Upcoming Local Events
10/11 | Miguel - Boulder Theatre
10/13 | Teton Gravity Research - Boulder Theatre
10/13 | Policulture & Euforquestra - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/14 | Getter - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/15 | Chill Harris - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/18 | The Helio Sequence - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/18 | Clutch - Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016 - Boulder Theatre
10/19 | Hopsin: Savageville Tour - Boulder Theatre
10/19 | The Geek X VRV - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/20 | The Felice Brothers - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/20 | The Big Lebowski - Boulder Theatre
10/21 | Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) & Rich Robinson - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/21 | Exotica Erotica Ball - Boulder Theatre
10/22 | Tom Hamilton's American Babies - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/22 | Goldroom + Autograf - Boulder Theatre
10/23 | Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King - Boulder Theatre
10/26 | Perpetual Groove - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/27 | Brillz - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/28 | The Main Squeeze - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/28 | Devotchka - Boulder Theatre
10/29 | Moon hooch - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/29 | Devotchka - Boulder Theatre
10/31 | Car Seat Headrest - Fox Theatre Boulder
10/31 | Rocky Horror Picture Show - Boulder Theatre
KMG Top 5 Best New Tracks
Apr 04, 2017
KMG Podcast 006 // Ft. Papa J Ruiz
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Toussaint Lorenz New EP // I.B.O.H.
We want to give a huge shout out to KMG Fam Toussaint Lorenz and a warm congratulations on his new EP release! Tracked, mixed, and mastered here at KMGLife Inc., we've watched him put his heart and soul into his music during every session. We are honored to have played a part in his musical journey.
Check out his new EP below and follow him on social media!
Doobie Club Presents: Beat Battles
Last week KMG had the pleasure to be a part of Doobie Club's Beat Battle down in Denver at Lincoln Station. Beat Battles was a tournament style competition including 16 producers going head to head for the grand prize of 5 free hours of studio time here with us! Each round gave the producers the chance to show case 2 beats with the winners advancing to the next round. Each elevated round included an extra minute. With so much talent in one room, the competition was fierce!
We'd like to congratulate the winner, EC3! We look forward to working with you in the studio!
Apr 11, 2017
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KMG Podcast 007
New Gorillaz Album // Humanz
It's been 7 years since their last album "The Fall" back in 2010 which came merely months after their ground breaking concept album "Plastic Beach" released just a few months prior. As a kid who aged half his life dancing a two step to the Gorillaz very different sound with the kind of attitude reminiscent of RATM (Rage Against the Machine) but a little more toned down, there was something about the lack of respect for authority that made up the rebellious music of the 90s.
The new album is set to release April 28th. Check out a track list below! The heavy list of features is almost enough to have you pre-ordering it right now!
Ascension feat. Vince Staples
Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
Momentz feat. De La Soul
Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
Charger feat. Grace Jones
Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
Busted and Blue
Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth
Transmission Thailand 2017 // Markus Shultz
For all the jet setting festival goers out there, there's a new destination to mark on your map! Transmission festival! One of the worlds biggest and best Trance festivals has added a new location on their map and it's growing! Check out legendary Trance artist Markus Shultz' set from this year edition of Transmission below!
Greg Kimble Speaks at BeCome Denver Talent Search & Industry Panel
Owner and CEO, Greg Kimble ventured down to Denver last weekend to participate in this edition of BeCome Talent Search and Industry Panel. BeCome is a talent search reaching out to all genres and ages as an invitational event to audition for label executives for a chance to get signed and fly to Los Angeles.
The industry panel discussion was made up of industry professionals such as artists, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, managers, and music executives and covered topics such as song writing, roll out, production, submissions, marketing, radio, and what the industry is looking for today! Featured guest speakers included Andrew Grant (A&R), Brandon Kitchen (Director of A&R/Publisher), DJ Squizzy Taylor (Squizzy Gang), and Greg Kimble (CEO of KMGLife Inc.).
Apr 18, 2017
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We'd like to give a warm welcome to Zaak Kerstetter as one of our brand new instructors! He is one of Colorado's only certified Ableton Trainers and has been working in the business for several years now. His music of choice for production is cinematic bass and he produces under the name Zenotope. He has been working in music education (specifically in production) at Art of Audio down in Denver as well as for Pyramid online. In his spare time, he also works as the organizer for Boulder's Ableton Live User group.
