Same Same But Different Fest: Post-Set Q+A With LSDream

The sights and sounds of music returned to Lake Perris, California for a festival that is all the same as many fests yet truly different. In its third year rendition, Same Same But Different Festival overcame the many difficulties of the pandemic with a strong lineup featuring SSBD first-timers Big Gigantic, STS9, LSDream, Clozee, and Polish the Ambassador. Along with the return of Boombox, Dirtwire, COFRESI, and Megan Hamilton for a great representation of many artists who refuse to be categorized in a genre. 

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Kygo’s Spectacular Return To Red Rocks

Kygo, known to family and friends as Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, is a world-renowned producer, songwriter, and DJ. This Norweigan prodigy caught the music industry’s attention with his remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” in 2013. Soon after, his tropical house track “Firestone” also blew up, skyrocketing his career into something unspeakable. This 29 year-old has accumulated billions (yes, billions) of streams on Spotify alone since his first release.

Over the years, Kygo has performed at countless venues and festivals worldwide including TomorrowWorld, EDC Las Vegas, and Ultra Music Festival. Some of Kygo‘s most well-known tracks include “It Ain’t Me” with Selena Gomez, “Stole The Show” (feat. Parson James), and “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston. All of these songs are a perfect example of his signature lighthearted, upbeat, feel-good sound.

The Rebirth Of Red Rocks

Nestled in the hills near Morrison, Colorado, lies Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. This beautiful outdoor venue was opened in 1941 and hosts various events including concerts, film screenings, yoga classes, and more. This past year, they adapted to COVID-19 restrictions when possible by hosting drive-in movie screenings and limited-capacity shows. Furthermore, they took this time off to completely renovate the stage to help protect artists from inclement weather.

On Thursday, June 24th, Kygo returned to Red Rocks for the first time since 2018. This show was one of the first full-capacity shows that Red Rocks has been able to hold since the COVID-19 pandemic, and Kygo’s first live show in 18 months!

Once parked in one of the four main parking lots, attendees make the trek up to the venue either by stairs or a long ramp. Upon getting their tickets scanned, each attendee received a plastic bracelet with Kygo’s logo on it. This show had reserved seating, except for the top section which was dedicated to general admission ticket-holders. Various food and drink vendors are set up along the sides of the amphitheater as well as at the very top of the 193 stairs. Each show typically has two merchandise booths, with one at the Lower South entrance and one at the top near the visitor center.

Forester Up First

By the time that music started, the entire venue was almost full. Attendees were extremely excited to make their way into the venue and get settled for the night, so lines were already forming at restrooms and food and drink stands before the music even started. The first group to hit the stage was Forester. This indie-electronic duo is based in Los Angeles and was formed in 2019. In a few short years, they already have a record deal with Palm Tree Records as well as millions of streams on their songs.

Forester does an amazing job of incorporating live instrumentation and vocals with smooth electronic elements. Their stage setup consisted of a keyboard, drum pad, microphone, and mixer. Multicolored overhead lights amplified their set, and their name and logo were shown behind them as well. According to Forester, this was their first live show ever. Original songs like “Symphony” got a great crowd reaction from both their fans and people hearing their music for the first time. After their set, audience members could be heard discussing how much they enjoyed Forester‘s set and how talented they were. This seems to only be the start for Forester.

Frank Walker

By the time that the first set was finished, the venue seemed to be completely full. The next DJ to take the stage was Frank Walker. This Canadian musician and DJ started producing in 2016 and has played multiple international shows and festivals. Some of his most popular tracks are “Like Gold” with Loud Luxury (feat. Stephen Puth) and “Can’t Let Go“. His Red Rocks set was his first show in the United States in a year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For his set, Frank Walker used a small table with CDJ’s set up on the front of the stage. He also had an LED wall behind him, which was part of Kygo‘s full set up. Overhead lights shined multiple colors out into the audience and flashed along to his music to add to his set. Frank Walker really increased the energy in the venue with his high-energy set. He incorporated both original tracks and remixes of popular songs that had been trending this past year. Examples include “Levitating” by Dua Lipa (feat. DaBaby) and “Deep End” by Fousheé.

Kygo’s Return To The Rocks

After a short changeover, the lights on stage turned off and the amphitheater echoed with everyone’s cheers. Then, the huge LED wall on stage flashed clips of Kygo‘s previous performances at Red Rocks. Lights shined into the audience, and Kygo made his way on stage. Kygo‘s stage setup consisted of a semi-circle deck that had his CDJs, microphone, and anything else needed for his set. While performing, he was standing on top of two levels of smaller LED screens, so it looked like he was in the middle of this massive display.

“What’s up Red Rocks? Let’s see your hands in the air,” shouted Kygo. For his first song, he brought out Valerie Broussard to sing “The Truth“. His stage production was massive! Fog machines, lasers, bursts of fire, and fireworks were all used throughout the show. Attendees in the first half of the crowd could literally feel the heat from these whenever a chorus dropped and the stage lit up.

Remember how every single attendee received a plastic bracelet when entering the venue? Each bracelet was able to light up and was synced with the show. This added yet another unique element to his performance because the audience members were able to connect with each other and with Kygo on a crazy cool level. When looking at the crowd, it would be a sea of blue or pink, and they even twinkled and changed colors with the drop. At the end of the show, attendees were asked to recycle the bracelets, but a lot of people kept them as momentos.

Golden Hour

Throughout Kygo‘s two-hour set, he played a glorious mix of older tracks along with tracks from his most recent album release, Golden Hour. According to Kygo, this was his first time playing these new songs to a live audience. In addition to bringing out Valerie Broussard, he had a few more singers join him on stage. Parson James sang “Stole The Show” and Justin Jesso sang “Firestone“. Each singer was able to perform multiple songs as well, so the audience got to see them each a few times.

Kygo did a wonderful job of incorporating his original, bubbly, feel-good music with upbeat, house music breaks. He kept the crowd on their toes throughout, as no one could really tell what was coming next. Sometimes, you would expect the original chorus from a song and it would transform into a high-energy drop with lights and lasers.

At two points in his set, he slowed it down for some breathtaking acoustic pieces. A clear piano was brought out to the center of the stage. As Kygo made his way down to the piano, an eight-piece orchestra of string instruments also set up on an elevated part of his stage. Valerie Broussard came out once more to sing “Lose Somebody“. During his encore, he brought out the piano and orchestra again along with Justin Jesso to do an acoustic version of “Firestone“. The song eventually transformed into the full, upbeat version of the track, and Kygo went back up to his elevated part on the stage to finish out his set.

