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Denver, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Solo Pop Alternative




"The Making of an Unlikely Booty Rap"

Bob Domonkos’s plan was hazy, at best, but he knew one thing for sure: He needed rappers. So he posted an ad on Craigslist. “Need rappers for booty-centric rap,” it read. “I have a song I’d like to see get out there…I think this little ditty has great potential. It’s also raunchy as hell but then so is ‘Anaconda.’ We could put it on YouTube, monetize it and hope it goes viral.” Domonkos — a sixty-year-old grandfather — is a very unlikely booty-rap lyricist. He’s either a chronic adventurer or a commitment-phobe, depending on how you frame his life story. He admits he has a low threshold for boredom, so he’s always creating things. His father was an artist — that’s where he gets it. When Domonkos was fourteen, one of his teachers sent his father a letter saying that Domonkos was a terrible student, a complete distraction in class, but that he had a way with words. Domonkos has always been proud of that. He says the words just build and build in him until he has to let them out, and they come out in different ways — a poem, a novel, answers to the New York Times crossword puzzle or, sometimes, a script.

His hobbies, professions and experiences are by no means limited to writing, however. By his own account, he has “made shit for NASA” and caught crabs from other people’s laundry. He’s been spit on by Al Pacino, and he once snapped his right pinkie off. With only one day’s rehearsal, he danced in a production of The Nutcracker in front of 1,000 people to fill in for a runaway ballerina, and he spent two and a half years digging for gold in Mexico with an Argentine professional tennis player. He’s got stories about working as a gold miner, dynamiter, carpenter, ironworker, short-order cook, gas-pump jockey, landscaper, ballet-company driver, milk salesman, watch salesman, art-collection scout, college composition instructor, machinist, runaway-chicken catcher, eighth-grade English teacher, veterinary assistant, school-bus driver, launderer, chimney sweep, and about fifty other jobs he can’t remember right now. Currently, he’s spending his weekdays climbing up and knocking down sixty-foot trees to make way for new parking lots.

He was run out of Mexico by “banditos and a hail of bullets,” kicked out of boarding school in Switzerland for having hashish, out of Connecticut for stealing Ho Hos, and out of Florida for a “misunderstanding” with law enforcement. He has written a play that was staged in two states, a book you can buy on Amazon, a feature-length movie you can find on YouTube, and now, a rap that he’s really, really excited about.

He is not a musician, but he wrote a song that is both catchy and “quite salacious,” and he thinks other people will like it. But he can’t do it alone. “Like Clint Eastwood says, a man has to know his limitations,” says Domonkos. “I love music, but I can’t create that part. I’m not a musician, but I know words.”

One of the projects Domonkos is proudest of is a two-hour-and-six-minute “highly irreverent” take on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. He dedicated all of his free time for two years to the movie, even spending hundreds of dollars to rent out an entire bar and fill it with drunks, liquored up on his dime, to shoot a single scene. Besides providing a stock of good memories, the film, And Now for the Tricky Part, taught Domonkos two important things. First, that he could successfully cast a feature-length film with a Craigslist ad, and second, that he really likes writing raps.

In Shakespeare’s version of The Merchant of Venice, three suitors are asked to choose the correct casket to win a beautiful bride (it doesn’t make sense in context, either). In Domonkos’s version, the suitors sing the beauty a song or, in one case, a rap. Domonkos liked this new form that his creativity took, and he suddenly had ideas for more rap lyrics. After that, the words to the booty rap just popped into his head, and, never one to back away from a new adventure, he decided to make the song as a stand-alone project. He wrote the song all in one sitting, though he has revised it over and over since then. He believes art is never truly finished, just wrenched from the hands of its creator — or, in this case, entrusted to the respondents of a Craigslist ad.

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A couple weeks after he posted the ad, Domonkos sat waiting in the back corner of a crowded coffee shop. He wasn’t sure anyone was going to show up. It was snowing, it was dinnertime, and he knows commitment is a problem. People get excited about something sitting at their computer, he says, but actually coming to meet strangers at a coffee shop is a whole different thing. Still, he waited with a stack of lyric sheets and a stapler, one white tennis shoe crossed casually over the other, and eventually they came. In the end, the crew totaled five people, including Scott Hogg, Phee (stage name), Emma Cat (also a stage name) and Eric Everhart (stage name Dedoz). And then there’s Domonkos — the unlikely crew’s unlikely leader. He handed out the lyrics. At the top of the page, it said “fast, fast beat.” Immediately below, it began:

DJ hits a def tune
She’s backin’ up a full moon
Takin’ it real slow
Grindin’ on ma hang low
Bumba be workin’
Twerkin’ on ma gherkin
Juices be perkin’
Ahm just smirkin’
She rub a dub dub on his nub in da club
She rub a dub dub on his nub in da club