Lou Phelps New EP // Experiments
Check out the brand new Ep drop from Lou Phelps. Head over to his soundcloud page directly, but here are a few of our favorites from the brand new Ep. Always respect those speaking their truth...it easier to hear than it is to speak!
Apr 25, 2017
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Boulder Ableton Live User Group Meeting
We are excited to share an amazing opportunity! Our newest instructor and Ableton guru, Zaak Kerstetter will be hosting the Boulder Ableton Live User Group Meeting once a month at our location here in Boulder! The meet up is designed to bring Ableton Live users together to help share knowledge on using this complex software as well as give newer users the opportunity to network with experienced users. Zaak always does a great job of inviting very knowledgeable guest speakers/lectures to help expand on the creative aspects of using Ableton for both production and performance.
The next meet up is this Monday, May 22nd from 7pm-9pm so come on down to get some knowledge to help broaden your knowledge of Ableton. This month's event includes a very special guest so it's not one to miss!
Millision Album Release // Two Each His Own
KMG Podcast 008 // Student Feature
Willi Miller & King James VI
*Featured guest speaker, Scott Tredennick @sdktheway
May 2, 2017
Podcast Feature | Controversial Conspiracies 003
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Russell Scott Releases New EP!!
Shout out to KMG family Russell Scott for his brand new project release "Definition of Pursuit" which was recorded & mixed by Chase Thompson and mastered by Greg Kimble at KMGLife Inc.! It is a great tale of perseverance and relentlessly following your dreams until you make them a reality!
Introducing New AMP Program at KMG Academy
We're excited to unveil our brand new Ableton Music Production Program (AMP) dedicated specifically to music production and performance inside Ableton Live Suite. The courses are geared toward breaking down the program and its individual modules in an easy to understand way including a curriculum designed to really help you gain the ability and speed that will rocket you passed the learning curve of this extremely deep, powerful program. Call today to sign up for the next sessions! (720) 250-9020
New Vintage Keys Available For Rent
Check out our new selection of vintage keyboards available for rent! Honor Clavinet, Hammond B3 with Leslie rotary amplifier, and a Wurlitzer! They sound great and we'd love to have you feature them in your music. Call for more information today! (720) 250-9020
KMGLife Inc. Hosts Open Mic Night!
We are proud to introduce KMG's brand new open mic night run by our very own Rob Gedelian! It's open to anything you'd like to share so bring your instruments, spoken word, improv, whatever you can come up with and share it with the rest of us in the Creative Cafe at KMGLife Inc.! Sign up begins at 6:30PM and it's first come first serve so be here early! Show time is 7PM-10PM. For more information or to RSVP click HERE!
May 9, 2017
New Pries Video | "FU Pay Me"
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New Ableton Lab!!
We are pleased to announce that inline with our new AMP Program (Ableton Music Production) headed by Zaak Kerstetter, we've added a new Ableton lab! We have 16 brand new Push 2s and are working to build out the rest of the room. Stay tuned!
KMG Podcast Feature | Chilly Willi
KMG Fam Jonny Woods Live at Zeal
Shout out to Jonny Woods for his recent performance at Zeal!! His acoustic, sultry sound captivated the entire audience during his incredible intimate show. We are ecstatic that he decided to record his recent project with us and it's coming along great! Stay tuned for the release of this new up and coming singer/songwriter. It's sure to amaze!
May 16, 2017
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Weekly Open Mic Night Off To A Great Start
The weekly KMG Open Mic Night hosted by the KMG Marketing Club and Rob Gedelian is off to a fantastic start. Last weeks turn out was amazing and lasted to the end of the night! We were very grateful to hear some incredible local talent. Be sure to sign up for the May 22nd event by showing up early. Sign-up begins at 6:30PM, open mic begins at 7PM. (720) 250-9020
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KMG AMP and RAAB Programs Are Currently Enrolling for the Summer!
