John Templeton is found in many corners of Colorado techno making appearances as s a DJ, promoter, and front man for Emote Music. He teamed up with friends to put together the venue in Denver called the Would Shop. It provided late-night debauchery for touring DJs, while serving as an indoor skateboard park by day for young degenerates. He is also a key cog in kickstarting and running the Great American Techno Festival, an annual techno festival in downtown Denver.
Templeton currently resides in Denver, where he enjoys freestyle walking and raising chickens.
1. Rrose - A, With All Faces Bleached Out [Sandwell District]
2. Milton Bradley - Interdimensional Entity [Prologue Music]
3. Jesper Dahlback - Diafragma [ISL Recordings]
4. Impact Unit - Trauma [Silent Steps Recordings]
5. Gathaspar - Kidnapped Balloon (Hidenobu Ito Remix) [Numbolic]
6. Oscar Mulero - Proof Mass [Semantica]
7. Patrick Gräser - From Foreign Territories [Ostgut Ton]
8. Hannu Ikola - Dense Matter (Samuli Kemppi Remix) [Etherwerks]
9. Whitespace - Quo Vadis (Mick Finesse Remix) [Emote Music]
10. Skirt - Tumulto (Yuji Kondo Remix) [Semantica]
11. Ugandan Methods - Beneath The Black Arch [Ancient Methods]
12. Markus Suckut - Strength (ROD Remix Two) [SCKT]
13. Shifted - Cold Light (Sektor A) [AVN]
14. Trus'Me - In the Red (DVS1 Remix) [Prime Numbers]
15. Function - Modifier [Ostgut Ton]
16. Marcel Dettmann - Push [Ostgut Ton]
17. Dimi Angelis/Jeron Search - Five 001 [A&S]
18. Truncate - Truncate.7 [Truncate]
19. Phase - Behind the Sun [Token]
20. Donor - Align [Semantica]
21. Mike Parker - Mnajdra [Geophone]
22. Black Asteroid - Black Acid (Alva Noto Remodel) [Electric Deluxe]
23. Function - Disaffected (Norman Nodge Mix) [Sandwell District]
24. Surgeon - As You Breathe Here Now [Semantica]
25. Ventress - Typhon (Abdulla Rashim Remix) [Edit Select Records]
26. Reality or Nothing - Untitled (Female Mix) [RSB 8]
5 Questions with John Templeton:
1. You are one of the main heads behind the Great American Techno festival in Denver. What was the impetus for creating this festival?
The Great American Techno Festival started because of our love of American techno. There is also a large craft beer festival in Denver called, Great American Beer Festival, so the name played off of those two things. With regards to the lineup, however, we wanted to showcase American techno talent and have a weekend dedicated to all-American artists.
2. Where do you see the festival in 5 years, how would you like it to develop?
Hopefully the festival can grow to where we can expand the lineup and have multiple events around the city simultaneously, and/or a large open-air, all-ages event. There are so many impressive venues all around the Denver metro area that we want to try new places moving forward to showcase various parts of the city and region.
3. Denver has surfaced as a Techno destination as of late, not so much flyover country anymore, why is that? Who are some local players the world's Techno community should be aware of?
I think Denver has grown for several reasons, but mainly it's because of the growing population. The city has become a moving destination for young adults, and there are a lot more people here now than say 10-20 years ago. Denver also has added new medium-sized venues with nice sound such as, NORAD Dance Bar. These have allowed for more underground acts to hit Colorado taking advantage of flight shares to the west coast.
Locally, we have quite a lot producers who are doing unique work. Ten & Tracer is a wonderful downtempo/electronic producer who is about as talented as it gets. Mick Finesse has been honing his sound, which combines industrial, techno, and post-punk genres into a gritty-type of techno. David Last is another extremely talented musician and producer, who doesn't DJ, but has a fantastic live PA. As for a young up-and-comer, keep an eye out for FRGMNT, who will be making waves soon enough.
4. You also run the Emote Music label, any good stuff coming up we should be on the lookout for?
At Emote Music we are trying to showcase some Colorado talent as well just putting out stuff that Jacob Todd and I like. Jacob owns the label, and I have been heading up the A&R for the last three years. We have a our first full-length album coming out by a really talented young woman in New York City who goes by the name Soramimi. We are really pumped about that release which will have some follow-up EPs with a talented pool of remixers. Jacob has also been featuring his new Whitespace moniker, which is a more techno-oriented sound, but one that is really starting to take off.
5. Beyond Techno, Denver is on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. If someone were to come to the GATF, and also want to check out Colorado's other offerings in terms of nature, where would you send them? Any amazing secret mountain hideaways that one must see?
This is probably the hardest question because there is so much to do in Colorado, especially in September when GATF takes place. Hiking, rock-climbing, white-water rafting, horseback riding, camping, and mountain biking are all available in Denver or within an hour drive any where west, northwest, or southwest of the city. This is one of the main reasons why we have GATF in September - to allow people who are visiting Denver to take advantage of the myriad of outdoor activities available in the region.
A nice mountain hideaway is James Peak Wilderness, which is about an hour and twenty minutes northwest of Denver by car. Wilderness areas have more federal protections and restrictions than national parks and national forests. It's a great place to get away from cars and ATVs to truly get the Colorado outdoor hiking, backpacking and camping experience. It's also free to access James Peak, which is a nice plus in comparison to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is further away from Denver, and also charges $15 for admission.