Denver Record Club
Denver music fans, listen up. Denver has got itself a new way to experience music. Kicking off on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Denver Press Club, the Denver Record Club will provide a place where folks can actually listen to an album, uninterrupted, in its entirety. Admission is $10 at the door (which includes a $5 bar credit) and the event is open to the public. The event’s inaugural record is “Migration” by Bonobo. Read more about the event here and feel free to share it with your vinyl-loving frands.
To learn more about this concept, I posed some hard-hitting questions to the club’s founder, Andrew Fredrickson.
Name: Andrew Fredrickson
Occupation: Freelance / Photographer, possibly school in the fall.
A little about yourself: Fairly nerdy music lover, current genre I love is Synthwave / RetroWave…artists like Dance with the Dead, Perturbator, Magic Sword, Carpenter Brut, etc. Mostly a Colorado native; been here most of my life.
Tell us about a memorable album from your youth: One album I was obsessed with was “Paul’s Boutique” by the Beastie Boys. I think I can remember about half the album by heart and can bust out most of the songs.
Where did the idea for the Denver Record Club come from? I have a closed Facebook group I’ve been running for a couple of years now where myself and my more music-interested friends share and talk about stuff we see across the web. Still a work-in-progress but I have an idea on what to do for the near and distant future.
Is this happening in other cities? I’ve seen articles that mention similar clubs in L.A. and London primarily, but beyond those two, unknown.
Have you attended a Record Club before? If so, what is it like? Never have…I’m apart of smaller clubs (brunch, movies, etc.) and thought something like a listening club would be a more interesting thing to try out. Music is far more diverse than say TV shows or movies…I’m curious to see what the audience / attendance will be like with regards to music preferences.
I like the idea…but it also sounds like it might have the potential to feel a little…um, awkward. Is there really no talking? I’d say it’s more about having no phones out…talking will be fine but no big distractions or constant smartphone checking.
What can you tell us about the Denver Press Club? Why did you choose
this venue for the record club? I had originally tried something at Auraria but it’s important to have a good sound system for an event like this. I feel that something like this could be done at a friend’s house but not if I want it to grow more. Denver Press Club was given as a recommendation from another musically minded friend and I think it gives a nice and welcoming space, without seeming too pretentious. I’m always open for other ideas but I’m going with the flow of it for now.
How often do you hope to have this event? Once a month for sure, though if there is enough interest, perhaps twice a month. I do want some time in-between sessions for people to reflect and spend some time with albums they’d like to share. I also mainly want to focus on newer music…I feel that if everyone just sticks to their old favorites, nothing new ever gets discovered.
What is your overall hope for this experiment? To find more like-minded people…more music-related ideas for sessions as well…things like perhaps music videos, artist vs. artist, and a sense of community for the musically inclined.
Anything else you’d like to share? I hate The Beatles; sacrilegious I know.