This Thurzday we are celebrating the birthday of Rob S AKA Indigo Child. Richie August has been added last minute to make the night even more special. Jin-XS and Ceebz will also be spinning, which makes this an event full of talent.
Richie August was once apart of dubstep mega group HULK with the late Alan Claw. Both of which, have made a very lasting impression of the Indy scene. Richie who hails from Chicago, has for the past few years been maintaining a successful solo career.
His tracks are deep and heavy with a very creative balance dirty basslines and synths. He has a wide range of collaborations and Beatport releases and been touring the country performing with some of the top names in the EDM world.
Indigo Child taps into the deeper darker parts of your soul. beats that vibrate your ribcage and send electrical currents through your body. every show is 100% raw talent and intimate with the audience. Indigo Child (Rob) wants to provide a connection between him and the audience to help people capture the side of themselves they dont normally see in themselves. This is the darker side of spirituality!
Rob is originally from Lancaster, PA and began his passion for music at an early age. Originally playing classical violin, Rob soon pursued other passions in the music world. His influences include trent resnor, pink floyd, and dieselboy. he began his DJing about 10 years ago and has steadily learned the ins-and-outs. He currently resides in Indianapolis playing several shows a week at Indy’s Moustrap and Doc’s Music Hall in Muncie. He is signed on the G9 Collective as of August 2012 and Cosmic Promotions since May 2012.
Over the last decade, Jin-XS has become a recognizable face in the Indianapolis DJ scene, across a broad spectrum of genres. Born in Uqbar, later moving to Broad Ripple in Indianapolis at the age of 3, Jin-XS spent much of his youth and teens in the rave, industrial, and hip hop undergrounds, but his work as a DJ began 1999 in Denver, when a cousin taught him the ins and outs of using DJ equipment. Around this time he also began teaching himself a variety of music software.
By 2003, he had begun his work with instrumental production and mastering the art of DJing itself, and continues to the present, spinning an eclectic mix of genres in some of Indianapolis’ biggest music venues. In 2009 he opened for “End:The DJ,” the #1 Industrial DJ in the world, at Gencon. He has been a show DJ with top acts such as My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, The Ready Set, Naughty By Nature, and InnerPartySystem, and appeared in BET’s tour commercial for Murphy Lee. Currently is a part of the G9 Collective, IndyMojo’s DJ crew.
Ceebz is the DJing alter ego of 23 year old Cody Bowen. Ceebz has been performing since a trip to his first festival 2 years ago when he realized his passion for EDM and the want to play it for a crowd. He plays a few genres such as Moombahton and Drum n Bass but has a focus on Dubstep music, taking influences from artists such as Caspa, Bassnectar, Figure and Dream, just to name a few. Ceebz brings the bass and the vibes to make any event a banger, just get him behind the decks and let him go.
Thurzday, March 26th
5565 N. Keystone Ave
The Magic Bus
Infected Mushroom are returning to Indy with a brand new live production. This time instead of crazy mind blowing visuals from spheres, it’s a fully functional animatromic stage. “Infected Mushroom’s production is the first of its type. Imagine; a flame throwing, steam blasting, eye popping, self standing mechanical “Steampunk” themed mushroom.”
“This mechanical being is more than a stage production, but an art installation with a darkened soul. Infected Mushroom will give life to a new type of live element sure to satisfy the thirst of this ever-changing and rapidly evolving hunger the masses desire.” Batteries included!
“To pioneer your own sub genre of electronic music in the music industry today is no simple task, it is essentially equivalent to Chuck Berry inventing Rock music in 1955 or Massive Attack effectively originating Trip Hop in 1983…
Electronic music, mega-revolutionaries Infected Mushroom are renowned for being the sonic innovators of crafting hypnotic arrangements, complex layered melodies and synthetic rhythms known as “Psychedelic Trance,” leaving behind all their dying “Trance” cousins in the mainstream…
Twice ranked as the world’s “10 Best DJ’s” by the Bible of the Scene (U.K.’s DJ Magazine), the Israel-bred, L.A. based duo Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have established their self- invented genre among the highest in the scene.