Can We Go Back?

Overall, Kygo put on a truly amazing set. The energy in the venue was so elevated the entire time, from the openers to the very last second Kygo was on stage. Every single performer, including the openers, singers, and orchestra, was extremely talented and it was so much fun to watch. Kygo‘s set was a dynamic audiovisual experience and it was clear to see that the audience enjoyed themselves.

This summer, Kygo is set to perform at a festival in Poland in August, at Breakaway Ohio in September, and at the Banc Of California Stadium, also in September. To keep up with Kygo, visit his website and social media accounts below!

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Sully Ignites the Party with a New Single: ‘Right About Now’

Sully is a bass music producer from Los Angeles who is making big waves in the music industry. He is known for his innovative sounds, which combine melodic dubstep with heavy bass wobbles and eerie atmospheres. His unique style of bass music has been groundbreaking within the electronic music scene. Now, he is back again with a hot new single, ‘Right About Now,’ available on all streaming services.

Sully started learning how to produce throughout high school. In college, he earned his audio engineering degree from the University of Michigan. Later, Sully Graduated from the Icon Collective, a Los Angeles-based music college, where he maximized his production skills and creative process. After spending years mastering his craft, Sully has quickly built an impressive reputation in the bass music scene. In 2019, Sully released his debut single, ‘Frequency Shift.’ His music was quickly noticed by WAKAAN’s one-and-only Liquid Stranger, who took him under his wing and brought him onto the Ascension tour. Since then, Sully has steadily released music with the WAKAAN Music Label and has quickly made a name for himself in the electronic music space. 

Sully Returns to WAKAAN

In his highly anticipated return to WAKAAN, Sully recruits Isaac Castor as his emcee. ‘Right About Now’ is a bass party anthem that will keep the energy going and the vibes high whether you are at the poker table, in the club, or up all night at a 3 – day ‌festival.

“‘Right About Now’ is all about igniting that energy that’s been pinned up for the past year. When I listen to the song, I reminisce about my time in college growing as an artist. Whether I was playing at a bar, a wedding, or as a local opener for a talent I looked up to, I was always trying to fulfill my potential. What makes this even more special is that Isaac and I went to the same undergrad and were usually hustling together to reach the next step. I’m so proud of this record and couldn’t be more grateful for Isaac’s flawless vocal delivery.” – Sully

Photos Provided by WAKAAN

Sully continues to impress us, establishing his name within the world of electronic music. As his artistic journey unfolds, we eagerly await his next steps.

‘Right About Now’ is out now on all streaming services! Listen to his new track ‌here.

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NGHTMRE just released his first ever tokenized collection! Each piece features original music from NGHTMRE and brilliant animations by Greg Mike.

After stumbling upon an art installation at Atlanta’s Counterpoint Music Festival in 2012, Tyler Marenyi aka NGHTMRE fell in love with the art and style of Atlanta-based artist Greg Mike

Further inspired by his deep involvement with skate culture and his intersections with the design world, Greg Mike has become known for pieces that incorporate vivid explosions of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective. 


With murals painted in Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and the Swiss Alps, to name a few, it was apparent that his art would go on to inspire a multitude of aspiring artists. Currently based in Atlanta, Greg Mike is the founder and creative director of ABV AGENCY + GALLERY, a multi-platform creative studio specializing in graphic design, street art, mural installations, art direction, and more.

Fast forward 9 years to the present day

NGHTMRE’s pursuit to remain creative has found him rekindling some of these precious moments of inspiration. After his encounter with Greg Mike’s art in 2012, NGHTMRE continued to follow the artist over the years and eventually became friends and collaborators. Coming full circle, the two have just held a special NFT Digital Art drop via Nifty Gateway last week.

“I’ve really loved Greg mike’s work for so long it’s amazing to be able to collaborate on something as unique as this. I’ve always loved the idea of audio/visual collaborations and this is my first opportunity to be able to do it!” –

Auction-style exhibition |Each piece in this collection represents the different creative energies one may experience throughout the day. 

The four digital art pieces all sold out via the Nifty Giveaway on the day of. However you can still visit the exhibition site and place your bids on the ones accepting offers. NIGHTMODE, HIGH NOON, and GUD MORNING each comes with a Crystal Ball + Custom Stand / Box. But remember you MUST OWN the NFT exactly 2 weeks from the drop time (March 31 at 6:30 pm ET) to claim the physical offering!

A portion of the proceeds of the sales will all be donated to offset the energy costs of the distribution and creation of these digital goods.

NGHTMRE & Greg Mike


NGHTMRE’s ascent to the upper echelons of dance music stardom has been nothing short of dream-like. His meticulous production and pulsating performances have cemented him as both a festival mainstay and dance music tastemaker.

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BRUER’s Debut EP, Mind Flay, Is Full Of Heavy Bass

Hailing from the bass capital of Denver, Colorado, BRUER is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Known to friends and family as Will Mayer, this phenomenal producer and DJ has continued to strengthen his skills over the years. BRUER has released various singles and remixes since his start, with sub-genres ranging from melodic to future bass.

On January 28th, he debuted his very first EP titled Mind Flay. This monumental new release contains four heavy, mind-bending bass tracks. Party Guru Press recently had the opportunity to chat with BRUER to learn more about how he came into producing, the Mind Flay EP, and his major plans for 2021.

Introducing: BRUER

Ever since he was a kid, Will has had a passion and longing for the fascinating sounds of electronic music. Around high school, he started to get into DJ-ing and attended Scratch Academy in Los Angeles. He called himself the “wild child of the group” because he was the only one there that was into EDM, as opposed to Top 40 hits. After he got his hands on his first copy of Ableton, he started producing non-stop.

Four or five years into producing, he attended ICON Collective, also in Los Angeles, where he learned more intricate skills including sound design. Will graduated from ICON in the beginning of 2016 and then hunkered down and began to take production a lot more seriously.

Originally, Will started BRUER to make dark house music. As time went on, his music transformed into future bass and he received recognition from Trap Nation. Currently, his sound is getting heavier and heavier, which he’s super excited about.

Will started to revamp BRUER around the beginning of 2020. This correlates with his new, heavy sound as well as all of his upcoming projects that are currently in the works. Furthermore, Will dedicated a lot of time last year to figure out his sound and his music. “I just feel like there was a different part of me that wanted to be heard, so I started doing that [producing heavier music] and it was really fun because I didn’t feel like there were any boundaries”, Will explained.

