All About Music in Fort Collins: by Argento Studios

Tim and Angel were recently interviewed by Cynthia of Argento Studios for an epic look at the Fort Collins music scene. We think it highlights all the best parts of who we are as a town. The article includes in-depth interviews with local heroes like Greta Cornett, Julie Sutter, Erin Roberts and Tim Massa. If you are new to Fort Collins or just curious to learn more about how we work as a music city, this is a must read for musicians and non-musicians alike.

“The thing I have learned because I haven’t been in the music industry except through Cohere Bandwidth is that the people who are supporting the musicians in Fort Collins are musicians. They form the foundation of the fan base.” -Angel

Read the full article: Fort Collins is the Startup City Built on Rock-and-Roll.

Facebook Promotion for Bands

Aside from texting your friends an hour before your show, Facebook is the absolute cheapest way to advertise your band. You can easily get more people to shows for as little as $5 if you know what you are doing.

In this ultra-affordable class you’ll learn:

  • the top reasons to use Facebook for promotion
  • the difference between “boosting” and “back-end ads”
  • the right budget for each type of ad and concert
  • how to target (or not) your ads
  • when to promote your show and when and how long to run your ad

We will start at the very beginning, and discuss what types of ads are more effective for shows vs. albums.
BONUS: The first 3 people to sign up will also get custom ads drafted for them.

Just $5, only 12 seats available. Pizza included. Tickets here.

Thursday, May 25th 5:30-7:30 pm

Cohere Offices

418 South Howes

Timo Massa is the Marketing Director of the Mishawaka Amphitheater and formerly the Aggie and Hodi’s Half Note. He has actively Marketed somewhere in the ballpark of 450 concerts, with marketing budgets ranging from $0-$250.

New Membership Program for Musicians

We’ve changed up our musician membership program to be available to ANY musician who wants to be in our community regardless of whether or not you need to rehearse at Cohere Bandwidth. Since we opened, we’ve tried to gather up partner businesses that offer services that make sense for bands.

Our 2017 membership program includes all these amazing discounts, which you can use over and over again to quickly recoup your investment:

Surfside 7 20% off food

Illegal Pete’s free fountain drink with purchase of adult entree

Downtown Artery Cafe 10% off

Ink Works 10% off printing handbills/posters

Leapin’ Lizard Labels 10% off band stickers

Akinz up to $100 off screen printing screen fees

Music-Go-Round buy 2 get 1 free sticks/strings/accessories

Benderublesound 30% off PA rental

Kirsten Cohen Photpgraphy 15% off band photography

Sunday Supply Company 10% off clothing

Membership Cost: $5/year

To join, come to any of our events and find a staff person. We’ll be able to take cash or credit card payments on the spot and get you set up with your card and discount list right away!

Rock Solid Review

In our ongoing quest to give you the nitty gritty details of running a band practice space in Old Town Fort Collins, we present you with this infographic reviewing what kind of 2016 Cohere Bandwidth had. TL;DR we’re not in the black consistently but we consistently improve the number of rehearsals and bands that use us as their preferred practice space.

Having a Show in Fort Collins

What you need to know about having a show in Fort Collins.

Hey Neighbor: Meet I Am The Owl

When it comes to being a band in Fort Collins, look to I Am The Owl. They have set an example as supportive, professional and hard working musicians. We are proud to call them members of our shared practice space, Cohere Bandwidth!

I Am The Owl

Place in the Neighborhood: Cohere Bandwidth Member Band

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I Am The Owl from left Josh R. Kyle K., Corey H., Josh H. -photo by Jess L. Paul

How long have you been a band, and what made you decide to seek out shared rehearsal space for band practice? What is your favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth? 

I am the Owl started in September of 2014. We had been practicing in Josh H.’s basement, and when he moved to a new place, we were out of a space. We love practicing at Cohere because of the bass/drum/PA backline, and the ability to practice late into the night if need be!

Who are the members of your band (and what instruments do they each play)? 

Josh Rivera: Vocals & Guitar

Josh Harrelson: Guitar

Kyle Krueckeberg: Bass & Vocals

Corey Hatch: Drums & Backing Vocals

How did you meet?Josh R and Josh H met in 6th grade (1998!). We met Kyle around 2008 when he was playing in The Metal Band Crow, and he later played with us in Nutricula. When Nutricula broke up, we decided to stick together and start something new. After going through a bunch of drummers that weren’t really a great fit, we found Corey when he responded to a Facebook ad!

What do you do for work … and play?

Corey: I am the sound designer/ board operator at Midtown Arts Center here in Fort Collins. In my free time when I’m not playing music, I like to be doing something outside.

