Superheroes under lights
BRECKENRIDGE – It’s not hard to feel like a trusty sidekick when you sit down with DJ Phea, 1213, Enemy, DJ Monty and DJ NC17 and talk about hip-hop.
Their names alone elevate them closer to the level of superheroes.
And, without the proper alter-ego, you can’t be a superhero.
Bobs and Toms are destined to be sidekicks.
This crew has no bat signal. No costumes other than baggy pants and the trademark cap tilt.
The superheroes save the day by walking five feet from the green room to the stage when Mike “Boogie” Thomas shouts their names. The crowd looks on like a helpless Lois Lane, reaching out a hand for rescue from the doldrums of a dark barroom.
“You’ve got to play to the crowd,” said DJ NC17, who got his name by performing for the first time close to his 17th birthday.
“But, at the same time, you’re also introducing people to new music. But I don’t play anything I don’t like.”
On most Saturdays, 8 Mile wannabes step up and rhyme.
Last Saturday, the DJs decided to battle with their favorite weapon – a bag full of records.
DJ Phea won it. Hands down, he was the crowd favorite.
But he doesn’t really care. He doesn’t win money, just a little bit of love from his fans and his fellow competitors.
“This is a night where people are into it,” said Phea, whose real name is Phil Palmer.
“We need people with skills that come into town. People really don’t have to have their own vinyl. Good DJs know all kinds of music. We’ll have something for them.”
And, like most superheroes, the work never stops.
Tuesdays, hip-hop heads to Cecilia’s.
They find hip-hop nights all across the county, where they sit and wait for the call to the stage.
“When I first got here, I couldn’t get anybody interested in things like this,” Phea said.
“But now, look at this. There’s a barroom full of people who know what they’re listening to, for the most part.”
Ryan Slabaugh can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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