This went on for seven pages. Domonkos read the rap in his best hip-hop voice — something like the voice of a male-Muppet version of Betty White — chopping the air with his left hand to show where the rap should really “hit like a slap in the face.” The crew laughed in all the same places, nodding in unison to the beat of Domonkos’s voice. Nobody offered criticism. Nobody got up to leave. They immediately began discussing potential melodies, working off Domonkos’s instruction that he wanted it to be “something you can get jiggy to.” Sitting knee to knee on a couch meant for four, the crew of five didn’t look like a winning hip-hop recording crew — one of Domonkos’s Craigslist strangers told him so.

“I did, in fact, go to Stella Coffee House, and I believe I saw you sitting with a group in the back,” a rapper wrote in an e-mail to Domonkos the day after he was supposed to meet the group. “I do not mean to be judgmental whatsoever, but the group that had shown up did not appear to be very ‘hip-hop’ or ‘rap,’ therein dissuading me from any further interest in the project.”

When Domonkos received the e-mail, he just laughed. “That’s absolutely hysterical!” he wrote back. “I’m going to share this with my sub-par group.” “Judgy McGee” looked at the group and saw a ragtag collection of misfits who didn’t know how ridiculous they were.But they know exactly what they’re doing.

Hogg — or “Scotters,” as Domonkos calls him — is a middle-aged warehouse manager, a retired rock-and-roll drummer, and Domonkos’s “partner in crime.” He met Domonkos five years ago at a different coffee shop responding to a different Craigslist ad and bonded with him on a four-hour drive to the Sand Dunes, during which Domonkos told him story after story after story. Scotters thinks the rap is great, but he’s there for Domonkos. He says he’ll “jump into anything with Bob.”

Phee, Cat and Everhart have their own motivations. Phee, a singer and radio talk-show host who is currently producing an online reality show about herself, came because the project just seemed fun and because she never turns down an opportunity to collaborate. Cat, a nurse, photographer, costume designer and aerial-hoop performer, is trying to break into the Denver music scene, so she came for the chance to actually record a song for the first time. Everhart, a drummer who produces the music for his band, Evinity, came for the parody. He believes in the deeper message behind the rap, the hyperbolic representation of what music is today. As a serious musician, it would have been difficult for him to produce that kind of rap as an individual project, he says, but because Domonkos wrote it, he can come on board and help make the rap a little less goofy and a little more listenable — something other people can appreciate.

If you ask the crew what they think about Domonkos, every one of them has the exact same response. First, they laugh, a giggle like an allergic reaction to his name. Then, “He’s just a genuinely good guy,” they all say. In those exact words. And he is. Domonkos is truly jazzed about the work each person on his new team is doing. When he learns that Cat has a website showcasing her modeling and photography, he excitedly shows the rest of the group, exclaiming over and over that “it’s just amazing.” He’s in constant awe of Everhart’s beatboxing skills and can’t speak highly enough of Phee’s “powerhouse vocals.” He emphasizes that Scotters had two heart attacks in the process of editing their movie and still stayed on board with the project because he’s such a loyal, dedicated guy. When they sit together in the studio to work on the rap, Domonkos sits in the back, letting the others take the lead on the music, but somehow he’s at the center of it all.

The crew discusses technique in the studio.
The crew discusses technique in the studio.
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Despite the Craigslist ad promising viral success and the booty-centric lyrics, Domonkos says the rap is not just about getting attention. He thinks working with the crew on a project for five hours every weekend is fun, that potentially giving three talented musicians a career boost is worthwhile, that people might actually like the rap. Maybe all of that is hard to believe.

But then there’s this: Domonkos, Scotters, Everhart, Phee and Cat are in a recording studio in Everhart’s basement. Phee is at the microphone with Domonkos bouncing at her side, holding the rap lyrics at eye level for her to see. They’re recording the main refrain. Phee sings “rub a dub dub on his nub at the club” over and over, trying different arrangements. She swoops up on the “dub,” then dives down at “the club.” They all listen intently with heads bowed. Domonkos says he wants it to be more “syrupy,” and she tries again, this time sliding into “rub a dub” with a little gravel. Everhart plays the recording back. That’s the one. They high-five, they smile, they literally dance with excitement.

“That really got going!” Domonkos says, removing his hat in disbelief. He genuinely can’t believe how good the rap sounds. It’ll be weeks — months, maybe — before the rap is finished to the crew’s satisfaction, and longer before they’ll shoot the video, but none of them seems to mind. Replacing his hat, Domonkos stands up to take a picture of his crew leaning together.

