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