Denver Hughes grew up out west, listening to hardcore and metal. He moved to New York City in 2005 to study analytic philosophy and political science, right around the time that he discovered 90's IDM. He sought out anything and everything Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, etc. Ever put out. It was refreshing and exciting to know that "electronic music" didn't end at trance and techno, and it inspired him to start recording his own electronic music in his bedroom. It wasn't until a few years later that he became serious about it. His first musical project was playing guitar and writing songs for indie rock band Hush, Siren. In 2009 Hush, Siren went on an indefinite hiatus, and Denver, feeling the urge to keep busy, decided to pursue his solo electronic music. He made his live debut in early 2009, and later that year, he released Denver Hughes, his first full-length album. It was a collection of ten songs culled from the dozens upon dozens that he had been developing in near-total isolation, putting together driving rhythm, live instrumentation, and expansive soundscapes. Live performances at various Brooklyn venues such as Coco66 and Cameo Gallery followed, in addition to a collaboration with prog-rock band the Kites of Saturn and other shows in both Manhattan and New Jersey. Denver Hughes spent most of 2010 writing and recording the follow-up, Spectra, which will be released in May 2011. It expands upon the sounds he developed on his first album, adding field recordings, more complicated melodic and rhythmic elements, layers of textured synthesizers, vocal contributions from his Hush, Siren bandmates Darrell Dumas and Jessica Salzinski, and even more live instrumentation. While still strongly influenced by it's 90's IDM forebears, Spectra also takes influence from anything and everything that has come since: eclectic producers such as Flying Lotus and Prefuse 73, the trip-hop of Portishead, dubstep, the european minimal techno of Kompakt, and the night-disco of labels like Italians Do It Better. By design, Denver Hughes' music resists easy categorization, but he aims for something like this: you're on the dance floor, and you're enjoying yourself, but you're crying, because the world is both sad and beautiful. All of Denver Hughes' music is available for free download on his website, denverhughes.com.