One could easily scour pages of the Internet in vain to find the epic level of music history defining the Infected Mushroom “kingdom.” Their most notable achievements include: 1999 breakthrough debut album, The Gathering, which gained immediate attention on club dance floors and in the hands of Goa/Psy-Trance DJ’s…
Fast >> 2007’s their critically acclaimed and highest-grossing album Vicious Delicious, catapulted the duo onto new levels. The success of that album was met with high anticipation for another which was dropped in 2009 with the The Legend of the Black Shawrama. The album included noteworthy hit track, Smashing the Opponent, for featuring guest vocals by legendary Korn lead singer, Jonathan Davis. By no coincidence on the title, did Smashing the Opponent album-hit #8 on the Billboard charts.
If that’s not impressive enough—there is the band’s average 120 live performances a year including, repeat, sold-out shows from the Ultra Fest in Miami to the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, from Mexico’s OMIX to Cali’s Coachella, to Brazil’s Ipanema Beach, and from Melbourne’s Metro Club to the 2009 and 2011 Burningman Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. Not to mention collaborations with big Rock legends; Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Perry Farrell (Jane’s addiction) and then their insane amount (roughly 14,000,000) hits on You Tube simply cannot go without mention…
The best is always yet to come with Erez and Duvdev; in early 2012 they released the Army of Mushrooms, their most multi- faceted electronic album delivery to date since 2009’s “Legend of the Black Shawarma”.
Army of Mushroom’s doesn’t hold back for a second, doing what the guys “do best”−invent, experiment, create, re-arrange, flip-up, bend-over, twist-sideways while staying true to their electronic roots diced with their own and of course, always trippy and psychedelic.” – infected_mushroom.com
Thursday, March 12th
$25 Day Of
On Sale – Monday, Feb 9th – 5pm
Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1zP9wHG
Here is how you do it!
1. In the comment section below, tell us is in, why you deserve to win. Make it good people. 100 words or less!
2. Post this event to your Facebook Page. Be sure to tag IndyMojo.com in your post so we see it.
It’s THAT easy!
Winners will be announced Thursday Morning, February 12th!
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Grateful Dead, many deadheads and music lovers alike have been coming together to remember their favorite jam band of all time. Having booked the “Fare The Well” shows in Chicago, the fear of possibly never hearing those sweet tunes in person again has become ever more of a reality for many.
The connection between music and the human soul is a story as old as time itself. The universal connection is something that binds people and their relationships with each other, so to say that music influences our lives is an understatement.
Though they are considered a cover band, Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) looks to bend the mold, change the circumstances and be more than just a cover band. Many loyal followers of the music have tried, from day one, to pursue their dreams of covering their favorite band of all time. However none are as acclaimed or accredited as Dark Star Orchestra.
DSO is known for performing shows based on the original set lists of actual Grateful Dead concerts, citing the date and venue at the end of their performance. For steadfast fans, this is a fun opportunity to discover a new favorite Grateful Dead show they might not have known about.
Dark Star Orchestra doesn’t just play the specific set list though; they cater each and every show specifically to the era in which they are recreating. From changing their arrangement to musical structure and even instruments, accuracy is a highly-regarded element of every performance.
DSO is also known for the fact that five members of the original Grateful Dead have occasionally sat in on their shows throughout their nearly 15 years and over 2,200 shows on the road. Band members include Rob Eaton on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dino English and Rob Koritz on drums, Skip Vangelas on bass, Lisa Mackey on vocals, Rob Barraco on keyboards and vocals, and Jeff Mattson on lead guitar.
Thursday February 12, 8 PM
Old National Center
Can’t make it to DSO and not sure if you’ll get the farewell tour tickets you mailed in for? We can’t recommend The Dark Star Jubilee enough. Named Favorite Longstanding Festival in our 2014 Year in Review, The Dark Star Jubilee is your best bet for a family-friendly Midwestern festival free from digitally produced music.
Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.
Govinda has played with Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah, STS9 and many more and been featured on over 25 compilations such as Buddha Bar II, Asian Travels II, and Nirvana Lounge selling a combined 400,000 copies. Govinda has played at numerous festivals throughout North America including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Sea of Dreams, SXSW and more. Govinda’s music has been licensed on shows like “Roswell” WB, “Road Rules” MTV, and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” Bravo as well as many independent films.
The Govinda live show is truly a multi-sensory experience that features professional dancers, live projections, resonating vocals and a sonical sound-scape. His live experience is full of vibrant energy that plays to its crowd. Govinda performs on Ableton Live accompanied by classical violin. Govinda is currently touring in support of his album “Universal On Switch” which was released independently earlier this year.