Flay Your Mind

The debut EP from BRUER, titled Mind Flay, was released on January 28th. All four tracks on this self-released EP are described as “freeform, heavy, distorted.” Producing this album allowed Will to go “back to the basics” and focus on bass music, which he really enjoyed.

Some of these tracks have been in progress for a long time, and Will is thrilled to finally be able to put together a collective group of tracks. He explained that in the past, he would either finish a track and be able to release it right away, or finish a track and sit on it for quite a while. “It is cool to come up with a group of four tracks that I’m really proud of and is pushing the project forward,” Will said.

If you haven’t yet listened to Mind Flay, Will recommends that you listen to “Take You Higher” first. This is the track that he’s most proud of on the EP because it’s really simple and straight to the point. “With production, it’s so easy to go down the rabbit hole and overcomplicate things,” Will explained. “Take You Higher” is one of the most minimalistic bass tracks that he’s ever done, which makes it beautifully unique.

One of Will’s other favorite tracks on the album is titled “Nasty“. This was released a few weeks before the EP and was actually premiered via UKF Dubstep. Since Will’s musical history has been mostly melodic and future bass up until Mind Flay, he was stoked to see interest from UKF. Moving forward, he definitely wants to work with them again.

Reflecting On 2020

When it comes to the crazy year that was 2020, BRUER was able to see the glass half-full. Will has always been an extremely optimistic person. This undoubtedly worked in his favor, even last year with a complete shift in the music industry. “I honestly feel like it was a bit of a blessing in disguise for me,” said Will.

According to Will, one of his favorite things about 2020 was the adventure of converting a camper van. He sold his car and bought a van shortly after on a bit of a whim. Will and his girlfriend initially spent about six fifteen-hour days working to convert this industrial van into a fun, comfortable camper van before it was ready for travel.

Since then, they’ve taken in it all around the United States. Locations that they traveled to last year include the East Coast, Yellowstone, Moab, the Ozarks, and all over Colorado. Will describes traveling as being very motivating and inspiring. This was the highlight of his year, and definitely a silver lining in 2020. Who’s to say if he would have had the time to pursue that experience any other year?

The Future Of BRUER

2020 brought some challenges as far as releasing music and getting on labels due to the absence of shows. Will explained that it’s harder to promote music without shows. Furthermore, labels weren’t looking for new artists to grow their team. Even though he feels like the music industry “is at a bit of a standstill”, he’s hopeful that this upcoming year will have a bit more normalcy and relieve some of those issues.

Will is already prepared to push himself for the duration of 2021. He has a ton of unreleased music up his sleeve and is excited to surprise people with his new project. Mind Flay is just the beginning of the next chapter for BRUER, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

This year, listeners can expect to hear original BRUER releases, collaborations, and official remixes. Additionally, he won’t limit himself to just bass music. “It’s definitely going to be a fun year filled with a lot of different creations from me,” Will said.

Final Thoughts

Denver’s BRUER is most definitely an artist to watch. This highly skilled producer has captured the attention of many over the past few years. Listeners are always eager to hear his next project, as his sound is constantly evolving. The release of his debut EP, Mind Flay, has been a massive success thus far, even receiving attention from UKF Dubstep.

At the conclusion of the chat with Will, we asked him if he had anything else that he wanted to add. We’ll leave you with some of his final thoughts.

“For anybody who has been listening and streaming “Nasty” or really just listening to my music and supporting at all, thank you so much. That is seriously what keeps the train rollin’. I honestly can’t thank those people enough.

For anybody who hasn’t listened to my music, go check it out! I really hope you like it. Just to circle back, get ready. 2021’s going to hopefully be a better year for everybody. I’m just trying to prepare as best I can, and just getting out that content. Workin’ on the music. I hope that we get shows back.

Wear your mask and stay in school.”

Will Mayer (BRUER)

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Inside Access to The Ravers Circle

Wether completing daily activities or relaxing at home its not rare to find one listening to a podcast. There is a podcast for everyone out there, including ravers. Colorado Springs local podcast, The Ravers Circle, has made their mark in 2020. Starting out with locals in the scene they feature artists of all walks of life. Hosts Alan Hyde Jr and Karisma Vacura takeover Level 4 Studio every Thursday night at 7pm MST.

We were lucky enough to have the chance to speak with both hosts of The Ravers Circle recently. With plenty of questions to ask these fresh podcasters this made for a great conversation. This interview is conducted by Patrik Essy. The following is an interview between Patrik, Alan Hyde, and Karisma.

Origins of The Ravers Circle

Patrik: This first question is obvious but it seems like a nice place to start off. I’m curious about how the Ravers Circle was created! Could you tell me a bit about its origins? Ex: How the name for the podcast was chosen, how the hosts were chosen, how guests are chosen, how the location was chosen etc.

Alan: The podcast was created out of an idea. I drew inspiration from some of my favorite podcasts that I enjoy viewing and listening to in my spare time. Since I am a huge fan of the electronic dance music scene, the idea came to fruition to pitch the idea of an EDM podcast. Though there is a few out there, the one that I had in mind would touch on everything EDM and rave culture. I love talking about the music and analyzing the different variances of the genre, so I chose to pitch my idea to a fellow DJ who also runs a studio here in Colorado Springs. I’ve expressed my interest about doing a podcast for the longest time and when he brought up the possibility of providing me an opportunity to do one, I absolutely jumped at wanting to get it launched. One of my very close friends Karisma, who is a seasoned raver also enjoys discussing EDM and is heavily into rave culture. I thought she would be the perfect co-host so it was a no-brainer to have her collaborate with me on this effort. As far as guests, we wanted to shine a light on our local scenes here in Colorado. This is the perfect platform to interview rising artists and our local talent. We felt this was a chance to give some recognition to the Denver aka the Bass Capitol of EDM. Colorado is a melting pot for electronic dance music and what better scene than here to show some of the most talented artists in the world. This was the perfect opportunity to highlight that.

Karisma: The Ravers circle was originally created out of friendship, and the want to share love and information to the community that means the most to us. AJ had made a post asking if he started a podcast about raving culture, who would want to help? I immediately reached out and inserted my interest and from there we met up to go over topics, plans, and goals. The name was agreed upon and I had my cousin design our logo. Guests are all of our friends and connections we have made over the years in the scene. The location was given to us by AJ’s good friend Kevin. Shout out to him for making our dreams a reality!

