Never miss a Werkout; after all, it’s for your health. The Werkout, a 3-day event filled with music, art, and all things silly, took place from August 7th-9th in Thornville, OH. An oasis of wonder and shenanigans, what more could one ask for?
After spending the time of our lives at Legends Valley, we set upon the task of reviewing the festival, recounting it for those who were there and recapping it for those who weren’t.
How to boil it down? Condensing 72 hours of bliss into simple text on a screen can be a challenge, but we’ve debated and discussed, recalled and reminisced, and this is the result. A list of 10 moments, bands, people, and situations to paint the picture of the Werkout.
10. The Comedy Stylings of Mr. Jesse Brown AKA The Blue Power Ranger
Amusing would be an understatement had you met this gentleman moseying through the grounds on Saturday night. This guy was the real deal from the costume to his swift reenactment of “It’s morphin time!” He was a true entertainer, as most witnesses would say. His comical gestures and witty dialogue were the perfect way to transition from one set to another. I walked out of the situation with stomach cramps because I was laughing so hard. Werkout citizen Kenny Beebe went on to describe him as “Eloquent. He just kept on going forever. I didn’t want him to stop talking. This guy had to be a professional; he really put on a show.”
Jesse, if you’re out there and ever decide to go on tour just know that you’ve got yourself plenty of fans.
9. El Fuego
A non-musical, yet integral, part of the festival were the performance artists throughout the weekend. Nestled near the stages was a performance area set up specifically for performance artists of all kinds: hoopers, poi spinners, fire breathers and more. Performances of this kind are not uncommon to festivals by any means; in fact, they’re almost as expected as music is. However, Saturday’s events were something special.
As nightfall came and Zoogma tore through their incendiary set, fire performers captivated throngs of audience members with their craft. The performers worked three at a time, joining forces to create choreographed masterpieces of movement and light. Bright flames circled around on smooth trajectories, tearing beautiful patterns into the cool night air. It was mesmerizing. It was unreal.
Honorable mention: Fire cannons. Specifying further, computer-controlled, propane-fueledfire-cannons… with whistles to boot! Who knows what to officially call these contraptions; they shot short blasts of gas through an exhaust whistle and past an igniter. Epic. But… why, you may ask? Because that shit is awesome.
8. Ultraviolet Hippopotamus’ Saturday Night Special
Making the list of incredible performances to hit The Werkout on Saturday night was UV Hippo’s groovy performance. Always blistering and always on point, the band set the evening vibe right with their second set of the extended weekend. Starting out with the soothing and surreal, “Medicine”, Hippo amped up the energy track after track for the duration of their hour-long set. Moving through a 6-song set bordering on an average of 10 minutes a song they jammed their way through as only Hippo can do. The result? A meandering trail of color-clad humanoids dancing their way throughout the venue.
Set List: Medicine > Verlander, Georgie (w/ Kenn Mogel on guitar), DNT, Tugboat, La Marea
7. The Werks’ Two Sets on Saturday
The Werks kept fans at attention with every beat of the night, hitting all of the right notes throughout both sets. They even brought the staff and production crew on stage for a solid moment of recognition; a grand round of applause. Zane Kesey and Derek Stevens from the Further bus did a narrative for the Anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Dave Weissman, the festival’s media organizer, and his son even joined the stage; dressed in galactic space wear (complete with capes), they played air guitar during the last song.
Plain White Toast
Hard To Find Jam
The Other One
6. The Furthur Bus
Zane Kesey (the son of famed author Ken Kesey), Derek Stevens, and the next generation of pranksters made their way to The Werkout on their 50th anniversary tour. The bus, a beautiful piece of art and history on wheels was a one stop shop for fun, games, merch, and even a wedding! The Werk Out was the 6th official stop on their tour outside of their initial travels in Oregon in June. I had the pleasure of speaking to Derek over the phone to ask a few questions, detailing their experiences on the road.
How did the Werk Out become so lucky to be one of the stops of the tour?
“Actually, we were privileged enough to be invited by Rob Chafin of the Werks. I had the pleasure of talking to him over the phone a few times, and he said that they were trying to plan something special for us out there and said he’d appreciate it if we could make it.”
Is it safe to say that the Werks was probably your favorite gig out there?
“Without a doubt. The Werks were on top of it, it was a great gig across the board. They really stepped it up.”
Were there any other bands that caught your attention? “
Actually to be honest I didn’t make it out on the grounds to explore very much until late night but hands down Zach Deputy. We had him on the bus, a little private recording session, and he just blew us all away.”
Is there any advice that you want to share with the youth of America and next generation of merry panksters?
“Best thing to keep in mind is that it’s okay to think differently. It’s okay to express yourself with music and art. Whatever it is that brings up your passion…. We’re not saying to tune in, turn on and drop out by any means. We don’t even roll like that anymore, especially right now on tour. You can be high on the hill but you end up missing those little things, you know? Be you and have fun. It’s okay to be yourself. You don’t have to go down any set path to be free and have fun. It’s all about living in the moment and not missing those little things.”
He went on to share a few intimate moments they had along the tour and added, “It’s those stories that color what this entire experience is about. You know, we actually had an opportunity to get – and I’d hate to mention it – corporate sponsors, but we turned it down. It didn’t feel right not having the bus on the road interacting with people. That’s not what this bus was about and we’re glad that we didn’t. We’ve made so many friends – lifelong friends – along the way.”
Next stop on the Bus tour will be in Baltimore, MD at The 8×10 room with special guest John Kadlecik of Furthur this Tuesday, August 19.
5. The Werks’ Stripped Down VIP Set/Q&A Meet and Greet
This may have not been a part of the main festival, and it wasn’t accessible for everyone, but it definitely deserves to be on the list. As a part of the VIP ticket package for The Werkout, ticketholders were treated with a special set from The Werks in the VIP lounge. Relaxed and laid back, it gave audience members a chance to see the band and interact with them in an uncommonly intimate setting. The session started with a heartfelt thank you from The Werks, detailing how fans and supporters are truly the reason that events like The Werkout exist. It felt good.
Seated among a group of spectators, The Werks played several stripped down songs including a new and yet-to-be released tune. They told stories and joked around. It was comfortable and enjoyable. After the short performance, they moved on to a Q&A session with the audience, prompting us to ask anything about the band, the festival, or whatever else was on our mind.
The shining moment of the Q&A session, you ask? They announced that there were 7 cinematographers filming Thursday’s Dark Side performance. The kicker? The soundboard audio and video of the set will be edited and released, FOR FREE, in several weeks once the project is completed. Another tasty tidbit? Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio is mastering the audio. The days can’t tick by fast enough.