With summer approaching we are excited to train a new group of students in both of our Recording Arts and Business Program (RAAB) as well as our Ableton Music Production Program (AMP). Our RAAB program takes you through 12 months specifically designed to train you for a career in the music industry as well as teach you to become a top notch audio engineer. The AMP program is specifically designed to help you crush Ableton Live 9 Suite either as a performance DAW or for production.
Call us today! (720) 250-9020
Spread The Word Music Festival 2017
This year, KMG had the distinct pleasure of having a number of our RAAB program students intern at Spread The Word Music Festival. This was an incredible opportunity for our students to get out there into the real music industry world, sweat a little, get their hands dirty, network, and have a great time applying the skills they've learned in a real life, work setting. One or two of our students were even offered a job based solely on how well they did assisting at the event. The possibilities really are endless!
May 24, 2017
Student Feature // Shout Out to Katmandoom!!
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KMG Open Mic Success!
Big shout out to Rob Gedelian and the Keep Marketing Growing club here at KMG for continuing to rock the open mic nights every Monday night. This weeks was another success and this has become a great Monday night hang for the area so come on down to next weeks and sign up! It's a great way to network and get your work heard.
Ableton Music Meet Up
This edition of the meet up, as always, was packed with informative tips and tricks for helping to hone your abilities to use Ableton Live 9 as a production DAW and for performance. Be sure to come check the next one out and bring your rig for some Q&A and really get your sound tuned in!
Artist Spot Light Interview: XOA
What are the origins of XOA?
The band originally started with Ian and I (current bass player) It was a 5 piece group with guitar, bass, drums, keys, and vocals, and we went by the name "Chronotron." We played under that moniker for about a year until there was a re-structuring of the band. We decided to drop the full-time vocals and our keyboardist took a more "behind the scenes" role with the project. Ian and I carried on the legacy and added a new drummer: Kyle Robins, about 2 years ago. We only played 2 shows as a trio before we brought on a new keyboardist: Steve Radtke. At this point some re-branding was needed and Xoa was formed. We have been in this formation coming up on a year now I believe.
Where does the name come from?
The name has no significance outside of the band really. We were trying to come up with an intriguing/phonetically interesting name but we all wanted in to be short. If I remember correctly Kyle had a suggestion in the form of "mesozoic" which is the period of time consisting of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretacious periods, in other words the time of the dinosaurs, so I think we were just riffing off ideas from that seed and we came to protozoa, then zoa then Xoa. Also we are working hard to change the popular public tendency to think that its an acronym and capitalize all the letters, but we are still working on that one haha.
What are your individual music backgrounds?
Cian: I come from a blues and classic rock upbringing. growing up as a kid I really loved most of the big name guitar virtuoso's: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray, Santana, and Eric Clapton. Once I started maturing in my taste I got into a lot of jam band, and prog rock styles that focus on more of a unified band type of feel rather than a guitarist in front of a backing band. Some of my favorite bands now are: Tauk, Umphreys McGee, Lotus, Genetics, Ween, Papadosio.....to name a few.Ian: I started playing cello in 5th grade, and played in my school orchestras and The Boulder Youth Symphony through high school. I picked up bass guitar when I was 16, and majored in music performance on bass for 2 years at University of Colorado before changing to a Recording Arts major. I love classic rock like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc, and a wide variety of metal such as Meshuggah, Opeth, SunnO))), Deathspell Omega, Drudkh, Cradle of Filth, Woe, Wolves in the Throne Room, Om, and Sleep.
Kyle: I grew up listening to alternative rock, the Offspring, System of a Down, Sublime, Jimmy Eat World, Deftones etc. I started taking drum lessons when I was 10 where my teacher got me hooked onto classics, eg Rush, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, then as the angsty teenager inside me began to blossom, I became addicted to Tool, and Danny Carey made me want to play the drums. I'd say my drumming style sounds like a combination of the Red Hot Chili Peps, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and Primus, layered with a heavy dancy four-on-the-floor element.
How has the process of fitting your different tastes together be going to make the cohesive sound you've been able to create?
ummmmm, thats a difficult question....I think we are slowly seeing the answer to that materialize as we create our first album together. The first EP was composed mainly by myself (Cian) and our current producer/ex-keyboardist (Jacob) We have been playing a lot of the other material as a group for some time but we have yet to record that music so it is still developing.
