after one of the most vicious conquistadors and your sound matches. You should be El Conquistador (They did a grand gesture when they said it)!" I thought about it long and hard for many years because I didn't want to offend anyone...but I figured since my name is Francisco Pizarro and I drop bombs I could get away with it! BOD: You’re known for your affiliations with Drum & Bass Proper, Altitude Sickness, Upfront Range and The Distinguished, so your Denver underground cred is fully verified. How did these relationships come about? How has working with these crews helped you as an artist? ELC: Yup! The Denver Collective! So it took work. Denver is a very tight nit place and rightfully so due to the talent that is here. I started going to shows once I found them! Slowly they kept seeing my face at shows and we just started talking shop. Then CCP asked me for a mix for Drum and Bass Proper mini mix series. I was always behind the scenes, that is where I can do the most good and that is mainly what I do now...but all these guys saw it a different way. I started getting invited places, was getting asked for more mixes and more opportunities came...from playing the Black Box and the system they have in the big room to Till the break of dawn parties. Once they found out I was business savvy the offers came in not only to be crew but also make an impact on the scene in Denver by being a boss of these crews, I was floored! I really was taken aback THEY, these massively talented DJs and crews wanted ME and my vision for music in this city. The Distinguished is special, about 70 strong, we not only have the dirtiest dnb DJs...but ALL GENRES! We have house with Queen Beats and more DJs then I can name, techno DJs, Dubstep DJs, hip hop and turntablists. The Distinguished provides the DJs for Denver. It's where veterans meet the new generation. You see that D go to that party! Altitude Sickness is the, "I just a 'wanna have a great time crew!" We are looking to help break up and comers. So their shows are going to feature DJs that are hopefully going to break. This crew is great for checking out the next big names. AS has a monthly at the black box so swing by and check these bad boys out. Drum and Bass Proper! This one is a bit different, it started strictly with online mixes with everyone's favorite MiniMix Mondays. This started local then grew to the east coast then out to the west. We also got some homies out in UK, Netherlands and beyond that have done a set special for DNBP. This crew's reach is far and respected. Big things are coming in 2021 for this crew like making the move not only online but Live Shows and Proper Headliners! UKG Proper launched, that's specific to to that grimy UK garage and we will keep this "Proper" train moving forward and bringing you the talent from around the globe! Upfront Range is not just another stream crew. This is where ideas come to life, just like with the AK, Quite Right and Quite Low crews. The thinkers and doers. Music wise, being a part of the Denver scene has elevated my DJing. I was still in my living room spinning vinyl for just me. These amazing people pushed me out, showed me the digital game. I've gotten experience playing on pretty much anything and everything because of these crews. Without the push and dedication of these crews and their trust in me to lead and help create something special in Bass City is a dream. We have power in numbers, and we will conquer. BOD: Aside from DJing, I recently found out that you also write for BestDrumAndBass.com. How long have you been writing? Has it been hard for you to stay motivated as a writer during the recent decline of the music/events industry? ELC: I did write for Best Drum and Bass. I have not since late 2019. Dorian (Bad Syntax) is great people. He has something awesome there with best drum and bass. I did a little writing back in Miami years ago so it was very new to me. Just before "THE Decline," I stopped writing for BDNB for two reasons; One, I was having some family trouble that turned into a long inward search for what I really wanted in life, and second; I felt bringing the focus on the local talent and building said talent as well as the Denver crews was important to me. Drum and Bass Proper is launching a site this year and we too are going to do interviews, tune reviews and news for the scene so more writing from El Conquistador is coming! BOD: So, you’re back at ‘Til the Break of Dawn' this year after rocking a dusk set for the debut event in 2020. What are your fondest memories from the event last year? Is there anything you plan