Visions and Options

Patrik: Have you always had an idea for a podcast or did you see it going in a different direction before starting off? Sometimes people don’t get their first choice right away when attempting to start something new.

Alan: I always had an idea and vision for it. I basically took the format from my favorite podcast (The Joe Budden Podcast) and put a different spin on it, which is for the EDM crowd. I knew there were a lot of popular hip-hop podcasts out there but not really many in EDM, especially for the format in which we do it in. The idea was to discuss this genre on both a local and national scale

Karisma: I personally have always wanted an outlet to share my emotions, thoughts, and beliefs with the world, I just didn’t know how to put that communication into place until The Ravers Circle was born. We both have always wanted this podcast to be a positive outlet and safe place for our viewers, a place to simply have fun spreading love during hard times in the world. That’s why I believe that the podcast has done so well, being our first time doing anything like this.

Questions and Guests

Patrik: As coming up with questions can sometimes be a difficult thing, do you plan all of your topics of discussion? Do you plan on what you are going to talk about? Or is it more of the type of thing where you all sit down and try to have a casual conversation?

Karisma: Honestly AJ Hollywood Hyde is the main person setting up our guests and our topics for each week. We choose together what we want to talk about, then each week we try to touch on different subjects that are important to us and the music industry. We do have a list guide for each episode but we also have a great balance of natural and casual conversation to keep things flowing uniquely.

Alan: It really depends to be honest. More often than not we do have planned topics that we discuss. We’ll discuss what is currently going on in the scene as far as the hottest trends, upcoming music releases, fun topics, etc. Then there are some weeks that we will freestyle topics and just have a casual conversation. The best example of that are our holiday episodes of the podcast. Those have been the most fun episodes to do because we just sit back and naturally discuss whatever comes to mind, even outside of electronic dance music.

Patrik: Being named the Ravers Circle, it obviously has to do with music. Do you all ever plan on introducing guests from all walks of life? Meaning if a comedian or chef was interested in coming on for the Thursday night episode would you give the thumbs up?

Karisma: Yes, we are The Ravers Circle, but we do touch on all different aspects of a ravers life. We are always welcoming everyone who may want to be a guest on the show.

Alan: Yes, we actually plan on expanding very soon with our outreach. The beauty about the world Electronic Dance Music, is that we live by PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, & Respect). We are very welcoming and inviting of all types of people. As of recently we thought about inviting guests that are non-ravers or not affiliated with the scene. My thought process is that I enjoy networking and building relationships with anyone and everyone. Plus, this is an opportunity to do cross-brand promotions and really expand our fan base outside of just EDM.

What is Level 4 Studio?

Patrik: Let’s talk about the space where you all are located, because it truly is a beautiful spot in an even more beautiful location! Taking place at Level 4 Studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado this is the spot. Having two full photo studios and a podcast studio makes this the ideal spot for any creator. Having enough room to also host live sets when possible, this spot is what some would call perfect. How did you get in with Level 4 Studio? Where was the podcast going to take place before Level 4 Studio? Do you all have any new ideas that you would like to do with the space or any areas around it? Do you think its location will be beneficial in the future? What big plans do you have in the works or have at least thought of? Where would the podcast be held if not for Level 4 Studio?

Karisma: Thank you! We are absolutely blessed with the space we have. Level 4 Studio truly is the perfect place for our podcast. Kevin, the owner of Level 4 Studio, reached out about using the studio as our own for the passion he saw in AJ, that is how the podcast was born. Having people believe in us and support us in such a way as Kevin is truly astounding to me. We definitely would not be where we are now without him. This location has been extremely beneficial in many ways to both AJ and I and it will continue to be resting grounds for many episodes to come, with many surprises in the future. The only times we will not be at the studio is when we are traveling. In those instances the podcast will be held remotely wherever we are at. Hopefully we will host an episode from the beach this year so stay tuned!

Alan: This opportunity definitely presented itself at the right time. The person that we use the studio from for the podcasts is also a DJ. His name is Kevin Davis and he is a prominent figure in Colorado Springs. We made the connection by DJ’ing together at a nightclub in downtown Colorado Springs named Thirsty Parrot. We were the resident DJ’s there for a long while and had built a good friendship. I mentioned a few times about wanting to start my own podcast and then eventually we had a meeting about starting one. He showed me Level 4 studio and I was amazed with how professional it looked. We sat and he asked what my goals were with what I wanted to do with the podcast. Once I pitched my idea, the rest was history. Luckily, Level 4 Studio is right in downtown Colorado Springs so I couldn’t be more gracious for the location. We get a gorgeous view of downtown and I get to see the beautiful city at night. We do plan on doing more soon for the studio. I plan on doing some livestream specials for myself and all of the local artists in the scene very soon. We also have plans on doing episodes of the podcast at various locations in the future. More will be announced in the upcoming weeks so be on the lookout for that.

First Attempts

Patrik: Let’s dive a little bit deeper here. Was Ravers Circle the first attempt at a podcast or have you tried and failed before? Most major podcast hosts have had multiple failed attempts at a podcast until finally finding what is right for them. Has this ever happened to you? Have you always had the support to begin a podcast? Who pushed you the most to create The Ravers Circle to be how it is today?

Karisma: I have always had family and friends tell me that I should find an outlet to communicate with the world! The Ravers Circle is my first real attempt of doing so. Both AJ and I pushed ourselves week after week to continue growing to be where we are now and for that I am extremely proud of the both of us. We both have amazing support from our loved ones as well. Even through hard times we have used the podcast as a positive outlet where we can let go and vibe like we used to at shows. I feel the quality of the atmosphere of the studio has helped my mental health flourish every time I am hosting an episode, we have had many guests feel the same way. I am forever thankful how amazing we have done straight from the beginning on our very first podcast. We adjust as we go and grow as much as possible and this is part of the cause of our success

Alan: The funny thing about it is that this is our first attempt doing this. I still feel that we have aways to go to get to our goals, but I am proud of the feedback that we have received so far. I think by episode 3, we had already hit over 1,000 views. I was a little in shock because I did not think we would even hit over 100 views, let alone over 1,000. We are still grinding away to grow our audience, I feel we are heading in the right direction. 


Patrik: Who are some of your inspirations in the podcast world? Who do you “look up” to? Who has been a positive influence to you during all of this and even before you started the podcast. Who had support for you when the idea was just beginning? Who didn’t? Don’t say names here hahahah.

