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January 23, 2014
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Robotic Pirate Monkey plays in Avon

Ready to get your feet moving? Robotic Pirate Monkey and Terravita are known to make it happen.

Hailing from Boulder, electronic duo Robotic Pirate Monkey fuses samples from the past with new school sound design. Brought together by a love for skiing, The duo consists of Andrew Hathaway and Matt Berryhill, who met while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“Being from different parts of the country (Vermont and California), we were drawn to CU Boulder because of the predominant ski scene in Colorado,” said Berryhill. “We ended up hanging out and eventually DJing the same parties since we all were a part of the big ski community that exists there. Eventually, our love for the mountains and music technology brought us together.”

After forming in 2010, the duo quickly found its niche in the Colorado music scene. Following the first sellout show at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, it sold out the Bluebird in Denver and played the Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheater that July. Since conquering Colorado, The two have toured nationally and have garnered a large following due to their progressive approach to music.

“From the beginning, we aimed to create all the music we play in our set and always sought out to make our live set much more progressive and technologically advanced,” Berryhill said. “So from day one we’ve learned different techniques not widely seen in the scene that makes our set different.”

Robot Pirate Monkey’s EP “Booty Snatch” was released last spring, and so far, the reception has been positive.

“We toured off the album last January and it meshed really well into the set that we had set up to play before,” Berryhill said. “We had a blast unleashing it at SnowBall last year.”

High-energy sound

Another band unleashing its sound all over Colorado is Terravita — an electronic trio bringing bass-heavy music that incorporates elements of hip-hop and rock into a mixture of high-energy music.

Originally from Boston and Los Angeles, Matt Simmers, Jon Spero and Chris Barlow have been making music together since 2004. Their latest release, “Pirate Bass,” dropped in November.

“All three tracks on the release combine for over half a million plays on our SoundCloud,” said Barlow. “People seem to like it.”

Although Terravita has performed at festivals all over the country and at Beta Nightclub in Denver, they have never played in the Vail Valley.

“We’re excited to play for some of our Colorado fans somewhere other than Denver,” Barlow said.

Both Robot Pirate Monkey and Terravita said they are looking forward to performing at Agave in Avon.

When asked about Colorado’s electronic music scene, Berryhill explains that it’s very different from electronic music in other parts of the country.

“I think anyone who lives around here would agree that electronic music has a very big presence here,” he said. “However, what I like best about the electronic scene here is that is much different than say Los Angeles, New York or Miami because it’s home grown. It has a distinct place in the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene as a whole and that’s fascinating.”


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