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Sound advice from Ozonic frontman Colin Bovberg


Colin Bovberg is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer from Colorado Springs. - AUSTIN ARMSTRONG
  • Austin Armstrong
  • Colin Bovberg is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer from Colorado Springs.

Colin Bovberg fronts the eclectic synth-alternative band Ozonic while performing electronica shows on the side under the alias The Epic Weatherman. Recently he has become immersed in the field of sound design and music composition for video games. You can find his debut outing, Spark (Knightmare Games), on Steam.

Essential Saturday night music: If I need inspiration for composing, I usually turn to some dark and ethereal, mechanical-sounding ambient tunes like IAMX or the Silent Hill soundtracks. Another go-to is Radiohead, Kid A/Amnesiac or In Rainbows. I’m an avid gamer, so on Saturday evenings when I’m cueing up some Rocket League or Pro Evolution Soccer, I like to throw down the heavy stuff like Norma Jean, Animals as Leaders, TesseracT and Oceana. Other favorites: Modest Mouse, Beck, Kings of Leon and Charlotte Hatherley.

First record I bought with my own money: Astro Lounge by Smash Mouth. Before laying into me with your snickering... this album is pretty impressive. All us Shrekheads know the iconic “All Star.” But have you heard the melancholy tracks “Waste” and “Fallen Horses”? How about the bossa nova-influenced “Satellite” or reggae-infused jams “Road Man” and “Home”? Don’t knock it till you’ve heard it.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Grace” by Jeff Buckley. Everything about this song is perfect, from the guitar hook that kicks off the track, the upbeat pre-verse chords, the gorgeous lyrics, the haunting orchestral melodies; all the way to the passionately and beautifully chaotic outro that gives me chills literally EVERY time I hear it. RIP, Jeff, you are sorely missed.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: That new atrocity that Taylor Swift and Brendan Urie made together. The lyrics WOULD be really adorable... had they been written by a first grader. What happened to Brendan Urie? Remember when he was an incredible singer in a band that was ahead of its time and wrote thought-provoking lyrics? He’s still an incredible singer... but writing completely bland, sellout pop songs. Bring the band back!

My latest online discovery: I created a Spotify radio station based on a Japanese instrumental math rock band I’m really into called LITE. And through that discovered this wonderful band called Tricot. They sound like if Tera Melos decided to settle down and have a baby with Riot!-era Paramore.

Artist more people should know about: Polyenso! Their music is some strange sort of indie pop/jazz/electronic/hip-hop hybrid that is truly unique. It’s rather difficult to pick out individual songs from their albums. It’s more ideal to sit down, zone out, and just take it all in at once. I recommend the album Pure in the Plastic.

Guilty pleasure: I am not a big fan of the term “guilty pleasure” when it comes to music. It’s all subjective. Are you ashamed because you actually really enjoy that new T-Swift/Brendan Urie song and some dude just bashed it in the Indy? Don’t be. We can’t help what we enjoy. All that being said, The Little Mermaid soundtrack is fire.

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