You've begun tracking your new album here at KMG; What are the goals for this project?
To produce a unified, awesome sounding, 7 track EP! We have been working with Chase to create the EP we've always wanted. The recording process is a process that we are constantly learning and becoming more familiar with. We can't think of anyone else we would want to help guide us through this journey than Chase and the rest of the team over there at KMG!
I think you guys have done an excellent job making a unique sound by blending a few different styles. Was that something you guys planned or just happened organically?
To be honest....none of this was planned. We all had a lot of musical overlap as well as a passion and the motivation to get something done about it. It's a project that has been going for awhile in a few different shapes and forms, but I feel like its now in its final stages preparing to make some big moves. Pretty much everything has happened organically since we have reached our current formation. We all play a part in writing, deciding on live performance aspects, and we all chip in to cover the logistics for everything else. The band has no manager or any outside agency supporting it at all, we do all our own, booking, graphics, promotion, and promotion. So it truly is an organic blend.
What are the future goals for the band overall and what can we expect in the future?
our future goals consist of finishing this album first. Then hopefully playing out at more festivals such a sonic bloom and arise in the future. And hopefully putting together a tour in the future reaching outside of Colorado.
KMG Student Feature / Conner Bradley and Keep Marketing Growing Club
May 30, 2017
What led you to start the marketing club?
Quite a lot of reasons actually. But really the main reason for starting the marketing club is the huge demand for marketing in the music industry. Before KMG I had been working on a project that was solely focused on music, but as we progressed we started to really focus on the message and the story, aka the marketing side of things. The more research we did the more we realized the importance of marketing. Well fast forward a couple years, after paying close attention to the business side of the music industry, I landed at KMG and noticed a lot of students were working on similar projects that I had attempted in the past. Projects that needed marketing. So I thought the best way we could help each other with marketing was to share ideas about our projects. So that's how the club developed. I wanted to create a place where students come in and dedicate time and energy to the projects they are working on, with a specific focus on marketing, instead of just music. So that's really what it's all about, focusing on marketing, learning about marketing, and applying it to our music projects. But really the most important part is the community of support we have built, and the creative ideas that keep on providing motivation.
What are your goals?
Generally, to succeed and help others along the way. I see the marketing club as a way to help others grow their brand or project or just overall knowledge about the marketing side of things. I want it to be a community, something that is shared by everyone who goes there to give and receive support. I also want it to be a tool that people at KMGLife Inc. can use to get their projects done. For example, open mic night is something that the marketing club helps facilitate, but it wasn't our idea. Rob Gedelian came up with it, we just did our best to make it happen and make it as successful as possible. Beyond a tool that helps people at KMG succeed at marketing, I want it to be available to artists outside of KMG, or anyone looking to work on the marketing side of things. So even if a new student wants to come and check out the marketing club before enrolling, they can do that, or someone who graduated wants to come back and spit some knowledge to the students, they can do that as well.
What do you hope to see the club grow into?
I spoke on this a little in the last paragraph, but I want to see it grow into a place that helps KMG grow and a community of people in and outside of KMG. Of course, I also want to see it grow beyond that and move toward a functioning business, ideally as a place where students can get internships and/or as a service that can help promote a show or album, etc. for artists outside of KMG.
How have you seen the club grow since it's inception?
I've seen the club go through a couple early phases, and really since it's so new it hasn't formulated into a consistent vibe until just recently. The first few meetings, and every meeting thus far has been successful, but nothing has really been similar until recently. There have been different topics, lots of awesome discussions, and different people every time. However, now a core group of students that are really passionate about marketing have been coming and we've been making some awesome things happen because of it. We've basically gotten to the point where we can all work together to move beyond just an introduction to marketing to actual tasks and actions that are applied to specific projects. So, we've all been able to work together on open mic night, as well as some individual projects that are going on. Since there has been success, we've been adding more projects to the list and now instead of just sitting around talking about marketing we are actually doing marketing and making a big difference.
What's in store for the future?
