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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An Interview With Future Joy

Up and coming musical duo Future Joy has been blazing a trail of success for themselves for the past 2 years. They’ve began making quite a name for themselves in a relatively short amount of time and have become one of the most exciting funk and bass music duos to keep our eyes on. 

We’re thrilled to say that we’ve recently had the chance to get to know them a little better and ask a few questions in the form of an email interview. The eclectic duo filled us in with the details behind their newest single “Triple Stack” featuring Vibe Street. They’ve also let us in on some of their biggest musical inspirations as well as some backstory on themselves as artist on their journey into and through the music scene both as individuals and as a duo.

Interview: Future Joy

Party Guru Press: Lets start by talking about your newest single “Triple Stack” with Vibe Street. The song is funky and upbeat and seems like it would’ve been a lot of fun to work on…

-What was the best part of working on this new release?

-Is there anything worth telling telling about the creative process that shaped this one?

-What is your relationship with Vibe Street like and are there any plans to work with them again in the future?

Future Joy: We met Ben, aka Vibe Street at Mad Mountain festival in Casper, WY the summer of 2020. We brought our RV/renegade stage and were able to jam with him after his sets. We hit the road full-time shortly after.

In November we headed back to Colorado for some other recording sessions and got word that Ben and our friend Austin were working on music. We drove straight through from Arizona, arrived around 2am and started recording. We spent the whole weekend working on a few different projects but this song was the most fun.

Austin started with a ukulele bass line, Zach laid Baritone sax, Ben did the rap, Emily played the synth line and sang the backups, Kyle was there for moral support- the song was starting to take form. It was truly a family collab! We enjoyed our time hanging at Ben’s studio and I think we would all enjoy making another song together sometime soon.

 

Party Guru Press: So how did you two meet? what initially sparked your creative flow as a duo?

Future Joy: Zach attended a karaoke night that Emily was hosting in May of 2019. We both sang, then Zach asked her to sit in with his band the following night, and we’ve been making music together ever since. This was just the beginning. Now we’ve been living on the road in our RV for over a year and have played 80+ shows!

 

Party Guru Press: You are clearly both quite musically inclined; not just with music production but with actual instruments as well. Of course we know you love to incorporate the saxophone, which you seem to feature feature throughout the majority of your songs…

-So where did that all come from? What got you started playing music and specifically saxophone in the first place?

Future Joy: Zach started playing saxophone in fifth grade. Emily started piano lessons in grade school and classical vocal trining in high school. We both spent the last 10 years as club/bar DJs. So we were well trained in the dj/electronic side, as well as many other genres of music.

Zach has always been playing sax with DJs, so combining the live element with the tracks just made sense. Emily had been singing in bands, and playing bedroom piano, so it also made sense to start combining everything. We added the piano to the set last winter and its been fun to watch the project grow.

 

Party Guru Press: How has your creative process evolved since you originally began your musical journey? Do you have a routine for producing? Also how does that reflect in your newest project?

Future Joy: Our only routine for producing is to get friends involved. Collaboration is really what takes our songs to the next level. On this project Ben and especially Austin wanted to stay behind the scenes though, so you only get his first name and no artist name. Hehe..

Party Guru Press: Who are your biggest influences or other artists within your genre that have helped inspire your style of music? And do you ever take influence from artist that aren’t necessarily in the same realm or genre that you produce? Have any of them added any additional inspiration to your new release? Or any of your releases?

Future Joy: Zach grew up in Denver playing funk, jam, and electronic. The scene in Denver is so eclectic it really helped him expand his sax playing and enjoyment of many genres. In electronic Music; Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Excision are early inspirations. On the Sax Sonny Rollins, and Skerik are his big inspirations.

Emily grew up outside Chicago and House music runs through her veins. She had the chance to see world-class acts come through the city and takes inspiration from Anabel Englund, Nicolas Jaar, and Disclosure. She spent the past 9 years DJing and singing at weddings and corporate events so musical diversity was important. It’s fun to be able to play funk, pop, dance, house, rock, hip hop, dub, and bass all at the same party. We strive to stay eclectic in our Future Joy sets too.

Party Guru Press: So 2021 looks like it has been a busy year for you two… Whats been some of the biggest highlights so far?

Future Joy: We had some great shows and festivals this year. Notably: Fool’s Engagement Festival in Branford, FL and being able to fill-in last minute for Russ Liquid, opening for Manic Focus in Gainesville. FL. We also had a blast at our Denver homecoming at Your Moms House in July.

Party Guru Press: We see that you have a show coming up in Denver on October 15th at Summit Music Hall… Are you excited for this one?