4. Everyone Orchestra
For those who don’t know, Everyone Orchestra is the ever changing, improvisational, brainchild of musician Matt Butler. Boiled down to its core, it’s a jam session, but not just any old jam. Featuring a rotating cast of some of the world’s top musicians (past participants have included members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, Taj Mahal, a presidential candidate and more).
For The Werkout’s incarnation, EO was a 14-piece band creating brass-laden funk fusion with Butler manning the helm as the Orchestra’s psychedelic conductor. He guided the group of musicians toward their auditory goal, creating and closing sonic space as he sees fit. As any musician will tell you, that’s easier said than done, especially with 14 people improvising at a time. Butler guided the group through the jam using vocal cues, hand gestures, and a little whiteboard that he feverishly scribbles directions to the musicians on. It truly is an awesome and silly sight of madness and music.
3. Zoogma’s Saturday Night Set
The 4-piece livetronica outfit hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, took no prisoners with Saturday’s set at The Werkout festival, their second overall performance of the weekend. Sandwiched between The Werks’ two sets that night, they had some big shoes to fill. Zoogma pulled through with what may have been the most talked about set of the weekend.
As the last notes of The Werks’ first set tapered off, the bass took hold from the opposite stage… and so it began. Contrasting the stylings of the previous act’s more traditional sound, Zoogma was a swirling synthesis of organic and electronic instrumentation. Wasting no time and starting things off with a bang, they launched into what can only be described as an electro-blues banger. “Let My Shorty Ride (RL Burnside x Young Buck)”, a seamless blend of hip-hop and righteous gritty slide guitar, foreshadowed what was to come over the course of their set: an eclectic mix of originals and reworkings of a slew of other tracks.
Additional highlights of the set were the Michael Jackson and Eagles classics “Thriller” and “Hotel Crunkafornia (Notorious B.I.G. x The Eagles)”, respectively. For those of you who weren’t there, let’s get one thing straight: these were not simply covers, but incredibly solid and innovative rehashes of the original masterpieces. One has never heard such guitar playing like this during a “Thriller” performance, guaranteed.
As “Thriller” climaxed in one final intensifying crescendo, a surprise awaited, the opening notes to “Hotel California” rang out, soon to be layered in with some Biggie vocals. Intriguing? Damn straight. With dueling guitars and saw-bass low-end, Zoogma soared on this one; imagine Joe Walsh and Don Felder duking it out on the famous solo, but only that this time through they had discovered the glory of Ableton before writing the track. Hands. Down. Breathtaking.
Let My Shorty Ride
Starrey Eyed Thriller
2. Zach Deputy
The one-man-band from Savannah, GA that kept on keepin’ on! It was almost impossible to keep from ‘to his funky tunes, even if you were just passing through for that midafternoon delight. Had the dance floor not been made of rocks, people surely would have kicked off their boogie shoes! The guitar was funky with a few flicks of beat boxing here and there and Deputy laid down smooth, soulful, swingin’ vocals. This man would have you down in New Orleans one minute then out with island fever the next.
Deputy made sure to engage the audience throughout his set to enhance the vibe and step up the jive. He kept the loop train going all throughout Friday and Saturday night, even on into Sunday morning. Even the schedule didn’t know what time he would be done! Embracing his collaborative spirit, he also provided vocals during the Dark Side and Everyone Orchestra sets as well. What ‘chu know ‘bout The Deputy?!
1. And the downright obvious of the all things epic: Dark Side of the Werk Out set!
What an incredible way to bring in the first night of the festival. There was so much zest and excitement in the air leading up to this set of epic wonder. By the time The Werks ended their last song of their first set the crowd had swelled up. One could feel the intensity and the anticipation for what was about to take place – the fifteen minute set change seemed to take forever.
Finally, each band member took their place and the lights dimmed to their appropriate state. The crowd cheered louder with every pulse that lead into the sudden stroke of “Breathe”, and then the pack got wild! Chills are currently pacing their way up and down this writer’s spine just reliving that moment. And who better to open up the tribute other than the festival director and beat master of The Werks himself, Rob Chafin.
As if the Dark Side set wasn’t enough, more surprises made their way into this grand recital. Kevin Dumont laid down the smooth and saxxy melodies during “Money.” The enchanting vocals of Mr. Zach Deputy were brought in for “Great Gig in the Sky”, and, boy did that man bring a few people down to their knees! Making their way through the crowd at that moment was the full cast of Wizard of Oz, even the Lollipop Guild, as the movie played on the backdrop. Overall, it was an inspiring sight to behold.
There it is, the Werkout in review. While this isn’t an all-inclusive list or even the big picture of what went down that weekend, it’s our little version. Short and condensed, just add water – or beer – to reconstitute. Given the chance, would we go again? Yes. As for you, the reader, should you consider it next year? That’s not for us to say, but, if this article was met with intrigue and a peaked interest, you probably already know the answer to that question.
Last Friday, a relatively new 9-piece band hailing from Chicago made their way down to Indianapolis to send the weekend warriors of Naptown out into the fray at The Vogue. My god, did they do it right. Overall, it was a night specializing in all things groovy with local acts Breakdown Kings and Audiodacity coming out in support of the out-of-town headliners to give fans a hell of a show and something to remember for weeks to come.
The night began with Audiodacity’s signature blend of brass and beat, giving the crowd a sense for the funk that was soon to come with the rest of the set. Starting with a small gathering in front of the stage, the crowd grew as their show progressed. The six-piece Indy-bred band powered through their set with drive and determination, leaving everyone in the crowd smiling as they morphed their bodies to the pulse of the beat.
Following their set was Breakdown Kings, another one of Indy’s own rockin’-soulfunk-hip hop revivalists with something to prove. Having never seen them before, this writer was left surprised as songs like “Monster”, “Pow”, and what can be only guessed as “Balls Deep (In Your Love)” were dropped. The latter of the 3 songs, a love song of sorts written for a girl at the farmer’s market, got the entire crowd laughing and dancing at the same time- always a welcome combination.
And then, with the crowd hyped and reaching for more, it was on to the headliners of the night: Chicago Loud 9.
For those who don’t know, Chicago Loud 9 is an amalgamation of 9 members from 5 former acts/bands: ‘grunge-funk rockers Eleven Dollar Life, roots-reggae outfit Drop Steady, cover bands Dr. Rock / On The Radio, and rapper-MC Pro Blak The Don’, according to their website. Funk, grunge, reggae, hip-hop; it’s all one with these guys. No boundaries; nothing off limits. They play what the moment calls for, and they do it damn well.
