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A brief chat with Anthony Ruptak


Singer-songwriter Anthony Ruptak plays UMS for the third time this year so we chatted about it.S

Yellow Scene: When did you start playing solo, and what was the mission?

Anthony Ruptak: I started playing when I was 11 years old, playing acoustic guitar, and I started writing songs at about 13. I was the high school and junior high worship leader for my churches back when I was a kid, then I got out of the church system and started writing more of my own songs. I started playing out in Denver when I was 18, playing open mics.

YS: Describe the sound…

AR: My sound now, I guess I could quote some online reviews, but people have said that I’m a less spastic Conor Oberst, with touches of Andrew Bird. A bit like Me Without You.

YS: Have you played UMS before?

AR: This is going to be my third time playing UMS, and it comes right at the tail end of a tour that the band and I am doing. It’s going to be the grand finale of the tour. I only have good memories of it. It’s actually one of the best times of the year. It’s Christmas for alcoholics.

YS: What do you think of the current state of the Denver scene?

AR: The current state is incredibly fast moving at the moment, what with the influx of people into the Denver area and all the talent that it brings. I get a first look at that because I run an open mic. I’m constantly seeing new people that I haven’t seen before, and I like a lot of the flagship artists. Greg Isakov is a friend and I love what he’s doing. The state of the scene is thriving and flourishing.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

AR: From my set this year, you can expect very passionate, soul-filled, melodic rock ‘n’ roll scene-scapes, and we’re going to take everybody through the stories of the songs, and we’ll have just have gotten back from the road so we’ll all be super-on-point and on-song. We’re not going to let anything loose. We’re just going to give it 150 percent.

Anthony Ruptak plays the Underground Music Showcase; July 23-26; theums.com.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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