on doing differently this year? What should we expect from your set? ELC: Dude, so this one is special to me. This party is going to go on for years! Just the growth from year one to year two is massive. This is going to be the camping festival of CO and the Midwest no later then year five. I was the first DJ to play. I opened the festival! I played something I've never played out in public before - glitch hop. I dropped this funky set that people were grooving too while setting up their camp sites and finishing up the production. So, El Conquistador has a stamp on this festival as the very first DJ to play it! That's super cool to me! Depending when I play is what type of bombs I'm going to drop. Daytime might bring that funky Latin inspired liquid set - dusk might bring a dark dnb set. I really would like a night slot so I can drop the nuclear bombs that are my neurofunk sounds with the kickass light and stage show. BOD: Any shout-outs, comments, gripes? What can fans expect from you in the near future? ELC: First off, big Shout-out to my girl Vanessa, she has been a huge help in everything. Shout-out to all the crews in Denver. Shout out to my boy The Engineer out of MIA. Shout out to the Recon crew, 40hz of Sound and Tony Knight, Dorian and Best Drum and Bass, Amy Octane, to the Viceroy Lounge for loving our sounds and for letting us play there, to the Black Box for that damn sound system, and everyone stepping up for US drum and bass and beyond. The only thing I would say…the US has an opportunity to grow dnb, but we ALL [not just in Denver but every city in the US] need to work together! We have power in numbers in this business and building a proper network to work with artists big and small is the only way to grow dnb in the US. Building a coast to coast network will help us with bookings and more because we can offer more. Until we do this, it won't grow and it will stay status quo. You can expect more mixes from me blasted out on Drum and Bass Proper, Altitude Sickness, Upfront Range, and The Distinguished online content. The biggest thing Denver is going to see from me is to move these power house crews forward. The Distinguished will start looking like a local booking agency for local talent and venues. Altitude Sickness is going to be pushing loads of up-and-comers and Drum 'N' Bass Proper is going to grow the "Proper" name into other genres while bringing Denver and beyond the BEST DJs - big, small, and local flavor - from around the globe! "Cheers and see you at the break of dawn, June 4th to the 6th!" Mad love to El Conquistador for checking in with Bass'D Out DNVR before his set at 'Til the Break of Dawn: A Moment in Time. We can't wait to see what he has in store for us this year. Be sure to check out his exclusive promo mix for the event and follow him at the links below. Follow El Conquistador: SoundCloud | Facebook
Cynapze & Design Secure AK & Quite Low Residency
December is finally here after what one can only describe as a grueling 2020. Especially, for those of us in the music industry. Indeed, it feels like this year is never going to end, as local bars and clubs are enduring yet another temporary closure. Nevertheless, the final month of the year always brings good tidings and an annual reminder of the importance of community. With this in mind, AK Productions and Quite Low Records are definitely unwrapping some presents early as they add two new residents to their roster. Certainly, Cynapze, and Design will be stuffing our stockings with bass, just in time for the holidays. Surely, there's no doubt AK & QL already boast a pretty stellar lineup. That's undoubtedly obvious with names like DJ Contrast, Evasive, GHoST, Ryan Vail and Shua. It's easy to see why they're seeing so much success with their Till The Break Of Dawn series, as a result. It continues attracting bassheads back to the underground which is great for the community. Furthermore, their resident hosts RELYT and Slim_r_i are in the driver seat right now when it comes to bass emcees in Colorado. Cynapze and Design should fit in quite nicely with this group of turntable giants. Clearly, AK & QL are gearing up to pick up where they left off by adding these two talent-laden artists to their roster. Cynapze & Design... If You Don't Know, Now You Know Although they're at different places in their careers, both of these artists have much to offer the Denver bass community. Foremost, they both have formidable skills behind the decks. Beyond this, they both have a deep love for bass music and all the trappings that go along with DJing in the bass