This Thurzday, Govinda brings this mind opening experience back to the Mousetrap stage. His violin mixed with his production talent sets him aside for one of the most unique shows you will witness. The last show was packed and the crowd was captivated by his performance. Let Govinda string you along his journey at Altered.
You’re about to embark on a very exciting adventure.
A journey which along the way will bring to you new color,
new dimension and a new experience.
Let your minds eye go wild.
Every atom of your being is animated by its action.
From an invisible source comes blunted breaks,
deep bass, ethnic elements from around the world, lush keyboards,
warm brass and samples from the caverns of yore…
The music emitting from this jukebox takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey
thru the past, present and future. A deep space beam which hints at
dub, hip hop, downtempo, soul, funk, latin, jazz.
All captured forever in Hi-Fi.
…I am one with its rhythm…
Thurzday, January 22nd
5565 N. Keystone Ave
In the colorful, eclectic Calvin Fletcher’s coffee shop, behind a steaming mug of café mocha, sits an instrumental component of the beginning of a major shift in Indy’s local music scene, starting with the rebirth of Indy venue Birdy’s Bar and Grill.
Henry French came at an interesting point in Birdy’s 15-year-long run. The previous booking manager, Jeff Sample, served the venue for over a decade, helping Birdy’s to become a milestone in regional musicians’ careers. After more than ten years of hard, dedicated work at the venue, Sample felt the need to leave Birdy’s for personal reasons.
This left French with a very interesting and unique opportunity.
Started at the bottom
French, having been in a touring band himself, knows a musician’s struggle. Starting from absolute scratch, French began his music career playing lengthy acoustic cover sets in the back of dimly lit bars. Noticing the artistic disconnect that comes with playing covers at a bar, he decided to take things into his own hands.
“Little by little, I started peppering in a few originals at my acoustic gigs,” French said.
From this point, he grew successful as a singer, songwriter and eventually the front-man of his own band, Henry French and the Shameless, which frequented Birdy’s.
The Rebirth of Birdy’s
Birdy’s not only has a rich history in the local music scene in Indianapolis, but it has also hosted bigger bands and artists such as Prince, The Strokes, Mutemath and many more.
Lately, however, local acts performing at Birdy’s see the venue as less of a goal, but perhaps more of a venue to live-rehearse to a jury of their peers.
Now, using his personal experiences, French is working toward a newer, yet some may say “older” version of Birdy’s.
French holds Birdy’s very closely to his heart, noting that it was always seen as a “jumping point” for the ”B and C level” national acts, on their way to the top.
“By the same token,” he says, “it was the shot for me as a local guy to build my chops here in Indiana.”
French maintains that he is not looking to give Birdy’s a “new identity”, but rather to give it a “rebirth”.
“Back in the day,” he says, “Birdy’s was almost a stepping stone for local musicians. It provided the bands that did well the incentive of opening for national acts. Lately, something has fallen off.”
Musicians Maturing with Birdy’s
Now, it is clear that French must figure out exactly what caused the changes at Birdy’s, and how he can get things back to how they used to be. One issue may be social media.
“On a regular basis,” French says, “Bands send out invites and hope this get the word out about their show, their band, their plans, etc. The fact is, social media is a tool to implement a solution, not the solution itself.”
French believes that in order for bands to be successful, they must work for it the same way people did 15 years ago: making calls, going to shows to network with fellow musicians, making posters and handing out flyers.
“This hasn’t changed, and if anything, is more important than ever. Social media is very easy for anyone to use, and thereby, it’s a sea of notices that the public are getting more and more used to ignoring everyday.”
The Next Chapter
French has his goals in order, and has always been known to persevere through adversity and come out stronger and more experienced in the end. So what’s next for Birdy’s?
“I’m going to continue to reach out to some of the caliber of acts that used to frequent Birdy’s,” French says. “There’s a wealth of new venues in Indianapolis that are now competing for the concert goer’s dollar, and Birdy’s should be competing with this other venues more than it currently is.”
What do you think about the changes being implemented at Birdy’s?
Check out, or even sign up for Birdy’s own battle of the bands, Birdy’s Battle Royale!