Alan: This might sound cliche, the entire electronic dance music scene. Literally of the major scenes across the world. I draw inspiration from places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Chicago, and all over. Every scene is unique and different in its own way. It’s like your favorite restaurant, you have all of your favorite meals to choose from on one menu. That’s how I feel with EDM and this amazing world that I have became a part of. I can go to a show in Denver and it’s bass music galore. I can travel to Chicago and I am treated to some amazing house music. I can go to Detroit for Movement Festival and I will see the very best techno artists in the world. I draw inspiration from all of these different scenes and it’s a beautiful thing to experience.

Karisma: I honestly was not super into podcasts before our own but my main inspiration has come from the world of electronic dance music. I have always looked up to anyone who is spreading knowledge and love with the intent of growth. I have always had so much support from everyone in my life, and thankfully not too much hate.

Patrik: If you weren’t doing the podcast what would you be doing? 

Alan: I have no idea, probably just music production honestly. Some may not know, but I’m an artist as well. I’ve been a DJ in this scene for 7 years and just started producing about three years ago. So outside of the podcast, I’m working on music and releasing two EP’s by spring and/or summer of this year.

Karisma: I would still be doing everything I do now if I wasn’t hosting the podcast (work, mixing, traveling, etc.) The podcast itself is an extra bonus to my life that helps the way I perceive the world and how I mold myself as a person.

The “Real World”

Patrik: What do you do for your “real world” job? Do you ever see the podcast and your real world intervene in negative ways? Do you ever feel that you don’t have time for the podcast? Have you ever doubted yourself and your abilities when it comes to hosting a podcast?

Alan: I do have a real world job in human resources. Thankfully it’s not as stressful as previous jobs. I do suffer from several mental illnesses unfortunately, so I tend to enjoy jobs that are lower in stress. A fun fact about me is that I am a military veteran. I served 6 years active duty in the US Army and it’s definitely the most stressful job in the world being a US soldier. I promised myself that when I left the military, I would enjoy my life and focus more on the world of electronic dance music. Traveling to shows, working on music, DJ’ing, and just being a raver. I’ve been a fan of EDM since high school and it has been a passion to be apart of this amazing world. I don’t feel that the podcast and the real world will intervene in a negative way. I do my absolute best to keep it PLUR at all times. As far as time goes, I just make time as needed. I am always busy between podcasting, being an artist, having a full-time job, and making sure I have time for hobbies.

Karisma: I have had so many jobs in life from medical billing, to stocks, and everything in between. I currently work at AT&T and I have open and clear communication about the podcast being a main responsibility in my life. Thankfully, my everyday life has only been enhanced by hosting the show. The only times I have missed the show was when I was playing a show or on my anniversary vacation, I do not plan to miss the show otherwise. Thankfully we host the show on a weekday that way when shows start coming back more we will both still be available. At first I was nervous about my abilities as a host, but now I look forward to every Thursday because of how much fun every episode is.

Plans for 2021

Patrik: What big things are planned for 2021? How do you plan to take over the podcast game? How do you plan to overcome Covid in 2021?

Karisma: We are expecting this year to be huge for The Ravers Circle. We have already had some decently big names in the scene and we look forward to keep growing and getting bigger and better names than before. We will take over the podcast game with honesty, love, and a little bit of spice that keep our listeners engaged and coming back for more. Our connection to the scene and our support has already taken us so far that we plan to keep going from here. We have been a light to the community with shows being gone and help during the hard times of Covid and we will remain safe, sanitized, and helpful in 2021.

Alan: We have a lot of announcements coming very soon that I’m excited for. We plan on bringing bigger artists, managers, venue owners, etc. I feel that the only way we will take over the podcast game, is with our audience. The rave community is what drives this machine. This platform will let the voices of every raver across the world to be seen and heard. Our takeover starts with our engagement. The bigger our fan base grows, the chances of us being a top-tier podcast will become a reality. As far as COVID-19, we plan on doing any and all necessary steps on our end so that we can get back to some type of normalcy. Social media has been used to our advantage during this pandemic thankfully. Our plan is to keep engaging with our audience during these troubling times and keep spirits lifted for all our fellow ravers across the world.


Are you looking for your chance to sit down with the Ravers Circle? They are actually still booking guests for 2021! For more information head to any of their socials below. With each episode being about an hour in length or longer it is sure to keep you entertained. Everyone has the ability to listen so why not check them out? They might just be your next favorite podcast! Stay tuned for all of the great things they will be doing in 2021.

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Listen To Kool Jon’s Brand New Single, “Fractal Cactus”

Keeping It Kool

Kool Jon, known to friends and family as Josh Rosenberg, is an electronic music producer. Since early 2018, he’s been releasing tracks with a wide variety of sub-genres. Party Guru Productions recently got the chance to chat with Kool Jon. We learned more about him, his music, and what’s in store for 2021.

Music has always been a major part of Kool Jon‘s life. While growing up, he played whatever instruments he could get his hands on. “I played sax and percussion in school band, and I started playing guitar and bass in bands in middle school,” said Josh. His first real experience in the music world came from being a part of a few bands in high school. “First a classic 16-year-old pop-punk band, and then an emo band that gave me my first touring experiences. Since then I’ve played in a few different groups, and I’ve started a lot of different music by myself,” he explained.

In college, he set up a studio in his bedroom and really started producing music for the Kool Jon project. For the past few years, he’s kept up with his involvement by working music festivals around the globe. These include Electric Zoo, Dead & Company’s Playing In The Sand, and so many more.

Focus and Motivation

In February of 2020, his life working the music festival circuit came to a halt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He abruptly went from one hundred to zero and had a surplus of time on his hands. Around this same time, he had finished mixing his latest albums and was starting to release them. He also decided to start streaming on Twitch.

“The streams influenced my production a lot because each day I would try to produce something different than what I had done before, often taking influence from artists I was listening to that week. Because I had no work, I wanted to stay productive, so I tried to organize my days around producing and mixing, and after a few months, I had a number of tracks to narrow down to what I’m releasing,” said Josh.

This last year was his first opportunity to really hunker down and focus on producing music.

“Fractal Cactus”

The latest string of releases from Kool Jon begins with “Fractal Cactus“, which debuted on January 9th. This track is over six minutes of pure relaxation and ecstasy. It’s a chill tune with a seamless combination of different elements. Precise percussion, low, vibrating synths, and a bright melody all make this a pleasing piece to listen to. Throughout the six minutes, listeners will be taken on a journey through this truly hypnotic track.

