EDM will come to the fore at FoCoMX

Hyzenborg

 

The Aggie’s alien invasion


Not all the electronic music will be in Old Town Square and the East Coast bar. Those spaces apparently could not contain Hyzenborg, scheduled to invade the Aggie Theatre on Friday night, during his fourth attack on FoCoMX.

The self-described “robotic and full-motion 3D laser ninja” plays bass-heavy metal dubstep complete with an over-the-top light and laser show, mainly emanating from the helmet and shoulder pads of his oversized metallic costume.
His own website describes him as a Colorado resident, but a very surreal email interview exchange suggested a more otherworldly origin.

“The interplanetary federation of musical extraterrestrials known as the FoCoMA has granted access to your planet Urth-1 on April 26th at 10 p.m. for a group of pre-selected sacrificial humans called ‘The Chosen Ones’ to be Hyzenborged,” he wrote.
He also issues a warning to anyone who might try to skip the performance.

“Those who do not attend face eternal subjugation and humiliation in Urth-1’s Pit of Mediocrity and Woe … Prepare for the coming of Hyzenborg.”

 

Festival includes two DJ showcases

By Steve Graham

FoCoMX is made for a guy like Chris Weller. To paraphrase talk-radio callers, he’s a long-time listener and first-time artist.

“I’ve been attending FoCoMX for years, and I love that we have this local, multi-day, take-over-Old-Town festival dedicated to local musicians in Northern Colorado,” Weller said in an email interview. “This is my town and I’m excited to be a part of FoCoMX with this new music project of mine.”

audio flora

His new project is groovy electronic dance music he produces under the name audio flora. It is one of more than 30 DJ and electronic acts being showcased in two dedicated festival spaces. A solid lineup at East Coast bar and in Old Town Square will highlight the burgeoning but underappreciated EDM community in northern Colorado.

“I think we have a great scene here for a town this size,” Weller said. “The scene supports weekly music events and we have plenty of talented producers and DJs here with dedicated followings.”

He notes that the Music District offers synthesizer enthusiast meetups and “Groove Theory” master classes for EDM artists.

The Old Town Square stage during FoCoMX is called the Sound Off Silent Disco. About 100 fans can bliss out to live music EDM broadcast to dedicated two-channel headphones, with a channel for each of two DJs playing simultaneously in the square. Meanwhile, passersby and neighbors hear nothing.

“It’s a cool way to activate some outdoor space and get some visibility for the event there,” said FoCoMX organizer Matthew Fritz.

The FoCoMX curators work hard to choose the best local DJs who offer unique styles that fit the atmosphere and the venues.

“The booking committee brings in a few members of the community who are deep into the EDM scene to get their opinion,” said Fritz.

The committee put together the East Coast and Old Town Square lineups, as well as a couple of EDM acts at the Aggie Theatre, including f-ether, the stage name of DJ Skyler Heck.

“I tend to think about electronic music in an unconventional way, and the way that I perform really shows that,” said Heck. “I’ve been told enthusiastically by audience members that my sets always take a turn in a direction that they never expected, but that I am able to bring them back and explain in a musical sense why it was important that we went that way for a while. It’s really inspiring to hear how much people enjoy my weird antics on stage, as well as the amusement I get from catching people by surprise.”

f-ether is performing at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Aggie. He said he is field-testing a new live-lighting setup during his FoCoMX set.

Weller is performing at 9 p.m. Friday at East Coast, and his loyal fans also will hear something new.

“My set is all original music, and I have a number of unreleased tracks to share for the first time in my FoCoMX performance,” he said. “I perform most of my live music using hundreds of short recorded drum, percussion, bass, chord, lead, vox, etc. loops and one-shot samples, triggering, mixing and altering them on the fly. I’ll also often get on the keys or guitar for a bit during my sets to add a little extra live element.”

 

EDM lineup at FoCoMX

Friday at The East Coast (21+) 

5 to 5:45 p.m. RSRCH

6 to 6:45 p.m. Roy G Biv (ROYGBIV)

7 to 8 p.m. Living Dead

8 to 9 p.m. Stratusphere

9 to 10 p.m. audio flora

10 to 11 p.m. Douglass

11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Bogzilla

12 to 1 a.m. mandi lix

1 to 2 a.m. Waylo

 

Friday at Old Town Square (All Ages)

8 to 9 p.m. NOLLIJ / Blakeye

9 to 10 p.m. Nic Kato / DJ KILLkenny

10 to 11 p.m. Joey Trouble / Elctrx

11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Jimeni / DJ Wadada

 

Saturday at the East Coast (21+)

5 to 5:45 p.m. There’s An Ape for That

8 to 9 p.m. Ætheric

9 to 10 p.m. Golden Ghost

10 to 11 p.m. L.A.Rose

11 p.m. to 12 a.m. LER

12 a.m. to 1 a.m. Macy Paradise

1 to 2 a.m. Deejay Gyro

 

Saturday at Old Town Square (All Ages)

8 to 9 p.m. Anthony Cole / Lil Tree

9 to 10 p.m. IRVN / Dank Lloyd Wright

10 to 11 p.m. DJ DR3W / Panamaa

11 p.m. to 12 a.m. DJ Channell / massTree

 

For a taste of the Hyzenborg, visit Youtube and watch the presidential, um, homage called $H1TH0L3RZ.
Purchase tickets to see over 350 bands at FoCoMx this weekend.

 

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