October 16, 2019

Get to know Music Ambassador Levi Double U

Tell us about your artist name? 

Levi Double U came from my original (and current) Instagram handle. When I was thinking about what I wanted to call myself as an artist, I struggled coming up with anything. I don’t really remember what made me think to use the random handle I came up with more than ten years ago, but it stuck. I also like to tell people it has a double meaning. Because I’m so tall, I “Double U” in height. Yeah, it really is a stretch...

When did you start making music?

I started playing drums at the age of 11. I played in various bands since junior high. I didn’t start making music (quote, unquote “producing”) until my senior year of high school when I got my first laptop. I learned most of my production techniques and music theory in college.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Skrillex, Party Pupils, Lucky Daye, Cautious Clay, GoldLink

Shameless plug to my playlist if you want a deeper dive: https://spoti.fi/2oliCAq

Did you go to college? If yes, where? What was your degree?

I went to CU-Denver where I earned degrees in Recording Arts and Music Business. 

Why are you a Music Ambassador for Youth on Record?

I’m a Music Ambassador because I believe in what Youth on Record is doing. I don’t think there is a more deserving organization and group of people that I would rather help.

Why do you volunteer with Youth on Record?

I love everything about Youth on Record: the people, the students, the amazing facility. I believe making significant change in the world starts with youth, and Youth on Record has a great vision for the future and what we should all be doing to make it better. All I want to do is contribute to that vision and help the organization grow.

What artists inspire you?

Skrillex has always been one of my favorite artists/producers because of his diverse production styles and incredible mixes. Some other big inspirations are Disclosure, Cherub, Anderson .Paak, and Pomo to name just a handful.

Would your 16 year old self like your music you make now?

Oddly, I was kind of a snobby rock kid when I was 16. I thought electronic music wasn’t “real music” because it didn’t have real instruments. I was unappreciative of the skill and technique it takes to make electronic, pop, and other genres I didn’t fully understand at the time. This is something I think about a lot and it helps me appreciate stuff I might not necessarily listen to.

What is your spirit animal?

My dog, Obie.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Salted Oreo ice cream in a cake cone from Little Man

Favorite local restaurant? 

Pete’s Kitchen

What’s your favorite Denver Venue?

Big - Red Rocks

Medium - Ogden Theater

Small - Larimer Lounge

What’s your favorite city to play in, outside of Denver?

San Francisco