There is no better cure for the deep winter blues then some good old fashioned blue grass music. Indy Mojo is taking over the Blue Bird in Bloomington, Indiana for the first time, for a knee stomping party with GreenSky BlueGrass! If you’re looking for a great way to warm up this winter, there is no better way then dancing the night away to some bluegrass.
Join us at the Blue Bird in Bloomington Tuesday January 13th. This venue has hosted many amazing bands such as Umphrey’s McGee, Bassnectar, and Papadosio and we are so excited to be hosting GreenSky. GreenSky is an all acoustic five piece band, but don’t let the word acoustic fool you, you are definitely in for an intense rock and light show mixed with some awesome blue grass. They will remind you of the summer and warm times in the sunshine.
So check out tickets and come warm your soul with some lovely BlueGrass in a great town.
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Steady rockin’ all night long…
Who?: Shannon Burton, AKA Steady B
Came to Indy: 6-7 years ago, but, has always a bastard stepchild of Indianapolis.
Places you may have seen him: Neon Cactus, The Vogue, Subterra, MojoStock, Melody Inn, The Mousetrap
This week, Indianapolis lost a shining star in its nightlife scene to the likes of Austin, Texas. Shannon Burton, aka, Steady B is a local dj/producer who has made major moves in his years in the Indy electronic music scene.
Shannon Burton has built a solid reputation and following since stepping into the music scene over 18 years ago. Through his many years of experience, countless headlining performances and successful events, he has earned the title as one of the Midwest’s leading and sought after DJ’s.
Steady B has brought his infectious energy and style to stages in Germany, Toronto, Detroit, Orlando, Chicago, and the rest of the Midwest’s major cities. Over the span of his career, Steady has held more than a dozen different longstanding residencies in different venues and cities.
Steady B performs regularly for major brands like Victoria’s Secret, Upland Brewing Company among others and is a DJ representative for Scratch Events based out of New York.
DJ Steady B’s talent is music. His passion is sharing it with others in any way he can. His unique and dirty music stylings mixed with a dynamic stage presence has made him an invaluable entertainer. Shannon and his wife Amanda will be relocating to make a new exciting life in Austin, Texas and it is only proper to give him a worthy send-off. Shannon sat down to answer some questions about his career, his hustle, and his upcoming move to Austin.
Amy Foxworthy (AF): How did you get your start?
Shannon Burton (SB): Well, it was something that I watched my older brother do growing up, and my step father DJ’d while in the Air Force. He had some records sitting around; I remember pulling out a UTFO’s Roxanne and scratching with that record until the needle broke. Then I pieced some gear together with my friend Mike Morgan and started doing house parties.and it seemed to become something that I became passionate about.
AF: First time you mixed records:
SB: Hmmm… are we talking a legit mix? I really didn’t have someone telling me what a proper mix was but I really payed attention to the mixtapes that my brother was sending me. I really don’t remember my 1st….but i remember playing records in the basement at my parents house–and I’m sure it drove them crazy–with this type of music with no vocal. A lot of 4-to-the-floor Hard House, House jams and Hip Hop, but they were supportive and it grew on them. My mother still shows up for shows and club events. When putting on shows myself, mom and pops would work the door at some.
AF: Who inspired you?
SB: My mother has been one of the biggest inspirations due to the fact that she is the one that instilled my love for music, my work ethic, and my party. As far as music is concerned, growing up I’ve listened to a lot of music and i appreciate it all-regardless if I like a genre or artist. Prince, Trent Reznor, Cajmere, Carl Cox, Rakim, Parliament , Depeche Mode….. the list goes “on and on” like Erykah Badu….
AF: When did you know you wanted to/could do this for a living?
SB: You catch this bug… this piece of you that wants more…..but, I really felt that I had this bug when I went to visit a friend in Germany and he had set up some shows for me. At the time I was still a infant in my career, but, being on the other side of this place called earth, and really not being that good I don’t feel. I wanted more out of it, and was willing to put in work to get to the point I’m at today. It is really powerful how music can bring people together; it was a life changing experience for me.
AF: Since you play so many different types of music, if you could only pick 3 genres for an entire year, what would they be?
SB: House, UK Grime and Juke!
AF: Scene drama–how you stay above all of it and how you stay tight with EVERYONE and don’t fall into cliquish shit?