All of the things we've been doing now to the power of ten. More marketing, less not marketing. More success. Big goals will be achieved that's for sure. I think the energy and ideas that are brought to the table in the club are awesome and everyone has so much potential to realize these goals we have for ourselves and our music careers. All we need is to get to work, and really work together to help each other get there.
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KMG FAM | Bootstrap Disco
Check out the brand new FIRST EVER release from Bootstrap Disco, "Help Me Stand Strong." We had the pleasure of hearing them at one of our KMG Open Mic Nights and they were spectacular! Check them out on Facebook and catch them at a show near you!
Upslope Get Down 2017
This year's event went off without a hitch and marked the 4th Anniversary of Upslope's staple event of the year. Bringing Roosevelt Collier and a host of other incredible groups -- and taking place just after a late May Snow (rain/sleet/hail) storm, the people were out in troves to grab a little sunshine and a fresh cold brew. Our KMG Fam Sixty Minute Men even took the stage, wowing the crowds with their funky, soulful sounds!
This was a fantastic and record breaking event with 5,600 people and 96% waste diversion! We can't wait to see what next year's event will bring, so stay tuned!
Shout Out to KMG FAM Late Night Crew
Late night crew (LNC) is one of the most popular promotional companies in the Denver area right now, but they are much more than that. Their services stretch beyond party goer needs.
Founded by Andre Fabre in 2015, LNC was created to serve as a reliable resource for party planning, marketing, and special event coordination as well as functioning within the music industry in the realm of artist management. The idea behind the group is being dedicated to your dream!
We are proud to know these guys and truly appreciate the value they bring to the Denver music scene. Be sure to keep an eye on them, they have some big things in the works!
Jun 6, 2017
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KMGLife Inc. Returns to Denver | Partnership with
We are happy to announce that together with Grammy Award-winner Clark Hagan, KMG is taking things to the next level and partnering with Ether Studios to bring the #KMGLIFE back to Denver!
Clark has worked with national artists such as Chet Atkins, Kenny Passarelli, Marty Haggard, and Eugene Moles along with Colorado artists such as Dave Preston, Oscar Ross, Wild Angels, Nick O’Connor, and Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, and has also worked with Caribou Ranch estate on the “Caribou Collection” project with artists Elton John, Billy Joel, and Chicago. These are just a few of his many accolades.
The new location houses a 36 channel Neotek analogue console, original Neve 1073 pre-amps, original 1176s by UREI, and original LA3A and LA2A by UREI/Teletronix.
In honor of this bold new step for KMG, we are offering 10 hour blocks for $500 from now until the Grand Opening! This is a great deal as the new location will go for $65 so don't wait and call today! (720) 250-9020
Grand Opening date and time TBD.
Album Review | The 717 Project
The 717 Project is a fringe concept album from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where the idea was to showcase multiple producers and artists from the area since it isn't as well known for it's musical talent. However, after listening to this album, we were blown away! We didn't realize just how asleep we were.
The contributing artists and producers on the project are as follows: QueenzNicky the JetHenrockNakuVibe Lab- Kysmif & C.TheProducerD. GreenNa CarterSalmira SalmondJFreshTaDefTravy LavelleTDCT.JamesLil DrayS Dot FloNukeChase GleetchIliasMesonJym RacksCheebsEllzYung FaucetRico Morel. You can head to all of their social media pages to check out more from the Harrisburg!
Dope - Henrock ft Naku is one of our favorite tracks. With some elements reminiscent of classic Chris Brown (debut album), this track gets you bobbing your head immediately. With skillful blending of lyricism, singing, and production value, this is easily one of the best tracks of the project.
Vanity is a powerful track. Period. It asks many relatable questions and makes points that we all struggle with on a daily basis; especially as musicians. Staying true to ourselves, choosing our own principals and values, and allowing those choices to shape our art. Green paints a powerful picture of an artist trying to figure out who they are and how to succeed. Referencing the act of looking at ourselves in the mirror, he asks if we like or even recognize what we see in the reflection to make the listener consider and relate to the feelings of crippling self-doubt and a sense of feeling out of control over our own destiny (or feeling in control depending on what you see in the mirror). This is one of the top tracks we've heard in awhile by an independent artist. We tip our hats to you sir!
