Denver's best dubstep shows in the past seven years, according to Sub.mission

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Britt Chester
Mala swapping records at Sub.mission's 5 year anniversary
Sub.mission dubstep is arguably the most influential music authority in Denver. Consistently winning Westword's Best Of Denver awards for various shows and events, Sub.mission has been bringing the underground dubstep sounds to Denver for seven years. Thanks to founder Nicole Cacciavillano, and a crew of street teamers, resident DJs, loyal fans, and other creative types (graphic designers, photographers, video crews, etc.) the seven year anniversary will feature dubstep pioneers Mala, Goth Trad, Commodo, Khan, and Gantz -- some familiar faces from past anniversaries and Sub.mission shows. We asked the Sub.mission crew to reflect on its favorite shows over the years, and they are spread all over. Here is what they said:

Nicole Cacciavillano: Sub.mission founder
Favorite show: All
"I don't have one. You know, the 7 year is going to be my favorite show. It already is my favorite show. I learn something from every show, but to think about it? People might say I'm crazy, but I don't give a shit: The first time Excision played the Ogden was my favorite show. [Jeff Abel] is a really good friend. I'm not so much about that music as I am the relationship we have, and when you work with someone for so long in the scene and build them up, and then get to the point where they are a rock star - that was my "HOLY SHIT! DUBSTEP IS GOING TO BLOW UP!" I had to quit teaching. My entire life changed after that show. That was 2009? Maybe 2010? As far as musical, I mean, I don't know. The 7 year. I've tried to do this lineup for a long time, and it's finally happening."

Veronica Lamaak: Sub.mission website administrator
Favorite show: April 7, 2007, Submission show #1
"It was the first official show in Denver, and I wasn't part of the crew, but at the end of the night I cleared out my bank account from the ATM and tried to give it to Nicole so she would do more of it. She wouldn't take it. She wouldn't take my money. Life hasn't been the same since. That's been my favorite. Seven years later, I'm just as stoked."

Mike Caustik: Sub.mission resident DJ
Favorite show: Sub.mission 6 year anniversary:
"I can't choose just one because they are all just so awesome. If I had to? It's really hard, but I guess the 6 year anniversary, but that ties with at least a dozen other shows. Why? All of our shows don't do this, but this had a darker vibe, and I really like those shows."

Anastasia "Lotus Drops:" Sub.mission resident DJ
Favorite show: Silkie at Larimer Lounge
"I would have to say Silkie at the Larimer Lounge. The vibes were just intimate and everyone was in the zone, the lights were low, the bass was slamming against our faces, and it was an experience to be had. It was also awesome to play after. I was able to rock out after as a DJ because he knows how to put on a good show."

Andrew Carr "Subliminal" Sub.mission resident DJ
Favorite show: Sub.mission 5 and 6 year anniversaries
"As far as favorite show, I would have to say combination between the 5th and 6th year anniversaries. The 5 year was the best music I've ever heard overall from start to finish. The 6 year was so underground and old school vibes because we had a warehouse party with really good talent. I've been in this game a really long time and I'm all about the vibes, not the money, or the games. It's pushing that sound. Those two were the culmination of straight good intentions and vibes and doing it for the right reasons."

Skaadi: Sub.mission resident artist
Favorite show: Lotus Drops cabin party, Kryptic Minds
"My favorite show wasn't actually a real show, but I watched Lotus Drops and The Others throw down a back-to-back in this cabin in the woods for several hours. It was notches up from a boombox, but it was the hottest Sub.Mission shit I've ever seen. If I had to pick something official, it would be Kryptic Minds."

Alex Curylone: Sub.mission resident DJ
Favorite show: Early Dub Police at Cervs
"At the time, I had just started getting into dubstep - I was big into jungle and drum and bass - it was the first dubstep show that I had seen, and I brought some friends for their first time, so it was kind of emotional for me."



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Claire Clark
Claire Clark

Boomfest at the 1st bank center for the win :)

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Bassnectar and Glitch Mob at Cervantes' Denver after STS9 at Red Rocks.

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Not technically dub step... but Phunk Investigation in 2009 was good.

Michael Howe
Michael Howe

Best dubstep? That's like asking "what's the best unicorn"?

Mark A. Castillo
Mark A. Castillo

It is such a well known fact that dubstep is the musical equivalent of a shortcut to thinking, that I specifically clicked to read the ammusing and many comments about how much dubstep sucks. Jackpot. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if someone over at the Westword posted this question for shits and giggles as bait for the predictable and justified responses.

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

What? I'm over 21 and I don't do drugs. Dub step is for kids.

Gordon Cresswell
Gordon Cresswell

I thought i was at a dub step show but it turns out it was just a fax machine hooked up to speakers

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Dubstep = the worst thing to happen to music since rap...

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

There's no such thing. Dubstep isn't even music

Dustin Viller
Dustin Viller

Decadence. Datsik and pretty lights set. Unreal

Levi Macy
Levi Macy

Digital Mystikz at Cervantes hands down.

Denver Dubstep
Denver Dubstep

Tonight will be the best Dubstep show to ever hit the United States. PERIOD

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Once "EDM" came out of the dark shadows, old warehouses and fields out in the middle of nowhere, it ceased being good.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Whomp whomp whomp TING TING TING TING TING TA TING TING. Do you even dub step?

Cambra Powers
Cambra Powers

Dub step SUCKS! Its all of the bad sounds of the 80's with what they call "music" in the back ground of bad and annoying sounds

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