We had the good fortune of connecting with Pipin’ Hot and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Pipin’ Hot, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As musicians, risk is part of our everyday life. Art is very personal, and as such, sharing it with others bears an inherent risk. When we perform live, we are presenting a piece of ourselves for the world to see; we are vulnerable. We pour our hearts and souls into our music and there is always the chance that it will not be well-received. Building improvisational sections into our performance comes with an even higher risk – the music could turn anywhere at any moment, and we have to make the split-second decision to turn with it or hold fast. We like to think of these as “high risk, high reward” situations. There is nothing more gratifying than to play a piece of original music, improvise into a totally new section, and land somewhere else entirely together. This musical conversation allows us to connect with each other and our audience in a deeper, more meaningful way than words ever could.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Something we feel sets us apart and continually challenges us as artists is our commit to the experiential side of music. For us, songs aren’t done until we’ve played them in front of a crowd; often many times. As an artist, it can be easy to lose the perspective of your audience in your own desire to create. We consistently push ourselves to remain conscious of crowd reactions in each new piece, and do our best to give our fans agency in our process by rearranging our songs as the crowd gives us feedback. This teaches us the incredible lesson of being present during our performances as well as during our creative processes. As a creator, it can be difficult to put your audience in front of yourself; at times this has led to creative differences within the band. However this commitment to the fan, to the collective experience of music, the people creating it, and those enjoying has made this creative endeavor the most rewarding one any of us have ever been a part of.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’ve got to start with our favorite venues here. The Lyric in Fort Collins holds a very special place in our hearts. They give so many local up-and-coming artists a great space to showcase their talents, whether it’s by providing a stage for them to perform or displaying their art on the walls (the place is literally COVERED in local art – it’s awesome). They also have great food and drinks, and show an array of local, blockbuster, and indie films in their theaters. We could spend the whole week here! We would of course be remiss if we didn’t mention the Mishawaka Amphitheatre and Red Rocks – it doesn’t get much better for outdoor shows than these two. As for food, Beijing Noodle (FoCo) is a band favorite. Some of us consider ourselves to be food snobs, and they have never disappointed. Our local breweries are always enjoyable – Stodgy, Zwei, and Horse & Dragon, to name a few. We are lucky enough to have Horsetooth Rock in our backyard – a relatively easy hike with an unbeatable view of Fort Collins. We could go on for hours, but as we believe in the experiential side of life – come see for yourself!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’d like to dedicate our shoutout to the NoCo music scene. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all the love, support, and encouragement from fans and artists alike. We love you, NoCo!

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Image Credits
Callie Ann Photography – all photos

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