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Tom Hoch’s transformation into rock star dj status started in the early 70’s. As a roadie for the psychedelic funk polka band “Earl and the Wildcats” Hoch was exposed to styles of music unbeknown to many. After years of wild after parties with drunken bagpipers and their groupies he decided to make a change in musical stylings.
Raised in beautiful Saudi Aurora, CO Hoch has been a part of the Denver underground scene since its humble beginnings. Attending many local concerts and listening to new wave, industrial, Seattle style rock, hip hop, old school funk, jazz and early European experimental music the crossover to djing was inevitable.
Starting in late 1995 Hoch started mixing Orlando style breakbeats and minimal techno. The loft on 31st and Larimer was the training ground for Hoch, hosting many parties in the afterhours arena. Spinning with many of the countries top djs and producers he evolved into playing diverse styles of house, downtempo, hip hop and breaks.
From mainstream club anthems to the abstract Hoch has prided himself on being able to create and maintain the right type of music for any environment. “riding the vibe” is second nature to Hoch. From big club gigs in Europe and South America to small house parties around the country, Hoch has been privileged to play and experience some of the best music in the world, with some of the best djs and producers in the world.
In the past few years Tom Hoch has decided to focus on more than just himself. Looking around him he noticed that his close friends in Colorado that were writing music, or spinning with other collectives werent getting much exposure outside the state. The quality and experience were all there, there was just no marketing or a&r support for these artists. Hoch decided to pool all of the collective resources he had ties with and created milehighhouse productions.
Milehighhouse is a collective of producers, djs, graphic artists, web designers and other talents that are related to the electronic music world. He created a website, milehighhouse.com that is basically a menu of what this strong collective has to offer. Making a strong presence in Miami, at the winter music conference in 2000, the collective was launched. Since that time the collective has grown from 6 groups of producers to 11 with 15 different Djs to support them. Their music is released on major indy labels including, Guidance Recordings, Imperial Dub, Grayhound, Toko, Jah Love, Tequila Sound, Totem Records, ING Records, Lo-Rise Recordings, Leaf Recordings, Straylight Recordings, Ruff Recordings, Terraform records and others.
Our collective is responsible for many successful club nights and special events in Denver. In a little over three years milehighhouse has risen to a leadership role in Colorados electronic music world. Milehighhouse Recordings was launched in October 2002 with it’s first e.p. release from Ilk. A full length album, “Out of Thin Air – Vol. 1” was released in August of 2003.
Working as chief a&r man and marketing manager Tom Hoch and his team are rapidly building alliances across the country and the world. In the past three years Hoch has created one of the most original and unique underground parties in the region, the milehigh tea parties. These events have been used to showcase some of the worlds up and coming DJ and producer talents to Denvers stage. These events have been widely recognized as one of Denvers nightlife gems. Hoch is also responsible for promotions and bookings for most of the mhhp roster, and doing the main A&R tasks for milehighhouse recordings.
Tom Hoch and Pete Wall received a “Best of Denver” award from Westword for their Monday night weekly event, “Textiles” @1515 market in Denver.(4/02)
and for his “Beats and Bowling” parties “Best Underground Party Series” (4/03)
Tom Hoch holds residencies at Club Lotus and The Funky Buddha Lounge in Denver.