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Spinnin’ at State Bridge

Jennifer Wagoner

Colorado’s most intense DJs converge upon State Bridge today for more than 16 hours worth of house, downtempo, dub and probably every single electronic genre that exists.The Mountain Electronic Music Festival begins at noon and dances until Sunday’s mid-morning hours.The DJs performing include Roots, K-nee, Soulution, Nutmeg, Dope Crew, Sexclown, Laurence Michael, Timbuk, Martinez, Equli, Equality, Deep House Soldiers, Nedza, Evenflo, Alala, Psychonaut, PJ, Stroller and Satori C”We have lots of friends in the DJ world,” said State Bridge Talent Buyer and half of Soulution Scott Stoughton. “There is so much talent in Denver and Boulder DJ-wise and that scene is really doing well and for some reason it hasn’t been able to filter into the mountains. Kids in the mountains seem to come out for the one big DJ, and it’s all about the name. We want to expose people to the massive amount of talent in Colorado.”The festival’s 16-plus DJs represent nearly every imaginable style, including Alala, who will be spinning film.”We’re bringing in about 20 DJs with every different style you can imagine, and keeping it really cheap and giving everyone a chance to get up in front of people. The idea was to bring everyone together in a festival-type atmosphere at State Bridge, which is such a beautiful place and people can do some camping and rafting,” said Stoughton. “The response so far has been awesome. We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls, booked a lot of cabins.”Stoughton and Peter Blick (DJ Dotcom) combine to form Soulution.”I’m playing house, progressive house and breakbeats and he is playing along, and I like to cut in between the two records along with him and try to get it all timed up,” said Blick. “It definitely keeps it more live having percussion/electronic combo. People are into that.”

Blick is from Denver and Stoughton lived in Boulder for a long time. They’ve been playing together for a year and a half.”Basically I’ve been turned on by live PAs where it’s not just the DJ, but a DJ surrounding himself with percussion, keyboards, guitar, horns. They’ll play on a house beat, they’ll do a dub beat and you’re not limited as far as style of music as long as they’re on the same page as you,” said Blick. “It keeps it a little more fresh. People like seeing live musicians. Some people are all about the DJ and some nights I am, but it’s definitely an added bonus having live players.”Blick has collaborated with musicians like Carlos Washington, Amaris Williams and Greg Warren from Jive.”Right now we are keeping it between me and Scotty because we know how one another play and he knows my music real well now and I know how he plays and I can get him to step up and do some vocals on some of the tracks that have no vocals,” said Blick. “(As far as the other performers go, DJ) Harry’s got great funky house, but he’s also a great producer. Josh Ivy is definitely the best DJ in the state if not the best DJ in the country as far as downtempo and incredible breaks DJ, too.”Downtempo is a little bit slower than house music … it’s danceable music, but it’s between 85 and 110 bpms (beats per minute). It’s just not as intense and Josh is really smooth with that.”The Mountain Electronic Music Festival starts spinning at noon with Jon Martinez at State Bridge in Bond.SaturdayMain Stagenoon – 2 p.m. Jon Martinez

2 – 3:15 Timbuk3:15 – 4:30 Laurence4:30 – 5:45 Mike Jones5:45 – 7 Idiom7 – 8:15 DOJO8:15 – 9:30 Equality9:30 – 10:30 Equulei10:30 – 11:30 DJ Harry



11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Mat Bandy12:30 – ? SoulutionLate Nitemidnight – 2 a.m. IVY2 – 3:15 sexclown+coletti3:15 – 4:30 Nedza4:30 – 5:15 Evenflo5:15 – ? Dope Jennifer Wagoner is a freelance writer based in Vail.


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