“Smile,” he says.

In his back pocket is another sheet of paper — with lyrics to another hip-hop song. - Westword Magazine

"Musically Inclined: Singer Takes on Pop Scene"

Crystal Anderson
At age 12 Meredith “Phee” Thaler began writing music, developing a passion that would later launch her, popping, onto the music scene.

“I’ve always been really inclined towards it,” Phee said. “I think (music) is such a personal way to connect to people; it touches hearts and I like to be a part of that.”

Growing up across Colorado, Phee said she knew at an early age she wanted to be a musician. After high school she moved to Hollywood to pursue her music career, attending The Musicians Institute and working as an intern with World Audience Management and Warner Brothers Records. Upon completion of her schooling, Phee moved back to Colorado, landing in Arvada and joined two bands, Reunion Drive and Smallz the Cat.

With music as a driving force within her, Phee eventually decided to branch off into a solo, pop-punk career.

“Through doing music, I want to help people feel they’re not alone,” she said, “So when they hear it, they can connect with it, and I think that’s a really cool personal thing.”

Now, in her mid-twenties, Phee, is jumping into Denver’s pop-punk music scene with two recently released synthetic pop singles, “Sex and Love” and “Mexico.” She is releasing a piano-driven album later this year.

Influenced by Irish punk, vintage rap, and modern radio hits, Phee said her initial album will focus on a variety of things, but have amore emotional and earthy sound, similar to her next single, “Go,” a song written by Denver’s Bob Matros about reconnecting with someone whom you care about.

“Pop and punk both are sounds that I kind of gravitate towards … I have that longing towards it,” she said. “There’s just kind of this thing inside me that I can’t ignore, it’s not going away, so it’s just everyday doing stuff (music).”

With her singles available on Pandora Internet Radio, iTunes, and the album coming out later this year, Phee’s music is gaining momentum. While finishing her album, she spends time working with a few bands, performing small Denver shows and at local open-mic nights around Arvada.

“I’m here, it (pop-punk music) exists,” Phee said. “There’s not a lot of that electronically-driven style; it’s definitely started to happen and it’s figuring out what avenue to go down.”

Outside of music, Phee spends the majority of her time hosting a science-fiction radio show called “Master Control,” playing video games, participating in local Live Action Role Playing (LARP) dueling tournaments and spending time with her family and friends.

For more information about Phee or to listen to her music, visit . - Arvada Press


"Sex and Love" Single (2014)

"Mexico" Single (2015)

"Go" Single (2015)

"Rub a Dub" Single with D Town Sound (2015)

"Eclan: Arrival" Single from album, Eclan.  (2016)

Phee Demo 2014
   - Sex and Love
   - Mexico Demo
   - Leavin'
   - Phee Promo Commercial



Phee is currently working on her first full length album - a gritty science fiction concept album delivered by way of a grungy, nerdy, modern pop platform. The album, Eclan, written by Phee and engineered by Tim Jones of NBC’s Chuck, will be set in a dystopian alternate dimension that stems from Phee’s real life experiences. The single for Eclan, "Arrival" has been released.

Phee has released three additional solo pop singles, all of which have received rave reviews from fans. These include self-written singles “Mexico” and “Sex and Love” as well as Bob Matros’ “Go”. Phee’s music can be heard on underground FM and internet radio as well as ITunes, Spotify and Pandora Internet Radio. 

Contact Manager: Liisa McPherson at or general inquiries about “Phee”  at

Additional Info:

Phee began her pursuit of professional performing at the age of 18 when she moved to Hollywood, CA from her hometown of Denver, CO. 

She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before making the move to study exclusively at The Musicians Institute. During this time, she worked as one of three interns at World Audience Management. After a year and a half with World Audience, Meredith began an internship with Warner Brothers Records. 

Her returning to Denver spurred past projects Reunion Drive and Smallz the Cat as well as present projects Master Control, Phee and Me, D Town Sound and most notably Phee - the musician, brand, activist, actor and geek lifestyle leader. 

More on active projects:

Phee spearheaded and hosts science fiction and fantasy talk radio show, “Master Control” which can be heard every Thursday from 8-10pm(MST). More info at:

“Phee and Me” is Phee’s internet quasi-reality show loosely based on Phee’s music career and “making it” in the industry. Featuring shenanigans between Phee and Meegan “The Masher,” who is assists Phee in many ways. More into at:

Scrolling through Craigslist lead Phee, as well as the Denver Westword Magazine, to find the D Town Sound, a supreme rap parody group with recently released single, “Rub a Dub” Feat. Eric Michaels and Phee. Video available on YouTube.  

Band Members