Hey Neighbor! Meet: Collin Ingram

Creating shared rehearsal space in downtown Fort Collins means that Cohere Bandwidth has some super-awesome neighbors. Like one of the directors of the Downtown Artery, Collin Ingram: dog owner, bass player, and occasional wearer of skintight latex costumes.

Hey Neighbor! Meet: Collin Ingram

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But first: a #selfie. Photo by William Knudsen.

How long have you been in the neighborhood, and what brought you here?
I’ve lived in Fort Collins for about three years now. I grew up in a little town near Yellowstone called Cody, Wyoming. I was lucky to be surrounded by some great musical mentors growing up and started making a living playing bass by the time I went to college. I went to music school in Minnesota for a bit, but after my first winter out there I was ready to head home and be warm again. A couple months later I drove down to Laramie to audition for the music program at the University of Wyoming. Since I was in the neighborhood, I paid some absurd amount of money for Radiohead tickets at the 1st Bank Center. On our way to Broomfield, my friend Dave and I stopped for lunch in Old Town. It took five minutes of me being in Fort Collins to know this was where I wanted to live. I moved down here a few months later.

What do you do for work … and play?
I’m one of the directors of the Downtown Artery, an arts and music organization here in Fort Collins. We have an art gallery, studio spaces, a coffee shop, a bar, a recording studio, a record label, and a live music venue. I mainly focus on our recording studio (State Line Studios) and our record label (Strange Light Records). I get to do fun stuff like produce and release albums, and slightly less fun stuff like working on record contracts.

I don’t play music as often as I used to, though I still perform occasionally with various groups, such as my hip-hop band Party Art and Libby Creek Original, when the opportunity arises.

I’ve recently grown fond of putting on a skintight latex bicycle costume, hopping on a ridiculously light bicycle I spent way too much money on, and riding until my skintight latex bicycle costume smells really bad. After that I’ll usually drink a beer and pretend that everyone in the bar isn’t secretly judging me on how ridiculous I look in my skintight latex bicycle costume and how bad said skintight latex bicycle costume smells.

If I’m not doing any of that stuff above I’m probably cuddling with my dog, Shia LaPup, or looking for someone to argue about TV shows with.

What makes your neighborhood unique?
First and foremost, I really dig how a healthy percentage of the people I care most about in this world live within a four block radius of my apartment. It really does the heart good to run into any number of your friends whenever you take your dog out for a walk or run to the grocery store.

It’s also important to me that I can count the number of chain restaurants, fast food joints, or big box stores in Old Town on one hand. I don’t think people quite realize how important small businesses are to fostering things like a healthy arts and music scene. So many Old Town businesses have local art hanging on the wall and host concerts (even if they realistically don’t have room for them.) That’s the kind of stuff that puts towns on the map. Chipotles and the like are cool but they have the tendency to suck the lifeblood out a neighborhood. When was the last time you saw a great band at Subway, or a local art show at T.G.I. Friday’s?

What makes YOU unique?
Once a year I read a book that I know I’m going to absolutely hate. I don’t really why I started doing this and I REALLY don’t know why I keep doing it. Anyway, past examples include:

  • The O’Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families by Bill O’Reilly
  • Amish Vampires In Space by Kerry Nietz
  • The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee
  • Left Behind: Nicolae — The Rise of Antichrist by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

I’m thinking about reading Go Set A Watchman this year. Does that count?

Oh! Also! Remember how I said I like arguing about TV shows earlier? Here’s some of my unpopular opinions. If anybody want’s to argue with me about these hit me up!

  • Season 9 of “The Office” was better than any of the Michael Scott seasons.
  • This season of “True Detective” is just as good, if not better, than last season.
  • “The Wire” is WAY better than “Breaking Bad” ever dreamt of being. That being said, Breaking Bad is the second-greatest TV show of all time.
  • Daenerys Targaryen is awful. Like seriously. She’s the worst.

The series finale of “How I Met Your Mother” was nearly perfect. That was the best possible way to end that show. Really. I mean that.

Favorite neighborhood haunts:
Avo’s is a really wonderful bar. Pour Brothers is also a really wonderful bar. Social, The Whiskey, The Forge, and The Mayor are all really wonderful bars. Choice City has really great food. So does The Mainline, Pickle Barrel, Cozzola’s, and The Kitchen. I really want Surfside to open up again. I miss their pizza (among other things). Sometimes I wonder how many gallons of Illegal Pete’s queso I’ve consumed this year. That stuff’s good for you, right? I think I should point out that Mountain Cafe DEFINITELY DOESN’T have breakfasts that are just as good as the ‘popular’ breakfast spots without ever having a wait. Harbinger Coffee is next level and Starry Night has the best Americanos in the world. I get my hair cut at His & Her Salon. They’re wonderful people. Lee’s Cyclery and Peleton Cycles and probably have the friendliest, most helpful staffs in the world.

In your opinion, what makes a good neighbor?
Good neighbors are constantly looking for excuses to help each other out. This is really, really, important. Good neighbors support small businesses in their neighborhood. Good neighbors go to as many of those city council and community meetings as they can possibly bear to go to. Good neighbors go to shows (and buy merch). Good neighbors tell local artists and musicians how much they appreciate their work. Good neighbors tell everyone how much they appreciate them. This is really, really, important.

Current soundtrack to a day in your life:

  • Tame Impala’s new album Currents is genius.
  • Jason Isbell’s new album Something More Than Free is also very good. Much better than I was expecting it to be.
  • Father John Misty’s album I Love You Honeybear finally clicked for me a couple weeks ago. Such a wonderful album.
  • I found this album Peter Gabriel released in 2011 called Scratch My Back. It’s just Peter and a chamber orchestra covering everybody from Neil Young and Paul Simon to Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. It’s stunning.
  • On the subject of Arcade Fire I finally realized last month they are actually an amazing band. The Suburbs is incredible.
  • I’m still completely floored by how good Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Sufjan Steven’s Carrie & Lowell are. Two of the best albums of the decade released within a couple weeks of each other. What an amazing time to be alive.
  • Meek Mill’s Wanna Know is a bumping track.

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