One of Colorado's fastest rising bands, Boulder-based Control combines aggressive drums & bass beats with dancey meditative trance and traditional dance party groove, serving as the perfect springboard for improvised performances leading the audience into a dance explosion.


Control is a Colorado based electronica powerhouse. Featuring a triple-threat arsenal of electric guitar, various synthesizers, and an impeccable rhythm section, the band carries a spirit that can bring any audience to their feet. Control’s sound represents an aggressive and raucous throwback to a time when live bands played with ferocity and passion. With perseverance and determination, they have emerged as a force to be reckoned with.
Featuring members from successful Colorado bands such as The Tao Jones, Mumbouli, The Menagerie and Critical Mass, the story begins in 2006 when guitarist Freddie Heis, bassist Sean Mahaffey, and keyboardist Ethan Ice came together with one common interest in music—to create original and modern dance music while incorporating plenty of room for live improvisation, tasteful sampling, and musical experimentation.
They soon connected with drummer and music producer Matthew Stafford through the burgeoning Boulder, CO music scene, giving them a unique perspective to the music and wide array of hip-hop, jazz and electronic beats.
With the addition of Stafford, Control got straight to work, writing new material and touring constantly in the Denver and Boulder area. Countless energetic performances resulted in the creation of the true Control show--combining elements of funk, electronica, and hip-hop with an energetic performance and an edgy punk attitude. In early 2007 the band headed into the studio to begin recording their debut ep “This is Control.” With more plans for future touring and recording, this band has both the talent and energy to take the music world by storm.
The Control sound is pure power electronica. Drawing from a wide variety of influences such as the Greyboy Allstars, Boards of Canada, Bonobo, STS9, DJ Krush, and LTJ Bukem, The band has shared the stage with the likes of Pnuma, MFA, Perpetual Groove, Prism, DJ Chordata and Sacred Science. Control’s thunderous brand of electronic music is sure to have the world taking note, and with plans in place for a future release of their album, it won’t be long before the music scene catches on.

Colorado Venues Control has played:
The Fox Theater (Boulder)
Trilogy Wine Bar (Boulder)
The Root (Boulder)
Quixote's (Denver)
Dulcineas (Denver)
1st Street Bar and Grill (Nederland)
The Lazy Dog (Boulder)
Pearl Street Pub (Boulder)


This is Control- EP 2006

Set List

Control has around twenty orginals and a variety of interesting covers. Most Control shows are two sets, each set being at least one hour.