“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” We often take this in a political or activism context, but really, it can be applied to anything. The core meaning is essentially, if you want something to happen, it’s up to you to do it.
And so, because of this mindset, some new things are happening in the Fort Collins music scene.
If you look, you can find a few shows by various DJs around Fort Collins. There are regular slots at R Bar and Fusion, a dance set for the CSU crowd at Bondi and Rec Room, and if we’re lucky – a few shows at the Aggie. There’s the weekly TurnT-Table Tuesdays at Hodi’s (taking over for now defunct CID – “creating individual dreams”) where DJs of varying experience have the opportunity to play to a crowd. But most of these shows at bars mainly catered to radio remixes for mainstream crowds that wrapped up before last call at 2am (or earlier).
That’s where Household Collective comes in.
Household Collective is a group of different DJs in Fort Collins with a love for house music who are dedicated to bringing that same love to after hours events.
The idea all started like most conversations these days – on Facebook. It was inspired by a promo video for Rec Room who featured a track by LER, spurring interest from other Fort Collins DJs wondering if they were going to start playing house music at the bar. The reality of that was unlikely because house music isn’t mainstream enough for the Fort Collins bar scene, and the goal for local bars is to sell drinks and keep the majority of the people on the dance floor. Although the love for house music in Fort Collins is growing, it’s still not a huge money maker in the eyes of bar owners.
So, some brainstorming happened. Some teamwork developed. And this group of house DJs decided that if the bars in Fort Collins weren’t a place to play, then they’d make something happen on their own. They’d play house music that you won’t hear in Fort Collins bars, and they’d start doing things after hours, when all of Fort Collins nightlife scene comes to an end.
The Household Collective Launch Party is set for March 25th at Higher Ground Rehearsal Studios in the industrial area on Commerce Drive. 12 DJs on three different stages in a warehouse-style location will be playing house music of different styles from 11pm to 4am, providing an underground vibe to keep people dancing all night long. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, and $20 at the door. This isn’t a bar, so BYOB.
*click links to listen to their SoundCloud, MixCloud, etc
The main stage will feature:
The second stage will feature:
The third stage will feature: