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Robotic Pirate Monkey and Terravita bring party music to three20south in Breckenridge

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Robotic Pirate Monkey, pictured here, will take the stage at three20south in Breckenridge on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with fellow electronic act Terravita.
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If you go

What: Robotic Pirate Monkey and Terravita

Where: three20south, 320 S. Main St., Breckenridge

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22

Cost: $15

More information: Show is for ages 21 and older. Visit www.three20south.com.

Ready to get your feet moving? Robotic Pirate Monkey and Terravita are known to make it happen.

Hailing from Boulder, electronic duo Robotic Pirate Monkey fuses samples from the past with new-school sound design. Brought together by a love for skiing, RPM consists of Andrew Hathaway and Matt Berryhill, who met while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“Being from different parts of the country (Vermont and California), we were drawn to CU Boulder because of the predominant ski scene in Colorado,” Berryhill said. “We ended up hanging out and eventually DJ-ing the same parties, since we all were a part of the big ski community that exists there. Eventually, our love for the mountains and music technology brought us together.”

After forming in 2010, RPM quickly found its niche in the Colorado music scene. Following their first sellout show at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, the duo sold out the Bluebird in Denver and played the world-renowned Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheater that July. Since conquering Colorado, RPM has toured nationally and has garnered a large following due to its progressive approach to music.

“From the beginning, we aimed to create all the music we play in our set and always sought out to make our live set much more progressive and technologically advanced,” Berryhill said. “So from Day 1, we’ve learned different techniques not widely seen in the scene that makes our set different.”

RPM’s EP “Booty Snatch” was released last spring, and so far, the reception has been positive.

“We toured off the album last January (2013), and it meshed really well into the set that we had set up to play before,” Berryhill said. “We had a blast unleashing it at SnowBall last year.”

High-energy sound

Another band unleashing its sound all over Colorado is Terravita — an electronic trio bringing bass-heavy music that incorporates elements of hip-hop and rock into a mixture of high-energy music.

Originally from Boston and Los Angeles, Matt Simmers, Jon Spero and Chris Barlow have been making music together since 2004. Their latest release, “Pirate Bass,” dropped in November.

“All three tracks on the release combine for over half a million plays on our SoundCloud,” Barlow said. “People seem to like it.”

Although Terravita has performed at festivals all over the country and at Beta Nightclub in Denver, the band has never played in the mountain towns of Colorado. Both RPM and Terravita said they are looking forward to performing at three20south on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

“We’re excited to play for some of our Colorado fans somewhere other than Denver,” Barlow said.

When asked how the electronic music scene is in Colorado, RPM’s Berryhill said that it’s very different from electronic music in other parts of the country.

“I think anyone that lives around here would agree that electronic music has a very big presence here,” he said. “However, what I like best about the electronic scene here is that is much different than, say, Los Angeles, New York or Miami because it’s home grown. It has a distinct place in the EDM (electronic dance music) scene as a whole, and that’s fascinating.”


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