capital. However, after a long hiatus of live music, it makes sense to refamiliarize yourself with who's making moves in the scene. Evan Bower, a.k.a. Cynapze, has been doing his thing for a hot minute in the Denver underground. Most notably. He's been associated with such bass music firebrands as The Distinguished, Recon DNB, and Altitude Sickness. Additionally, his ear bursting Turbosound speaker array continues to deliver that skull ratting bass we've all come to expect at underground events. If you made it out to Lake George for Till The Break Of Dawn: Under The Stars, you got a proper dose of that. Thus, it's a guarantee that he knows how to rock the decks. Who wouldn't if they got to practice on that sound system on the reg's? Besides that, he continues to pop up on lineups all over the place - from warehouses to night clubs, with no signs of slowing down. With numerous appearances on AKQL lineups already, it should be a forgone conclusion that they'd lock him down sooner or later. Evan Montes-O'Gorman, may not be as well known in the scene but he's by no means a newcomer. He's been slicing up beats for about a decade now under his Design moniker. One quick perusal of his SoundCloud reveals a bevy of original tracks and fire remixes. He's already got major creds to his name with releases on Section 8, SW Records, and Trio Recordings. Furthermore, be on the lookout for some brand new heavies due out on Drama Records. Consequently, he's quickly making a name for himself as a producer/audio engineer extraordinaire. Earlier this year, he finds his way onto the TTBOD:UTS lineup where he unleashes a mind bending bass heavy set. Certainly, that's just the tip of the iceberg of what this kid can do behind the decks. That's why it should come as no surprise that AK & QL are making the wise choice of adding him to their residency. Expect to see big things from Design in 2021 and beyond! With the end of the pandemic in sight, there's a lot of hope for a return to some semblance of normalcy in the music industry. For now, we'll have to wait and see what the next few years holds for a return to live music events. Indeed, you can expect AK & QL to be at the front of the line, delivering bass to the underground. Especially, if their roster continues to see upgrades like this one. Follow Cynapze Facebook Soundcloud Mixcloud Follow Design Facebook SoundCloud
Lady Sage's Moonlight Sessions Makes 2020 Way Less Shitty
First of all, this is not meant to be a gripe session about this so-called year that has been nothing less than a constant dick punch around the sun. Because, well... We've all been constantly complaining about how the dawn of the '20s is just one long itchy taint- all year long. In fact, the constant complaining - from everyone - is just another attribute of what is already guaranteed to be the worst year of the decade. No Festivals. No clubs. Even the people who got herpes at Coachella last year, shrug and say, "At least 2019 had festivals." Considering that argument, we do still have streams of music, and mixes galore. For example, Lady Sage's Moonlight Sessions are the perfect anodyne for this yearlong pain-in-the-ass and its making 2020 way less shitty. It would be all too easy to merely posit that Lady Sage is dope so we guess everything actually doesn't suck and call it good. Our last conversation with her substantiates that and it hasn't changed. What's of note here is that she continues funneling mesmerizing beats to the heads in the underground. Particularly, in a year that is anything but lucrative, she continues to do what she loves, for the love of bass. That, in and of itself, is something to cling to during this 365-day long, lube-free colonic of 2020. For an hour at a time, Moonlight Sessions nudges us headfirst into bliss at 128 BPM. Don't Sleep On Lady Sage Or Her Moonlight Sessions Specifically though, her most recent episode is straight grimy. Just a ridiculously filthy set back to front. Conversely, it's sort of hard to listen to. This is in no way a reflection of the beats or turntable prowess she puts on display in the mix. Rather it takes several hours to get through the mix because you'll find yourself rewinding it over and over. That pretty much comes with the territory when Lady Sage gets behind the decks. She certainly brings it on this mix. With its thunderous bass house cuts interwoven with heart palpitating electro bangers. The set is a whole-ass vibe, and takes you back to the golden era of electro. We all know that feeling when you hear a nasty beat for the first time. That's that good shit that takes your mind to a higher plane and we can't get enough of it. So, if you're feenin' for some beats, Lady Sage and her Moonlight Sessions is what you need. Especially, in a year that feels like one long, sketchy-ass come-down right before you have to go to work, right after you just found out that Cookie Monsta died, then found out David Guetta got rated the #1 DJ in the world. Wack... Luckily for us, the Sound Level Music beatstress is on the job - and she's helping make 2020 way less shitty - One mixtape at a time. Lady Sage - Moonlight Sessions 06
