Late Night Radio: The Exclusive Interview

Late Night Radio comes to The Ogden for his long-awaited return on November 20th. Joined by the infamous Michael Menert, Bad Snacks, Def3, and Kaptain, the electro-funk DJ is a local favorite and never fails to put on a blast of a show every time. The budding producer and DJ, who’s real name is Alex Medellin, grew up around music, attending church and experiencing live music from a very young age. Gospel progressions, hip-hop, and funk sounds have played a huge role in influencing Medellin’s sound.

The multi-faceted and genre-bending DJ brings a fusion of live instrumentation plus the more electronic elements which combine to create sets of pure magic. We sat down with the artist to chat about his upcoming Ogden show in Denver! Check it out below.

The Man Behind The Beats

Getting Into the Interview

Late Night Radio: The Official Interview

Party Guru Press: Hey there! We’re stoked you’re coming to The Ogden. What do you remember about your Denver fans that you’re ready to experience again on November 20?

LNR: The feeling of community and family.

Party Guru Press: What is one memory you have from Denver that you’ll always remember?

LNR: The Sunday release party will always have a special place in my heart.

Party Guru Press: How would you say your style has evolved since you first became an artist?

LNR: Really I’m just more comfortable in doing whatever I feel at the moment.

Party Guru Press: How will this set differ from your last?
LNR: New music….

Party Guru Press: Do you have any upcoming releases or projects we should know about? What about merchandise?
LNR: Ya, I’m in the process of wrapping up my new bass heavy Ep Back Around 

Party Guru Press: What does a typical day in your life look like?
LNR: I’m pretty much either holed up in the studio or romping around a river somewhere in the mountains fly fishing. 

Party Guru Press: If you could describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?
LNR: Keep Soul Alive

Party Guru Press: Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next 5 years? 10?
LNR: 10 years ago I could have never imagined being able to have the life I have now so I have no idea. 

Party Guru Press: Any upcoming festivals or events you’re playing?
LNR: NYE Philos Takeover in Detroit is going to be one for the books. 

Party Guru Press: Last question…do you consider yourself a Party Guru?
LNR: Well since I can count the amount of afterparties I’ve been to my entire career on two hands I’d say no. 

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We’d like to say thank you to Alex for taking the time to chat with us before his headlining show. We’re stoked to check out the infamous Late Night Radio at one of Denver’s best venues, The Ogden Theater. If you enjoy funky beats and DJ’s that bring a level of talent unlike any other, this show is for you. Grab your tickets below before they sell out!

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Playboi Carti Heats Up Red Rocks Amphitheatre This Weekend

Playboi Carti describes himself as a “modern-day rock star.” This Friday, November 19th, Red Rocks Amphitheater is going to see exactly that at the “PLAYBOI CARTI: KING VAMP” tour.

The twenty-five-year-old American rapper, whose real name is Jordan Terrell Carter, hails from Atlanta, Georgia. He exploded into the rap and hip-hop scene in recent years. The self-proclaimed “punk anarchist” brings a unique and modern-day twist on what typically is considered hip-hop in the industry. Playboi Carti is largely recognized for his gothic looks and contradictory personality. Certainly, his music remains, unlike anything you’ve ever heard. He is constantly pushing the limits and breaking the boundaries of genre. The young rapper dabbles in hip-hop, rap, punk, and rock genres, with his recent chart-topping hit this year “Miss The Rage” (featuring Trippie Redd) boasting over 16 million views on YouTube. The track is sure to light up Red Rocks Amphitheater this weekend.

True Playboi Carti knows his original mixtape from 2017, which catapulted the young rapper into fame. The debut mixtape premiered early in the year 2017 and featured the Billboard charting single “Magnolia” and “Woke Up Like This” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert). His debut studio album “Die Lit” was released in 2018. It was ranked high on the Billboard Charts as well, coming in at Number 3. 

The city of Morrison is in for a treat this weekend, as rap and hip-hop shows at Red Rocks are incomparable to any other venue. Playboi Carti will be joined by twenty-five-year-old fireball Rico Nasty and another Atlanta budding rap star Ken Car$on. Despite the cold temperatures, we’re definitely looking forward to getting LIT this Friday. Click here to buy tickets if you haven’t already.