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Coming Up

If you love “Fractal Cactus“, Kool Jon has some great news for you. Josh explained that he will be releasing “eleven songs over eight releases, every other Friday until April 16.” These will all be dance tracks that span eight styles or subgenres. However, one song is drum and bass and another is glitchy IDM (intelligent dance music). Additionally, “Say It For Me” and “Waterworld II” will also be accompanied by music videos. These are being made by Josh’s exceptionally talented friend, Peter DeBarros. Peter also produced his videos for “Go” and “Rumble Room“.

Josh explained that while he was producing these new pieces, he was watching a lot of Cercle sets on Youtube. “I’d often go into my session the next day and try to borrow elements or techniques from the artist or style I was listening to the night before,” he said. Overall, he is extremely proud of these songs as he believes that he’s finally reached the level of production that he’s been striving for.

Make sure to keep an eye out on Kool Jon’s social media pages (linked below) for upcoming releases! He said that “there is definitely no clear plan for new music, but once these current tracks are out, there will definitely be more, dancey stuff coming as soon as possible.”

Music That Matters

According to Josh, all proceeds from the music produced and released by Kool Jon “will be donated to organizations and funds supporting the black community and other minorities in the US”. For his last round of releases, he donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and the Equal Justice Initiative.

For this current round of releases, he hasn’t chosen any specific organizations to donate to yet. He is always welcoming suggestions as long as “the organization directly helps people in need and that the majority of the fundraising goes to support their programs rather than pay a salary.” Now that he is located in Los Angeles, he is also considering organizations that help house and feed people in the city. If you have a specific cause or organization in mind, reach out to Kool Jon on any of his social media platforms.


Kool Jon is most definitely an artist to watch. He’s dedicated a lot of time to finding and perfecting his signature sound, and this current release does a perfect job of demonstrating just that. Not only does he have ten more unparalleled tracks scheduled to be released between now and mid-April, but he will also be gracing us with two music videos. Furthermore, all funds from his music are donated directly to various organizations such as those that support the black community as well as other minorities.

Josh gives a “huge thanks to Megan Riley who did all of the art for this project as well as the last two albums, Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East for the perfect masters, and Peter DeBarros in advance for what I know will be music videos better than anything I can imagine, as well as any friends I’ve forced to listen and give feedback.”

“I hope y’all like the new tunes!”

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Ring In The New Year With These Virtual Festivals And Shows

New Year’s Eve 2020 is quickly approaching. This Thursday night, the calendar will flip to January of 2021. For many, this year was a strange time warp. Time seemed to go by extremely slow. However, many are wondering how it’s already almost the new year!

At this point in time, many of us typically have our New Year’s Eve plans locked in. Gathering downtown to see fireworks, attending a concert or festival, or getting together with family are all popular plans for ringing in the new year. This year, options for events and activities have drastically changed due to health and safety regulations regarding COVID-19.

Many of us live in cities and states with restrictions in place when it comes to how many people can gather safely in a private or public area. In fact, private gatherings with anyone outside of your immediate household are discouraged in lots of areas. The good news is that this doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate New Year’s Eve safely!

Party Guru Productions has put together a list of twelve different live stream concerts and shows for you to view in the comfort of your own home. These events are either free or low-cost, making it easy for everyone to view. Genres include pop, rock, electronic, and more. You and your friends can watch these shows together from separate households and not have to worry about getting to and from a venue. The only difficulty this year will be choosing which live streams to view!

Take a look at the list below to view a small selection of virtual shows taking place this New Year’s Eve.

Beats Antique New Year’s Eve In The Virtual Mushroom

WHEN: December 31st at 3:30 PM PST
PRICE: Starting at $15

Beats Antique is opening up the dance floor for a wild entry into 2021. Exclusive music and dance performances will be featured along with a countdown to midnight in your local timezone. The Virtual Mushroom was created by Android Jones and can’t be missed. For those that want to pay a little extra, special Zoom sessions with Beats Antique as well as album previews and merch are offered.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros New Year’s Eve 2020

WHEN: December 31st at 10:00 PM EST
PRICE: $19.99 – $35

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros will be streaming from TRI Studios along with Don Was, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti + Greg Leisz. The Wolf Pack, made up of five different talented musicians, will be present as well. Additionally, Bill Walton is going to be hosting the countdown. A unique poster and tee are also up for grabs if you have some extra cash to spare. For anyone that is a fan of The Grateful Dead and Dead & Company, this live stream is for you!

Bud Light Seltzer Sessions Presents New Year’s Eve 2021

WHEN: December 31st at 10:30 PM EST – 1:30 AM EST
PRICE: Free! (21+, RSVP encouraged.)

This live stream is set to feature a multitude of performances as well as giveaways and an interactive viewing experience. Performers include Post Malone, Steve Aoki, Saweetie, and more. Furthermore, there will be a second DJ-only channel if you prefer to increase the energy in the room. It is recommended to watch the event on their website instead of social media as that is where the interactive polls and giveaways come in. Set times will be released around December 30th.

Grand Park NYELA Countdown to 2021

WHEN: December 31st at 2:00 AM EST
PRICE: Free!

“Count down to 2021 by tuning into the biggest virtual NYE dance party on the west coast!” Dim Mak En Fuego is Steve Aoki‘s newest extension of his label, Dim Mak. This Latin underground event will feature performances by Steve Aoki, AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, and ANDREKZA, to name a few. If you live in Los Angeles, special at-home food and drink kits are also offered so that you can get your grub on at home.

Hello 2021: UK | YouTube NYE Big Night In

WHEN: December 31st at 3:30 PM MST
PRICE: Free!

This New Year’s Eve event is streamed exclusively through Youtube. An insane lineup of UK artists will grace the live stream for you to dance to at home. Get ready for performances by Dua Lipa, Joel Corry, MNEK, and so many more. “Say goodbye to 2020, and Hello 2021.”

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit | New Year’s Eve Celebration

WHEN: December 31st at 8:00 PM CST
PRICE: $25 – $60

This event is going to be streamed from the Brooklyn Bowl Nashville! This performance will feature the full band and their classic rock ‘n’ roll sound combined with storytelling. An option to purchase a poster is available as well as a link to support Lightning 100: Nashville’s Independent Radio.

KISS 2020 Goodbye

WHEN: December 31st at 9:00 PM UTC
PRICE: $39.99 – $999.99

KISS hasn’t seen a live audience in 296 days. Clearly, that time off was used to build up a larger-than-life show for New Year’s Eve. Pyrotechnics, massive stage production, and 360-degree views are in store for this event. The show will be streamed live from Atlantis Dubai. For dedicated KISS fans, high-priced extreme VIP bundles include things like drum sticks from their show, exclusive merch, your name in the credits of the recorded show, and so much more. Buckle your seatbelts and roll into 2021.