Taking the stage and starting the set off in an energetic frenzy, one felt the fuel that was about to burn throughout the performance. After a brazen start, they eventually fell into the chill and groovy intro to, “Brainfield” with a solid drum groove that led into some serious flow from Pro Blak aka Don D. Immediately after the first verse the song unleashed itself, blending funky brass, solid guitar work, and singing/rapping exchanges between the two vocalists.
Soon, an unexpected cover broke out: “Spottieottiedopalicious” by Outkast (if you don’t know this song, look it up now. It’s the 21st century; don’t deprive yourself of this classic). Once the solo-laden instrumental took off and wound itself back down to baseline it was time again for some original tunes, breaking into “Ratso”. A funk-rocker that melds its way into some reggae inspired rap verses, “Ratso” laid it down heavy before closing up shop to set up for the next track.
The show continued, eventually building up to the party rocker, “After Party”. During the climax of the song, J-Bone (percussion/keys) ran out from behind his post to revive the tiring dance party. Clearing out a section of the crowd before launching a backflip off of the stage, he ended the move off with some breakdance skills that could start a b-boy battle.
After this uncommon bit of showmanship, Chicago Loud 9 departed the stage just ahead of the loud mass of cheers that chased backstage after them. Not gone for long, they returned to drop the single from the cLoud9 EP on us, “Chill (Wait)”. As the hip-hop/ska groove culminated into one final climax they left us yet again. And then the chanting began…
“ONE MORE SONG! ONE MORE SONG! ONE MORE SONG!” the crowd cried, jeering the band away from their comfortable reprieve and back onto the stage. Starting back up with a high-energy drumbeat that quickly progressed into an all-out jam the MC announced, “We don’t even know what we’re about to play, y’all are beautiful Indianapolis!”
That, my friends, is a beautiful feeling and the mark of a true band, true artists, and true entertainers. In that moment, the music held us together- sweet, punctual sounds moving in harmony to create something bigger than us all. They could have easily left the crowd there, wanting more, ending the night at that moment-but they wanted to keep playing; one could feel it. After completing the unknown 2nd encore, they retired for the night, leaving the crowd sweating with their hands in the air and eyes to the sky. The feeling that we were left with was pure elation- something that no action or thing can replace except for real, heartfelt, music; it was the feeling of [biological] ecstasy at its finest.
In retrospect, this writer is still smiling about the show, it’s energy, and the bands that gave us that feeling. There was no better place to be in Indianapolis that night, one can be sure of it. Fresh, original, music played by three different sets of skilled songsters- what more is there to want out of life?
Tear it Up
Almost Let it Get to Me
Can’t Hardly Wait
25 or 6
Neva Comin’ Back
[Unknown Second Encore]
Get the cLoud9 EP here
Find more photos from the show here
For this installation of “The Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals” we’re continuing our quest and branching out, covering music festivals from all over the United States. Whether it’s down south for Wakarusa or out east for Rootwire, organic focused like The Werk Out or all electronic like Movement; globetrotters from near and far will be able to find something of interest in this week’s edition. Here is this week’s scrumptious list of festivals:
WHEN: June 5th-8th, admission on June 4th included in VIP passes
WHERE: Ozark, AK
Cost: $204 4-Day GA, $139 3-Day Pass, $109 2-Day Pass $705 VIP (prices shown without tax and fees)
Style: Multi-genre focused on jam and EDM
16 artist collectives and performance troupes will be in attendance at Waka this year. Activities, performers, and installations include: workshops, stilt walkers, flow jams, meditations, audiovisual installations, a slackline park, spray art walls, mobile art installations, a New Earth Sacred Temple, and much, much more. Here at IndyMojo, we’re crossing our fingers for a repeat appearance of last year’s Ferris wheel; buy the weekend pass if you see it!
Things to Know
You must buy parking passes for your car at Wakarusa; up to 5 people can ride per car and split in on the cost. Passes can be bought for the main venue, west woods, and riverside locations. At this point, only riverside spots remain, but they’ve been known to release more passes as the festival nears. Don’t count on it, though, last year’s extra releases sold out in about 15 minutes. Other words of wisdom: you are truly in the middle of nowhere at this festival, come prepared. But to begin…
Oh yes, Wakarusa. By now this name should resonate with seasoned festie goers and newbies alike. With kick-ass lineups, artists, and one hell of a location this festival is not one to miss this summer (or any summer for that matter). Nestled on top of Mulberry Mountain near the southern edge of the Ozarks, Wakarusa can be a bit of a hike to get to from most parts of the Midwest. But, as past attendees will tell you, it’s well worth it.
Ranging from festival mainstays like The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, and Umphrey’s McGee to lesser known acts like The Werks, The Magic Beans, and D.V.S.*, fans are drooling at the thought of this year’s shenanigans. In addition to the musical lineup, Waka has one of the more diverse art and performance influences that you’ll find at a festival. Make sure to check out the woven wooden domes from Helping Hands, the interstellar 3D projections in the tree line from Maizz Visual, and the atmospheric sculptures and installations from BhuddaBones Art, just to name a few.
With a lineup that nears the greatest of the year, completely subjective of course, planning a trip down to Arkansas can be tantalizing. Unbelievable scenery, unbelievable tunes, and unbelievable artistry will exude from the Ozarks the weekend of June 6th. And, with all of the sights, sounds, an experiences promised be had at Waka this year it only one problem exists… which shows to hit?
Must See Headliners
-The String Cheese Incident
-John Butler Trio
More Lineup Surprises
-The Magic Beans
2. The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival
When: August 7th – 9th
Where: Thornville, OH
Cost: $99.99 GA, $179.99 VIP (OG Status)
Style: Diverse, ranging from freak out jam to downtempo and everything in between.
Things to Know
If there’s one festival that pays respect to the Midwest music scene, it’s The Werk Out. Thrown annually by Ohio natives, The Werks, this year’s lineup features multiple night performances from nine different acts. That’s right, nine different acts! What does that mean, you ask? You’ll not only get to catch double the performances from your favorite bands but you’ll get to hear all of the deep tracks that rarely get played in one-off festival performances.
