Catching up with Cody Kelly Williams, Basic Supervisor Of Juggernaut Music Venue (Gallup, New Mexico)


Dying Scene sat down with Cody Kelly Williams, Basic Supervisor of Juggernaut Music to inform us in regards to the venue within the Southwest the place bands like Three Dangerous Jacks, The Lifeless Finish, and lots of extra have shared their music in Gallup, New Mexico.

The Juggernaut getting a face carry.

Dying Scene: Who’re you and what’s your position at Juggernaut Music.

Cody Kelly Williams: My title is Cody Kelly Williams. I’m the overall supervisor right here at Juggernaut Music in Gallup, New Mexico, situated at 308 East Route 66, throughout the road from the Gallup Practice Station.

DS: Inform me just a little bit about your self.

CKW: I’m initially from Tennessee. I’ve been right here in Gallup since 2019 and began working right here on the Juggernaut Music the identical 12 months again in September of 2019 as an apprentice and have been a full-time worker since 2020.

Cody Kelly Williams within the supervisor’s seat.

DS: Inform me in regards to the Juggernaut. When did the venue open? Why? What sorts of exhibits do you could have?

CKW: So, Juggernaut began when my boss, Ernie Santiago was in a band known as Sleep Tastes Fairly and needed a spot to play. He made connections with STP whereas touring everywhere in the nation…he met a bunch of bands. He owned Juggernaut Hookah Lounge on the time, which was throughout city after which turned it right into a venue. It blew up from there. Then he needed to get this present house as a result of the exhibits began getting too large.

DS: What sort of exhibits had been they having again then? 

CKW: It was principally steel and hip-hop. These days, punk, hip hop, steel, nation, and acoustic. Nation…very hardly ever, however we do do it. Punk, hip-hop, and steel are the three large attracts for us. 

Graffiti artist Jeremy “Native Solar” Johnson.

DS: When was the primary present?

CKW: The primary present at this location I imagine was in 2018 it was a 420 present. The primary present that I labored on right here was Three Dangerous Jacks in December of 2019.

DS: So do you could have any Native American bands that play right here?

CKW: Since we’re within the coronary heart of the reservation, I’d say 98 % of the bands that play listed below are Native Individuals. We’ve labored with bands like Loss of life Mantra, Born of Winter, Conflict Motor, Lo Money Ninjas, Rei Gurren, and Drunk City Zombies and Alchemy.

DS: How’s the music scene right here in Gallup?

CKW: It’s principally steel and hip hop however the punk scene has been sturdy these final couple years. When the punk exhibits first began, we may barely get anybody in right here…legitimately, perhaps 20 folks at most. Now it’s grown to no less than 100 folks once we throw a punk present. We’ve even thrown a pop-up punk present and nonetheless had 80 folks present up.

DS: That sounds prefer it has been an excellent response. How does that make you’re feeling?

CKW: It’s been rewarding to me personally as a result of I began attempting to push us to do extra punk exhibits as a result of it was beginning to develop. I’ve an annual present that I throw known as Punktoberfest. It’s an all-day punk pageant.

DS: When is it?

CKW: It’s often the second or third Saturday of October. Final 12 months, it fell on Friday the thirteenth. That was cool.

DS: Very cool. What has been your most memorable present?

CKW: My most memorable present? Most likely Punktoberfest, truthfully, simply because I put all of it collectively. I booked all of the bands after which simply to see or not it’s a hit. That’s most likely the largest standout that I’m pleased with. The largest present that we’ve had right here, although, has been Shaggy 2 Dope (Insane Clown Posse). So, I suppose it will depend on the way you need to phrase it.

DS: You’re additionally into music. Inform me about your individual tasks.

CKW: I’ve 5 tasks accessible on all streaming providers. I produced nearly all of my songs which will be discovered on Spotify.

DS: There’s a skate store proper subsequent door. Do you could have any reference to the skate park throughout the road?

CKW: Yeah, these guys that run the skate store subsequent door, Enchantment Skate Store, they throw skate jams there yearly. They work with the town to get the permits after which rent us to do the sound. So, we’ve truly completed sound on the skate park. I’ve completed it 5 occasions since I’ve been right here.

Gallup Skate Park.

DS: What recommendation do you could have for touring bands coming by means of Gallup?

CKW: Be ready. You’re going to see some craziness in Gallup. It’s a nice metropolis to dwell in…just a little wild at occasions. Simply be open-minded and don’t be stunned at what you see.

DS: So, what may they count on to see?

CKW: There’s an enormous homeless inhabitants round right here, so that you’ll see the traditional homeless actions however sometimes we get folks that simply wander in right here and are form of exhausting to deal with. So, it’s a must to get them out. We didn’t get quite a lot of large exhibits in Gallup however we do now. As a result of this space was so secluded and we needed to go to Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix to look at large exhibits. These days, each time we get these larger artists right here, some folks simply don’t know how one can act as a result of they’re like, holy shit, I can’t imagine Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) is right here in Gallup, New Mexico. So, yeah, that’s most likely the one factor. In case you’re an enormous band, be ready. Some persons are most likely going to be star-struck.

DS: Gotcha. On that word, what well-known musicians have been right here?

CKW: Max Cavalera. Let’s see, who else have we had right here? We simply had Doyle of the Misfits right here a number of months in the past. That was a very enjoyable present. We’ve had ABK and Shaggy 2 Dope. These are extra within the hip-hop lane however they’re fairly well-known. I set to work with Suicide Silence earlier than. They’re fairly large. Yeah, lots of people truly.

DS: That’s superior.

CKW: Yeah.

DS: So, what bands are you listening to this week?

CKW: This week? TV Cop, I’m listening to them heavy. They’re associates from Iowa. They only dropped a brand new album. I’ve been listening to Loss of life Mantra lots once more. After which simply my regular playlist, which form of simply goes round hip hop, just a little little bit of JIDJ. Cole, Joyner Lucas, Nas…stuff like that. My essential influences had been hip hop and punk music rising up. So, I’m all the time listening to Lifeless Kennedys, Inexperienced Day, Iggy Pop, and stuff like that.

DS: How ought to bands get in contact with you in the event that they need to play right here?

CKW: They will hit us up on Fb, our Instagram, or they’ll contact me immediately at (505) 409-1041.

DS: Very cool. What else would you wish to share with Dying Scene’s readers?

CKW: Welcome to Gallup and are available be part of us.

DS: That’s nice. Thanks so very a lot.

CKW: Thanks.


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