For the past few years, Denver has seen dance music nights expand from the larger clubs, where patrons seem more concerned with copulation and “being seen” than the music, to smaller, more intimate venues where dance fanatics and the DJs come together for nights to remember. Tonight, the latter is in store with a mix of local talent London Dungeon and Dylan Le Disko, performing with national acts Autoerotique and Mustard Pimp at the Marquis.
Since forming in Denver in 2008, the DJ/production duo London Dungeon (Colin Defenbau and Kal Halax) have played afterhours apartment, enter-through-the-alley parties to opening gigs for Soul Clap, MSTRKRFT, Diplo, and Del the Funky Homosapien at Red Rocks.
Their series of eclectic mix releases reflect their wide range of musical tastes and expertise, while also showing a penchant for funk, disco and house. The “Afterdark” mix LD did for Analog Space in 2011 is just one point of reference, taking one on a palpating journey through tunnels of lights, camera, action with slices of Bassanova, Alex Gopher, Carte Blanch and Fex Fillini.
The mix for Getwell.LA released earlier this year slow dives into the dark side, with ebony, flirtatious beats that ebb and flow from Russ Yallop & Wildkatz’ “System Crank” to the London Dungeon original, “Tonic.”
Dylan Le Disko began his DJ/Producer adventure in the Northwest going the route of small parties and venues to expanding his reach as his creative concoctions grew his reputation.
“When someone comes to my live show, it’s my goal to make sure they are still excited about it days afterwards. Always aiming to keep the freshest tracks in my sets, next level tunes that make the dancefloor erupt.”
Original productions led to a number of remixes, including Two Door Cinema Club, Skrillex and Adele, and then to a contract with Portland’s Dim Mak Records, home to Datsik, Ming, and Autoerotique, which brings us full circle to tonight’s show.
Le Disko continues make his mark here in Denver and beyond, from opening gigs like the one tonight at the Marquis, to playing a part in our fine city’s ever-expanding EDM community, including deck time at The Hundred parties (video of the December 2011 party).
It’s an exiting time for Dance in Denver, but life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and dance once in a while, you could miss it.