Although this festival does prominently feature many bands and artists that first made their mark in the Midwest, don’t think that that’s all that there is to see (read: hear) at The Werk Out. Emancipator, Phutureprimitive, Dopapod, Twiddle, and many more round out the out-of-the-region acts. If you like a healthy heaping of face melting rock, check out The Werks. If you’re more into mind-bending jamtronica, find Papadosio for your fix. If chilled out downtempo is your thing, Emancipator is the act to see. Jonesin’ for some high-energy trashgrass, the Rumpke Mountain Boys are your guys. All in all, there’s only one thing to do: grab a beer, go dance, and have a good time.
Must See Headliners
-Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon played in its entirety by members of Papadosio, The Werks, and Dopapod
-The Werks (x3)
-Future Rock (x2)
More Lineup Surprises
-Rumpke Mountain Boys (x2)
-UV Hippo (x2)
-DJ no DJ (A Live Band Tribute to Daft Punk)
3. Spring Awakening Music Festival
When: June 13th – 15th
Where: Chicago, IL
Cost: $246.09 GA*, $363.21 VIP* (21+ only)
*Includes tax and fees
Things to know
This is NOT a camping festival, so prepare to hit up some Chi-town buddies to do some couch surfing or save up and split in on a hotel with some friends. Also, the VIP section is 21+ so keep that in mind. No totems/rage sticks, glowsticks, LED gloves, food, or empty water bottles are allowed inside the venue. With no outside food or water allowed in, make sure to being enough cash to grab adequate food and hydration inside the gates. Also, the music ends at 11:00pm each night so you might want to plan on hitting some after parties to keep the good times rolling into the late night.
Held in Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, Spring Awakening is a relative newbie to the festival circuit. One of the few all EDM festivals that we’ll be covering in this series, Spring Awakening is a festival geared towards all the bass loving EDM cats of the world. Featuring huge names from all over the electronic scene: Tiesto, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, Diplo, and Benny Benassi just to name a few, Spring Awakening promises to be a rager. Chicago won’t know what hit it.
Must See Headliners
More Lineup Surprises
4. Movement Electronic Music Festival
When: May 24th – 26th
Where: Detroit, MI
Cost: $130 3-Day Pass (Tier 2), $55 1-Day Passes for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Things to Know
Movement, like Spring Awakening, is NOT a campout. It’s held in the heart of Detroit, so plan on finding a place to stay for the weekend. And, unlike most festivals, Movement runs Saturday-Monday so plan accordingly. Also, this one is HUGE. Last year’s attendance was over 107,000 so be prepared.
Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place in Detroit, the birthplace of Techno. A Mecca, for decades, as many see it. A hard won and well worn spot for producers, DJ’s, and rave culture as a whole. Located downtown in Hart Plaza and on the city’s riverfront, Movement boasts 5 stages and over 100 acts to see. If you haven’t heard about this festival before and need to know you need to know one thing: it’s old school. For many festival goers, be prepared to see producers that have been doing it right since you were a toddler.
National and international musicians make the yearly pilgrimage to the holy land for Movement, and for many, it will be their only stateside appearance of the year. Music runs from noon to midnight each day, so it might be wise to get some late night plans in order. Don’t worry though, the people over at Paxahau (the producers of the event) have you covered. There are literally dozens of afterparties that have been organized around the city that weekend; all that you have to do is pick a couple.
Must See Headliners
5. Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival
When: July 17th – 20th
Where: Terra Alta, WV
Cost: $125 4-Day GA
Style: Organic and electronic blend
Extra Additions: Gallery works and presentations will be held by Alex and Allyson Grey.
Things to Know
While holding a nearly identical name as to Rootwire Music & Arts Festival, Rootwire Transformational Festival is loosely associated with the festival from which it gets its namesake.
Rootwire fans the world over held their collective breath this year; waiting to hear if their beloved festival would be thrown again. After it was announced that Rootwire Music & Arts festival would be changing locations this year, nobody knew what to expect. After months of waiting it was announced that Papadosio and EQ Endeavors would split, with EQ picking up the responsibilities for this year’s festival. This year has some of the bigger acts to grace Rootiwre’s stages: Shpongle, Beats Antique, Love & Light, the list goes on. With the changes to the organization for 2014’s event, it will be interesting to see how Rootwire will transform itself as well as the rest of us.
Must See Headliners
-Beats Antique (x2)
-Love & Light
More Lineup Surprises
Summer Camp Music Festival, Summer Camp, Scamp, the best freakin’ party in Illinois. Whatever you call it, it’s coming soon and firing on all cylinders. Taking place over four days (May 22nd – 25th) in Chillicothe, IL, it’s guaranteed to be hands down one of the best weekends of the summer. A days-long event of music, workshops, positivity, friends, and tomfoolery; in short, everything that a growing human needs.
If you don’t have your ticket yet get it soon because you don’t want to miss this. Keep in mind, though, that ticketing is slightly different here than at most festivals. A regular ticket will get you in for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Pre-Party passes can be purchased at an additional fee to get you in early for Thursday’s acts. Also, there are late night sets at the Red Barn for an additional cost. The other stages will still be in operation when it’s going down at the barn, so don’t fear. But, please remember that the barn shows that tickle your fancy will cost a little extra (for more on Summer Camp do’s, dont’s, and things to know, check out The Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals Pt. 1: In Our Own Backyard).
So, do you have your ticket(s)? The appropriate answer to this query is a proper, “No sh** dude, I’ve had my ticket since February.” Next is, “I just found a ride and snagged my ticket, catch you there!” The least appropriate… “Summer Camp?”
If you’re in the latter category or are just on the fence about shelling out the dough, let this article be an inspiration, if nothing else. Please come join the party. As a disclaimer, this writer does not make money from ticket sales nor will he if sales increase as a result of the statements contained herein, so please don’t treat this as a long-winded advertisement. Instead, please accept this as a friendly invitation to The Boogie.
Given five words, what is the best way to describe Summer Camp? How would one provide the utmost meaning and deepest imagery, without losing meaning on useless prepositions? How would one convey the feeling of Scamp, without wasting a single breath? In an attempt to provide the supreme explanation, the greatest rationalization, and the most scintillating justification, these words have been chosen wisely:
Alright, so 5 words may have been a lie. But, technically, they’re hyphenated, so it kind of counts. Regardless, and without opening an English book, one thing can be agreed upon. THERE WILL NOT BE A SINGLE MOMENT WITHOUT GOOD MUSIC.
