James "Rooster" Olson on turning pedal-board creations into art with Trailer Trash Pedalboards

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After playing with Denver-based bands including G-Force and Autobahn in the '80s, James "Rooster" Olson made a name for himself with his company Trailer Trash Pedalboards. Olson essentially revolutionized the pedalboard industry with his award-winning designs, which have been used by top-notch musicians such as Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Steve Stevens, Slash and members of the Foo Fighters.

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Glucose owns a sensory deprivation chamber! Find out how his day job alters his music

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R Waltman

Glucose (aka Ben Gleason) makes hallucination-inspired music, so it's seems only fitting that for a living he owns and operates an isolation tank -- yeah, just like Altered States, only without William Hurt or the primal-DNA time portals. It's a job that leaves him plenty of time to work on music. He made a lot of the material for his new record during down time while people were floating in the tank.

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Five more coveted Colorado music-industry jobs

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In our series of coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, so far we've covered a range of jobs, from being a guitar tech and handling publicity to being tasked with overseeing digital music delivery from a vast electronic music catatlog to band management. Today, we bring you five more coveted gigs. Keep reading to learn more about the positions and the people who help make up the music industry in Colorado.

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Five more coveted Colorado music-industry jobs

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Britt Chester
As the head of Sub.Mission, Nicole Cacciavillano holds down what we consider to be one of the most coveted music industry jobs in Colorado.

Colorado is an incredible place for live music -- from our outdoor venues, one of which is world-renowned, to the vast festivals, shows and indoor venues we have to choose from. The growth of the music scene has created a small niche of music-industry jobs. In case you missed it, we recently spotlighted five people holding down five highly coveted positions. Keep reading for a short profile on five more folks who hold down gigs that many of us would gnaw off our throwing arm to land.

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Five coveted Colorado music-industry jobs

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Britt Chester
Colorado, home of the best fans, venues and music.

Colorado is an incredible place for live music -- from our outdoor venues, one of which is world-renowned, to the vast festivals, shows and venues we have to choose from. The growth of the music scene has created a small niche of music-industry jobs, including these five coveted positions. Continue reading to see what they are and learn more about the people who fill them.

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- Five coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, second installment
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Hackl Guitars moving to new location in August

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You can't really talk about guitar building in this town without mentioning Scott Baxendale. About a year and a half ago, one of the area's most respected luthiers picked up stakes and moved to Athens, Georgia -- home of the Drive-By Truckers, an act that holds him in such high esteem for the guitars he crafted for them that they not only routinely thank him in the liner notes of their records, but they also wrote a song about him ("Checkout Time in Vegas") -- leaving a guitar-shaped hole in the hearts of musicians in Denver.

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Emily Francis brings together the world of art and music with Marion Street Tattoo Gallery

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After reading the above headline, you're probably thinking: Denver needs another tattoo parlor and art gallery like it needs another dispensary, right? Hold on. This one's a little different. For starters, it's being run by Emily Francis, a cherished member of the local music scene.

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Day Job: Kevin Kain promoter by night, law school student by day

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Kevin Kain (aka Kevin Henderson) can typically be found posted up in the VIP area of the hottest clubs on any given weekend night, and occasionally a Thursday appearance at Club Vinyl's Reggae on the Roof.

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Day Job: brikAbrak mixes biscuits and beats

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BrikAbrak, the vinyl-slinging, Al Green- and Old Dirty Bastard-mixing DJ, can most often be found rocking a party to high heaven or backing up one of Denver's premier MCs on any given night. On the daily, though, you can find him at 3237 East Colfax Avenue, watching dough rise and making biscuits from scratch for the Denver Biscuit Co., what Atomic Cowboy does for breakfast, y'all.

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Day Job: Martina Grbac's eyeLAB makes glasses affordable for everyone

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There's not much that Martina Grbac can't do. Previously gracing Denver stages with her cello and vocals in the now defunct indie rock group Matson Jones, Grbac's career has taken a rather surprising turn -- operating eyeLAB, her own self proclaimed garage optical shop.

The mission of eyeLAB, which Grbac launched recently at 2298 Clay Street, is simple: We all deserve high-quality eyeglasses that we love. As such, the prices of her frames are set on a sliding scale based on income, and donations are accepted by those who have a few extra dollars lying and can afford to pitch in to help folks get some great glasses without a hefty price tag.

We recently chatted with Grbac about her newest ventures in music, her humble beginnings with eyeLAB, and her motivation to help those who may not have extra duckets for eyeglasses.

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