Xeela Reveals Barefoot Bassoonist & New Mix
It's been a long year for the Denver underground scene. Especially, with such a huge decline in the available amount of fresh content. Certainly, many bassheads in the community are feeling the effects of a short supply of new vibes to get down to. Not to mention, a limited selection of live events to feed their bass fixes with, as well. More than anything, the disastrous beginning to the decade is absolutely affecting the artists in the scene. Therefore, it's so refreshing to see our creators continuing to do their thing, bringing us fresh beats and finding ways to keep their own respective livelihoods afloat. In particular, Xeela is showing us the blueprint for staying viable during these unforgiving times and she gives us a fire new dnb mix to go along with it. If you pay any attention to the Denver underground bass music scene, you already know Xeela continues to make a name for herself. Since last checking in with her, we see that it's clear she has no intention of slowing down. Surely, she's making that poignantly clear with the launch of her OnlyFans page - The Barefoot Basoonist. She's dead serious about her musical career! With a tagline like this: "Wanna see me squak on my bassoon? I know you're at least a little bit curious..." you know you want to tune in. That's great news for heads in the bass capital. Xeela undoubtedly delivers some of the freshest mixes that our deep drum & bass scene has to offer. With this most recent offering, she exposes the true depth of the energy she brings to her music. Peep the full stream via her YouTube page below. Xeela Takes Us On A Journey Into Bass Without question, she takes us on musical journey, dancing all over the genre with an eclectic selection of bass heavy bangers and burners. First of all, she starts out the mix with her more signature style as she opens up the mix with some liquid dubs to set the vibe. It wouldn't be a Xeela mix if it didn't have that jungle feel to it. Moreover, it wouldn't be Xeela set without an injection of her bubbly and vivacious personality. Since she decided to drop the mix via livestream, we definitely get a proper dose of her lively energy and infectious smile throughout the set. Beyond this, her track selection is on point from start to finish and takes us on a certifiable journey into bass. In illustration of her depth, she sprinkles in some of the softer, more uplifting vocal-jungle energy along with some brand new heavies, perfect for making those speakers thump. All over the mix, she drops in some lofty beats, with heavy, whirring synths. More often then not, each track is rinsed-out, over some dark samples and vocals. Seemingly, this is a nod to the season. As we quickly approach Halloween, everyone wants to hear those vocals and basslines with the ghastly undertones that haunt us on the dancefloor. On the other hand, Xeela takes time to sneak in some of those tracks that are heavy on instrumentation, giving us that classical and jazz feel one might expect from a musician with a background in classical training. Overall, this new mix is around 60 minutes of straight heat that we've all come to love and expect from underground giants like Xeela. Of course, this is one of the major reasons why she's become a fixture in the Denver bass music scene, and a common name on fliers for various events throughout the bass capital. If you haven't yet, make sure you hop on the bandwagon and tune your ears to the sounds that Xeela delivers. Above all, please show your support for her as she embarks on her newest endeavors. If you love what she does and support her artistry, it's vitally important. After a year like 2020, we can't afford to lose out on any more outlets for beautiful music. Indeed, beautiful music, is exactly what Xeela is all about. Follow Xeela Facebook Soundcloud Mixcloud YouTube OnlyFans
The Critical Condition of Drum & Bass