To support this statement, here is a sample schedule to give an idea of what the weekend could be like. It isn’t an ultimate schedule for everyone or even anyone for that matter. It is just a possibility. And, as every soul is different, there is no right or wrong way to Scamp it, unless you don’t see who you truly want to. The sample schedule reads:
Thursday, May 22nd:
Blue Fruit Snacks (1:30p)
Cosby Sweater (6:30p)
Funky Junk (7:00p)
Future Rock (9:30p)
Manic Focus (11:00p)
Digital Tape Machine (12:45a)
Friday, May 23rd:
The Diggity (12:00p)
Umphrey’s McGee (1:30p)
Victor Wooten Band (3:45p)
Slightly Stoopid (5:30p)
Robotic Pirate Monkey (6:00p)
Blues Traveler (7:00p)
Umphrey’s McGee (7:45p)
Beats Antique (9:00p)
UV Hippo (10:00p)
The Motet (2:00a)
Saturday, May 24th:
The Floozies (12:00p)
Future Rock (2:00p)
Greensky Bluegrass (3:45p)
The Devil Makes Three (4:45p)
Keller Williams (5:30p)
G. Love & Special Sauce (6:45p)
Break Science (8:00p)
Umphrey’s McGee (9:00p)
The Werks (10:00p)
Umphrey’s McGee (11:00p)
Sunday, May 25th:
Umphrey’s McGee (1:00p)
Yonder Mountain String Band (2:30p)
Zac Brown Band (4:30p)
Trey Anastasio Band (7:00p)
Wolfgang Gartner (8:15p)
Trey Anastasio Band (9:00p)
Russ Liquid (3:00a)
To repeat again, THERE WILL NOT BE A MOMENT WITHOUT GOOD MUSIC.
How can one truly say that there will be no moment without good tunes when the stages will inevitably come to a close each night as the microphones and amplifiers are eventually turned off? Quite easily, actually, because Summer Camp curiously happens to be populated by people like… you. Guitarists, percussionists, singers, and composers. Producers, DJ’s, songwriters, and storytellers. Artists, hoopers, contortionists, and dancers. In sum, all of the ingredients needed for a “let’s-keep-this-sh**-raging-‘till-the-sun-comes-up” gumbo that just refuses to quit. Need some examples of how this could play out?
Exhibit A: The Dub Wagon. If you are reading this and the mythical wonder of The Dub Wagon is your creation, please accept sincere apologies for the impromptu name given to the beautiful beast that you’ve wholeheartedly unleashed upon us in years past. No offense is meant by the nickname if any is taken. Essentially, The Dub Wagon is a cart of sorts, piled high with speakers, lights, and all things that glow in the night. It has been known to walk the grounds, late at night, once the grip of darkness has taken over the campground. Growls, womps, and sub-bass can be heard emanating from within its depths. And, if you’re in the right place at the right time, it will come and catch you.
Described in a more straightforward manner, The Dub Wagon is a pushcart that wanders Summer Camp, blasting beats from the late night until the early morning buzz of chatter. Processions have formed, as they will again, wandering slowly behind like zombies, unwilling to give up on the night as they make their way through the camps.
Exhibit B: Jam sessions. Acoustics will be strummed and djembes will be played, hopefully to the accompaniment of a drunken poet and the occasional smiling soul. If you’re lucky enough, you might come across a DJ SOLO/Fresh Hops percussionist tag team jam. It’s happened before, and who’s to say that history won’t repeat itself?
All in all, Summer Camp is a tasty smorgasbord of music, workshops, and more. Whether is jam, folk, rock, house, dubstep, or bluegrass that gets your dance juice flowing, you’ll find it in Chillicothe. It will be a weekend tunes, dancing, singing, and drinking. A weekend of smiling, laughing, and love. Hugs will be had and good times felt. In short, it will be an unforgettable weekend, if only we can remember it.
As the last of winter melts away and spring is set upon us, music fans the world over are joining in a collective daydream of something long lost to the months of cold. It is something loved and dearly missed. It is a sanctuary. It is a place for movers, shakers, and music makers. It is a long travel into the middle of nowhere. At the same time it’s just a short trip into the city. It is drum circle, and yet it’s a turntable and subs. It is an electric guitar, too. It is the great outdoors. It is sunny days and moonlit nights spent dancing under the stars. It is the unmistakable smell of patchouli and shenanigans. What is our dream, you ask? Simply put: Festie Season.
Here at IndyMojo, we’ve undertaken a project to help you decide where your summer mischief will be best spent. We’re compiling a festival roundup of sorts, detailing the ins and outs of America’s best music festivals. By no means should this be viewed as an all-inclusive or all-encompassing guide. Instead, it should be regarded as an informative look into festivals both large and small, created with the intent of helping you find your own unique path for the summer.
Because this is such an immense project to undertake, the guide will be broken up into a multi-part mini-series. For part one of the Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals, the focus will be on festivals located in the heart of our home, the Midwest. Here goes…
1. Summer Camp Music Festival
When: May 23rd-25th, Thursday Pre-Party May 22nd
Where: Chillicothe, IL
Cost: $212 GA* (tier 2), $33 Thursday Pre-Party GA*
*Prices Include all facility and service fees
Style: Multi-genre focused on jam and EDM
Late night barn sets (extra ticket required), musician workshops, community activism workshops, Soulshine tent, and kid’s area.
Things to Know
No car side camping (be prepared to walk with your camping gear). Limited shade in most camping areas, no outside alcohol allowed.
One of the largest festivals in the Midwest, the 14th annual Summer Camp Music Festival will take place this year in Chillicothe, IL. Founded in 2001, Summer Camp has grown from an initial attendance of 1,000 to over 15,000 in recent years and has previously hosted acts such as Moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Pretty Lights, The Flaming Lips, Skrillex, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and many more.
As for Summer Camp 2014, the lineup has an incredible mix of both organic and electronic music, and one will be hard pressed to find a better combination of artists in once place this summer. To reiterate plainly, this year’s lineup is INSANE: Bassnectar, Umphrey’s, Lotus, Yonder, EOTO, and Trey, all on the same lineup. Say what!?
Some key things to remember, though, there are extremely limited forest camping spots so plan on bringing extra sunshades for your tent and camping area. Outside alcoholic beverages aren’t allowed in the park either, so plan accordingly if you want to get your buzz on over the weekend.
All in all, Summer Camp is one of the must-attend festivals of the summer, especially for those living within a few hundred miles. The acts listed below barely even scratch the surface of the Summer Camp, and there are still more announcements to come. There’s a little something for everyone in Chillicothe this year, head on over to the Summer Camp site to check the rest of the lineup out!