-What can we expect to hear from you that night?

-Any chances of bringing out Vibe Street when playing that new tune?

Future Joy: We are sooooo excited for Summit! We got to link up with Float Like A Buffalo in Tulsa, OK last week and the show was huge energy. Denver get readyyyy!!! We plan to play high energy and show Denver a taste of everything we got. We brought Vibe Street to play the collab at our headliner back in July, but since we’re opening we probably won’t have features on October 15th at Summit. We may or may not be joining the Float guys for a special encore though, wink wink. Its also our last show in town before we head south!

Party Guru Press: Anything exciting happening for the remainder of the year? What plans or goals can you share with us regarding performances or new music leading up to 2022 and beyond?

Future Joy: Performing at Summit in Denver and then we truck it to 10.23 at VooSwar in Atlantic Beach, FL and then 10.28 we’re bringing our renegade RV stage to Hulaween. After that we have some festivals in December and February already coming together in Florida. We don’t want to see anymore snow, so find us down south for winter. 🙂 We have big plans of hitting every festival we possibly can next summer!

Party Guru Press: So tell us… how is your biggest canine supporter, Gus doing? Still Repping the “Future Joy” merch?

Future Joy: Gus is the best!!! We adopted him last October while on the road in Virginia. So he was there while the song was created. He loves the road and we truly think he saved ussss!!! FurrGusSon Joy our saviorrrr!!

Party Guru Press: Lastly, we’d love to know… would you two consider yourselves “Party Gurus”!?

Future Joy: We Definitely consider ourselves Party Gurus! We linked up for a stream back in 2020 and we’ve been on the guru train ever since. Woo! 

With all the excitement around their newest single as well as their ambitious plans for the coming year, Future Joy is without a doubt among the most exciting up and coming duos to look out for. Their future shows featuring their marvelously wide range of genres and high energy performances are something worth getting excited about. 

Their desire for a friends and family environment within each of their projects is admirable and inspiring, as is their passion for collaboration with equally exciting artists. Its clear that they thrive off of the creative freedom that comes with sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded artists who share similar musical visions. That is something that reflects highly throughout their latest release. 

We’d like to thank them for their time spent getting back to us for the interview, and we thoroughly look forward to watching the progress of this incredibly promising duo. We’re wishing them the very best with all of their future endeavors. Thank you, Future Joy!

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LISTEN TO THEIR NEWEST SINGLE: “TRIPLE STACK FT. VIBE STREET”

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NGHTMRE and Friends Took Colorado to a New Dimension With The Portal Tour

Known for his heavy dubstep tracks and with a deep influence in the many other genres, notably hip hop, Tyler Marenyi, better known as NGHTMRE, has been sweeping the states with his musical stylings. The Portal Tour was announced back in October. It developed as a way to showcase his talents along with a wide range of artists and friends. The tour features Wavedash, Kompany and a special treat for Colorado, Svdden Death in support.

The Openers

The show kicked off quite early with local DJ, Contra Scandal holding down the decks. Not only did he display his unique sound (inspired by the likes of Caspa, Rusko and Liquid Stranger) but he also showed off his chops by incorporating a live violin into the set. In the continuing trend of live instrumentation incorporated in cutting edge production – Denver was in for a real treat.

Next up was WaveDash. The three of them have been gaining a lot of traction. Especially, because they are so heavily supported by the Gud Vibrations crew. Many were anticipating the trio’s newest track with Slander, “Move Back”, and boy did they deliver. The track dropped to a frenzy of lights and sound, which got the crowd reacting. Also, in support was Kompany, LA-based drummer-turned-producer who has been making his rounds on the touring circuit. With his wildly aggressive, in-your-face dubstep, Kompany destroyed the stage and the venue.

Svdden Death was a big surprise to many when the tour was first launched back in the Fall. The energy was electric as banger after banger was dropped. Both the lights and sound collided into a frenetic fury. The performance truly set the tone for what was to come.

Suspended between glowing rings, NGHTMRE opened up with one of the most amazing live visual setups seen in quite some time. Flames, waves of lasers and stunning visuals accompanied the performance. NGHTMRE spared no expense, weaving in and out of familiar classics like “GUD VIBRATIONS” and “Aftershock” and new collabs with Wiz Khalifa and Gunna. As well as a plethora of dubstep and riddim one-two-punches. Perhaps the most stunning moment of the night was a drum-and-bass rendition of “Griztronics.”