Welcome the June 2017 RAAB/AMP Class!
We'd like to give a warm welcome and congratulations to the incoming class of June 2017! The choice you all have made has moved you many steps closer to achieving your personal and career goals. We are excited to witness you strive and reach your goals and are here to help in any way we can. Just remember, the choice is the first step, but much like golf or hitting in baseball, the most important step is the follow through!
"As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot chose the day when we will fully bloom, it happens in it's own time." - Denis Waitley
Artist Feature | Butane
What are the origins of Butane?
Jai Phenom - Ty-Burner and I used to freestyle together back in college. Ty Burner was always into music so he invited me to the studio and asked me to sing on a track. I started to like the way he and I sounded together. Later that night we decided to join forces and create an EP. Butane is the blue flame you see on lighters. It’s so hot that the flame is blue. Blue flames are unique and they’re the hottest, which is why Butane is a perfect euphemism for our sound.
Ty Burner - Jai Phenom and I became friends in college. We use to freestyle and make songs for fun. Embarking on a quest for producing better quality music we ended up in an official recording studio.
What are your individual music backgrounds, and how have they contributed to the sound you're trying to put out there?
Jai Phenom - Growing up, my dad would always listen to artists like Aaliyah, Sade, Kem, Lauryn Hill and Marvin Gaye, so I love smooth R&B, deep 808s and airy vocals. However, my dad also used to play artists like Biggie, Common, and Nas, so I also love lyricism, realness and percussion. I want my sound to be an eclectic formation of R&B and Hip-Hop.
Ty Burner - In my adolescence I used to play piano and write poetry. With the support of my family it eventually progressed into freestyling and making songs.
What would you say are your biggest challenges musically and professionally?
Jai Phenom - Honestly, the hardest part about this is managing yourself. When you’re independent, it’s a lot to handle. You have to manage your time with producers, other artists, and engineers.
Ty Burner - The biggest challenge I face is battling the urge to be a perfectionist. I always want to put my best foot forward per se and at times it inhibits my progress.
What's the overall message in your music?
Jai Phenom - My music is all about my story, my journey. That’s what I love about music, the overall message of a song is up to interpretation. I just speak what’s true to me and hope I can reach someone. And I like that Ty Burner and I found a way to tell our stories together in our own way. Every story on this project is unique and it really will highlight who we are as artists.
Ty Burner - Never giving up on yourself or what you really want. As well as having faith in yourself and your abilities despite how formidable the obstacles you may face in life.
What's your creative process, and how do you bring it all together?
Jai Phenom - Writing for me is extremely therapeutic. Putting down all these emotions, thoughts, and passion into lyrics really move and inspire me. I usually write in my car, with the beat playing for hours, constantly changing lyrics and flows until it feels right.
Ty Burner - If I have time I like to drive around until I find a spot with a nice view and put the instrumental on repeat. I proceed to freestyle until I find a flow I like, then I write down whatever comes to mind in my rhyme book, phone, notepad or whatever I got on me. Once I'm done I review and improve upon what I've written down.
What are the goals for the group overall and what can we expect in the future?
Jai Phenom - You can expect some sonically pleasing masterpieces that will ultimately propel us into our music career. Although Ty Burner and I are 2 separate artists, we make a pretty great musical team. I will be dropping my first EP titled “blueDREAMS” this year. In the meantime I will just be recording and mixing until we figure out a release date.
Ty Burner - The goal is to work our way up the hierarchy of rap and establish ourselves as some of the greatest artists of our generation.
Jun 13, 2017
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New Group Based Midterms // KMG RAAB Program
Tired of boring old written tests? Does studying for midterms and other cumbersome tests of knowledge leave you feeling flat? Well we've got some exciting news for you!!
Just introduced to the KMG RAAB program are the brand new group based midterms. The midterm process is conducted over a series of classes in a group based setting where students come together as one to create a musical EP of at least 3 tracks, recorded and mixed solely by the students. This new way of testing allows the students to showcase their knowledge of signal flow, ability to use the techniques they've learned thus far to frequency sweep, compress, and use other dynamic and time based processing.