Sunsquabi New Year’s Run

WHEN: December 31st at 9:45 MST
January 1st at 9:45 MT
PRICE: $9.99 – $35

Knew Conscious will host this Colorado-based trio for a two-night run on both December 31st and January 1st! This unique group describes their music as “electronic hydro funk”. They’ve played festivals including Electric Forest and Suwanee Hulaween, so having them in your own living room this New Year’s Eve is quite exciting! One or two night passes along with merch bundles are available.

Times Square New Years Eve

WHEN: December 31st at 6:00 PM EST
PRICE: Free!

What is New Year’s Eve without the classic Times Square ball drop? This free event is scheduled to take place and be broadcasted like never before. Live streams include a Live Show, Ball Cam, and cameras from different viewpoints in the square. The best viewing experience will come from downloading the free smartphone app in the app store called “NYE“. Share your new year’s wishes, take selfies using fun filters, and watch your own fireworks show.

T-Mobile Presents: NYE Live with Justin Bieber

WHEN: December 31st at 8:15 PM MST
January 1st at 5:00 AM EST
January 1st at 3:00 PM EST
PRICE: $25 (Free for T-Mobile customers!)

After Justin Bieber had to reschedule this year’s world tour, he is finally set to take the stage again this New Year’s Eve. This event is in partnership with T-Mobile and will be his first live show since 2017. From the looks of his Instagram, he’s been spending a lot of time preparing for this event. If you are a T-Mobile customer, access to view the performance is free!

Tomorrowland 31.12.2020

WHEN: December 31st
8:00 PM – 3:00 AM (In your local time zone.)
PRICE: Starting at € 20 or $24.57

This week, Tomorrowland will debut their very first virtual New Year’s Eve event. This world-famous festival is held every summer in Belgium. However, they’ve had to convert to virtual events this year like many other festivals and artists. This magical celebration will involve viewers from all over the world and host more than twenty-five artists. Performances will be held on four different “stages” by Tchami, CamelPhat, Martin Garrix, Netsky, and more. For those that live in Europe, special merch packages can be ordered as well.

Tycho Sunrise Solo Ascent

WHEN: January 1st at 10:00 AM EST
PRICE: $20.21

For this event, Tycho has taken inspiration from his many sunrise sets at Burning Man. Tycho Solo Ascent will take place from a beautiful outdoor location in Northern California. Viewers of this set will either want to start their new year off with a deep breath of fresh music or wind down from a night of safe celebration. This live stream will be available for forty-eight hours for those that can’t make the original air date.


No matter how you choose to ring in the new year, we encourage you to do so safely. Think of fun ways to celebrate at home while keeping the health of you and others in mind. This year, countless virtual shows and festivals are being offered for a wide variety of audiences.

Only twelve are featured above, but there are so many more options available. So, set up Zoom-dates with your friends and family, turn on the live stream of your choice, and count down to 2021!

Photos By Beats Antique, Dim Mak En Fuego, Justin Bieber, KISS, Sunsquabi

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City Roots TV: The Heartbeat of the City

Recently, we got the chance to sit down (virtually) with Fabe of City Roots TV. As the owner and founder of “Denver’s #1 news source for urban news,” Fabe has many stories and plans for growing the already booming business. The CRTV team has had the chance to work with some amazing talent both on set and behind the scenes. Recently, the team has been busy working with hit acts like Kayla Rae and Sean Love, as well as upcoming acts like Ahren Emily. They have had special guests behind the scenes such as Thomas Adams, of Uno Media and Patrik Essy of Party Guru Productions and X3P. City Roots TV is rapidly expanding to feature more genres and also working on new non-musical content like a video series. One of our members at Party Guru Press had a chance to sit down with Fabe to ask him a few questions. Down below all bolded questions were asked by PGP member Thomas Adams and all responses are from Fabe of City Roots TV.

Tell me a bit about yourself

Fabe: I was born in London, UK and moved to the US when I was nine years old for a better life with my mother and brother. In my early years I fell in love with basketball. I went on to play in the NCAA in Southern California. I enjoy morning meditation and long walks and everything dealing with nature.

How did City Roots get its start?

City Roots TV was inspired by my father after he passed away from lung and brain cancer. After he was diagnosed, I was forced to leave school and come home. His last words to me were, “Create something that will last forever, even after you’re gone.” Shortly after, I created City Roots TV-For the city, by the city.

What is the process for choosing new acts?

I get a lot of submissions from local and global artists, but I’m always on YouTube and Instagram searching hashtags that can lock me in on new talent. One of my recent photographers at City Roots TV connected with me through LinkedIn–which is actually a great tool for connecting with people. Perrie, our Creative Director and Head of Musical A & R, had this to say about searching for new acts. “I look for vintage looks. I’ve always been intrigued by vintage shots. One of my favorite ways to shoot is through Kodak in motion shots. I love when the eyes are looking directly into my camera, but I love shots that are avant garde, capturing the vibrant moment in real time.”

What is one of your favorite or most memorable shoots?

One of my favorite shoots was with Kayla Rae. She’s a global artist that has some big things lined up for 2021. She came down to City Roots and laid down a fire live session. Another shoot that was a lot of fun for me was with Sean Love. He is also a global artist that is becoming very recognizable on a broad scale.

What are your plans for City Roots in the future?

My plans for City Roots TV in the near future are to branch out to Los Angeles. I have recently connected with a theatre called Tiger Lab Studios. It is similar to the one we have here in Denver. Ideally, we will be going global in the near future. Ultimately, I want to see everyone on the City Roots TV team aspire to and achieve their own personal goals as well as contribute to the well being of CRTV.

Photos and Interview By Thomas Adams

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Triton w/ The Timberline and The Leshen

On October 13th, 2020 Metal and Rock will take over FoCoMX: Drive & Jive at the Holiday Twin Drive-In. Party Guru Productions had the opportunity to sit down with the three bands that will be performing and ask a few questions!

The Leshen

The first band to take the stage on October 13th will be The Leshen. Formed in early 2016, The Leshen is an avant-garde metal band from Fort Collins, CO with post-rock and post-metal elements. Myke Fedyk on Guitar and Kirk Alberts on bass are the force behind The Leshen.

