On Guard With Recon (Denver)


We had a chance to chat with Recon co-founder and resident dj Despise who gave us some history and insight into their success as the night heads into their twelfth year.

Can you give us a brief history of the night?
Recon was founded by Mike Wilson (Meka-One) and myself back in the early 2000’s. Our goal was to make a place for the more “underground” sounds of drum and bass and jungle that were not getting a lot of exposure back then. This included many newer artists that were just starting to make waves. At first we focused mainly on stateside artists and gradually grew to bring international talent. We also strived to showcase the local talent as much as possible.

How long has the crew been officially going?
We’ll be celebrating our 12 year anniversary in October.

In the meantime, we have some absolutely amazing talent leading up to the bday show.. Amoss, Quentin Hiatus, Calyx & Teebee, DLR, Calibre & MC DRS, Seba, Doc Scott, Digital, Loxy, and more.

Who are your current resident djs?
Despise, Goreteks, Shoebox, Sinistarr, Grym, Axel Madden, Solid, Philliez, Atic & Kaset, Automated Prayer, Emcee X-TS

In a world obsessed by “EDM” and top 40 what do you contribute the nights longevity to?
Having a deep rooted knowledge of the music we push with a focus on both the fresh and innovative, as well as the origins and roots. Only bringing artists that we truly believe in and trusting them to play what they think the crowd needs to hear. Providing a place for the dedicated heads and having an enthusiastic base of fans to support. Being consistent with the quality and vibe so people know to trust our name. Having a passionate crew dedicated to exposing our city to the music we love, who are willing to volunteer time as needed and who care more about pushing the sound than they do about advancing their own images.

What are your top 5 Favorite memories or milestones?
There have been so many awesome memories over the years. Hard to pick just 5, but here are a few.

Photek old school set at our 10yr anniversary show was bucket list status.
2yr anniversary with Cause4Concern and Counterstrike was a rowdy one.
Remarc in 2012 was quite a special night.
Winning Denver’s best drum & bass promoter in the Westword in 2013 was huge for us.
D-Bridge as Bad Company back in 2005 with Turbo Alliance was a dream come true.

If you could pick any 3 DNB/Jungle DJ’s past, present, or future for a dream line up who would they be?
Oh wow that’s a tough call. This is actually the way we’ve been formatting our anniversary shows over the last few years, with artists representing past, present and future, so I’ll pick a lineup of artists that we haven’t had. Fracture vs Skeptical, Dom & Roland vs Tech Itch, Usual Suspects vs Kemal

Do you have any advice for new promoters?
First and foremost do it for the love of the music and not recognition or money. Equally important have high standards, integrity and the resources to present it respectably ie. appropriate venue, proper sound, funds to pay your talent, quality promo material etc. Do your research on your cities scene, so you don’t step on toes or over saturate a market that may already be struggling. Know how to reach and educate your audience. The drum and bass game is rough, be willing to put in serious work for what you love. The biggest reward for us is being able to see the talent we book, while sharing that experience with others who are similarly captivated.

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