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

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Britt Chester
Nicole Cacciavillano is the driving force of Denver dubstep with Sub.Mission and Bass.Code.

Promoter (Nicole Cacciavillano, Sub.Mission Dubstep and Bass.Code)

"I feel like we have an event every other day," says Nicole Cacciavillano, in between promoting upcoming events, setting up new events and managing her team of promoters, artists and social media presence. "But I want people to experience the peaks and valleys of music and realize what is does for you emotionally."

Cacciavillano, profiled earlier this year in Backbeat, is still running things in the dubstep scene with Sub.Mission and Bass.Code, but she's also started working on a residency exchange program that will bring other local artists from national markets to Denver, while sending her crew of talent out to share their music. "We had someone from the Portland crew play an Electronic Tuesday recently, and I sent Patrick [Dirtmonkey] out to play." While under her supervision, Dirtmonkey has also recently released an album under the famed Play Me record label, along with former Sub.mission resident, Ishe.

Cacciavillano plans to scale things back on the daily shows and focus on bigger shows featuring international electronic artists. The upcoming Caspa show at the Fillmore Auditorium, slated for October 25, will be her second production at the massive venue, which housed her sold-out production featuring Flux Pavilion and Doctor P in 2011. -- Britt Chester


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Britt Chester
A-Rich (left) with DJ Ishe and Dirt Monkey.

DJ/On-Air Radio Personality (A-Rich, Hot 107.1)

Being on-air is not as easy as it might sound, and, for his part, A-Rich (aka Alvin Richardson) has worked very hard to get into radio. Like most players in the music scene, nothing was handed to him. After working odd jobs from washing cars to bagging groceries to working in the hospitality industry, A-Rich found his niche in night radio and has not looked back since.

After graduating from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2005, A-Rich interned at night with Slim, another radio host that works for Max Media, the parent company of Hot 107.1. After learning the ropes, eventually he got a shot at the big time thanks to Catt Collins in 2006. "After all that," he says, "the rest is just history."

An award-winning history at that. With seven years experience on the air, A-Rich has been recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association, which gave him a nod for having the Best Evening Show in a Major Market, no small feat considering how competitive the radio market is in Denver.

These days, you can find him hosting a variety of shows at Hot 107.1, namely the popular Future Bass Radio with Ishe, a local dubstep producer who plays live on the airwaves every Wednesday night. Along with Ishe, A-rich produces and delivers the show live each night. -- Britt Chester

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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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