Drum and bass is alive and well, but that's old news to bassheads in the Denver underground scene. However, most have no clue exactly how much work goes into making sure the music never dies. It's easy to just show up at the venue, sporting all black, and go ham on the dance floor. Preservation requires much more than a few dedicated ragers to keep a scene active and constantly pushing forward. That's why people like Michael Beard aka Critical Control Point, are so important to the community. With his Drum And Bass Proper movement, he's definitely doing his part to carry the torch for generations to come. Although he's fairly new to the DJ circuit, Critical Control Point is no slouch behind the decks. His deep inventory of mixes easily makes this evident. Not to mention, he's quickly beginning to rack up spots on various lineups around town. Beyond this, he's got the expansion of Drum And Bass Proper basically on autopilot. Its roster of resident DJ's already has OG's like Ryan Vail, Contrast, and GHoST on lock, and continues to grow. Moreover, the DNBP flagship mix series #PROPERMONDAYS seems to elicit spins from bass fiends at a blistering pace. Drum and Bass is in Good Hands Looking to the future of the music industry, clearly its survival is dependent on the unwavering support amongst those in the community. Creatives have to put the scene on their backs and will their way beyond these dark times. Thus, it's so refreshing to see heads in the local scene stepping up to hold it down. Truly, CCP and his Drum And Bass Proper army of beat soldiers embody this sentiment perfectly. The industry will eventually emerge from the effects of the pandemic. When it does, they'll be among the few left standing, ready to help guide us all into the future. Assuredly, with DNBP at the helm, the Denver underground scene will be in good hands. This became undeniably clear after we got the chance to speak with him about his passion for the music. With this in mind, the future of dnb and bass music overall looks brighter than ever before. Bass'D Out DNVR: Tell us what it was like when you first fell in love with bass music. Does that vibe still hit you to this day? Critical Control Point: I was in my twenties the rave scene was, in my opinion at it’s most fun, and there were these dark, really overheated rooms at the Raves. In those rooms is where I found my love for Drum and Bass. It was just more of a community of people than the main dance floor scene for me. The BASS hit harder and there was just something special about the dirty, dark, grimey bass lines that filled the air when DnB was being played. It’s been twenty years and I have never looked back so yes that VIBE is probably better than it ever has been. BOD: What motivated you to start DNBP? What do you feel DNBP contributes to the bass music scene? CCP: My motivation was that I wanted into the scene in Denver honestly. I didn’t know anyone when I moved here and I just wanted a way to contribute to this MASSIVE scene and culture of electronic music that Denver had to offer. Drum And Bass Proper contributes a weekly mix series every Monday at noon MST. This mix series showcases our eight residents and “Featured Selecta’s” on a rotating basis. We recently switched up the format from #MINIMIXMONDAY to #PROPERMONDAYS . This allows the DJ’s to do whatever kind of mix they feel is “PROPER” and not be limited to twenty to twenty five minutes. We also post on Facebook with interesting articles/ links and really anything related to DnB. BOD: You recently started performing live as Critical Control Point. Can you describe the vibe you get when you perform live? CCP: Well honestly i'm so new still at this point that i'm just hoping that the equipment works right and I don't mess up super bad LOL, but seriously I love getting up in front of the crowd and sharing what my vision of the sound should be for that half hour or hour set. It’s just amazing when you finally have a moment to look up and you see everyone dancing or showing the “BASS FACE” or whatever their interpretation of a good time is. It’s just amazing to know what you love is being taken in and given back in the way of a good fun time. BOD: As an artist, how do you know when you’ve recorded a fie set that’s going to murder the dance floor? CCP: Well when you get literal goosebumps while putting a set together, recording and or playing it’s just an obvious feeling that it’s about to go down. I find it fun to figure a way to put all the different sub genres into a small amount of time. I feel this is a major contribution to how a set or mix is going to go. Also when it just flows and nothing feels forced you simply can’t go wrong. BOD: What’s the most frustrating thing to