Headliners (More to be announced)
-Umphrey’s McGee (x3)
-Trey Anastasio Band (x2)
-Zac Brown Band
Deeper Lineup Surprises
-Yonder Mountain String Band
-The Devil Makes Three
2. Electric Forest
When: June 26th-29th
Where: Rothbury, MI
Cost: $265 GA plus ticket fees
Style: Jam and EDM
Sherwood Forest, silent disco, numerous workshops, additional curated events in the Tripolee area.
Electric forest is held at the Double JJ Resort, infamous for the whimsical Rothbury Music Festivals held there in 2008 and 2009. Since then, the festival has transformed into a new beast. For the fourth consecutive year, the Double JJ Resort will be converted into the Electric Forest, a vibrant playground for the mind, body, and soul. For those of you who been to the psychedelic Mecca known as EF, it is a sight to behold.
A mulit-genre festival that highlights both organic and electronic music, Electric Forest has top-notch artists from all styles to keep any music lover enthralled for days. Ranging from three nights of Cheese (with one night billed as the Ms. Lauryn Hill Incident) to sets by Xavier Rudd, Papadosio, and The Glitch Mob, there is a musical diversity on the EF bill that will keep everybody entranced. Whether you love jam, electronic, and/or everything in between; you will find what you’re looking for up in Rothbury.
Located in the heart of the festival grounds, Sherwood Forest is the optical masterpiece that Electric forest is named after; it comes complete with light, sound, visuals, and all things merry. It is a place of wonder, amazement, and indescribable astonishment that inspires awe to all who pass through it. Sherwood Forest alone is enough reason to go.
Car side camping is a big plus at Electric Forest, you’ll be able to pack a little more without worrying about carrying everything in and out of the festival. As with Summer Camp, though, the camping grounds are in an open field so plan to bring a source of shade.
Headliners (More to be announced)
-The String Cheese Incident (x3)
-The Glitch Mob
Deeper Lineup Surprises
3. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
When: June 12th-15th
Where: Manchester, TN
Cost: $285 GA plus service fees
Style: Multi-genre encompassing all styles of music.
Silent disco, comedy theatre, cinema, on-site newspaper, The Academy (interactive arts experience and workshops), poster art exhibit, water slide, Centeroo fountain, yoga, kid’s area.
Things to Know
It’s freakin’ hot! Be sure to stock up on sunshades and water before this festival. Due to the dirt in the air, you might want to bring a gangster bandana as well.
What do Elton John, Kanye West, and Skrillex have in common? They’re all playing Bonnaroo! If you haven’t heard of the infamous ‘Roo yet, you’ve been buried deeper than just under a rock. For 4 days, Manchester, TN is home to one of the most eclectic and headliner-centric lineups in the world. Bringing heavy hitters in from too many countries to count, there’s something there for music lovers of all shapes and sizes.
If it’s EDM that works you up, check out Skrillex, Kaskade, and The Glitch Mob. If you’re big into the indie scene, head over to see Pheonix, The Arctic Monkeys, or Broken Bells. If it’s folk and Americana that gets you going, Neutral Milk Hotel, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Superjam will do quite nicely. For you metalheads, Meshuggah and Mastodon made their way onto the bill. Literally, every genre is represented here, and it’s beautiful.
In addition to the music, Bonnarroo offers some of the most creative extras that one may come across at a festival this summer. There’s a comedy theatre, an air-conditioned cinema, a solar powered stage, a waterslide, a salon (ha.), an on-site newspaper, a beer garden, a silent auction, and much much more.
Remember, though, that it’s almost guaranteed to be a scorcher. Bring out the sombreros, bandanas, and crazy lids to keep cool. Bring the tarps, tapestries, and easy-ups to provide shade. Bring extra gallons of water and bottles sunscreen to keep hydrated and safe. Basically, prepare for a middle Tennessee campout in June. Don’t let us scare you, though. If you’re prepared then there’s nothing to worry about.
After all, you’ll be dancing your ass off day and night to some of the best acts in the world. You’ll be basking in the mushroom fountain in Centeroo. You’ll be raving it up in the silent disco. And, on the ride home, you’ll be calling up your buddies to ask why they didn’t grab a ticket and come with.
Headliners (More to be announced)
-The Flaming Lips
-Neutral Milk Hotel
-The Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helms
-Superjam with Skrillex and Friends
Deeper Lineup Surprises
-John Butler Trio
-The Glitch Mob
-Yonder Mountain String Band
4. Paradise Music & Arts Festival
When: July 11th and 12th
Where: Hustonville, KY
Cost: Early Bird, $60, GA at the Gate, $80
Style: Multi-genre focused on jam and EDM
25-30 minute professional fireworks show, yoga, workshops, live art/visual performances, hoop troupes.
Things to Know
There are only 500 total tickets available so plan on purchasing yours early!
Paradise Music & Arts Festival is a new kid on the block and a force to be reckoned with. For a first year festival, the lineup is chock full of insanely talented regional and national acts, and it’s near the top of the list for don’t miss smaller festivals this summer. A 2-day festival, lovers of jam, jamtronic, EDM, bluegrass and more will want to call this festival home for the weekend, and it’s looking to be a rip roaring good time!
Set in the rolling hills of Echo Acres in Hustonville, KY, the camping area is scenic and relaxed. The lineup boasts top acts such as: The Werks, Dopapod, Zoogma, Govinda, and Moon Hooch; lending an experimental vibe to this festival. Get your tickets quickly, though, with only 500 tickets to be sold you don’t want to sleep on this one!
Headliners (More to be announced)
Deeper Lineup Surprises
-Blue Moon Soup
-The New Old Calvalry
5. Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival
When: September 11th-14th
Where: Danville, IL
Cost: $230 GA plus ticket fees (tier 1), extra costs apply depending on camping location.
Style: Multi-genre focused on rock/jam/bluegrass/funk
Tthe Sanctuary, numerous workshops, 170-acre lake on-site, hiking trails, fishing (with valid IL fishing license), and kid’s area.
Phases of the Moon is a first-year, 4-day, all jam/rock/bluegrass/funk camping festival held at the 3,000 acre Kennekuk County Park in Central Illinois. It will be a funky spot for a festival; the property comes complete with turn-of-the-century buildings, prairie lands, and several lakes, and streams on-site. The Sanctuary, and everything that goes with it, is an exciting little tidbit from the festival’s site preview too, head over to their page for an in-depth description of what it is!
Musically, the festival boasts an all-organic lineup, meaning that there isn’t a single DJ on the bill. Be prepared to jam out for days with Widespread (two sets), Bob Weir, Gov’t Mule, and many more. Art will also be a big focus of the festival with interactive sculpture, live art, and performance art playing an integral part of Phases of the Moon.
