We had the good fortune of connecting with Corben and Jason Wilkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corben and Jason, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
We pursued an artistic career for two reasons. The main thing being the opportunity for adventures, seeing new venues and making new friends. We also see music as a very raw and universal language that helps us reach people, and if they want to, help them feel something much bigger.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being an artist is always a balancing act of challenge and reward, and the challenging parts that make you second guess yourself or get discouraged are also the parts that give you a sense of pride in what you do. We are always trying to make something fun and different, and we want to tell a story that draws people in and makes them excited about the next part. We want everyone’s unique voice and perspective to have a chance to shine through and deliver its message. We are so proud of every single artist on the album. We are really looking forward to working with them again on our next adventure! The fact that they are trusting us with their parts and bringing it all together really gives us a sense of how strong the community is here in Colorado. Some of the most important lessons we’ve learned are that we need to keep a sense of fun in everything we do, we need to learn to trust and be trusted, and we’ve learned to give ourselves a reasonable deadline so that we don’t have to rush ourselves and burn out. Atlas Eleven is here as a sounding board for any interested musicians, artists, and storytellers and we would be really glad to hear from anyone who would live to work with us! We think of Atlas Eleven as a satellite of music circling the galaxy and picking up frequencies from all over.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Greeley I would visit the Syntax Spirits Distillery and Cocktail Bar, and then see a show at the Moxie Theater. In Denver, I always try see a show at the Marquis, Larimer Lounge, Walnut Room, Lost Lake, of Lions Lair. It’s sad that some of these places are struggling to stay open right now or have already shut their doors because of the pandemic. We have so many friendships from these places and experiences that we’ll never forget! We also also love Little Man’s Ice Cream and Kumas Corner for a great burger. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without our spouses, and without every local Colorado musician that lent their talent and time to our project (and there were a lot), it wouldn’t be what is today and we will always be thankful for their amazing contributions!