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BIJOU’s Fire New 6-Track Release: Street Knowledge EP

House heavy-hitter BIJOU (Benjamin Dorman) continues to dominate the electronic music scene with his hip-hop and bass house-infused style, releasing countless bangers off of his very own label Do Not Duplicate Records, and strengthening the G-house genre with his constant production talents. This year is no different, with his new EP, Street Knowledge which was released on September 17th this month. The 6-track masterpiece features rhythmic bass paired with notes of hip-hop and rap, each song better than the last. Street Knowledge features a refreshing twist to the oversaturated bass music scene by adding rappers into the mix, including Rick Hyde, Tony Watts, Youngworld, ElCamino, and more.

House Heavyweight Brings the Heat

The Phoenix, Arizona-born house DJ has risen to fame in recent years and continues to push the boundaries of what defines house music in today’s growing electronic scene. “Roots are a nod to where it all started, and that’s what this project is all about. I took it to my roots in Phoenix and Buffalo. Two cities that are often overlooked and slept on,” says BIJOU.

“I had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite rappers each one having their style while keeping things raw, street, and no BS. “Street Knowledge” is unequivocally every piece of me, what I’ve been through, and where I am now.”

Party Guru Press: The Official Interview

Artist name: BIJOU

We had the chance to chat with Ben Dorman (BIJOU) at Party Guru Press about the release of his EP. Check it out below!


Maddi: Thanks so much for chatting with us today. So this EP is a pretty big deal – 2020 was a crazy year for all of us, especially artists – and some might say 2021 has been equally as challenging. How would you say the past two years have influenced or shaped your sound? Or your vision for this EP?
Dorman: I would say it really gave me more time to sit back and dial in a full-on concept. From the music to the art, to the artists that I worked with on the project, the vision included every single piece of the puzzle and allowed me to really flush it out how I intended to.

Maddi: Where do you see BIJOU heading next – any merch drops or concert tours we should be looking out for?
Dorman: I’ve been on the road pretty much every weekend since mid-May its been CRAZY. There have been glimpses of time off but we’ve been full force playing shows to really get back into the market we didn’t have for almost two years. Merch wise we’re going hard this year. We did the BIJOU The Valley Jerseys last month and they sold out in 4 days. Next up we have hats and quite a few concepts this year. Everything is going to be super limited so once it drops you only can get it during that one time on sale.

Maddi: Where do you see yourself at the end of this year? What about in 5 years?

Dorman: At the end of this year I see myself really digging into the next body of work for me musically. I already have the concept dialed in so now it’s all about executing that vision. In 5 years I see myself deeper into the hip-hop world. It’s something that Has been part of the plan from the beginning.

Maddi: How would you say hip-hop has influenced your sound as an artist over the years? And how does this ties into Street Knowledge specifically?
Dorman: I think it’s allowed me to think outside of the box. I bring sounds and different parts of that genre into what I do which is totally separate from your usual dance or house music lane.

Maddi: What would you say your number one inspiration in your life right now is?
Dorman: My mom and dad. They continue to support and push me to the next level.

Maddi: How do you remain motivated to create?
Dorman: My love for the music. I LOVE producing so it’s easy to sit down and be like okay I’m making this today. Part of it too is that I don’t only produce house music so I never really get burned out on one thing.

Maddi: Where is one place/venue you’d like to perform that’s on your bucket list?

Dorman: Tomorrowland – looks like such a cool festival.

Maddi: What is one goal of yours as a DJ?

Dorman: To have my own festival.

Maddi: Name 3 words you think best describe your sets.
Dorman: Energetic, smooth, & intoxicating.

Maddi: The last question… do you consider yourself a true Party Guru?
Dorman: You Know The Vibes.

BIJOU has been consistent in proving to his fans he is one to keep on the radar. We are so excited to see his international and national performances come this Fall. Be sure to keep up to date with his recent releases and all press coverage right here at Party Guru Productions.

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Boston to Berkeley II – Rancid & Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys and Rancid co-headline the “Boston to Berkeley II” tour with special guest The Bronx. This is the first time that Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have hit the road together since their 2017 national tour “Boston to Berkeley”.

According to the tour press release provided by A12 Entertainment, “Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have a long and important history together. Back in 1997, Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen came across a copy of Dropkick Murphys’ original EP at a friend’s house. He turned it over to his bandmate and Hellcat Records president Tim Armstrong, who quickly snatched up the band for his new label.”

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Dropkick Murphys and Rancid have 11 other tour dates after their 10/01/2021 show in Denver, CO at Mission Ballroom Outdoors.

