Swell w/ guest Todd Howard

Saturday, October 18th
10:00pm – 3:00am

This month Swell hosts its last show at the Riot Room before moving to Czar Bar for the Fall/Winter. We are extremely pleased to welcome back Kansas City Techno’s Todd Howard to play along side Swell resident/founder, Jason Kidd. This will be a great one to close out our patio sessions for the year. Thanks for your continued support and hope to see you on the dance floor!

The Riot Room (Patio)
4048 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Here’s a recent set from Kidd’s Swell Radio show on Sugar Shack >>

UUN to play GATF

KCTDC’s own UUN will be playing this week in Denver, CO for the opening party for The Great American Techno Festival. The festival takes place over a 4 day span in the heart of downtown Denver in a slew of different venues and night spots. The Great American Techno Festival returns with a diverse All-American lineup. Taking place Thursday, October 9 through Saturday, October 11, GATF 2014 welcomes several acts in various fields of techno to Denver for a special weekend of music and cultural exchange.

You can grab your tickets here:

And more info here:

More Interest >> Aaron Lee

DJ/Production Aliases:
 Aaron Lee

 Denver, CO

Years behind the decks: 18

What was the first record you purchased?

I got a few the first time I ordered records. The one that stands out is Tori Amos – Proffesional Widow (Armin Van Heldon Mix) and probably 3-4 Underground Construction tracks.

What drew you to the type of dance music that you play?

I started out playing house in the mid 90’s, and was introduced to techno in ’99. I’ve played all different styles throughout my career. I went back to playing house and techno exclusively in 2007. I think the fact that EDM took off and turned into a mainstream sound, and the house and techno scene stayed true to the underground feel and sound has kept me with those genres. House an techno just move me more. The fact that you never see fuzzy boots or hula hoops at a techno/house show is a big reason too:)

What type of platform do you prefer to perform on?

I prefer CDJ 2000’s and a DJM900 Nexus. I still play off of CDs or thumb drives too. It’s nice to be able to cary hundreds of tracks with you on a memory stick. There is an amazing weight difference between that and a hundred pieces of vinyl!

You have been involved with the midwest dance music scene for a long time, how has it changed in the past few years?

It has definitely become much more popular and mainstream. 3000 people at a show was a lot in the late 90’s. Now you have these huge festivals that can draw 100k plus, MTV like personalities as your “rock stars” of dance, and everyone knows who Skrillex and Deadmau5 are. It was so much more underground and counterculture even 10 years ago. The techno/house people have managed to keep that feel though, and the underground aspect of dance music has kept true to itself. The shows I go to are attended by much older people now too. It was rare to see someone over 30 at a show in the early 2000’s, and now most shows I go to the average age of attendees is around 35. The underground scene has definitely matured with the people.

Given your tenure as a DJ, what holds your interest and gives you the desire to keep playing?

It’s a love for the music, and a love of the people that come to shows. It’s such a part of who I am at this point in my life as well. I really can’t imagine being myself without good music.

Originally from Omaha and having relocated to the Denver area, are there any noticeable differences in the local scenes?

Denver is a much larger scene, and is segregated within the genres of dance music much more than in Omaha. The techno and house people, the EDM people, the bass music crowd, the breaks people…they all have what amounts to separate scenes in Denver. Omaha is more one scene with lots of genres being played at the venues there on any given night, while Denver has specific scenes geared towards specific sounds in dance music..

You recently had some original production tracks stolen. How did the issue resolve?

I had to contact the label owner so he could submit a request. They had to go through their distributor to make their request as well, so it took a couple weeks, but they are off now. People were complaining that beatport should be able to catch that stuff, but that site puts so much music up every week it would be easy to steal tracks and release them as your own without anyone noticing. A DJ I know from Spain actually caught it and sent me a message. I would have never found that myself. I am curious how many pieces of stolen production make it through beatport without being noticed.

What do you think can be done to get the under 30 crowd in the US interested in house and techno?

That’s a tough one. Most of us were into the rave scene when we were in our 20’s, and I think there is a natural progression into more underground sounding stuff as dance music fans get older plays a huge part. We just need to let the younger ones know that it’s not about the flash, but about the music. Techno and house heads tend to be music centric. I guess we just have to get them to start apprecieating the art more than the party.

Besides music, what else do you collect, if anything?

I collect fishing gear! Flyfishing is my zen, and I think I have more invested in that stuff than I do in DJ and production gear. I am also collecting awesome friends. I have a superb collection of those!

What do you order at the bar?

Usually a beer, though I don’t drink that much anymore. Colorado is a magical place where I have a much safer alternative to alcohol. I prefer that over a drink anyday.

Mr Nuro – After The Fold

Mr Nuro – After The Fold [082514]

01 Marcel Dettmann – Plain
02 Gaga – Blackmail (Matt Sassari Remix)
03 Chaton – +91 Ahead Session 1
04 Klockworks – Steady Plus (Ryan Elliott Edit)
05 Loco Dice – Phat Dope Shit (Dub)
06 Genius Of Time – Tom Jam
07 Chris Page – Derailleur
08 Matt O’Brien – Serotone (Radio Slave Remix)
09 Victor Shan – How You Want It (Tuff City Kids Remix)
10 LetKolben – Fifth
11 Kevin Yost – Informed
12 Sterac & Steve Rachmad – The Lost Of A Love (Dub)
13 Pittsburgh Track Authority – Haywire (Spencer Parker Edit)
14 Ben Klock & Dettmann – Dawning
*Lil’ Mark – At That Place (Acappella)
15 Matthew Johnson – When Love Sounds Like Crying (Orun Edit)

More Interest >> Kevo

Coming Home by Kevo on Mixcloud

 Kevin McGee

DJ Alias:

 Columbia, MO

What was the first record you purchased?

Man thats a tough one for sure.. I had purchased a crate of records from someone here in town..

What drew you to the type of dance music that you play?

Movement (anything that moves me)

What type of platform do you prefer to perform on?

Cdj’s w/ serato

You have been involved with the midwest dance music scene for a long time, how has it changed in the past few years?

Its has had its up and downs. There has def been a revival of positivity and a sense of togetherness. I’d like to see that movement progress and stay strong..

Tell us about the DJ collective you are part of, Midwest Massive.

It was formed around 2003 as a production company, where my role was promoter/booking agent till about 2007. It has evolved into a DJ collective since that time, connecting/ networking with other like minded dj’s/ promoters and producers in the region.

Escape in the Beats recently wrapped up its 8th year. What is your role in the event?

I am the “talent co-ordinator”, basically I communicate with the 30+ dj’s we host every year. Manage time slots for the event. Hype man.

What do you think can be done to get the under 30 crowd in the US interested in house and techno?

Exposure. In the right context. Knowledge. proper education.

When is the best time to listen to dance music?


Besides music, what else do you collect, if anything?


What do you order at the bar?

Single tall rum & coke

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