The best part is: THEY GET TO WORK AS A TEAM!
It gives them the opportunity at first hand experience working in a real life music industry setting where they have to put their heads together to accomplish a common goal musically while using all the skills they have been taught thus far!
We caught up with Aaron Cross to ask him about the exciting new project he's working on with Remi Olsson. They plan to produce a diverse EP complete with different styles and possibly include a live singer! Other options include singer-songwriter and band recording. The sky is the limit with this!
The Wandering Woods
We'd like to give a big warm KMG welcome to the boys in the Wandering Woods project who just started tracking their new record at KMGLife Inc.! They've been in for a couple sessions over the last two weeks and are making great progress on the project. They have completed 3 songs so far with only a few more to go! Way to go guys!!
The Wandering Woods is a Denver based group that specializes in explorational instrumentation. Started by Ross Sandlin and Michael Drummer, the group concept is comprised of individual musical influences that are blended to create a feel that takes the aspects of instrumental music beyond jam styles. The idea was to push the boundaries of jazz, funk, and world music to combine the improvisational and stylistic elements into one to create a new music dialogue that is accessible to all ages.
KMG Student Feature - Sail
Aaron Cross is a quiet young lad with HUUUGE sounds up his sleeve. We've watched him since he began the program, honing his knowledge on mixing electronic music to make some killin new chunes for the listening pleasure of your eager earpieces. We wanted to chat with him a little bit about how things are going and get to know him and his mission a little better. Read below and check him out on facebook and soundcloud! When you're done with that, do yourself ANOTHER favor and make the SECOND best decision you've made since deciding to read this article, and get on the interwebs and get a ticket to his upcoming show this Thursday, June 15th, at Beta Nightclub in Denver.
What’s your background in music? Do you sing or play any instruments?
My background in music is strings. I started playing stand up bass in school and instantly picked up guitar soon after! Im currently learning keys and singing.
What brought you to production verses performing on live instruments?
Electronic music production was really appealing to me because it gave me the capability to make a bands worth of music on my own. Growing up I didn't have too many friends looking to create a band.
Do you feel producing brings a certain level of peace and solidarity creating your art?
Most definitely, producing brings me to the current moment. When I'm in the zone making music, neither the past or future is on my mind. I also find peace from getting out thoughts and emotions in music, it's relieving in a sense.
What is the value you see in collaboration? How have you grown from it?
Collaboration is an extraordinary place for growth and learning. Teaching your techniques to others help solidify your comfortability with it, as well as absorbing others tactics. I've definitely evolved from collaborations, like with Remi as well as my good friend Harry (Thoreau).
Where do you hope to take sail and how do you plan to get there?
I plan to grow Sail to be its own entity. A movement of itself to enjoy life to it's fullest potential, every second. My moto is "Enjoy Every Ripple."
We understand you’re playing Beta nightclub this Thursday, June 15th. What’s the event can we expect to see in that set; what are your goals?
This event is my first event under my Sail project. I will be playing my select edits of songs as well as my remixes. Expect to hear and feel the start of my journey and hopefully catch a wave with me.
As an artist, what do you hope to contribute to the music scene? How do you plan to leave your mark?
I hope to bring melodic euphoria to the music scene, sharing vibes to reach into peoples lives to help through hardships. I also plan on incorporating cymatics into my sound design to help harmonize people's physical being.
Cymatics is the effect of sound waves on water and other physical objects. Being that we are around 80% of water, I think we are effected immensely by the music we listen to and experience. I hope to express my melodic elements to help align people.
Do you have any big long term goals in the making that you’d like fans to keep an eye out for?
New music and new motion. That's all I can say for now.
You told us recently that you've been working for a production company running lights and sound? Can you tell us a little about how that's going? Are you also DJ-ing for them?
I've been working for Kaleidoscope sound productions for about 2 years, recently I've picked up lighting. Im still an apprentice. Both are going great! I've been getting larger gigs. I do not DJ for them, my music project is curating on its own. Later on maybe, but no plans.
Shout Out to Cole Nidiffer!!
