Jura Daubenspeck: BLDGBLKS' Public Relations & Writing Professional

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“In 2014, my good friend/talented photographer asked if I wanted to help her cover SBTRKT’s show at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre by writing a review, and I agreed. From there, my pipe dream of providing live written coverage became a reality. I moved to Denver in 2015 and made it my mission to harness my writing skills within the local music community. I soon became a coverage writer for BLDGBLKS Music Company and began writing weekly articles for BolderBeat. Since then, my role has grown into Public Relations Coordinator.

I feel most alive when I am listening to music. I thrive off of sweating, moshing, and meeting new friends at live shows. I am grounded by the moments where I quietly listen to my headphones after a long day. Having the honor to write about such talented artists and help them achieve their dreams fulfills me and gives me the strength to pursue my dreams as well. My music taste is truly all over the map, and I love discovering music that allows me to hear sounds in new ways. What I appreciate more than anything is intense dedication to the craft – no matter what shape it takes.”

What’s it like being a Colorado transplant?

I’m constantly amazed by the beauty here. As an unabashed Chicagoan, I’ve got a bit of a chip on my shoulder at times, but I also have an open mind and enjoy discovering new places. Colorado has challenged me, encouraged me, and continues to surprise me every day. I just want to contribute to the beauty and culture of this city and state in any way I can.

Describe a day in the life of Jura Daubenspeck. 

When I’m not cranking away at BLDGBLKS tasks, I’m writing, digging around for new music to listen to, reading, tending to my cacti, and looking for the next best Taco Tuesday spot. Reading, writing, and immersing myself in music are the big ones. I dog sit fairly frequently. I wake up early, stay up late, because there’s just never enough hours in the day. I also work for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Volunteer Enrollment Specialist.

Any hobbies? Hidden talents?

I’ve recently widdled my own slingshot from a stick I found on the sidewalk almost two years ago. Odd obsessions may be my hidden talent.

What’s on your ‘go-to’ playlist (artists, genres)?

Harvest (Neil Young), An Awesome Wave (alt-J), Satanic Satanist (Portugal. The Man). Metropole (The Lawrence Arms), ‘Banned, Banned 2, and Banned 3’ Soundcloud Mixes (Flosstradamus), Ultra 2015 Mix (Zeds Dead). Pretty much any Soulection mix, Diplo & Friends, and Danny Brown. I can go on. It’s a fairly random bunch.

How about your ‘guilty pleasure’ music?

Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy (Jonathan Edwards). Americana music soothes my soul the most.

What was your first concert ever?

Ricky Martin – United Center 10/31/1999. ‘She Bangs’ will forever be engrained in all our hearts.

Describe your best live music experience.

Neil Young + Promise of the Real in Telluride 2016. Hands down the most beautiful experience – the aspens, the mountains, the sunsets, and two nights of my all-time favorite musician. Plus, being able to listen to his sound checks while hanging in my hammock was pretty amazing.

What would you say your life’s mantra is/words you like to live by?

Leave everything and everyone in better shape than you found them.