Headliners (More to be announced)
-Widespread Panic (x2)
-Bob Weir & Ratdog
-Lunar Landing Conspiracy
-Tea Leaf Green
-Tedeschi Trucks Band
Deeper Lineup Surprises
-The Main Squeeze
-The Rumpke Mountain Boys
Next in the series: The Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals Pt. 2 : On The Front Porch
It’s a Friday night in Indianapolis and what’s there to do? On normal nights, this inquiry might pose a more serious question. Last weekend, however, the answer was quite simple. One phrase, five words, nothing more. Papadosio and The Main Squeeze. A righteous show, put simply.
For those of you who don’t know, Papadosio and The Main Squeeze are both bands that honed their chops in the Midwest. Papadosio first made their mark in Athens, Ohio before moving out to Asheville, North Carolina. The Main Squeeze are Hoosiers at heart, starting out in Bloomington before picking up and heading up to Chicago, Illinois. Jamtronica and Funk are their styles, respectively, if you could boil it down to one descriptor apiece. An awesome but odd combo for most shows. In this case, epic is the word that first comes to mind. And, on that brisk night, fans made their way to the Old National Centre for their night of festivities and frivolity.
Once inside the venue and two steps down the stairs the temperature change was already noticeable. Hot, humid air that comes to greet you and only means one thing… This sh** is rockin’. Fans showed up early to support both bands, something lost on many of today’s show-goers. It was due to the quality of the music, no doubt.
The Main Squeeze brought it hard and played a noteworthy set, kicking things off with the
fast paced rocker, “Where Do We Go?”, from their self-titled debut album. Moving on to some staple crowd favorites they jammed through two dance-fueling songs that harken back to the good ol’ Bloomington days. After this little funk rollercoaster they dropped a bombshell that nobody was prepared for: Sam Brouse and Rob McConnell of Papadosio sat in with The
Squeeze, cranking out some righteous tunes and keeping the heat wave rolling.
After an interesting interpretation of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, they brought out their cathartic magnum opus of a showstopper, “I’ll Take Another”. The feeling of this song live is indescribable; every soul should experience it, multiple times perhaps. Closing out with one final track, they left behind a boisterous crowd that was sweating, screaming, and wanting more.
Then came time for the main attraction. Papadosio, the infinitely skilled and ever exploring quintet, was set to take the stage. The lights dimmed and mouths erupted into one steady cheer as the crowd drew closer. The dance party, my friends, would soon to be at its peak. Dosio (the go-to name for many) surprised fans by bringing them in gently with a slow and cascading rendition of “Right Now”, a synth laden acousto-electric hybrid off of their newest album, T.E.T.I.O.S. Surprises awaited as Corey Frye of The Main Squeeze stepped onstage for the next performance; bringing the house down with an exquisitely brooding and intense version of “T.V. Song”.
After being released from the dark grip of the T.V., the journey continued onward. With their unique blend of electronically driven harmonium Papadosio had the crowd entranced. The intense harmony of both electric and acoustic vibrations, their signature sound, is nearly impossible to describe except that it feels surprisingly at home in the heart and the bones. This writer is currently trying to figure out how to put it to words. One must find it for themself.
As smiles abounded and hugs were exchanged a crowd favorite, “All I Knew”, took everyone by the shirttails and left for another rollercoaster, destined with more peaks and valleys for all to experience. And then it was on to set break. Goodbye. Au revoir. Auf Wiedersehen. For now…
Picking up right where they left off, Papadosio blasted through the second set with an eclectic mix of tracks spanning their entire career: “We Are Water” and “Oracle Theme” from T.E.T.I.O.S., “By the Light of the Stars” and “Unparalyzer” from the By the Light of the Stars EP, “Night Colors” from Observations, and “Taking Turns” which has yet to be released outside of live recordings. Tired and exhilarated, the crowd watched Dosio leave the stage, soon to return with a feverish abandon that only a “Snorkel” encore can muster. An incendiary drumbeat soon warming up into reverb laced guitar lines and soaring synths, the crowd was immediately transported to another planet. The song ebbed and flowed and brought all of the night’s frivolities to a peak, culminating in one final climax. And, with that, the show was over.
In retrospect it was a night well done but over too soon. Friends were made and good times were had. Smiles were served, and all was well in the world. Indianapolis had its own little bit of magic that night. We came, we saw, and music conquered.
T.V. Song (w/ Corey Frye)
You and Yourself
All I Knew
We Are Water
By the Light of the Stars
The Main Squeeze Setlist:
Where Do We Go?
Funky Good Time (Intro)
Loud (w/ Sam Brouse)
Tank X-ing (w/ Rob McConnel)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I’ll Take Another
Message to the Lonely
Grab your dancing shoes and get your rage face ready because Dopapod, one of the harder hitting jam-bands in the scene, is coming back to The Mousetrap on Saturday February 8th, one day after Dark Star Orchestra raises the dead at The Egyptain Room. For those of you who were at the last show or have had the opportunity to see them live before, you know what to expect. Raunchy staccato guitar lines, a tightly coiled rhythm section, soaring organ/synths; it’s a psychedelic, hard-rock-loving, bluesman’s dream. Think “Phish meets Rage Against the Machine meets Ultraviolet Hippopotamus” and you might have the slightest inkling of what these guys are bringing to the stage every night.
With a trio of studio albums under their belt and playing over 150+ live shows each of the last 3 years, Dopapod is one of the hardest working bands around. Regulars of the festival circuit, they’ve made appearances at major festivals like Camp Bisco, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, The Big Up, Rootwire, Gathering of the Vibes, and many more. That – folks – is what we call street cred.
Their most recent studio effort, the self-produced Redivider (released Dec. 21st, 2012), is also the first to incorporate vocals into the band’s sound. Tracks like “Vol. 3 #86” and “Braindead” showcase this new direction, but there’s still plenty of room for that classic Dopapod style to keep everyone happy. “My Elephant Vs. Your Elephant” and “Bubble Brain” highlight the album’s instrumentals; both tracks sending listeners on a multi-faceted musical journey complete with a range of energy, sound, and emotion. Seriously, check these tracks out; you’ll dig it.
Along with their 3 studio releases, Dopapod has also released a slew of soundboard recordings for listeners to enjoy, all except for “I Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was I” are downloadable for free or pay (name your own price) on their Bandcamp page. Just a heads up, the NYE 2013 show at The Palladium is freakin’ glorious.
