When the members of Salt Lick Denver moved into their new dig, the plumbing conditions at the time helped them come up with a name for the space and their online concert series: Songs From the Pond.
“We decided to call it the pond because unfortunately it was a bit of a pond at the time,” says founding member Jason Edelstein.
Edelstein, who is also the collective’s cinematographer, editor and marketing manager, said the Salt Lick Denver came into being last summer and has so far hosted three groups – Mad Wallace, Immigrant’s Child and Bear and the Beasts – in his studio and craft space. , located in the basement of a Denver home.
“Being a musician myself, I had noticed that there was so much talent and diversity in the music scene here,” says Edelstein. “I wanted to create a collective to take all the different bands in the music scene and sort of put them under one name.”
Edelstein considers the collective’s performances to be online concert series such as Small office concerts of the national public radio. The Salt Lick Denver does not book concerts based on the genre, although most bands fall under the general umbrella of indie rock. The collective is already receiving requests from foreign groups, but is currently focusing only on locals.
“The Denver scene already has a lot of attention and a lot of national attention right now for jamming groups and electronic music,” said Edelstein. “We step away from that and show that there is a different side to the Denver scene that people outside of Denver don’t know about.”
The Salt Lick broadcasts its concerts on its Youtube channel, in an attempt to leverage some of the site’s algorithms to give the Denver bands greater national reach.
“All of the bands that are part of Songs From the Pond benefit from each other’s success,” says Edelstein. “The idea behind this is that anytime you have a large audience watching one of our Songs From the Pond videos, they’re going to see all the other sessions we’ve done with other bands.”
The collective includes Edelstein, sound engineer Chris Voss, set designer Andrea Hoang, talent scout Maya Bennett and audiovisual production assistant John Baldwin. Edelstein says that all the members are musicians and that at some point they would like to include whole groups in their ranks. So far, they are only five.
“Right now we’re focused on creating Songs From the Pond,” he says. “We try to support any band that we have hosted … so every time they release an album or have new news, we will try to support them through that. In turn, they have really supported us. too. ”
As for the pond, Edelstein says, Hoang painted a mural on the walls with a frog as the centerpiece and images of beans and squash and other random, trippy details in an effort to beautify the space and give it more charm than an average basement.
“The frog actually glows in the dark,” he says. “Andrea scoured Facebook Marketplace and antique stores for different and unique decorations for the space, so even though it’s a basement, it still looks like a really creative space. ”
A centerpiece of the decor is a mannequin the group sourced from a local antique store after a bit of haggling with the owner, as the item wasn’t actually for sale. (Fifty dollars did the trick.) Groups can dress the model however they want, including in their own merch. There are a few limitations, however.
“She’s very tall and she has a very wide and powerful stance,” Edelstein says, “so she can’t wear pants. She can only wear dresses and, like, maybe cuts, but that’s so that’s nice a lot of people have tried to put pants on him, and the pants don’t work.
Edelstein says that once he’s sure he does, the Salt Lick Denver wants to go upstairs and start putting on outdoor shows, as well as a series of videos of Denverites cooking home-cooked meals. He says a lot of cooking is already done in the house. A Songs by the pond The podcast is currently in the works and will include interviews with groups performing in the basement space.
The sound quality and videography of the concerts are pretty good, and the band are currently planning one show per month so that they can put enough energy into each production to make it shine. Getting good sound in a basement is no small challenge, and Voss spends a lot of time adjusting the levels to get the perfect sound. Video production is also of high quality and a little editing is required for each. They finally want to host a group every two weeks. Everything is currently slowing down because of COVID-19[female[feminine.
The Salt Lick Denver is also looking for a way to include a small audience in the tight basement space for future concerts, in order to give a much needed charm to performances that may be lacking in the live broadcast.
“I like the idea that a crowd is also part of the art,” he says. “This interaction between the audience and the group really generates a lot of energy for the group. It’s part of what makes going to a concert really fun.
Salt Lick Denver currently broadcasts a new show live on the first of each month. To watch past shows, visit the Salt Lick Denver website.