Underground Bass DJ pheel. Proves Denver’s the Best Place to Thrive as an Artist

With an exponentially growing population and bustling nightlife, Denver is constantly redefining its identity and culture as a city. There’s no doubt that Denver is a hub for artistic expression, but what about the city permits for the arts to flourish? In short — it’s the people. Time and time again we’ve heard from artists that the Denver scene promotes a community. Contrary to the cutthroat music industry standard in most major metropolises, Denver artists refuse to play by the competitive rules and rather opt for supporting, teaching and uplifting fellow creatives.

Hailing from the ruthless music scene of New York, today Denver-local Phil Gallo (pheel. ) reflects on his own adventures and demonstrates firsthand why Denver is the ideal place to flourish as a musician. After moving to Colorado, pheel. After meeting them moved in with two other music producers. Pheel since moving to the city. Has collaborated with various local and national artists, began a music collective with producer parkbreezy and landed a job at one of the most popular underground venues in town, The Black Box. pheel. Has shown firsthand the when a community is inviting everyone thrives — and what better legacy for Denver to have than one of a radical artistic alliance.

303 Magazine: Moving from New York to Colorado is quite a change of pace. What drew you to Denver?

Phil Gallo: Everyone here has a passion. Everyone wants to do something good and learn from other people. Everyone here is open to showing you what’s up. I would have never had the opportunity to learn something from a person if I remained in New York. We’ve all heard so much from each other here and you can’t get that type of openness. Some people are reluctant to be open because they don’t need someone to mimic their style or take their sound, but I haven’t noticed that here. You can go to your friend’s home and pick up things from them and learn the tricks that they do, but you do it on your own style. Denver’s open to that.

303: Who are some artists you’t worked with here?  

PG: I’ve learned so much from my roommates Parker (parkbreezy) and Joe (Thought Process). We’ve all heard so much from one another, it’s really amazing residing in a home with the two of them together. We’re just piggybacking off rsquo & each other;s energy. And it’s not just us , it’s everyone doing this. There are so so many genres, everyone has their personal sound. They all seem similar, but all of them do it using their own taste. You can walk into a room with a blindfold on and can tell who it is. I believe that’s what’s setting the scene.

303: What sort of classes does The Black Box hold?

PG: Slam Academy [in The Black Box] is doing these 8-week long classes with Mr. Bill, we’re working on some classes with Sleeper, Craftal will be doing some sound design classes, there’s just so many diverse ideas. We’re trying to get BINARY to perform VJ classes, rsquo & we;re trying to get some painting and artistry classes. There’s going to be so many hubs for people create and to go and learn and that’s just going to inspire an increasing number of people to create music.

303: What do you think inspires their abilities to be shared by these artists?

PG: Seeing other people do something that they love and enjoy makes you want to find what you love and enjoy. It’s here, everyone here has a specific and deep love for something. There’s a lot of passion. They’re not in it for money, they’re in it because that’s what they love and want to create. That’s what I feel the thing about it is, being able to leave something behind that shows who you were at that moment and who you were.

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