For Myke, an introduction to music came at an early age when he heard Quiet Riot’s “Cum On Feel The Noize”. “When I really wanted to learn how to play music was, I think it was, I heard Quite Riot’s, “Come On Feel The Noise” and I wanted to learn how to play the drums”, Myke reminisced. “I guess it was a few years after that I picked up learning how to play the guitar”. Similarly, Kirk’s uncle introduced him to AC/DC. Growing up in a small rural town the main genre of music was country. “My parents always had music playing. I grew up in North-Eastern Colorado. All my relatives were farmers, and it was always country. But my uncle turned me onto AC/DC and that was it”, Kirk explains. Myke and Kirk had joined a few bands prior to forming The Leshen.

The Leshen Is Born

Shortly before they formed the Leshen they were part of a four-man band. Everyone in that band had different schedules making it difficult to meet up for practice. With interest waning, Myke and Kirk knew that they could not stop playing music. They decided to get together and mess around with some electronic beats and experiment with a fresh style of music. They created different digital drum beats and then started laying guitars and effects on top. The idea behind the experiment was to record and be a studio band. Initially, they never had any intention of performing live. However, the goal of having a band is to play in front of people. That created its own difficulties. How could they take something created digitally and play it in front of a crowd? Trial and error. They put on shows and they refined their process to what it is now.

The best part about The Leshen is that they can constantly evolve their sound without worrying about other bandmates. In 2019 The Leshen decided to stop working shows and focus on writing their new album. Even before the pandemic hit their musical tone was expressing more frustration and anger with the state of the world. However, their tone is usually more atmospheric and melodic. The pandemic gave them an opportunity to hunker down and write songs.

New Album

Their writing process sped up in a lot of ways. As a result of the pandemic and other events taking place, songs that will appear later in the album have become an outlet for the frustration and sense of impending doom that they felt around current events. “We kind of abandoned any of the other things that we were working on. All this new stuff was coming out and we were like, this is the direction to go”, Myke explains. For Myke and Kirk, it felt right. Their new album will feature six songs that are anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes long.

They don’t have plans for an album release party since everything is still up in the air as far as live shows are concerned but they have hinted that some of their new material will be performed live at their show on October 13th at the Holiday Twin Drive-In in Fort Collins, CO.

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The Timberline

The Timberline is a modern rock band with pop/punk influences from Fort Collins, CO that formed in 2017 after drummer Clint Petrun and guitarist/vocalist Terran Hause, who had been writing and exchanging music, were joined by guitarist Mike Boschert. They wrote and began recording their first album in August of that same year.

Growing Timberline

Before Mike joined, Terran was living in Los Angeles and looking for a musical outlet. Around that time, Terran began writing songs and sending them to Clint who gave feedback and contributed his own ideas. There were a few other people that were supporting the musical creation process at that time, but things really took off shortly before Mike joined the band. Clint had reached out to Mike through BandMix which is a social networking platform for musicians. Mike was working on some solo songs when Clint reached out and invited him to audition. 

Between Mike joining and the album release party on July 13th, 2019, The Timberline played shows, released singles and EPs, and created a music video. It was at the album release party that the band met bassist Keaton Nalezny. Keaton was working as a sound engineer at Aggie Theater. “We thought he was our runner”, Mike says as the band laughs with him. “We were like, ‘Hey, can you run to the store and get us some stuff? They told us that you were our runner”. In December of 2019, they approached Keaton to be their bass player.

Staying Focused

A few months after their album release they headlined a show at Hodi’s Half Note which was Keaton’s first live performance with the band. Since that show, the band has been finding ways to stay motivated during the pandemic. They were gearing up to play another show at Hodi’s Half Note supporting the band Holdfast. However, federal and state authorities issued regulations that canceled that show.

The pandemic is a big obstacle to overcome for any band. The Timberline is no exception. They planned a small national tour for summer 2020, they received an invitation to take part in FoCoMX 2020, and they started working on some new music. The pandemic canceled a lot of those plans. To make up for it, they took to focusing on the new music they were writing. Additionally, they hosted a couple of live stream shows and applied to participate in the virtual Taste of Fort Collins event.

Now, they are lined up to play FoCoMX: Drive & Jive on October 13th with Triton and The Leshen. After that show, their focus will be to finish their next album. They also have plans to work on music videos and content for their social media pages. They are hopeful that they can keep momentum through the end of 2020 and look for a fresh year come 2021.

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Triton is a sludge metal/stoner doom band that formed in 2016. Guitarist/vocalist Nic Federle and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Grey met while playing in a band called Retract.

Triton Is Forged

When interest in Retract started to wain and everyone went their own way, Nic and Ryan began jamming together. Shortly after, they met Tom Elwood whose roommate worked at Guitar Center with them. Initially, they were jamming in Tom’s basement with drummer Josh Rodgers. Unfortunately, Josh was only able to play one show with Triton before life called him elsewhere. Soon, Nic and Ryan talked with drummer Travis Mason who also worked at Guitar Center.

Triton took a different approach toward creating a band: they wanted it built on fun. They also wanted everyone to contribute to the writing process. They took their time to perfect the songs on their album and because of this, Triton released The Abyss in February of 2019. before the album released, they started working on their second album. Tom mentioned that they liked to live in their songs so that they could release exactly the music they envisioned. Currently, there is not a set release date for the second album.

There have been some video games that have inspired some of their songs. The video game Destiny inspired their song “Hammer Forged” from their album The Abyss. “Hammer Forged is just something that got stuck in my head from Destiny. It’s just a stupid gun mod but it sounded cool at the time and fit with what we were writing,” Ryan explains. “Ryan and I played a lot of Destiny. Not that we’re super fanboys or anything. We had our time with it and it was something fun that we could play together so there is stuff that kinda just snuck in”, Nic adds.

Before the pandemic, Triton had several shows lined up. Unfortunately, all of that came crashing down when the pandemic hit. Their plan of attack for the pandemic was just to hunker down and work on writing music. Earlier in the year Triton took part in a live-streamed event called Death In My Metal Not In My Streets. They felt comfortable playing that show because they could take part while filming during one of their typical practices. Now, they have an opportunity to play a show at the Holiday Twin Drive-In with The Leshen and The Timberline. “The drive-in show was a complete surprise,” said Nic Federle. “That is the only situation where we would have accepted a show”.

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Triton, The Timberline, and The Leshen take to the stage on October 13th, 2020 at the Holiday Twin Drive-In. FoCoMX will be live-streaming the show to its social media page.

Photos By Jesse Haswell