you about host/sharing mixes with the world? CCP: When my mixes get the least played LOL LOL LOL im just kidding. Honestly it’s not that frustrating to share them because anyone with an honest opinion is welcome in my eyes (just don’t be a dick lol)... Finding time to get together a mix of what you are feeling can turn into days and nights that you didn’t expect but in the end it’s all worth it. BOD: What inspires you to keep spreading filthy bass music across the globe? CCP: That's easy….The fact that it is so well taken and loved by the DnB community and that there are so many talented DJ’s and Producers. It almost sells itself. BOD: Is it hard out here for a pimp? CCP: Well if I wasn't busy getting this set around for this weekend I might have time to try Pimpn’ LOL, but I have heard even if it isn’t easy it sure is fun!!!!!!!!!!! BOD: Any shout-outs? Final comments? CCP: First I want to thank my girlfriend Taylor Smith for putting up with and supporting all the behind the scene madness that it takes to DJ and run this thing called Drum And Bass Proper. My Crew: JEFF, CCP, TOKEM, GHoST,CONTRAST, VAIL, EL CONQUISTADOR , SEMKO, S2PS as well as ALLLLLLL the guest DJ’s and MC’s we have had the pleasure of working with over the past few years. "BIG SHOUT OUT to everyone that tunes in weekly to help this mix series be shared and
enjoyed. Without all of you we would just be a bunch of DJ’s listening to loud bass music
together LOL." Be sure to bang Critical Control Point's fire Pregame mix for Till The Break of Dawn: Under The Stars, and follow him at the links below. BOD Podcast 023 - Critical Control Point: Before The Dawn (TTBOD Pregame Mix) Follow Critical Control Point Facebook SoundCloud Follow Drum And Bass Proper Twitter SoundCloud Facebook
Till The Break of Dawn is a Collective
Where are my Till The Break of Dawn OG's at? While the road has been long and arduous, it is paved with hard work, love and lots of bass. Even though 2020 is without question, "the year of the cancel," it hasn't diminished our love for the Denver underground. In fact, that infatuation with the scene in the bass capital is probably more intense than it's ever been. As they say, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." That's why we're anxiously waiting to share our love for all things bass with you as soon as things regain some semblance of normality. Who is we, you ask? Well, TTBOD is by no means a small operation. These events are a collaborative labor of love between AK Productions, Quite Low Records, Revival Concepts and Bass'D Out DNVR. We are the collective. We are underground bass music. The Till The Break Of Dawn Team Of the members in the TTBOD collective, AK Productions is certainly the elder member. In October 2016, the underground event production company was founded by Owner Kris Denton. Shorty after, the first AK event THC: Turntable Heavyweight Champions, opens its doors to heads in the bass capital. Since then, it has quickly begun to make a name for itself in the Denver underground, during its brief immersion into this bass experiment. Fast-forward to 2019 and AK is comfortably settling into its own little niche, becoming a leader in late night bass offerings. Certainly, if you haven't been to an AK party yet, you're missing out on the vibes of a serious movement. Back when AK productions is still in its infancy, there are few that truly believe in the message and the mission. On the other hand, there are others that fully buy-in, and never let the dream fade. Suffice to say, Josh Wolf aka Shua never fails to let his intentions be known when it comes to bringing the bass to your ears. Without question, he was a major impetus behind the rise of AK and a flash-point for the spark which ignites the development of the TTBOD collective. Equally important, he is the boss behind the label which is responsible for some of 2019's heaviest releases from artists like Fonzie, saltee, ERG, and Beats.Me - Quite Low Records. The most underappreciated and never overrated member of the collective is Ariana Cvencek. You're probably more familiar with her brand, Revival Concepts. If you've ever seen any AK, QL or BOD merch, at all- It's because of her. Additionally, RC has done consignment work for popular Denver underground artists KSUHDILLA and Queen Beats. Unsurprisingly, some of the dopest organizations in the bass capital look to her to help take their brand awareness to the next level. After a chance meeting and eventual romance with Josh at THC, her induction to the collective was all but solidified. Since then, she's been the primary