Big congratulations to Cole Nidiffer for landing an internship at Imprint Studios down in Thornton! The place has been established for approximately 5 years and is currently owned by Jon Osborne. Cole is eager to learn more in his first meeting next week to get more details but we wish him the best of luck and to always reach out if he needs any help from the KMG team!
Jun 20, 2017
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KMG Hosts Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup #58
This past week, KMGLife Inc. had the pleasure of hosting the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup #58 which was geared mostly toward the new iOS app, Korg Gadget! The app was introduced by Mike Metlay who explained the ins-and-outs of the program. It is based on a track and scene production style similiar to Ableton's and coincidentally Gadget does export in the Ableton project file format to make for easy compatibility. The program also supports audio/midi routing and recently added the ability to record and process external audio sources!
The meetup also included a performance from Mike Metlay and Diana Smehurst. Metlay is currently the editor of RECORDING magazine, a nuclear physicist, and electronic music producer who has released roughly 24 albums in the last 40 years. Diana Smehurst is a UK native producing under the moniker, Gypsy Witch. She has been a virtual member for years attending meetings on Skype so it was great to have her here in person!
KMG Academy Students Assist at Sonic Bloom!
Great news! KMG Academy had some of our students get the great opportunity to head up to the Sonic Bloom festival to help out with putting on the event; something that is no easy task especially one on that level.
Sonic Bloom is an annual festival that is held at Hummingbird Ranch in Spanish Peaks, Colorado and is one of the state's largest electronic music events! This year's line up included big electronic acts such as Polish the Ambassador, Haywyre, Minnesota, and band acts such as Gigantic Cheese Biscuits, Eminence Ensemble, and Evanoff. It also boasts 3 huge stages and houses a number of vendors and local food carts as well!
The most interesting thing about the Sonic Bloom organization, however, is the fact they offer permaculture programs as well as music and production programs. The festival and it's organization is all about prolonging music and it's healing powers while also helping take care of the environment, especially Hummingbird ranch. The organization hopes to keep the ranch and location around for generations to be a place for "Positive Impact Festivals" and put the "transformation" into transformation festivals by making it a part of our interaction with ourselves, each other, and our ecology!
We are proud of our outstanding KMG Academy students who landed opportunities to head up to Sonic Bloom to help out with the festival! We are happy that our training and their experiences with us were able to help them succeed at such an astounding level!
The Fremonts Album Release | "We Don't Live There"
We would like to congratulate The Fremonts on their recent album release, "We Don't Live There," recorded and mixed at KMGLife Inc.! It was such a privilege and a great experience watching them progress through the process of recording the album and we think it came out great!
The Fremonts started in New York City but relocated to Colorado and have really dug into their music which they describe as weaving "midwestern Ghost stories into restless Americana music." They've certainly done a great job exemplifying that thought and imagination in this album release.
The group is made up of Stephanie Dodd of Fremont, Nebraska and Justin Badger from Fremont, California (see what they did there, hehe) with Dodd on vocals, keyboard, xylophone and accordion and Badger on vocals, guitar, and kick drum. The album teems with the Americana goodness of bluegrass, country, blues folk and indie. It's the perfect blend of melodic and rhythmic.
| Presenting Adult Colour |
Adult Colour is a hip electronic/live duo on the scene in Boulder and we are lucky enough to have the privilege of recording their newest 9 track project and helping them launch into the next step of the project's life!
Adult Colour effectively started in 2014 at a job neither Tim Novak or Jeff Medders enjoyed. They became friends over their shared disdain for chasing the dreams of people who aren't them -- especially at this particularly unpleasant graveyard for hopes and dreams -- and eventually realized they shared similar interests. One went to the other and said, "Hey, do you want to structurally organize some sounds over time together?" and the other replied, "Heck yeah I'd like to make music with you!" The rest as they say, is history.
Since the group's inception, they've record one personal project and collaborated on multiple other pieces as well as been a one half of a slip EP. We got to meet up with them when they decided they wanted to record the debut project properly and we could not be more ecstatic they chose us to help them along on this journey!
Check them out on facebook and soundcloud while you wait for the new record. Also, peep the video above to get a little peak into their personalities as well as their ability to create music together!