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Kayzo Wakes Up Denver’s Mission Ballroom This Past Weekend

There are few artists in today’s electronic scene which host the talent and musical ability to fuse genres and sounds together seamlessly, but one has managed to do just that. Rising to the top of the dance music charts in only a few short years, 29 year-old Hayden “Kayzo” Capuozzo brings a far-from-ordinary set each time. From hardstyle-infused bass to some of the heaviest, grittiest trap and dubstep you’ll ever hear, Kayzo is far more than a DJ, but an experience. You really never know what he’ll play next. Denver’s very own Mission Ballroom will be the home to Kayzo’s first set in Denver since before quarantine times, and when we say we can’t wait, that’s an understatement!

Kayzo will be joined with an insane opening lineup of artists Friday night. Marauda, Calcium, and Reaper will be starting the night off heavy – and we are so excited for what is bound to be the show of the year! Party Guru Productions has the exclusive hook-up and were able to ask a few questions with Hayden before the show.

Kayzo Tells All: 4 Q&A’s with Kayzo

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Artist name: Kayzo

Party Guru Press: So it’s your first time at Mission Ballroom, AEG’s newest Denver music venue. How ready for tonight are you?

Yea first time! Man, when I walked into soundcheck earlier I was COMPLETELY blown away by the venue. The way its set up makes it feel like a little arena. Every bit of it is beautiful. From the green rooms to the stage. It’s my first real headline in Denver since like 2017, so I’m MORE than ready.

Party Guru Press: You’ve got a pretty heavy support lineup for your set this weekend. How do you think your openers are going to set you up for an awesome show tonight? 

Yea, I’m really stoked on the entire lineup tonight. I’ve been a big Reaper supporter for a while now, so I’m glad to have him in Denver tonight to bring some dnb to the show. Calcium has been killing it for a while and his sound is super unique for bass music. Marauda, what can I say, the dude is an animal. Some of the heaviest bass music is coming from him right now. I think the crowd is going to be raging from doors to close.

Party Guru Press: Any advice you might have for emerging electronic artists in today’s scene? I know there are a lot of Colorado producers that would love to hear a little more about your journey from at Icon LA, and how you are where you are today. How much did your music education influence you?

Yea, Icon was super important for me. I had no prior musical knowledge with production before going. I went in 2012 and basically just dedicated my 9 months at icon and first year in LA to being in the studio for 15+ hours a day to my craft and foundation as an artist.

Party Guru Press: Tacos or burritos?

Tough one, but for now I think I’d have to go with tacos!

Thank you so much to the entire Kayzo team and to Hayden for quickly chatting with us at Party Guru Productions this weekend! The show was an incredible performance and setup from start to finish – watching artists grow and succeed over the years is truly one of the most special feelings! We’re looking forward to the next time he hits Denver!

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Global Dance Festival Night One Brings Denver’s Biggest Party Back

Global Dance Festival is Colorado’s largest and most anticipated electronic dance music event of the year. After a year of waiting in solidarity, we are back. Thousands of EDM lovers from all across the US were eager to dance this year’s weekend away!

Being based in Denver, Colorado, Global Dance Festival has been held outside of Empower Field since 2017. Previously GDF could be found at Red Rocks, the festival was moved to expand capacity and follow sound limits. This year, the fourth official rendition of Global Dance Festival fell nothing short of amazing. The festival also exceeded all expectations – bringing some of the heaviest and biggest names in EDM today. Headliners for the two-night event included Excision, Doctor P B2B Funtcase, Zomboy, Kaskade, Illenium B2B Said The Sky B2B Dabin, Green Velvet, and Tchami (just to name a few)! The festival was filled with art installations, carnival rides, food trucks, bull riding, temporary tattooing, and much more. Stages were complete with full LED’s and high-quality sound systems. Those stages were where the experience and magic of the night really began.

Night 1 – Here’s The Recap

Night 1 started off strong with all four stages filled with different types of music. Each one holding their own unique vibe. Local heavyweights Paws, MPORT, Decadon, and Brondo were some of the openers with packed sets which filled all the way to the very back of the Northern Lights stage. If this wasn’t your thing, a silent disco was held at the Crystal Caverns stage. There was truly some place to be for every single person, no matter what your vibe was!

As the sun began to set, the Summit stage began seeing artists such as Tchami, who brought an insane house set complete with pyrotechnics. The Illenium triple B2B followed, which brought super peaceful, melodic bass music vibes to the main stage. Kaskade closed the night out at main stage with a garage-house infused set. Paired with all of his beautiful original songs, the crowd was singing at the top of their lungs. Meanwhile, on the Northern Lights stage, Funtcase and Doctor P were giving one of the heaviest sets of the weekend. Bringing their original filthy UK dubstep sound to Denver dubstep lovers. Be on the lookout for an interview coming out later this week!