Conclusion

Overall, The Portal Tour was dubstep heaven – bringing some of the best producers and DJ’s for an unforgettable night in the bass music capital. Track after track of amazing EDM, amazing live visual setup and a stellar crowd made the night unreal. There are so many great things in store for these DJ’s and everyone will be waiting for them to make a reappearance in Colorado.

Photos by: Patrik Essy

RJD2 Graced Denver With His Iconic Chilled-Out Trip Hop Sound

Columbus-raised deck-slayer Ramble Jon Krohn, better known by his stage name RJD2, brought his signature chilled-back vibes plus a touch of Funk sound to The Ogden Theater in Denver, CO, this past Saturday. Loyal fans long awaiting new song releases flocked to the mid-sized stage Saturday to catch a glimpse of this somewhat elusive artist. RJD2 has been held in high regard by his followers as a classic in the Hip-Hop inspired Electronic Dance Music scene.

Surely, his funked out performance did not disappoint! He shared the stage with a backup band composed of Funk-inspired Rap vocalists, guitars, drums as well as a Daft Punk-esque synth player. With supporting acts from rising DJs MIDIcinal and Lucid Vision on the bill, the night was a dance-filled blessing to all those in attendance.

The Insane Warrior

Since 2011, RJD2 has been releasing new music under the moniker The Insane Warrior. Songs under this pseudonym come off moodier, darker and fundamentally as more of an artistic act of self expression for this seasoned DJ.

RJD2 released In Rare Form vol. 2 in June 2018, which is a follow-up to a 2004 album. Earlier last year in February, he came out with his second The Insane Warrior album Tendrils.

RJD2 laying down the soundtrack for the evening

Saturday’s performance came in hot with a Big Band Trip Hop energy that the crowd could not resist. Trip Hop classic tunes like “Ghostwriter” had the crowd dancing and flowing to the beat. Jordan Brown provided soulful vocals to RJD2’s sound. The two have previously released a song together back in 2016. Another friend of the DJ, drummer Chuck Palmer, provided a heavy percussion presence to the evening’s entertainment.

Photos By Lindsay Rebecca Moyer

With a little help from his friends, RJD2 curated a night of 90s LA feels packed with his signature synth-enhanced mercurial sounds.

You can catch RJD2 on the road throughout February and March. Stopping in Atlanta then Pittsburgh, RJD2 will briefly tour some eastern states in February. Next, he is hitting coastal locales like Seattle and San Diego this March.

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Sold Out Show at Cervantes’ Other Side for SubDocta’s Birthday

SubDocta’s sold out show at Cervantes’ Other Side for his birthday was truly an experience. From hard hitting bass of SubDocta to the alternative sounds of Russ Liquid, this was sure to be a show to have a little of something for everybody. Beginning the night Jordan Polovina and friends brought their duo together of bass music and vocals to give a great performance. Following Jordan Polovina was SFAM, this duo was the perfect opening act for SubDocta.


Sold out crowd for Subdocta's show
Shot by: Patrik Essy

Shown above is Dirt Monkey(Left) and SubDocta(right) performing their highly popular song, “West Coast Wobble”. Subdocta also performed his new popular song “Rail Spot” off of his latest EP Swonkle. Preston Charles, better known as SubDocta, turned 29 on Wednesday. To celebrate, what better way is there than to throw a sold out concert with all of your friends. And yes, he did sell out Cervantes’ Other Side on a Wednesday night.

Subdocta’s Sold Out Birthday Show

SubDocta finally came to stage to finish out his birthday night strong with great music. Bringing special guests to the stage such as Dirt Monkey and DMVU, this performance was definitely an unexpected surprise. DMVU has recently played b2b with Conrank opening for Flux Pavilion. Back to back sets have certainly been his specialty lately. As the giant b2b concluded, Russ Liquid was also announced for a special guest set. Russ Liquid played a 30 minute set before AVRY came on to end the night with a late set.

Shot by: Patrik Essy


SubDocta will be going on tour with Ganja White Night in the next couple months with Boogie T and Jansten. To check out some more music by SubDocta there is a link below. With being a part of Subcarbon Records, SubDocta is one DJ that has his own unique sound. He is definitely one to keep your eyes on for his way of music is unlike anybody else. With having live art, great production and even better artists, this sure was the perfect 29th birthday for him.