Lighting up stages with their incendiary live shows, this band has earned each and every fan as they’ve crisscrossed the country from show to show. They’re one of the few truly original acts out there, even pigeonholing them to a single genre can be downright difficult. Is it jam? Experimental? Prog? Who knows. Moral of the story, though: come out to The Mousetrap on the 8th and enjoy the show. Laugh with us. Dance with us. Jam with us. See you there.
Quick! Blend a cup of Pretty Lights with the zest of one Polish Ambassador. Now add a smidgen of Griz, a dash of Zoogma, and a splash of vocals. Stir with a tablespoon of James Brown. And… voila! You’ve got something that might resemble The Floozies’ special recipe for their newest album, Tell Your Mother (found for free at flooziesduo.com).
Featuring 10 tracks of steady funk grooves and released under Griz’s record label, Liberated Music, it’s The Floozies’ first full-length studio album to date. Trust us, it doesn’t disappoint. Steeped in quirky drums, heavy synth work, and tight-yet-wacked-out guitar lines; Tell Your Mother characterizes The Floozies’ signature blend of EDM with all things funky.
For instance, take the track, “Love, Sex, and Fancy Things”. Starting with a slow, Curtis Mayfield tinged guitar riff, it quickly shifts to a hard-hitting glitch-funk banger worthy of any dance floor. Tracks like “Set Break” show a more laid back and melodic, yet still groovy, vibe. “One Word” takes it back up a notch to to alien level funk, throwing in a multitude of vocal samples and warped out synths to get the boogie going. “Italian Chandelier”, one of the more guitar-heavy tracks on Tell Your Mother, rounds out the album and shows why The Floozies are at the top of their game right now.
Spending the past year writing new material and honing their chops on the nightclub and festival circuits, these guys are a band to watch. With a heavy touring schedule, you should have a chance to catch them soon in a town near you. So, just as momma warned you, keep an eye out for those damn Floozies; the rest of the country seems to be. Just head over to their Facebook page and watch the number of likes skyrocket; they’ve gone up by 2000 since I started keeping track. Hell, do we smell a drinking game?
Chances are that if you’ve been involved in the EDM scene for more than 5 minutes, the name Datsik resonates with you on some level. Troy Beetles, otherwise known as Datsik, is the 25-year-old wunderkind producer who’s taken the world by storm over the last 5 years with his hard-hitting, chest pounding tunes. With the recent founding of his record label, Firepower Records, and subsequent release of his new album in September, it seems that Datsik is trying to progress into something that’s not only bigger, but badder as well. So, in preparation for the Indy stop of his Most Wanted Tour this Friday (11/8), we sat down with Troy to learn a little more about the producer. This is what we got:
Wes: Going back to the beginning, do you remember your first show?
Troy: The first show I actually played as Datsik I went out of town for. We drove to this city called Penticton that’s about an hour out of my hometown. A bunch of my friends came with me and we got to the show and I started playing before I realized that it was a Hells Angels bar. You know, the place was packed, all my friends were there and everyone was going crazy. The bouncer came up to me when I was playing and was like, ‘You gotta change this shit, these guys don’t want to hear this.’ And I was like uhhhh okay. They had brought me from a different city to play at this this club -and it was my first gig- so I was like whatever I’m just going to keep doing what I do.
The bouncer came up a second time and was like, ‘You gotta change it or we’re gonna kick you off.’ And I’m like ‘okay’, so I just kinda kept playing a few more songs. The third time he comes up he rips the cables out of my laptop, throws them to the side and shit, and I get kicked out of the club. Everyone was booing the bouncer. So I basically just walked, so embarrassed because it was my first show and I got kicked out of the club, you know? But everyone who was in the club, on the dance floor, ended up walking out behind me. So the Angels ended up getting the music that they wanted to hear but the club was empty.
But its like, when that kind of shit happens, it doesn’t really get any worse than that. So it’s only uphill from there.
Wes: When you step out onstage, what’s one word to describe your mindset?
Troy: I guess just like, GO. When I get up there and play my first song it’s like go time. I start jumping around like crazy and having fun, everyone’s having fun too. So when I get up there I guess its just like, step on the pedal.
Wes: Describe your dream show for us. What would it be?
Troy: Probably a giant dark warehouse with 200,000 watts of sound. All homies. Just have it dark and be able to play all of the deep crazy shit. That would be my ideal dream party. Coming into a show where I’m headlining, people are always expecting me to throw my bangers. I do that, but I always find time some time in my set -like in the middle- to go into some deeper shit. But I would really like to play a full deep set, just to see how that goes. I feel like it has to be the right setting, though. People have a short attention span on a Friday when they go to a club. I want it to be a little more out there, like some secret bush party rave or something, like under a bridge where it’s all dark with a massive sound system. That is the ideal setting for me, and hopefully one day I’ll get to play another party like that again.
Wes: Switching gears a little bit… What’s your creative process like? How does your writing process start?
Troy: It kind of just happens when it happens, I don’t really have a set format for how tunes get started or finished. I find that the more I try to force myself, the less productive I am. I take that for what it is, so when I’m feeling it I write something and bang it out rather than force myself to sit down at my computer and come up with an idea. That way, I’m a lot less stressed out and when I have some time off and I’m not producing I can have fun and enjoy it. It’s a good balance.
It all depends, though; sometimes I’ll find a really cool sample or noise and I’ll build a track around that. Or, sometimes I’ll write a cool drum loop and go from there, and I find that I do a lot of that kind of shit on the plane. That’s kind of how I’ve always done it.
I’d like to start trying to write songs without doing any electronic stuff. It’s cool to write a full piece of music without including any electronic synthesizers or anything; just write something on the piano and make a track from there. I always get too ancy and as soon as I come up with a cool melody I’m like, ‘Awh man I gotta throw some bass or some sick drums over this!’ I think that if I get a handle on that it will help me progress in a different way.
Wes: Are you working on any new projects that we should know about?
Troy: Right now we’re doing a bunch of collaborations on the bus. We’re gonna be doing a Most Wanted LP after the tour, and its basically got a bunch of collab’s between me and Funtcase, Antiserum X and Mayhem, Sub Antix; everyone’s just been collaborating. We’re going to put together one dope EP and drop it after the tour.
If you don’t know already, you’ll be able to catch Datsik, Funtcase, and Protohype this Friday in the Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre. Datsik recently released his newest album, Let It Burn, for cost ($6.99) or free at www.firepowerrecords.com. With his record label firing on all cylinders, a new album out, and a corresponding North American tour to back it up; it’s safe to say that you’ll be hearing a lot more from this producer in the near future.