The 20 most coveted Colorado music-industry jobs: The complete list with five new profiles

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In our series of coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, we've covered a range of jobs, from guitar tech and handling publicity to being tasked with overseeing digital music delivery from a vast electronic music catalog to band management. Today, we complete our list of the most coveted Colorado music-industry jobs with five new entries featuring some of the people who help make up the hip-hop scene in Colorado. Continue on for the twenty most coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, including five new profiles, along with the previous fifteen.

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Official DJ Denver Nuggets (DJ Bedz, 95.7 the Party)

DJ Bedz is the resident DJ at the Pepsi Center. He handles the music for every Nuggets home game, a pretty sick gig with a great view. DJ Chonz recommended him for the job after the 2001-2002 season. As to when he might pass it on to the next DJ, Bedz says, "Never," with a laugh.

DJ Bedz (aka Cassidy Bednark) got his start deejaying when his mother bought him his first turntable for Christmas in high school. "Yeah for a while there I had just one," he recalls. "I didn't even ask for it. She just kind of knew I guess. I eventually got another one about nine months later."

After high school Bedz went to Occidental College in California, and that's where he got his first gig. "It was a big dorm party called 'Play That Funky Music White Boy,' ironically,'" he remembers. Returning from college, Bedz found a gig at Decades Night Club on Friday and Saturday nights. "That was the first time I thought this could actually pay the bills," he points out.

During his time at Decades, Bedz made a relationship with DJ Chonz and his Radio Bums crew. When a weekend radio spot opened up at KS 107.5, DJ Bedz was recommended by Chonz for the job. Working hard, he obtained more air time and began to work on releasing his mixtape series, which has been highly successful.

Now an on-air personality at 95.7 The Party, Bedz spends most of his day sending emails, recording, facilitating meetings, checking the radio charts and planning for his upcoming week. "I think people will be surprised that I am more of an introvert," said Bedz of his personality type. "I really had to work at being a radio personality, lucid and entertaining. It is hard work, but I learned to do it with confidence."

DJ Bedz also works very hard to keep his job as the Nuggets official DJ. "It's a very rigid job," he explains. "I think people get into this business because it's sexy or attractive, but they don't know it takes three or four hours a day of work just to market yourself. The screaming on the mic is the easy part." -- Antonio Valenzuela


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Joni Watkins
Joni Watkins

I spy Ghost Pixel Visuals - Tom GhostPixel Ludlow

darrylgarcia303
darrylgarcia303

Chonz is a poor excuse for a dj. He has no skill whatsoever. Yeah he can scratch a little but as far as blending a beat smoothly....go back to the drawing boards buddy...track selection is garbage timing is garbage...He must of gave someone a really really good blumpkin to get his spot on the radio...by the way what exactly is a chonz?

lltt2177
lltt2177

This is great about denver scene, but being someone who has visited Denver a few times, and been to some of these "events" that some of the above names mention has thrown parties in the past.  I will say they are not approachable people. They are not humble. Maybe some should realize that in order to be example you need to act like one and really give back.

tagava
tagava

@lltt2177 

i'd like to disagree with you on that.  Being someone who LIVES in Denver/Boulder I've been to these 'events' more times than I can remember (don't know why you put events in quotations). if you're approaching someone to try and chit chat at an event they're producing and managing, they don't have time for that.  Imagine someone coming up to you at your job and trying to have a conversation with you?  It doesn't work like that - yes the event may seem like a fun time, drinks are being had everyones having a good time - but SOMEONE has to be making sure that these events are running smoothly, and those people usually are the people mentioned in the list above.  If you want to meet the person as they are in person when they're not 'on the clock' - do your best to contact them and meet them at a time that fits both of your schedules.  Being that the music industry isn't a strict 9-5 type of job, this is very important. I intern for Berk Visual (Elm & Oak) and he is one of the nicest and more open people i've ever met, and it's been great working and learning from him.  There isn't a person or even little kid that comes into the shop with their own clothing line or music that he doesn't give his full attention too, he's open to helping everyone and unlike you said, he is a very approachable guy - and Ben Baruch, despite how busy he is, he still found the time to meet a starry eyed college kid like me at a coffee shop one morning just to give me advice on how i should go about pursuing a career in music.  I don't know most of the people on the list, but the ones I do know - have been nothing more than helpful as i'm trying to pursue a life in the cutthroat industry that is modern music.  I think you may need to change the way you present yourself before you jump to the conclusion that these people are just self centered.

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