We got in touch with DJ Good Steve about his plans for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge this year, what it’s like to play a show at 10,00 ft and any advice he has for spectators. Here is what he said:
1. What is the crowd/ vibe like for a show on a mountain pass?
Race fans for the USAPCC arrive early, fully prepared for a good time. I’ve seen people in full costume the night before dancing in the street. Last year a guy wore a full cowboy outfit and danced around for five hours on his stick-horse. My favorite photo however was of the State Trooper who traded his hat for a set of bunny ears. The crowd, the authorities and the organizers are all ready to have fun.
2. What can people expect from the music at the USAPCC? Do you have any specific plans for this year?
I do a lot of mashup music. You might hear Journey sailing above a house or techno beat. On Indy Pass last year we ran a bubble machine. As a group of kids played in the bubbles, I played Kermit the Frog singing “Rainbow Connection”. It might sound silly, but Rainbow Connection super loud at 10k feet? That gives me goosebumps. I’ll be playing whatever makes the crowd jump.
3. Where are your playing? How long do you plan on playing?
This year we’re planning to set up on Rabbit Ears, Bachelor Gulch and Vail Pass. I usually start the music around 10-11 and the race usually goes by around 3-4. That’s 5-6 good hours of dancing! For the time trial, I imagine we’ll be going all day!
4. Anything else you’d like to add?
This is one of the highlights of my year. Dancing and bike racing are my two favorite things to do. Every year has been a blast and the response from the race fans has been incredible. I hope everyone has a great time, stays safe and steers clear of the riders! Allez! Allez!