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Interview with B-Lo from Metalix on Idobi Radio!

PSAB: I have to ask the basics: how did you get Metalix started? What was your initial reason for starting the show? How long was it before you noticed people were increasingly enjoying the show?

B-Lo (Metalix): I inherited Metalix from another DJ in Denver, Uncle Nasty. Metalix was originally his overnight show featuring music and interviews from local, national and international metal bands. Nasty did Metalix strictly as a side gig for 15 years before I became involved, so there was already a buzz about the show. I was able to expand Metalix from one night to six nights every week, which is probably when a lot of younger fans heard it for the first time.

PSAB: What do you think Metalix brings to the scene that other radio stations do not?

B-Lo (Metalix): First, let me clarify that Metalix is a show, our station is idobi Howl and you can listen to it 24/7 at ido.bi/howl.

Denver has an amazing local metal scene, which is often overlooked especially because it’s not a coastal city like New York or LA. On Metalix, fans can hear the best new music from bands all over the world along with select tracks from bands in Denver, Colorado or surrounding areas who would otherwise not get this kind of exposure.

PSAB: Is there a focus on specific sub-genres of metal or do you try to be well-rounded when hosting Metalix?

B-Lo (Metalix): If it rocks I’ll play it. However, we try to stay as heavy as possible on Metalix. I got involved with Metalix at a time when hard rock radio was somewhat committed to defying fans who wanted harder music. Therefore, Metalix has always made a point of standing out as much harder and crazier than its surroundings.

PSAB: What are your personal favorite sub-genres of metal?

B-Lo (Metalix): I really love all metal genres but the “-core” variations often have the most diversity and potential for intensity. There is certainly a glut of awful metalcore out there, but another goal of Metalix is to give fans better music alternatives than normal radio, Warped Tour or Hot Topic. Otherwise, I probably live on hardcore, thrash and death metal.

PSAB: Let’s discuss elitism: what do you think classifies as an elitist? Are elitists harmful or helpful to the metal scene as a whole? What comes to mind when somebody brings up the term “elitist”?

B-Lo (Metalix): I would consider myself a metal elitist, but mainly in a specific context. I came from hard rock radio where the most popular artists who got played most often were also usually the worst in terms of heavy, aggressive music. You can chalk that up to personal taste, but I want to convey a specific point through Metalix and idobi Howl: hype and popularity do not correlate with quality of music. I don’t think that’s a unique observation, either.

Hard rock radio is pretty much dead in 2016 but the same concept applies now. I hear hours of music every week as I plan the playlist for Metalix, which usually comprises the featured tracks on idobi Howl as well. The best music is seldom represented by the most Facebook likes or PR pressure.

For the most devout fans, metal is more than just music. There is a certain lifestyle and community within the metal scene. I know that’s cliché and I don’t expect people to treat metal differently from other music scenes. Still, I am fiercely protective of metal. It’s not for everyone and it shouldn’t be.

On the other hand, I can see how internet anonymity creates a hostile atmosphere for newcomers. Those who might find a wealth of great music in the metal scene may never get further than a web forum before deciding exploration isn’t worth the drama. I have never seen someone ridiculed for being a total metal poser in real life but it happens daily on the internet.

Elitism establishes important boundaries around the metal scene. It enforces more than just the best music. Our elitist attitude defines metal heads from one city to the next. I just don’t think personal callouts are necessary or helpful. Metal fans should let their wallets decide which artists are the most genuine and leave the rest to passive listeners.

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