Dance music fans in Denver may have too many New Year options these days. Revelers will flock to decadence in tens of thousands, not to mention nightclub gatherings like Temple Denver and disguise matters like Resolution NYE . Despite the recent closings of storage rooms, some non-business events will be waiting for those who continue into the wee hours of the morning.
With the city's underground scene thriving more than ever, the most experienced parties in the city will invariably be the same place after the sun rose in 2020 for the first time. The first day begins on January 1st at 7:00 a.m. for 20 years in a row, and the unorthodox event brand seems to be against all expectations In its heyday.
The 2020 edition is the third time that it takes place in Bar Standard one of the mainstays of Mile high house and techno enthusiasts. This year, the organizers adopted a theme from the 1920s – a clever way to start the 1920s. Experienced DJs such as Greg Eversoul, Mental 69 and Schmid-e as well as and] Diverse next to fresh faces like Emyli Dahlia and perform on four dance floors, which are connected by a maze of stairwells T-Rav . Christian Martin will return as headliner on the main floor and as TBA headliner for the drum and bass / break room.
At the time of Day One, however, the Y2K hysteria was limited options for party goers. Many feared that mistakes in calendar formatting would lead to a major technological breakdown at the turn of the millennium. Oddly enough, this gave the party's organizers a unique need for satisfaction in the Denver nightlife ecosystem.
From left to right: Thomas Heath and Nelson Guanipa outside of the first day in 2000.
The opening event was the idea of the promoters Thomas Heath Kenton Schawe AKA Nutmeg and Chris Irvin who still hosts some of the city's rougher parties rock show boast and DIY purism that you would expect from someone who deliberately indulges in the pop culture peaks and valleys of electronic music he had been playing records and throwing parties since the 1980s, he founded in 1996 Together with DJ Dizzy (19459003) the production company Outta & # 39; Our Heads (19459003) (OOH) to go against the grain established local promoters.
"In the beginning, OOH was always keen to bring in new local DJs who weren't familiar with the & # 39; big & # 39; Rave companies of the day were busy, but had serious talent, ”said Irvin trendzhq. “Dizzy and I called it OOH when we resisted the four big companies of the time: A&E Together Poorboy and Roofless or Odyssey who dominated the party scene on Saturday evening. “
In view of the sensitivity of OOH as an outsider, it made perfect sense for them to take other paths. At the turn of the millennium, the operators would not touch anything. "I was the guy who found out that all bars / night clubs could start serving alcohol legally at 7:00 am because the clubs had to be closed from 2:00 am to 7:00 am," said Irvin. “Y2K paranoia was afraid of all the 'big' promoters in the city. All of the children came to [now shuttered record store] Soulflower and asked, "Where's the NYE party?" No venues were available for one night, so OOH came up with a better plan: start the party at 7:00 a.m. if it's legal. "
" The idea for the first one was simple, "said Heath trendzhq. “It was the beginning of a new millennium and I knew that everyone wanted to celebrate like 1999. Nobody would be content to celebrate until dawn. OOH would be the only one who could host this kind of party. “
The first day was on January 1, 2000 at The Roxy Theater at Five Points was one of the more criminal areas of Denver at the time. While the last installments of the event ran from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the debut edition was extended to 3:00 a.m. the following day. The concept was so successful that it returned year after year, and it soon took place in downtown locations such as La Boheme Opal and Kasmos . Countless local DJs have played Day One, many of whom have since passed away. In an interview, Irvin emphasized that late voters such as Byron Holstine KC Allen DJ Cue and the previously mentioned DJ Dizzy [19459004Respektzuzollen]
The concept was loud Irvin also found a fair share of imitators. "Several other groups tried to throw a similar party against us from 7:00 am and sometimes even stole our name," he said. "They all failed."
Heath moved to Las Vegas in 2008, leaving Irvin and Schawe to run the annual party. After surviving the headache associated with such a subversive event format for a few years, Irvin looked around for Schawe to take full control in 2011. Schawe was up to the task. "Seeing and experiencing the Champions Breakfast in San Francisco really inspired me to make the first day a much bigger event," he told trendzhq.
Tony Rodelli, left, and Kenton Schawe AKA nutmeg, below, during the years that Hot Mess was active.
The only problem was that Schawe had already agreed to a New Year event to host in La Boheme (where he was a resident DJ at the time), but Irvin did not want to host his party in a strip club. Hot Mess as charged was replaced in 2011 from day 1, but still with many of the original resident DJs.
In the meantime, Preston Douglas had started organizing New Year's Eve day events in a friendly (and currently not so friendly) competition with Schawe Douglas was a long-time promoter and employee ellter from Beta Nightclub who set out to open his own techno / hou se-focused space called NORAD Dance Bar in 2012. He called up his own New Year's party at Do It Again and made a habit of luring Christian Martin to his establishment in Schawe, the first to book him for the 2012 edition of Hot Mess.
Schawe ended his tenure at La Boheme in 2015 and was no longer allowed to use the name "Hot Mess" for his New Year's events. Since Douglas teamed up with Irvin in a one-off event on day one at NORAD in 2013, it made sense for her to return to the brand that brought them all together in the first place. Douglas and Schawe got together for the first time in the 2016 edition of Day One at Beauty Bar (which has since been operating under the name Your Mom’s House ). Then they moved to Milk Bar in the basement of Bar Standard and expanded to the rest of the venue in 2018. Thanks to joint efforts, the number of participants has increased from 600 to around 1,000 in recent years.
With everything that has changed, the magic that made Day One unique from the start is still alive. Despite the reduced production values and the emphasis on local talent, the tickets for the dance party sell themselves early in the morning on a saturated market. As usual, Schawe and Irvin will perform in front of an audience of familiar faces in Denver's underground dance music scene at the 2020 event. They have played no small part in bringing up this tight-knit, multi-generation family to see the difference between substance and hype, and the resulting energy on the dance floor is palpable through party sound systems across the Mile High City on the morning of January 1, 2020, the party will not start until the first day. Tickets and more information about this year's celebrations are available from Eventbrite.