Troll and Scum, two of the biggest horrorcore acts, have built a thriving scene in Denver
Underground is hotter than ever! Slow Pain... Razakel... Komatose... Claas... Killa C... Lunacy 3:33... KidCrusher... Mars... and many more!— Violent J & 2 Dope (@icp) December 5, 2011
Sitting upstairs in what once was the projector room of the Roxy Theatre, Troll is in front of two desks piled with paperwork. With his feet up, relaxing and laughing on a phone call, Troll, born Travis Ragan, just finished booking a tour with Manchild of Swollen Members and Twiztid, a Juggalo heavyweight on one genre-blending bill. "Madchild is like hip-hop all the way," says Troll, who, in addition to being the Roxy's booking agent, heads up Strong Survive promotions and is the head MC of Slo Pain. "And Twiztid is one of the biggest Juggalo acts in the world."
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Troll of Strong Survive and Slo Pain
This is just business as usual for Troll, who's continually bucked trends over the years as he's built up one of the most loyal followings in Colorado with his music. Troll and his business partner Scum (aka Ivan Ovchinnikov of Lyrikal Snuff Productions) have become two of biggest horrorcore acts. Troll and Scum's fan base steadily kept getting bigger and bigger over the years until eventually it became evident that they need to find a venue of their own to call home.
Propelled by one of the most devoted sub-culture followings in the state, Slo Pain and LSP run the Roxy Theatre. Standing in the middle of the place during one of their gigs is like being at a show where everyone knows the words but you. When every voice in the building shouts "Slo Pain" in intimidating unison, it can be daunting. But it's also represents what's become a thriving underground scene.
"We literally started running the Roxy," he says, "because we needed to make a place that the underground could throw shows. Venues were charging up premium price or giving us the shittiest dates, and we would still make it work."
Scum of Lyrikal Snuff Productions
There's a reason for that. "Scum has over 100 thousand dollars in merchandise, CDs, tee-shirts, lanyards," Troll points out. "The only two horrorcore groups in the country that have more sales are Twizted and Anybody Killa."
Scum is so big, in fact, not only does he employ over twenty people and book his own national tours, but his label houses artists even bigger than him, including Insane Poetry, who put his first album out in 1988, and Esham's Natas group-mate Mastamind, whose music is distributed through LSP, as well.
Esham, the horrorcore favorite, has also been booking shows with Strong Survive Promotions, and through Troll, specifically, since 2008 for anything Colorado related. "He's a personal friend," says Troll. "We literally have drove to Wyoming camping and hanging out for a week at a time when he is in Colorado."
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