Kyle: Music falls under both. Video games and frisbee golf for fun. Store manager at 7-11 for work.

Josh H: I work as a scientist…when I’m not working I enjoy doing outdoorsy stuff with my family and riding my mountain bike.

Josh R: I work at Madwire Media in their Social Media Management department. For fun I like skateboarding, playing with my dogs, drinking whisky and beer, riding bikes, and playing table tennis

What makes your band unique?

Kyle: No one knows what genre we are… even us

Corey: We are mostly categorized as “punk”, but the guitar parts are much more intricate and heavier, plus having multiple vocalists in the band gives us a more unique sound.

Josh H: We strike a solid balance of an incredibly raw sound while showing technical proficiency on all of the instruments. The energy is hard to contain within a recording and makes for an explosive live performance.

Josh R: I agree with what everyone else has said, but on top of that, we have a lot of fun. I’ve been in a lot of bands where fun eventually falls to the wayside, but we manage to keep that at the forefront, which makes being in the band a blast.

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I Am The Owl -photo by Jess L. Paul

Are there any other local bands that you find inspiring? 

Corey: Attack on Venus, Amy and the Peace Pipes, American Blackout, Little Vicious (if that still counts), ARRAS, Slow Caves, Wiredogs.

Kyle: Cheiftain because you can see/feel how much fun they are having when they’re playing together. In The Whale for their success and reach outside of Colorado.

Josh H: I’ve got huge appreciation for the musicianship of Chieftain and American Blackout.  The Bomb Threat dudes seriously bring it live too.

Josh R: I love all the bands my friends are in, like Chieftain, American Blackout, Bomb Threat, Men of Letters, Slow Caves…too many to list really! The Fort Collins scene kicks ass, and there are lots of great Denver bands too, like Allout Helter and The Windermeres. Colorado music in general is in a great place right now!

Current soundtrack to a day in your life — (what band(s)/song(s) you’re listening to, local or otherwise?)

Corey: All of the above (local bands), Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Blink 182, Iron Maiden, Every Time I Die, Slash, Nirvana, Rise Against, lots of classic rock, Clutch, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, many others.

Josh H: Gallows, Meat Wave, and Every Time I Die have been in heavy rotation lately.

Kyle: The Dear Hunter, Norma Jean, Lamb of God, The Offspring, Circa Survive, System of a Down, The Receiving End of Sirens

Josh R: Let’s see, looking at my recently played on iTunes…. I listened to Every Time I Die, Propagandhi, Mastodon, Periphery, Revocation, the Stranger Things soundtrack, Kanye, Katy Perry, Third Eye Blind, Hootie (and the Blowfish), Slipknot, The Dear Hunter, Steven Wilson, and Guthrie Govan today.

Any goals you’re working toward as a band? 

Mostly, we are working on writing our second EP right now. Besides that, strengthening the local scene here in Ft. Collins, and expanding our regional following by playing more shows down in Denver.

What’s the most important thing you accomplish at band practice? 

Our most productive practices are when we can fine tune the small details that make for cohesion. Most of our rough drafting happens at home and practice allows us to get a sense of how the song will play live and what we can do to create the best flow. As long as there is some forward progress, and we are having fun, we’ve accomplished what we set out to do

Where can people find you/your music?

Our next show will be on 10/27 at the Artery.

We are on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play, and Tidal, and you can find us online anytime at www.iamtheowl.com. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hey Neighbor: Meet Combatillac

When it comes to practicing at home, being loud is hard. Fort Collins band Combatillac got first hand experience with that and slapped with a $1,000 fine before they found a better place to practice called Cohere Bandwidth. Members Eric and Craig gave us some insight on their band in prep for our Collaboration Brew Concert next month where they will play a set and reveal their Pils ‘Em All double pilsner from Pateros Creek Brewing.

Band Name: Combatillac

Place in the Neighborhood: Cohere Bandwidth Member Band

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How long have you been a band, and what made you decide to seek out shared rehearsal space for band practice? What is your favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth?

We have been a band for a little over a  year. We sought out Bandwidth because our neighbors are the worst. Our favorite part about band practice at Bandwidth is not paying noise violation fines and knowing the cops won’t come.

What do you do for work … and play?

Craig is Graphic Designer and likes to play music, snowboard and drink. Eric sits at a desk by day and rides his bike or sits at a bar by night.

What makes your band unique?

We open a lot of shows for other bands and our name and band members are unique.

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Who are the members of your band (and what instruments do they each play)?

Craig, plays drums in the band, but also a good guitar and bass player. Seth plays bass in the band, and apparently guitar, but I’ve never heard him. I’m Eric and I play guitar in the band, but can kinda play anything like a guitar, and the drums.

