Interviews

Interview with Anna Morsett of Denver's The Still Tide

Interview with The Still Tide – Getting Ready For Red Bull Sound Select

Feature photo by George L. Blosser
As Denver's music scene continues to grow, it's always a pleasure to chat with people you have admired but never got a chance to meet. Case in point is Anna Morsett, who I did actually see and photograph when her band, The Still Tide, played at Treefort this year - but we didn't really meet-meet. This week, we ended up hanging out on the phone for over an hour, and having quite a few laughs while I was supposed to be interviewing her about their upcoming appearance at a Red Bull Sound Select show.

Red Bull Sound Select

Have you heard about this program? They are in 18 cities with over 200 shows a year and highlight new music with the help of local curators. Tickets are discounted to support both the artist and the fans - RSVP here for Margaret Glaspy, Pearl Charles and The Still Tide at The Bluebird on October 20th. Red Bull Sound Select - Denver Concerts
Will Vs. The Future - Interview With Tim McKeon

Interview With Tim McKeon, Co-Creator of Odd Squad + Will Vs. The Future

Tim McKeon - Co-Creator of Odd Squad + Will Vs. The FutureI used to be an ambassador for PBS KIDS and the only reason I stopped is because my son is now a teenager in high school. Of course, that doesn't stop us from watching PBS KIDS shows. But working with that group afforded me all kinds of amazing opportunities, including meeting the creators of many of their shows. I was thrilled when Tim McKeon, who I met when Odd Squad launched, called and wanted to talk about his new show that is being featured in the Amazon Pilot Season. We chatted about Will Vs. The Future, his journey in the biz, and his favorite pastime outside of television. (Hint: it's delicious.)

Interview with Tim McKeon about Will Vs. The Future


How did you get into kid's programming? Honestly, I fell into it. I'm from Massachusetts and I went west for TV. I mean, I did plays in high school and college but I really wanted to get into TV. I like how collaborative it is. I started looking for sitcoms just like everyone else does in LA. But my first job was on a children's show and I loved it. You can do weird, crazy stuff and be passionate about what you are doing and have the most fun. Kids are the BEST super fans. So, you went from Gravity Falls to Adventure Time to Odd Squad. How different was all that? Odd Squad was the one that was really different. Because it was educational show, there were all these parameters to it. But I love the idea of secretly teaching kids within a show that was action-packed. But as far as my career, each show informed the next, so it's been a great learning experience. Tell me about your new show, Will Vs. The Future. A lot of people are saying that it's like the Terminator, but for kids. I hope that isn't off putting? Comedy in the kid’s space can be a little difficult and there certainly isn't much in the way of sci-fi. Will is a smart, thoughtful middle school kid, struggling with life a bit - and then the Warrior comes back to destroy him because in the future he actually destroys the world. Will convinces her not to kill him and they team up to change the future. There's a lot of Buffy flavor to it and time travel, including a big wink to Back To The Future because Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) plays the school principal on the show. That was a fantastic choice. We’re really trying to have something that a family can watch together - and enjoy - since there is such a gap in those types of shows at this age range. And the great thing for Will is that he's exploring the themes of growing up and finding yourself, but using this sci-fi angle as a vehicle to make it fun.
Together Pangea

Interview with Together Pangea’s Danny: Growing Up But Still Having Fun

The band Together Pangea recently released their fourth LP, Bulls and Roosters, and for those paying attention - it sounds a bit different. Perhaps a little less punk and maybe more straight-up rock and roll? I chatted with bassist Danny Bengston about their evolution and all the venues they have played in Denver.
Where does the name come from? Pangea, like the continent? Yeah, we were originally called just that. But when we were signed, the label made us change the name because there were so many trademarks on just that word. At the time, we had created a MySpace page called "togetherPANGEA" for the same reason - so many pangeas. But that's what we went with for the name change. You have been together for almost a decade, how have you changed over the years? We didn't used to use tuners, so we always played out of tune (laughs). No, honestly, in the past all we wanted to do is have fun and party. We liked to play but didn't care how we sounded. But other people started to care, which forced us to care. It's been about growing up and taking it more seriously. I do feel lucky that I still get do something I love with my friends, though.
Streets of Laredo band

Interview With The Band Streets of Laredo

Recently, I got on the phone with Dan from Streets of Laredo to talk about their album, their tour and our mutual love of Neil Finn. This kiwi band is actually the culmination of several other bands when brothers Dan and Dave came together to make new music. Disillusioned from his successful band Elemeno P, older brother/drummer Dave called it quits on the music business. But he was drawn out of early retirement after he saw younger brother Dan suffering from the same disillusionment, but from the position of a struggling artist. Streets of Laredo - Band Interview
Young The Giant performs at the Bud Light Party in Denver

Interview with Young The Giant for #BudLightParty

You guys! I was lucky enough to chat with Francois Comtois, drummer for Young The Giant, ahead of their appearance at Denver's convention stop on the Bud Light Party tour. We only had a few minutes, but he was super nice as we talked about their new album Home of the Strange and working with Bud Light. Bud Light Party Convention Tour - Denver 2016 If you aren't sure what the "Bud Light Party" is, exactly - they have been throwing FREE concerts all over the country with all kinds of bands and artists to highlight diversity and fun during this crazy election season. It's not about politics, it's about getting together with your pals and caucusing for a good time. Rules to win tickets differ by city but check out the site to get yours (21+ only). In Denver, we were lucky enough to have The Strumbellas and Young The Giant perform at the Fillmore Auditorium, with art installations, photo booths and lots of free Bud Light. All while seeing two great bands most of us would absolutely have paid to see. Thanks Bud Light!
Nate Staniforth Interview: Real Magic Tour

Nate Staniforth Interview: Real Magic Tour

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Nate Staniforth show here in Denver. I didn't know what to expect, really, because I don't think I have seen a magician live, in person, ever. I mean, other than when I was a kid and stuff. Nate's site specifically warns you the show is not for children, but that is not to imply that it's NSFW other than a stray curse word here and there. What he means is that there are no top hats, or rabbits, or sawing of women in half. It's a Ted talk filled with Nate's personality while he helps us remember to believe in magic again. I was lucky enough to meet him in person after the show and then get on the phone with him last week. He's a friendly guy who is willing to talk honestly about magicians, how he got to this profession and where he wants to go. Nate Staniforth Interview: Real Magic Tour

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