MMIBTY Catches Up With Rumtum Just In Time For Fridays Show

Boise, ID native, John Hastings, aka RUMTUM is set to play this Friday in Denver at Mile High Spirits for Bring it to the Borough: A Fundraiser for Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund. If you’re in the Denver area come out and support Breezy point with a night of great music, drinks, and food. RUMTUM will play alongside Holy Underground label mates CC/NNLUST and School Knights, as well as Denver disco kings, Black Amex.Tickets are $20 and include free drinks and can be purchased at the door or online here
MMIBTY had the chance to catch up with Hastings and ask him about signing with Holy Underground, relocating to Denver, and why he chose the moniker, RUMTUM.

What’s behind your moniker, RUMTUM?

It’s my native spirit name.
Where are you originally from? What made you move to Denver?

I grew up in Cleveland moved to Columbus for seven years, then headed west to Seattle for job. Turns out, Seattle wasn’t for me. I had visited Elliott (Baker, of Cceruleann and CC/NN) in the past and loved everything about Colorado. I just felt like it was the right place for me to be. It feels like home.

Full interview after the break.

When did you first start making music? 

I started playing drums when I was 14 years-old and got hooked into the world of music. After learning drums I moved into bass, guitar, keyboards, ect. My strong point has always been recording/producing and creating samples or weird sounds. I’ve always been totally connected to music equipment, something about turning knobs and pushing buttons was more interesting then listening to music.
What has it been like creating music since joining Holy Underground?

These guys are amazingly humble and helpful. I’ve not only gained great PR and booking, but they really took me in as part of the family. Holy Underground definitely made Denver a lot more comfortable and easy to settle into. It’s pretty wild to see all the love and passion that floats around Holy Underground artist and friends.

What are you currently listening to?

Tago Mago by CAN, Animal Collective’s album, Centipede Hz, The Meters, J-Dilla, Lots of Disco and French House.. It’s always changing.
What do you love most about Denver’s tight knit music community?

The people! Everyone is just super nice and wants to be a part of a great cause. I’ve also noticed everyone has really great skills and seems to be an artist in one way or another.
Where have you played in Denver so far? Any particularly fun shows?

My first show was on my birthday at Deer Pile. It was such great show! I also recently played Meadowlark with my labelmate, option4, Bedrockk and Dawn Safari. I’m playing with Mouse on Mars in February and a have several other shows that haven’t been announced yet. I’ve also started to book festivals for spring and summer.
What are your goals for 2013? Get up to work hard every day in Denver, help with Holy Underground, play lots of shows, play festivals, bring Monster Rally to Denver for a joint show, play shows in LA and SF, and put out first solo EP on 12″ vinyl.

Check out Rumtum on Soundcloud and Facebook.