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Photos by Patrik Essy

STS9 Brings Back Wave Spell Festival For Round Two

Sound Tribe Sector Nine, commonly known as STS9, is back after a killer year of their inaugural California festival, Wave Spell. The group is known for their heavy, instrumental, rock-meets-electronic-improv-infusion, and 2019 will see them further embracing this sound, with their wide array of musical guests. Taking place on August 15-18th, not only will they play NINE, yes, NINE sets, including three special wave spell sets, but they are bringing names by the likes of The New Deal, Mark Farina, Christian Martin, Thriftworks, Random Rab, SoDown, Richard Devine, Russ Liquid, Bluetech, Marbs, Rybo, Lubelski, SaQi, Yak Attack, M3GA-SCOPES, and Maddy O’Neal. Not only this –  but music is promised until 5 AM.

However, perhaps the real star here is the venue. Belden Town Resort sits along the north fork of the Feather River, in the heart of the Plumas National Forest. Belden Town also offers fascinating history that surrounds the area, which used to be home to Maidu Indians, a nearby railroad, and old school gold mining. The entire resort has a river running through, with beach like lead inlets all around. Not only will you be able to enjoy set after set of awesome music, but you can experience nature, take in the beautiful historic grounds and take a dip at the same time.

Aside from the music, the festival will feature a wide array of activities such as art installations, live painting, yoga, crystal healing, and beach swims. Taking place in Belden Town California, this is set to be a one-of-a-kind, anything goes experience. No STS9 setlists, no forced agendas, but all encompassing, fluid adventures throughout a 4 day festival experience. Tickets are still on sale now, but with us now meeting the month mark – don’t delay.

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Event Information:
Date: August 15-18, 2019
Location: Belden Town Resort, 14785 Belden Town Rd, Belden, CA
Facebook Event Page: RSVP HERE
Tickets: Purchase HERE

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Lineup By Artist:
Blossomn
Bluetech
Chris Karns
Christian Martin
David Phipps
Dollarsine
Eminence Ensemble
Lubelski
Maddy O’Neal
Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz)
Marbs
M3gascopes
Phers
Pruitt
Random Rab
Richard Devine
Russ Liquid
Rybo
Saqi
Secret Recipe
Shadow Spirit
Shwung
Since Juleye Live Band (ft. Todd Stoops & Brisco Jones)
Sodown
STS9
Sub ID
The New Deal
Thriftworks
Yak Attack
Zach Velmer

STS9 Brings Back Wave Spell Festival For Round Two

Sound Tribe Sector Nine, commonly known as STS9, is back after a killer year of their inaugural California festival, Wave Spell. The group is known for their heavy, instrumental, rock-meets-electronic-improv-infusion, and 2019 will see them further embracing this sound, with their wide array of musical guests. Taking place on August 15-18th, not only will they play NINE, yes, NINE sets, including three special wave spell sets, but they are bringing names by the likes of The New Deal, Mark Farina, Christian Martin, Thriftworks, Random Rab, SoDown, Richard Devine, Russ Liquid, Bluetech, Marbs, Rybo, Lubelski, SaQi, Yak Attack, M3GA-SCOPES, and Maddy O’Neal. Not only this –  but music is promised until 5 AM.

However, perhaps the real star here is the venue. Belden Town Resort sits along the north fork of the Feather River, in the heart of the Plumas National Forest. Belden Town also offers fascinating history that surrounds the area, which used to be home to Maidu Indians, a nearby railroad, and old school gold mining. The entire resort has a river running through, with beach like lead inlets all around. Not only will you be able to enjoy set after set of awesome music, but you can experience nature, take in the beautiful historic grounds and take a dip at the same time.

Aside from the music, the festival will feature a wide array of activities such as art installations, live painting, yoga, crystal healing, and beach swims. Taking place in Belden Town California, this is set to be a one-of-a-kind, anything goes experience. No STS9 setlists, no forced agendas, but all encompassing, fluid adventures throughout a 4 day festival experience. Tickets are still on sale now, but with us now meeting the month mark – don’t delay.

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Event Information:
Date: August 15-18, 2019
Location: Belden Town Resort, 14785 Belden Town Rd, Belden, CA
Facebook Event Page: RSVP HERE
Tickets: Purchase HERE

Wave Spell Live Festival 2019 – Lineup By Artist:
Blossomn
Bluetech
Chris Karns
Christian Martin
David Phipps
Dollarsine
Eminence Ensemble
Lubelski
Maddy O’Neal
Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz)
Marbs
M3gascopes
Phers
Pruitt
Random Rab
Richard Devine
Russ Liquid
Rybo
Saqi
Secret Recipe
Shadow Spirit
Shwung
Since Juleye Live Band (ft. Todd Stoops & Brisco Jones)
Sodown
STS9
Sub ID
The New Deal
Thriftworks
Yak Attack
Zach Velmer