Zomboy finished off the night by closing out with even more heavy originals and never before heard tracks. They don’t call Denver the bass capitol for nothing. This stage showed that all night! On the other side of the festival, Mersiv took over the Tundra stage and closed out the night with some crazy wubs and deep bass sounds. The eclectic mix of music selected this year was the perfect mix to satisfy any raver at any point in the night.

Global 2021 Was the Event of the Year

This year’s event felt much different than any before. Maybe because of the fact that music lovers were able to unite once again. It might have been the fact that this was the heaviest and most diverse group of artists to ever see the GDF lineup. The festival itself is always seeming to impress its guests. Being incredibly thought-out, it was musically balanced the entire weekend with a wide range of musical experiences to go see, and plenty of space to dance around at the stages. The festival is hopefully going to remain a Colorado raver tradition for many years to come.

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Conclusion

There was something for everyone here at all times of the night – everyone was dancing, the vibes were high and the music was loud. This was an unforgettable experience. 2021 was one of the best years since its origin without a doubt! Colorado is proud to be the home to Global Dance Festival. We at Party Guru Productions can’t wait to see how the festival continues to grow in the future – what an unforgettable weekend it was.

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Photography During A Pandemic

Let’s be honest this year has been tough on us all, including photographers and other members inside of the community. Of course we all really don’t think of photographers being ones that are truly impacted since they probably have other jobs but some have been hit harder than you may think. Something that turned into a hobby for some turned into a living for others. Photographers could go back to finding a job but even during a pandemic that is very tough. We all need to remember that with darkness there is light. Party Guru Press reached out to some photographers on Instagram for a little insight on how they are doing during these times.

First we asked our fellow photo friends, “How has Covid-19 affected your plans for this year”. Underground.exposure_ responded “Lots of canceled gigs, yup” and sethviews commented “Ruined everything music related for me. That seems a bit how we are all feeling about the industry shutdown. You may be reading this thinking, yeah it’s just concerts no big deal there is people getting sick and not being able to travel to see family. Yeah you would be right. One of our fellow followers responded, ” I could not go to my country for my daughters birthday because this sh*t quarantine”. This has been tough on us all, we all need to remember we are in this together.

Deadmau5 at Red Rocks Amphitheater night one

Photo shown above was taken by David Cohn of Deadmau5 at Red Rocks in 2019. “Is photography/ videography your main source of income?” David responds “Yes”. Sethviews again responds “Yes it has been for the last 5-6 months”. As time continues to move forward we must all adapt to the new ways. Cohnography (David Cohn) has told us he’s moved towards product and corporate photo shoots for money. Sethviews told us he’s began picking up weddings to cover bills and living but he still enjoys it. For somebody to have a passion for somebody even when the times seem a bit against them is a beautiful thing to see.

With all this time being inside quarantining it’s given everyone time to learn something new. Cohnography responds telling us he is getting into artistic abstract photography as well as film photography. Sethviews tells us about how he is taking courses for video editing as he feels his photos are decent for now. Learning new things is something that will help us all continue to grow and strengthen ourselves. Below is a photo shot by sethviews from Backwoods 2019.

Photos By David Cohn and sethviews

In conclusion this will all get better. Our final question was “Do you have any big plans for once ‘Covid is over’? The answers were pretty clear, “TOUR”, “Grind out Youtube heavy for the car scene and music” and “Create more short films” were a few of the answers. For artists to stay creative in such dark times can be tough, but these photographers aren’t letting the hustle stop.

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The Funk Hunters and Westwood Records Takeover the Ogden

The Funk Hunters, an innovative Canadian based producer-duo, took the Ogden Theater by storm on Friday night. Which, included Defunk and Moontricks, all artists on Westwood Recordings. Westwood, founded by Nick Middleton of The Funk Hunters is a label that curates the freshest and hottest new talent. Their movement has been making a statement globally and their artists are a staple in the festival scene. No doubt, the show offered funky and heavy grooves that made for an irresistible dance party. And don’t forget, Denver based Ryan Maher kicked off the show with his blissful bass fusion. There wasn’t a single dull moment. The show definitely proved to be an immersive and dynamic experience that explored the boundaries of bass, glitch-hop, funk, and blues.

