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Copper Mountain starts the season with a party

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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Copper understands. It’s kickin’ the season off right – with a party full of flicks, freebies and live music.

Not to belittle the first turns of winter, but, it’s fair to say that Copper’s main event of the weekend happens Saturday night at the Conference Center, with The Heyday, DJ Relm and The Rapture.

The Heyday is making noise in the music scene, garnering Westword to feature these five kids from Denver in Cory Casciato’s Class of 2007.

“(Heyday) has all the markings of becoming the next Mile High sensation to sweep the nation,” Casciato wrote.

The musicians set out to have a good time while playing music – a strategy that’s seemingly taking them far.

Heyday will set the mood for San Francisco’s Mike Relm, aka DJ Relm. Relm is fresh off a two-year arena tour with the Blue Man Group, where he witnessed an already popular theater group crank it up a notch – or seven.

“Creatively, it’s very inspiring to see someone on that level take time and make changes,” Relm said about the Blue Man Group. “There’s always room to expand and grow as an artist.”

And that’s exactly what Relm has done in his DJing career. In fact, he envisioned scratching video before the technology became available, but placed it in the “sci-fi” category.

“Then, two years later, it happened,” he said. “It’s not often you think of something and it becomes a reality very close to how you envisioned it – or better.”

He’s amazed what digital technology allows him to do, and he spends a lot of time planning and preparing his show. He compares it to a woman spending hours fixing her hair; when he’s done, he wants it to seem effortless and natural.

DJing occupied most of his young adult years – as soon as he discovered he could trade in trumpet and piano playing for scratching and sampling.

“It’s weird for me to call it work,” he said. “I would be doing it anyway in my spare time. I would not want to do anything else, which is why I push myself. It means more to me than sleep.”

He’ll be feeling out the crowd’s vibe while Heyday plays: “I try to keep it loose and as special to the event as I can,” he said.

Rapture rounds out the night with its American rock, seeped in New York City. The band fuses post-punk, new rave, dance-punk, acid house, disco and electronica with rock.

“It’s like, over the last five to 10 years, everyone has thrown out what they knew and what they grew up in search of some new stuff,” said vocalist and bassist Mattie Safer in a press release, “and it’s all come together in a beautiful mess.”


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