I've been doing a bit of musical archaeology in the past couple of weeks as I prepare for a special DJ set this Saturday night.
I've generally dealt with experimental electronic music for the past decade, and was a longtime fixture in the local Colorado scene. As I've cruised into my mid-30s I've become uninterested in playing or being at clubs, and a new generation of musicians have carried the torch that mostly belongs to carefree 20-somethings. At the same time, I've spent the last 3.5 years as a business owner, and slightly more recently as a devoted partner to another human (and her cat). All of this has resulted in my music "career", which is something very dear to me and my identity, screeching to a near-halt. All the while, this increasing responsibility and growth in my professional life has become ever more fulfilling as I've been able to co-create a new world of opportunity, creative technological output and general magic with the things that we've been fortunate (and hard-working) enough to manifest.
All that said, I was recently asked by one of Denver's longtime indie venues to open for College, who I knew from writing my favorite song from the Drive soundtrack. Their sound is a throwback to minimal new wave, which is something that I've explored a bit in the past few years via a series of mixes that I've come across. Branching out to coldwave, neue deutsche welle and even a bit of disco, I've become enamored with the precursors to the contemporary music that I've enjoyed in my life. Given College's style and my interest in the origins of these sounds, I agreed to play a vintage new wave/coldwave opening set.
Here's a treasure trove of mixes that originally led me down this path. They're worth a listen or three, and were my starting point for learning about the genres:
I'll hopefully remember to record my mix, but if you're in Denver on Saturday night, join me for decades worth of vintage electronic sounds at Larimer Lounge. I'll be playing first, and early.