The Denver music scene is ever growing, and ever changing. One local act that you may have seen throwing small, personally curated shows over the past few years is none other than Lucid Vision. We had the opportunity to talk with Dalton, as he’s known off the stage, about his journey to where he’s at now and his most complex project he’s worked on to date.
Our first experience of a Lucid Vision show is absolutely wholesome. He had completely overtaken the living room of a college-worn home somewhere in the suburbs of Denver. His backdrop was a tapestry, the DJ booth was a combination of kitchen tables and boxes, and the speakers could very well have been computer speakers being pushed to their max. The house was packed though and you could tell that Dalton was in his element and having a blast.
Throughout the years we’ve watched as those venues have gone from private houses and bar corners, to classic intimate venues like the Bluebird Theater, to where he is now, playing sold out stages at the Ogden Theater and soon to be Cervantes’. He deserves the growth he’s seen and it’s only up from here. We wanted a look into the journey and what’s to come. Check it out.
What’s the story behind Lucid Vision?
Lucid Vision is a journey that for me started back in 2011. I had the idea and that idea led me to sell my car, and use those funds to buy some music equipment. I wouldn’t say it became a professional project until around 2014 though. The whole Lucid Vision project has been so exciting. In the beginning I had hoped things would progress a little faster, as is natural with any projects you’re working on. The process of creating and growing Lucid Vision, for me, became a journey and I learned to respect that journey. Honestly, if I had known that I would make it to the point that I’m at now, back then I would have said that I made it. I do feel like I have gotten to a point where I could say “I’ve made it”, but I avoid that phrasing and keep my goals constantly changing and growing.
How have live performances and working with other artists changed your style of production?
First and foremost I’d like to say I started performing live way prematurely. I wanted it so bad but I didn’t give my music time to develop. I definitely think that doing that might have turned some people off from my music. I needed to take a look at my own music and ask how I could make myself feel emotion. How could I expect to make other people feel emotion if I myself don’t feel the emotion? I found that I needed to explore what some of the greats out there were doing and how that was successful. It helped me to learn how important a live element was to me during a performance and since then I moved away from just playing master tracks and now I try and break my songs a part into layers to create a playground of sound for myself. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t think I could play the same set twice if I tried.
What of your projects has been the most fun or rewarding?
For many of the shows that I’m headlining, I’m also the organizer for the show. I handle everything from selecting the lineup, selecting the production team, organizing marketing, and anything else that needs done for the show. For me, the most rewarding shows are the ones that my team and I have worked for months to perfect. For me, the most rewarding feeling is seeing our hard work come together and to be able to share that work with the crowd. By far, though, this show at Cervantes is the most time and energy that myself and my team have put into any show. Everything that we’ve done up until this point has let to this show.
Who are some of your major musical inspirations?
Pretty Lights, Glitch Mob (mainly early music, but their new as well), Emancipator, Clozee, and Allan Rayman. I’ve been lucky enough to get to work with some of these artists as well.
How was it to finally work with some of your inspirations?
It was amazing to get to work with some of the artists I look up to. I had actually reached out to the Glitch Mob in the past via social media. I created a post and tried to get it shared and liked enough to get their attention. This round I reached out directly to AEG when I saw the show was first announced looking to open for them. Not only did that show work out but I was invited on their entire Colorado run playing the Boulder Theater, Belly Up in Aspen, and then finally the Ogden Theater. It’s great to get to see some of these legendary artists behind the scenes. They always have something to teach you whether on or off the stage.
What is your live setup?
My current setup is a Macbook Pro running Ableton Live, APC40 MP2, Akai MPK mini(used to launch effects), Pedal Board(Phaser, Chorus, Wah, A-B Y switch).
What are some ways you interact with your fan base outside of music?
As my music continues to mature I definitely think that I could interact with my fan base in many more ways. I’d love to use the forum of Lucid Vision to help my fans find some other great organizations that I’m passionate about. For this show in particular though I’ve decided to donate a percentage of our proceeds to the followmyvote. It’s an organization I’m passionate about and I’m happy to be able to do my part to raise awareness and donate.
Anything else you’d like to add?
So much energy goes into creating an event like this beyond just an artist on the stage. A whole team of people have been sending countless emails, and endlessly planning to bring all the best equipment and best artists to this show. So many people think that a show is only about the artist on the stage and I hope that people realize that this is really for the fans and people who have supported with ticket sales. We don’t bring this stage production or our best music for the artists. We do this for the fans. It’s amazing to be able to create this community. I’m happy to be able to create this community for everyone involved from fans, to production and marketing teams, vendors, and everyone else involved along the way. It’s truly an honor.
It was obvious from speaking with Dalton (Lucid Vision) that this is his passion. His persistent dedication to his music and his organic growth are impressive to say the least. He made sure to assure me the future of Lucid Vision is very bright. He expects to see the project grow further to allow for a wider fan base, larger shows, and to share his energy with everyone he can. His next show is January 18th at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom with Homemade Spaceship, Borham Lee of Pretty Lights Live, and many more. We can’t wait.