The Aggie’s alien invasion
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.”
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