Denver’s Underground Music Showcase (UMS) features over 150 acts from all over the nation. The festival, now in its 22nd year has a number of changes. We’re spotlighting 2 of them, and the artists involved here..
Youth on Record was founded in 2008 with the mission to designs and implements strengths-based, music-centered programs intended to equip young people from historically under-resourced communities with the skills needed to find success in life by advancing their academic success, increasing their economic opportunities and career skills, and strengthening their community connections and networks. This year Youth on Record took a 49% interest in UMS. As part of that they’ve brought their own signature events to UMS including:
Impact Show July 30, 2022 – New to UMS this year, the Impact Show is part of a festival-wide focus on supporting mental wellness and the prevention of substance misuse among musicians and an anticipated 10,000 festival attendees. The inaugural show will feature the Seratones, A funk-soul-rock band from Louisiana that marries spirituality, protest, Black feminism, and Afrofuturism.
Youth on Record will also have Impact Days preceding UMS on July 27 & 28, 2022 from 12-6 MST at Youth on Record.
A two-day intensive hosted by Youth on Record and open to all musicians and artists participating in the UMS, Impact Days will serve as an industry-focused kick-off for the festival. Artists, music industry and community leaders will provide skill-sharing workshops, networking, professional development, and wellness coaching opportunities to local and emerging artists. Focused on artmaking, Impact, and Economic Opportunity, Impact Days are designed to build the foundation for institutional resources that will serve musicians, artists, and the creative industries for years to come.
Dozens of industry and arts leaders will host panels, workshops and coaching sessions; industry and arts leaders will be paid for their time. During the pilot year, the event is free to all participating artists. Between sessions, participants will be invited to participate in “care” practices including yoga, access to mental health resources, sober bars, and healthy foods.
Black Fret is a nationwide membership organization with chapters in Austin, Seattle and now Colorado. Black Fret’s goal is to create a global network of connected communities, all supporting their local music economies. And in the process of creating this network, provide opportunities for our Black Fret bands to travel between cities, playing bigger gigs and being paid for shows they would not have had the opportunity to otherwise.
Recently Black Fret Colorado announced its 2022 Black Fret Awardees. The inaugural Black Fret Awardee artists were nominated by local industry experts and founding members in Colorado. They represent a broad spectrum of musical genres and reflect the depth of Colorado’s remarkable talent. They are:
Aptly named Naarm/Melbourne based artist and producer m8riarchy commands the speakers & stage with her enrapturing vocals and extensive resume.
Her latest single ‘Body’ journeys through sexuality, self-expression and freedom. It’s an invigorating and playful celebration of all things vulnerable. Channeling the likes of Calvin Harris & Robyn, ‘Body’ signals the high energy & spirit of classic dance-pop anthems.
The euphoric tone of ‘Body’ is set with opening words “Enjoy yourself.” Shimmering synths & deep basslines cultivate a sparkling soundscape through which m8riarchy’s vocals shine.
Exploring the relationship between confidence and seduction, m8riarchy’s timbre is exceptionally unique and lies in a similar vein to Nyxen, Aluna, Kota Banks, and CXLOE.
“Body is a sex-positive dancefloor banger that explores pleasure and connection. I wanted to create a euphoric symphony that invites listeners to celebrate the joys of sensuality, sexuality, playfulness and self-expression.” m8riarchy.
m8riarchy co-writes and co-produces the track alongside Matthew Hadley (Total Giovanni). Mixed by Matthew, the track was then mastered by Stuart Hawkes (Metropolis). Speaking of the process of creating ‘Body’ she says,
“I wrote Body ten years ago and struggled with the production to the point where I had given up on ever releasing it. Matt expressed interest in collaborating and, given our similar tastes in dance music, it worked out perfectly for us to bring Body to life together.” m8riarchy.
070 Shake officially releases her highly-anticipated sophomore album, You Can’t Kill Me via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Executive produced by 070 Shake and Dave Hamelin and mixed and mastered by Mike Dean, the new project arrives alongside an Alexander Wesseley-directed video for the album track “Medicine” that shows an intimate performance of the song as Shake is submerged in water while vocalizing through an oxygen mask.
The album features previously released tracks “Body,” “Web,” and the first offering from You Can’t Kill Me, “Skin and Bones.”
You Can’t Kill Me is an extension of Shake’s previous interrogation of humanity, aiming to further expose her innermost feelings and to explore complicated interpersonal connections, digging deeply as a manifesto about emotional investment, codependency, and withdrawal. Speaking on the project’s premise, she shares: “We’re so attached to this physical world, it makes us more susceptible to being hurt. You can’t kill me because I’m more than my body.” Further detailing the album’s genesis, she says “With each album, it’s like you’re being revealed more and more. You Can’t Kill Me shows how dedicated I am to being free within music… Feeling is the biggest ingredient of my music.”
YOU CAN’T KILL ME
June 3rd, 2022
G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Recordings
Skin and Bones
Body (ft. Christine and the Queens)
Wine & Spirits
Come Back Home
Se Fue La Luz
070 Shake Live
May 28, 2022
On May 28 070 Shake was in Denver. The set included older songs “Guilty Conscience”, “I Wanna Get High”, and “Microdosing.” It was dominated by songs from You Can’t Kill Me including “History”, “Medicine”, “Stay” and more.
070 Shake’s show is a mix of deep passionate songs, followed by a desire to stir the mosh pit. It is as much revival as rap. During the show 070 Shake was concerned for the audience’s well being. She invited people to embrace each other so the people next to you wouldn’t be unknown. She also had a moment of silence for victims of the Uvalde School shooting.
070 Shake is selling out the last few dates of the tour which ends June 10.
070 Shake shares the new song “Body” featuring Christine and the Queens, produced by David Andrew Sitek and Mike Dean, who also mixed and mastered the track from her highly-anticipated sophomore album YOU CAN’T KILL ME, due June 3rd via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.
070 Shake is currently on her headline North American tour, which launched earlier this month in Detroit, with many dates already sold out or low on tickets. The 20-date run sees stops in Chicago, New York City, Toronto, Houston, and Phoenix with support from Jonah Lenox as support at select dates. The tour will wrap with four shows in Los Angeles this June, two of which are sold out.
Upcoming Live Dates
5/20 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live
5/21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club [SOLD OUT]
5/25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
5/26 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
5/28 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
5/29 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
6/1 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
6/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom Lounge [SOLD OUT]
6/4 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
6/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
6/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
6/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre [SOLD OUT]
6/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre [SOLD OUT]