About Denver Original Music

Welcome to the Denver Original Music Initiative…a platform for original music in Colorado.

Denver is a tricky place for original bands:  land-locked, sports-minded fans, and club names seem to change faster than our Colorado weather.  Some venues, once dedicated to original music, have also let the cover bands slowly leech in (out of necessity). Few venue owners do a lot to help original bands promote their shows.  And pay, like respect, is sometimes a near-figment of the imagination.

The mission of this site is to help original bands figure out their mission, learn to be entrepreneurs in the music game, and otherwise help navigate their survival in the greater Denver Metro music scene. The DOM emphasizes:

*Educating bands in general
*Encouraging bands to partner with venues and understand their needs
*Encouraging bands to collaborate with each other
*Shining a spotlight on local talent
*Facilitating more networking opportunities

About the author:
Marc is a singer/songwriter and has led an all-original band, Odin’s Other Eye, since January of 2007.  He is also lead vocals for a cover band called The Legendary Hitchhikers (Denver’s longest running tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers).  In 2009, Marc founded the all-volunteer nonprofit Musicians In Action.  M.I.A. mobilizes local musicians to aid Colorado’s homeless population.

About you:
Please feel free to comment on any articles throughout this site. The Denver Original Music blog gets better when wisdom is shared from one musician to another. If you like this blog, please go “Like” it on Facebook as well and you’ll receive updates as soon as they are published. Or subscribe right here.

If you have any news, views or funny tales of paying your dues please share these as well. Contact info is below:

Email: marc at DenverOriginalMusic.com

6 Comments on “About Denver Original Music

  1. My name is Ryan and I am a serious singer in the Denver area looking to move into semi-professional status. I’m setting my goals, connecting with the right people, and participating in contests as well as live bands. I just got started with this transition, and am looking for bands who either need a singer, or just want to discuss music. I was told recently that it is important to have original songs written (either yourself, or by someone else) before time to record. Where can I plug in to Denver Original Music?

    • I would suggest a few things: 1) attend the Durango songwriters conferences, 2) go to original venues that you respect & speak with musicians in person, 3) send me an email if you need a songwriter :), 4) advertise on Craig’s List (least desirable mode, but cheap…) – see my post about advertising on CL.

      Don’t be afraid to put anything you have online for others to qualify. And the more people you speak with, the more likely you’ll find what you are looking for. Also, don’t get discouraged if you speak with people that don’t appreciate what you are trying to do – take advice but never take anything personally…I’ve found that real musicians always want to help each other grow.

  2. I produce Electro-House/EDM music in Denver. I’ve been producing for 6 months, but highly active (obsessive, really) on music promo sites. At this point I’ve made it to Reverbnation.com’s number 1 spot on the Denver local charts for EDM (30th in the world), collected over 5,000 fans from various social media site, and have developed into quite the producer in a short amount of time. My problem now is that I’m stuck. I’m dying to play live but no matter how many google searches I make and websites I join I haven’t been able to land the gig I’m looking for. My genre is for a particular crowd that cannot be found in small gigs; I’m looking for something much larger. Where do I go from here??

    • My immediate advice would be to pay your dues in smaller clubs, playing however/whenever you can. If the music is incredible, you will be noticed – if not, well, that’s feedback too. I would also suggest hunting down other artists that have some musical similarity and pick their brains for success tips. If none are out there, you may want to consider moving to another city…

  3. Great to see a good music blog in Denver! I am quite certain that I saw ‘Odin’s Other Eye’ at a Mardis Gras festival in Colorado Springs, really enjoyed it!!

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