force behind the AK/QL merchandise and brand awareness expansion. Bringing the consortium full circle is Bass'D Out DNVR. Initially, the underground media outlet's primary function is as a marketing arm for AK Productions. Subsequently, following a motivational spark from Shua (of course) owner/operator Aaron Melton decides to ramp up his offerings to the bass music community with a comprehensive cultivation of the Denver underground music scene and beyond. The BOD archives now contain copious amounts of bass music history and the additions continue to stack up. No doubt, if it concerns the bass capital, BOD is on top of it. As you can see, the Till The Break Of Dawn event series definitely didn't happen overnight. But that's OK because we're not in it for the glamour. We do this because we love our scene! Furthermore, we do this for YOU, the bass music community. We wouldn't be here without you, and we love and appreciate all of your support! With that in mind, please like, follow and share our brands, so we can continue to spread these vibes. Don't do it for us - Do it for the love of bass. Follow AK Productions: Facebook | Instagram Follow Quite Low Records: Facebook | Instagram | Beatport | Twitter | Web Follow Revival Concepts: Facebook | Web | Instagram
Beats Before the Dawn II: Fuse
As we inch ever closer to the weekend, it's impossible not to get excited for several days filled with delicious beats. The stress and divisiveness of a 2020 gone sour almost seems unending, but with TTBOD: UTS inching ever closer, there's some relief in sight. AK & QL is definitely making sure we'll all have plenty of bass heavy entrées to gorge on with a night full of delectable dnb. Considering this, it's a blessing that so many artists from the Drum And Bass Proper roster will be in the kitchen, cheffing up beats. Accordingly, their catalog of fire mixes from artists on the lineup make the perfect appetizer. Let our Beats Before the Dawn series feed your hunger with some beat-catering courtesy of Fuse. His DNBP Featured Selecta mix certainly delivers a smorgasbord of mouthwatering bass. Bon Appétit! A lot can be said about how ferociously Brian Schell aka Fuse comes with it on this mix. Indeed, it's 55 minutes of straight filth, from top to bottom. With 20 years in the game, it's hard not to say we didn't expect this and the enormity of his experience undeniably shines through. Of note, his mixing skills are on point and can be heard throughout the mix as he blends track after complex track. You get a seamless tempo across each transition which plays well in your ear. Although, he doesn't furiously jump from track to track, opting instead to let the songs play out while he manipulates the mixer to perfection. Beyond this, Brian's track selection is tremendous and a true testament to his years of assiduous crate digging. For instance, at about 14 minutes in, he drops in 'Notion - Hooked (Bou Remix).' You can't help but move your feet to its whirring and winding synths, and emotional vocals. Surely, this sets the vibe for the entire mix. The whole set seems to follow this theme, with its generous helping of nasty, rinsed-out jungle dubs. Using an immersive, yet puritanical application of reverb, Fuse seemingly creates a soliloquy of drums; a dnb lullaby, if you will. This is the type of shit that makes us fall in love with drum & bass! Later, at about 52 minutes in, he graces the mix with K Motionz's banger 'Hack It. feat. Duskee' Surely, the hollowed out beat, reminiscent of a boom-bap kick, laced with a hip-hop sample, is a nod to all the dnb emcees out there. Alas, Fuse's DNBP Feature will get you hyped-up for Till The Break of Dawn. Consequently, you're not going to want to miss his set. As we'll all soon find out - nothing is better than dnb under the stars. Especially, when the DJ brings it like this. Drum And Bass Proper Featured Selecta Mix - Fuse Follow Fuse Mixcloud Facebook
Beats Before The Dawn I: Contrast
