Chase Dobson on joining Lipgloss and creating moody, atmospheric electronic music as c.db.sn

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Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half cocked and ask them to play that new song by such and such -- you know, the one that goes... This week: Chase Dobson. In addition to creating moody atmospheric electronic music as c.db.sn., Dobson is a resident at Lipgloss.

Name: Chase Dobson

Club night(s): Regular Friday nights at La Rumba's Lipgloss and a monthly spot at Catacombs Bar in Boulder

Style(s) of music you spin: Depends on the gig, lots of crowd-pleasing dance music at Lipgloss, otherwise whatever sounds good to me, everything from to experimental electronica to ambient music to grindcore.

So what's your story, in 100 words or less? I began deejaying as an afterthought about a two years ago, after producing electronic music and doing live sound engineering since 1997. I've been friends with Lipgloss' Michael Trundle since 2007. He and I briefly had a regular Wednesday night at Bar Standard together. When Tyler Jacobson left Lipgloss, Michael asked me to start filling in monthly. Eventually I worked into playing every Friday night at La Rumba.

Name of a track you can't get out of your head: "Feel it all Around" by Washed Out

Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: The Twelves, anything they remix is gold.

What's been your best crate digging experience in another country (if you've had a good one)? Another country???

Best club experience in another country (again, if you've had a good one)? See above.

Musical mantra: Music has to move people, either physically or emotionally.

Favorite DJ experience: The first night that Dubstep really moved the crowd at Lipgloss. I had my doubts and just went for it, regardless. It's fun when you play weekly and still have the ability to surprise people.

Worst request: Anything Lady Gaga -- its more about setting a precedent at this point; I'm not a complete hater or anything. I just know once I play her, its gonna be all Gaga requests ... and I already get a ton.

Worst club faux pas you've committed: Oh god. My worst club faux pas have been behind a livesound console, thus far deejaying, I've been pretty alright (knock on wood).

Most treasured vinyl score: Thats tough. It's a toss up between Joy Divison's Closer and Explosions In The Sky's How Strange, Innocence (numbered 240/300).

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? Quite a bit, actually. I'm about to self release an EP of moody, atmospheric, electronic music as my solo musical endeavour c.db.sn, as well as remixing a handful of artists and producing a collaborative Dubstep project with Ginger Perry.

What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? Bad Luck City. That band is amazing.

What elements would your fantasy club night entail? A fantastic PA, a hyped up crowd, a little Jim Beam and amazing friends to share it with.

Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Whats for dinner?

Next time we can see you spin: Any Friday night at Lipgloss, outside of that, May 22nd, ClusterFuck @ Cervantes!


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