Rock-raised SoDown makes the first appearance of Red Rocks in five years

Ehren Wright performs a unique brand of EDM music that blends elements of dubstep, reggae and hip-hop with live saxophone accompaniment. He made his debut at Red Rocks Amphitheater nearly five years ago.

Wright, who performs as SoDown, returns to Red Rocks on Friday, April 8 to open for another electronic artist Boogie-T. While many musicians only dream of performing at the iconic venue, he says he turned down several offers to appear there because he was waiting for the right show.

“It feels good,” he says of his upcoming show. “Boogie T is a good friend of mine and we’re on the same path. I really wanted to play direct support.

His music, perfectly suited to the field of EDM, spans a variety of genres. Now a resident of Denver, when he was growing up in Boulder he found reggae music and hip-hop to be an early influence, and he and his friends used to swap mix tapes and binge on a show. reggae weekly.

“I was obsessed with music in high school,” he says. “I wasn’t really making music yet, but I loved music. I loved underground hip hop and often went to the Fox Theater and high school stuff.

He says growing up in Colorado has been a blessing to his musical development, as an aspiring musician is exposed to such a variety of different genres and styles in the state’s vast music scene.

“I think that culminated in my work,” he says. “It’s very diverse. It’s by no means simple EDM or simple hip-hop or anything. It’s kind of a melting pot of different genres and sounds.

Wright records with and incorporates the saxophone into his live DJ set. It’s a unique combination, and he thinks he’s one of three people in the EDM scene who use the pairing. He picked up the saxophone after he started producing music and he was inspired by jazz musician Eddie Harris, who popularized the electrically amplified saxophone.

“I’ve always loved the sound,” he says. “It’s such a diverse and moving instrument. … The saxophone is not an easy instrument. I have spent countless hours sitting alone.

Wright finds his new three-song EP, To get upto be a throwback to the music he was making over ten years ago.

“It’s just kind of a demonstration of one of my styles, I guess,” Wright says. “I kind of do all kinds of things with any sound.”

He’s spent the past few months teasing his latest release to fans, including sending cryptic messages for people to decode. A fan has been given a “golden ticket” to hang out backstage at Friday’s upcoming show. Wright says he plans to play a diverse ensemble and fans can expect a “wild adventure.”

“My catalog is very diverse,” he says. “So the set will also be a journey through emotion and vibration.”

Since making her Red Rocks Amphitheater debut in 2017, Wright has headlined the Mission Ballroom in Denver and performed at music festivals such as Coachella, Electric Forest, Global Dance and Sonic Bloom. The last two are Colorado festivals. He is set to tour the country this summer and is excited to be back on the road after the long hiatus from live music due to the pandemic.

“It’s so good to be back,” he said. “I’m sharing a bunch of new music and seeing fans face to face. There’s nothing like it. We’ve had a pretty busy summer.”

Wright will see much of the United States this summer, including a foray into Canada. But he says Colorado’s live music scene will always hold a special place in his heart. He looks forward to playing for a home crowd on Friday.

“I’m from here,” Wright said. “I live here. It’s my favorite place for sure. The energy here is so palpable, so tolerant and exciting. It’s a buzzing energy.

To get up is now available on GetDown Records. SoDown plays at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Friday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.99-$69 and available at axs.com. More information is available at sodown.com.

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