Like us, you're probably making those final preparations for TTBOD: Under The Stars by rallying the troops and loading up on supplies. Speaking of supplies, you need not worry about amassing a fresh supply of bass for the voyage. AK and Quite Low have that situation on lock, but not without help from some friends in the underground. Denver crews will be heavily represented in the spot all weekend long. In particular, Drum And Bass Proper holds it down for Denver dnb and is sending a plethora of its bass ambassadors to help guide the mission. So, it only makes sense that we revisit their catalog of fire mixes from artists on the lineup to help us get hyped for the party. To kick off this series, let's pump the volume up to the sound selections of DNBP resident, Contrast. When Mike Silvestri a.k.a Contrast is on deck to man the wheels, he never fails to bring the heat. Back in December 2019, he certainly answers the call when DNBP dials him up for its Monday Mini-Mix Series. It's no surprise that they make it a priority to lock him down as one of their resident selectas. Right out of the gate, he unloads a crate full of fire that incinerates the sound system. The 17 track banger is overflowing with driving dnb basslines interwoven with gritty synths and grimy, rasta vocal dubs. Early on, about 7 minutes in, he ignites the mix, by dropping in 'It's Goin Down' by KC setting the dance floor ablaze. The vibes don't let up again until about the halfway mark when he laces the decks with some filth. The bass bottoms out ever so slightly so that AC13's burner, 'Fu Gee La (Bootleg)' can roll out of the mixer with clarity. It sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the mix that bangs your eardrums with bass all the way to the end of the set. The only downside to this DNBP throwback is that it's only half an hour long. Seemingly, Mike's just warming up as he begins fading out the beat leaving you begging for more. Fortunately, we don't have to wait much longer to see him do what he does best. With this in mind, this mix is exactly what you need to hear, so you can turn-up before the party. Crank up the bass and snap off the knob for this one! Then, be sure to catch Contrast's set live - Under The Stars. MINIMIXMONDAY #073 - Contrast Follow Contrast Facebook YouTube SoundCloud Twitter
The Dynamic Four on the Floor
Usually, when you hear the term "four-on-the-floor," you think of 4-beat sounds like house, techno, electro, etc. Although, heads in the Denver underground scene, might perceive this connotation in a different manner. Sure, bassheads in the region definitely share a deep fondness for the 4x4, sub-genres notwithstanding. Particularly, if you belong to the fellowship of the old skool, where our scene cut it's teeth. Nevertheless, a new definition of the acronym FOTF is firmly taking hold. In 2018, this movement takes its first full-lunged breaths initially as a party of three - Soleil, Audio Chemist, Phteven - and have since added a fourth - Jorge Bongo. They are - Friends of the Floor! Certainly, we all remember the old adage of PLUR, and this group certainly embodies that message. They are four, Peacefully, United as one, with intense Love and Respect, for the underground. Their effervescent house and tech house sounds are as reverent to the music's purists as they are a cohesive unit. However, that doesn't takeaway from the ferociousness that this four-headed monster can deliver in the form of dance floor destruction. With this in mind, whether you're from the old skool or the new, you'd be doing your ears a massive favor by keeping their mixes in your playlist rotation. Consequently, it's no surprise that Friends of the Floor consistently occupy time behind the decks, in the bass capital. Notably, their resilient consortium with Denver bass trafficker, Whomp Truck, results in recurring appearances at the Black Box. Or, you might even find yourself embarking on one of their fantastical music journeys by way of the MoTHeRShiP. No matter where you encounter these emissaries of turntable manipulation, you're sure to catch a vibe, and blast off into the 4-beat cosmos. Untz-untz-untz-untz... Of late, and like nearly every artist in the industry, Friends of the Floor haven't been able to flex their tech-pecs live, and in-person. Yet another casualty of COVID-19, which continues to ravage the music and nightlife industry. Despite this, the group maintains its offering of beats to heads in the underground with their Friday night Twitch live streams. Unsurprisingly, you can still feel the energy in their sets pump viciously through your fabricated broadband internet link. Thus, you definitely need to be on the lookout for the next one, coming to a laptop near you. For now, you can check out their most recent broadcast here. Or, better yet, catch them at Till The Break of Dawn: Under The Stars, hosted by AK Productions and Quite Low Records. They'll be bringing it to you live in stery-erio! If you haven't already, we highly recommend that you get familiar with the vibe this team can provide. Tickle your fancy for the four-on-the-floor, while they tickle your eardrums with some nasty, underground beats. Follow Friends of the Floor Facebook Soundcloud Twitch