How did you meet?

Eric met Craig through his old band, he would always tell me he wanted to play drums for us, because our drummer didn’t hit hard enough. That drummer moved away and Craig got to drum for the Denim. We met Seth at a memorial for a friend.

Are there any other local bands that you find inspiring?

Eric: Nick Halm that plays in Electric Shoes, and Bomb Threat is my guitar hero. Craig: Muscle Beach in Denver.

Current soundtrack to a day in your life — (what band(s)/song(s) you’re listening to, local or otherwise?)

Craig: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, The Weeknd, Sports Talk radio. Eric: It sounds stupid, but I don’t really listen to music.

Any goals you’re working toward as a band?

We look forward to turning out the sweet tunes, learning new songs and perfecting old ones.

What’s the most important thing you accomplish at band practice?

Getting there on time and not leaving anything behind.

Where can people find you/your music?

We play a lot in Fort Collins. Our next show is 10/27 at the Artery. Check out our Facebook page. We would like to work toward recording an EP soon so people can find our music online.

Hey Neighbor! Meet Stilted

Band Name: Stilted

Place in the Neighborhood: Cohere Bandwidth Member Band. Fort Collins band Stilted has been practicing at Bandwidth for almost a year!

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“We tend to be a little more focused at Bandwidth, and we definitely accomplish more in the same amount of time, versus playing in a basement. …so my favorite part is the increased productivity, and the general lack of a police presence.”

How long have you been a band, and what made you decide to seek out shared rehearsal space for band practice? What is your favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth?

Thom: KJ and Cody started playing in the spring of 2015, and I joined up a month or two later. We started practicing at this dive KJ was renting and had no issues. Then he bought a house in a swanky neighborhood and his new neighbors immediately called the cops on us, probably because of this hippie-looking tapestry he had hanging over the front window…certainly not because of the bass. I think we tend to be a little more focused at Bandwidth, and we definitely accomplish more in the same amount of time, versus playing in a basement. …so my favorite part is the increased productivity, and the general lack of a police presence.

KJ: The police issue that Thom mentioned is why we sought out a shared rehearsal space. That and the opportunity to network with other bands. My favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth is watching the other sorry saps in my band lug gear in and all I have to do is bring a pair of sticks. Not getting hassled by the man is a nice perk, too.

Thom: Guess who gets no help loading in the drums at gigs?

Cody: Well…I’ve been my own band for years now. Turns out it’s hard to play three instruments at once, so I went ahead and let Thom and KJ in as well. I’m a very big fan of the Cohere space because it’s about five blocks from my house. All I have to really carry is my guitar and pedals and I’m good to go; makes for a single trip from the car! Sometimes I’ll make a second trip for a 6-pack, though…

What do you do for work … and play?

Thom: I’m a software developer, mostly working on web applications and the occasional phone app. I also read comic books, play video games, brew beer, bike around town, make up stupid songs for my kid, and generally engage in shenanigans and/or hijinks.

KJ: I am a beer rep for Zwei Brewing. I can also be found bartending in their taproom a few nights a week. I don’t play, I’m a dull boy.

Cody: I’m a part-time astronaut, part-time rockstar (obviously). I also spend a lot of time in the water, tubing, with beer. I also research and experiment with music production techniques. I make a lot of lists.

Thom: I have not ONCE seen him near a rocket of ANY sort. He does make lists, though.

What makes your band unique?

Thom: I think that trying to be ‘unique’ is a trap that musicians tend to fall into. Stilted is just one in a long line of guitar/bass/drums bands that have existed since the early days of rock and roll. Why try to reinvent the wheel when the wheel is already so awesome? Having said that, we try to be the best band we can be, and add different elements into our songs from a variety of influences. We work really hard to make sure that our music doesn’t suck…I don’t think that’s unique to us, though. I think a lot of bands try to not suck.

KJ: Thom answered that well, but to build on that I would just say that we don’t write songs intentionally trying to box ourselves into any specific sound. We don’t try to sound like anyone else, or even ourselves for that matter. We just write songs as they come along and our sound is a result of that. I don’t think that makes us unique per se, I think all bands should have their own sound, but that’s just where the ‘Stilted sound’ comes from.

Cody: I’d say our wheel has gold rims, though. OK, maybe not gold rims, but at least one worn-out tire. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, though some might just call me obsessive compulsive. We’ll be perfect someday, I’m sure. I think our songs do sound like us…you should hear them for yourself.

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Who are the members of your band (and what instruments do they each play)?