The Experience

The Funk Hunters, Defunk, & Moontricks showcased an international fusion of roots sentiments, funky grooves, and modern production. The flow of the show was thoughtfully designed and it seemed like all three artists were performing one big setlist. However, each act had its own distinctive performance and style. Starting off, Ryan Maher brought the party to life with heavy bass and impressive guitar chops. Following him, Moontricks engaged the audience with their addicting backwoods blues and bass. Despite still being early in the night, the whole crowd was stomping their feet and singing along with huge smiles on their faces. Moontricks have figured out how to delicately combine the raw and the refined sides of the musical realm. Overall, their performance offered a journey through the heavy emotions of roots music and the stimulation of modern EDM. 

Next up, Defunk stepped up to the plate. His performance really glued the whole show together. Clearly, Defunk is very versatile. Not only does he have heavy drops to please the rowdiest headbangers but he also has tasteful electronic that melts with funky grooves. He was able to maintain the euphoric vibe that Moontricks set had while building the energy before The Funk Hunters unleashed the climatic performance of the night.

The Funk Climax

By the time The Funk Hunters went on, the crowd was warmed up and ready to get the funk down. Production kicked in full force. Their set was full of surprises and included a drop in from Dominic Lailli of Big Gigantic on their new collab “Higher”. In fact, there is no doubt that The Funk Hunters have an incredible ability to work a crowd and the extensive repertoire to back it up. Plus, they are able to wrangle in a wide variety of fans from drum & bass heads to mainstream listeners.

Conclusion

All in all, the show was a memorable experience and introduced more people to the Westwood Recordings movement. It’s not often you attend a show that is so cohesive yet, offers such a depth of talented production, musicianship, and crowd interaction.

Photos by Patrik Essy / Written by Justin Long

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CrasH Tour Brings Numb Numb Juice to Denver

The CrasH Tour

The Legend of TDE continues to grow with the tantalizing performances of ScHoolboy Q’s Crash Talk Tour Wednesday night. What is already known about the legendary label is an understatement compared to the new heights they continue to reach.

Initiating the night was the stunning performance by the artist known as T.F. Upon stepping foot onto the stage, T.F. immediately got the crowd rocking, with sound delivery and amazing stage presence. Furthermore, after T.F. rocked the stage, we were granted another jaw-dropping performance by Kembe X. Performing songs off his sophomore album, (I Was Depressed Until I made This), Kembe X subdued the audience with bars after bars of rhythmic flow patterns. Lastly, before the god M.C. ScHoolboy Q graced the stage, we were met with one of the most underrated artists out right now, TDE’s newest member, Reason. Starting off his performance with songs off his debut album, (There You Have It), and Grammy-nominated The Black Panther Soundtrack, Reason stole the show with his energetic, poetic rhymes, further preparing us for the headlining act.   

A Far Cry From Hoover

Born Quincy Matthew Hanley, ScHoolboy Q is an American rapper and songwriter based in South Central Los Angeles, California. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, on 51st Street, neighboring Figueroa and Hoover Street. ScHoolboy Q attended John Muir Middle School, and Crenshaw High School where he played football. After graduating Crenshaw High School, Hanley went on to attend Glendale Community College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Southwest College and West Los Angeles College, the latter of which is where he played football for the West Los Angeles Oilers.

In 2006, ScHoolboy began to work with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), His first time at TDE’s studio, ScHoolboy Q worked with his soon to be Black Hippy cohorts Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. In 2008, Hanley released his first mixtape titled Schoolboy Turned Hustla, After the release of Schoolboy Turned Hustla, he signed a deal with Top Dawg Entertainment in 2009, where he later formed Black Hippy. On January 11, 2011, TDE released Setbacks, his first independent album, exclusively through iTunes, to critical acclaim. ScHoolboy would then go to release Habits & Contradictions in 2012 Oxymoron in 2014, and Blank Face Lp in 2016. All Preparing us for this album and this moment, the Crash Talk Tour.

Last Stop of the Crash Tour

To describe ScHoolboy Q’s onstage performance is not only unexplainable,  I’m not sure if there are enough words in the dictionary to properly give this man the credit he is due. He came onto the stage with his song “Water Ft. Lil Baby” playing in the background. ScHoolboy Q seemed to take a second to admire his onlookers before he started to perform another one of his hit songs “Floating Ft. 21 Savage“, all while doing some incredible dance moves. Bouncing from one end of the stage to another, ScHoolboy appeared to never skip a beat, while his Dj (Mackwop) was standing on his Dj booth jamming to the next song. You could definitely tell these two were in sync. Ending his performance with some of his classics like “Blessed” and “That Part” ScHoolboy Q showcased last night in Denver why is he a living legend.

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