Interviews

Tyto Alba - Interview with Denver Band

Tyto Alba Interview and Video Release

Recently I got on the phone to chat with Tyto Alba, a Denver indie rock band who debuted their new video single at Syntax Physic Opera over the weekend. Melanie, Matt, Danny and Jeremy were super fun to talk with and I love the new song. Denver Band Tyto Alba

Tyto Alba Interview:

What does the name "Tyto Alba" mean?

It's actually the scientific name for barn owls, but we just loved the way it sounded.
Dan Aid - Denver Music

Interview with Dan Aid: New Album, New Direction

If you have been around the Denver music scene for any length of time, you have probably seen one of Dan Aid's bands. I have photographed his most recent group, Wiredogs, on many occasions and was excited to hear his solo EP, The Quiet Place. It's different from his punk rock roots. Moody. Mellow. Dare I say... pretty? Very cool to see a different side of someone you would think, from a Wiredogs show, is a aggressive person. But he's not. He's very approachable. Humble. Dare I say... nice? We met up last week during Rachael Yamagata's show at Larimer Lounge to chat. Dan Aid 2015

ParkerGames Interview at Super League Gaming in Denver

Do your kids play Minecraft? Of course they do. Every kid on the planet does, right? As a parent, I am super impressed with the game because of the creativity, resourcefulness and collaboration it inspires. Not to say I actually understand how it all works - but my 12 year old son Dex sure does. It's pretty much what he did all summer, y'all. And the Minecraft got even more organized when Super League Gaming came to Denver and held an event in our local movie theater. We got a taste of what the actual League is like (Fall registration open NOW for cities all over) when a bunch of kids and their parents set up on laptops and played various challenges against each other on the biggest gaming screen you have ever seen (yes, in the actual movie theater). Dex's best game was 4th place, but he was more stoked to meet and interview the event's special guest Parker, aka You Tube star ParkerGames. Minecraft Gaming With Friends in a Movie Theater
Spandau Ballet 2015

Interview with Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet - The StorySeeing as I am a teen from the 80s, of course I was excited when I saw that Spandau Ballet was going on an American tour for the first time in 28 years. When their PR firm reached out and asked me to do an interview with Tony Hadley, it was a "dancing in your office" kind of day. This is one of that group of bands who are the soundtrack of my life. The crazy thing is when Tony got on the phone with me, he was incredibly nice, incredibly candid about the band's break up ... and had lots to say about what they're up to now as well as what he's doing personally. I went from fan girl to someone who is genuinely intrigued with this band... who had such massive success, then imploded, worked independently for 20+ years, and came back together to celebrate the past as well as record new material. In addition to the new music, there was a documentary about them called Soul Boys of the Western World that premiered at SXSW last year. It was this film that derailed my chances of seeing (and photographing) Spandau Ballet because right after I interviewed Tony, they where able to secure American distribution of the movie, for which they rerouted the tour - and had to drop the Denver date. You can imagine my disappointment! Still, I had my chat with Tony which was absolutely lovely, and I look forward to seeing the film. Friends in LA who saw the shows there said they was fantastic, so I will include the rest of the tour dates below.
Wiredogs

Interview with Dan Aid of Wiredogs

It's Denver band love week! Recently I chatted with Dan Aid, lead singer of Wiredogs about their upcoming album and accompanying release show at The Marquis Theater. As always, he was candid, smart and funny. If you have never seen them, please get down to the show. They are incredible live. I know I always say that, but it's true. And not just because their drummer is my best friend's brother.
Background on the band for those who don't know? We've been a true band for about a year and a half now. I say "true" because we changed our name from The Hate to Wiredogs and really started to hone in our sound around that time. We call ourselves a punk band, but I think with this new record we've morphed into more of a rock band (whatever that means). This past year we got to play with a lot of kick-ass bands like The Bronx, Fucked Up, Authority Zero. We also got asked to be part of the Future of Music Policy Summit out in DC, and to play Riot Fest. There were a lot of great opportunities for us and also some growing pains, but I think we’re finally turning into the band we all want to be.
Sam Lee

Interview With Sam Lee About His Storyteller Video Series

One thing that is about the Denver music scene is some people realize that other cities are better fit and move away. Such is the case with singer-songwriter Sam Lee, who moved to Nashville this year. Lucky for us he still has family and friends in Denver and I was able to catch up with him recently to talk about his new Storyteller video series that are being released every Wednesday throughout the month - and into the new year.
Me: Tell me about Storyteller. Sam Lee: It started out as just a bunch of videos I made in Nashville this year. They were live recordings in Warner/Chapell Studios with musicians there and we wanted to release them as sort of the series, so we decided to do one a week to build the idea of songwriting and storytelling. Me: Do the five songs connect? Sam Lee: Not exactly. The songs I wrote this year have been about the transition from Denver to Nashville and the changes in my life regarding that. There has been some loneliness, of course, with the move and going from such a supportive scene in Denver to not knowing anyone in Nashville. I've talked about this a lot but I went through some bouts of depression and the songs I've been writing recently have been a tonic for that. Me: The videos are recorded live? Sam Lee: Yes. Usually in Denver the studios use the multitracking which means each instrument is recorded separately and brought together in production. In Nashville, it's more common to record live together and I've never been exposed to that. It brought some magic and enthusiasm for crafting the music back to life for me.
My Body Sings Electric - Riot Fest

My Body Sings Electric Interview + Win Riot Fest Denver Tickets

Note: Riot Fest provided tickets for this contest and MBSE provided their insanity.
Guess what. Riot Fest is fast approaching and it is going to be awesome. The lineup is filling out and just this week it was announced that Denver bands The Epilogues, Wiredogs, In The Whale and The Dendrites have been added to the bill along with headliners The Cure, Weezer, The National, Social Distortion, Flaming Lips, Primus, and Rise Against. Several locals were already playing, including one of my personal favorites, My Body Sings Electric. I honestly have no idea when I met these guys; they feel like they have been our friends forever. I know they played my former school fundraiser in 2012 with no questions asked, and people still talk about their performance. In the photo above, they are (L-R): Brandon Whalen (vocals), Nick Crawford (guitar), Ben Scarboro (drums), Jeff Fedel (guitar), and Jason Bower (bass). Jason recently took time off from arguing with me on Twitter to answer burning questions about the band.

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