Cody Hitchcock – Vocals / Guitar
Thom Miller – Bass
KJ Osenenko – Drums

“My favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth is watching the other sorry saps in my band lug gear in and all I have to do is bring a pair of sticks.”

How did you meet?

Thom: Craigslist. Cody had an ad up that said, “Bassist wanted. Must tolerate drummers and be in tune.” I tuned my bass and contacted him, figuring one out of two wasn’t bad.

KJ: Me and Cody met through a Craigslist ad that I put up. Thom we just let in because we felt bad for the old geezer; I guess being around us young guys makes him feel cool. And he’s not half bad at the bass guitar, either.

Thom: I do feel that I bring a certain level of maturity to the band…

Cody: It’s quite interesting that we weren’t all friends before and that we’re coming from different directions (although we are all from the East Coast). It actually took a huge amount of searching and playing with people before actually finding something that works well. I’m really stoked about this project.

Are there any other local bands that you find inspiring?

Thom: John Hodge’s hair is always finely coiffed, though he usually wears a cowboy hat when he’s playing with a full band, which I’m not fond of. Shane’s hair always looks amazing when Wire Faces plays live. The Echo Chamber has managed to create a rock/electronica hybrid sound that I really dig (not sure about their hair, though). Travis Mason (Attack on Venus) has this neat NASA jumpsuit that he sometimes wears when he’s playing live. Kris Hodgell (Chieftain ((also a Bandwidth member band))) looks kind of like Thor, which is cool. Brian Kittrell (Maxwell Mud) does this awesome thing where he stumbles around on stage like he’s drunk…actually, now that I think of it…he might just be drunk? The Combatillac (also a Bandwidth member band) guys are really loud.

KJ: If you want to talk about my personal inspirations, you’re talking Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc.. As far as local bands go, Musketeer Gripweed always puts on a great show. They’ve also accomplished a lot – they regularly get the headline slot at the Aggie during FocoMX, they’ve done South by Southwest, they got to open for a major act (Lynyrd Skynyrd) at the Budweiser Events Center. I would like to see Stilted earn similar success, so my hat’s off to those guys..

Cody: Thom mentioned a lot of the good ones. I also really like Marti and The Dads a lot. It’s fun and it just clicks, ya know? I like all the bands from Grouphug records actually. I really do feel that this town is on the way up as far as the music scene goes. It’s starting to be it’s own island, instead of just being close to Denver.

Current soundtrack to a day in your life — (what band(s)/song(s) you’re listening to, local or otherwise?)

Thom: I have a Spotify playlist that’s titled, “The Greatest Songs Ever Written” and consists solely of ‘I Am… I Said’ by Neil Diamond. I just listen to that on repeat. I think KJ mostly just listens to Top 40 Pop.

KJ: As long as I don’t have to listen to some god awful pop hit off the radio it’s a good day. Seriously, hearing that crap makes me wish I was deaf. So subtract that from the entire catalog of music that exists in the world, and that works just fine for my life soundtrack.

Thom: Cody’s Music: Latin, Bulgarian, whatever world music is trendy this week…

Cody: Hey, don’t put words in my mouth, Thom…but that actually sounds like something I’d be into. Two things are important about listening to music for me: First, you’ve got to expand your horizons and always listen to stuff you haven’t heard before (this includes pop music for me, despite KJ’s furrowed brow; it’s got good and bad just like any other genre). Second, you’ve got to listen to the good stuff over and over again until you know it well enough to learn from it. So that’s pretty much what I do. That and listening to a lot of my old scratch material. And bird sounds.

Any goals you’re working toward as a band?

Thom: We just finished tracking our first EP over at Stout Studios and are currently having that mixed and mastered, so our short term goal is to get that out where people can find it, and also get some associated merch ready to go along with it. Our long term goals are to keep writing, keep recording, and play some more shows.

KJ: Total World Domination!

Thom: …and, uh, total world domination is also a goal, I guess.

Cody: Well, it really is if you listen to our subliminal messages close enough. That and MAKE GOOD MUSIC – music I would listen to – music you would listen to (whoever you are).

What’s the most important thing you accomplish at band practice?

Thom: We always manage to hug out our differences before we end practice…no one ever leaves in tears. Also, we usually do a pretty good job of making our existing tunes a little tighter and of finding a bit of time to work on a few new songs, too.

KJ: Making new music and/or making our current songs better. I mean that’s the name of the game, isn’t it?

Cody: I just hope no one can hearing us butchering covers through the walls when we try to play through them for the first time.

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Where can people find you/your music?

At our next Collaboration Brew Concert on 10/27!

https://www.facebook.com/stiltedband/
https://www.reverbnation.com/stilted

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