SB: I stay in my lane. I SUPPORT when I can, i don’t take anything personal. I make my own opportunities, and my steps are guided.
AF: When you get to Austin, what is the plan? Build on what you’ve grown, or start fresh?
SB: A bit of both if that makes sense……the plan is to connect with like minded people with the type of gigs my heart is into, and continue my professional career as a DJ representative for Scratch events and with my own brand as DJ STEADY B.
AF: Who in Indy inspires you, who do you enjoy working with? Did someone give you some sort of chance where you got to open for someone, etc.? Did you have a “mentor,” per se?
SB: The DJ/Music community as a whole inspires me. I personally make a conscious effort to take something positive from everyone that I meet and take that and adding that to myself. I’ve played with many in this city–OG Brandon Patr!k, Jackola, 100proof……..but, when I’m on the decks with Cool Hand Lex or Buck Rodgers (currently in Austin, TX ) there is something about those sets that stand out; a type of vibe that gives ya chills. .As far as chances, I did different shows before i relocated to Indy, but, Techno Producer Adam Jay was the 1st person to book me as I started my 7 year adventure here…
AF: First Indy DJ gig, and first gig as a whole, nervous?
SB: Being like 16, doing house parties, R&B cafe, clubs/bars in Lafayette. I wasn’t even old enough to be in there and I still dj’d there. Purdue campus, we would load up the 79 Fleetwood (my first personal car) Cadillac, we’d hit specific party spots, play. I remember doing that at like 17 and 18. My junior and senior year in high school.
AF: Tell me about your production aspirations? have you been working on producing more? Talk a little bit about the differences in producing as opposed to mixing music/playing live and what you get from each, what you like most about each, what you dislike about each, etc.
SB: At this point in my career I’m wanting to evolve. From when i first started I was hip hop, then the booty & house, then I have produced my some tracks for my own person use for my shows…. I’m personally not too fond of my own work, but, people have liked the tracks I’ve made when I’ve played them out. This next phase of my career, production is going to be a focal point… I have a lot of concepts and projects that I’ve started by myself along with others. Just taking the time to sit down and arrange the concept to make a structured song from start to finish is my least favorite part.
For me, I want to produce stuff that sparks a person’s ear. When I’m in the studio I don’t have a genre that I’m going to make, I have idea that just vomits…. but, I may hear something and I just do it. There are too many “labels” in the world–genres or whatever. Same thing when I dj an EDM set somewhere. I ask the promoter what people are digging at the venue at the time, or look at what idea of why the booked me, and I build from there. I crate dig and then I get to a final cut process, then I will put the 1st 15 to 20 mins together on how I want to start the journey of my set, then after that we just see what happens. It’s about reading the crowd and seeing if you have them engaged.
AF: Collabs? Dream collabs? Michael Mcdonald? Kenny Loggins? Bob Seger? Are you wanting to like, break into the yacht rock scene? What’s something that people wouldn’t expect to hear from you that you’d like to experiment with or break into sometime?
SB: I enjoy working with people on tracks; you bounce ideas, you feed of one another vibe, you have a second pair of ears. You can play off of their strong points and they can play off yours. Dream collaborations… hmmm….Art of Noise, Cajmere, anyone from Dirtybird, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Jaimie Fanatic.
AF: Talk to me about Booty House…. explain it for our listeners…. where did it come from, how did you get into it? Who are your inspirations or role models in that scene?
SB: BOOTY HOUSE…. ghetto house, ghetto tech, hip house miami bass… sexually driven party music–can be vulgar… It was twerk music before twerk was twerk in the “EDM scene” the booty house / ghetto house / juke based out of Chicago. The ghetto tech & was based out detroit. I made babies with the genres…..my brother would send me mix tapes from Detroit with such artist like Godfather, Assault and Nasty and other. I was also following djs from Chicago like DJ Funk, Slugo, Deeon, Nephews, Fast Eddie and so many more….I was the only Dj playing it from South of the region (Northwest indiana )
AF: Versatility…you play everything…. talk about ability to assess/judge your crowd and how important of a factor that is in dj’ing. How do you deal with sporadic requests, when you are playing a set?
SB: Its all about balance. The club or venue hires the DJ’s for a reason–to make a party and to rotate the crowd from the dance floor and to the bar.
Some DJ’s do requests, some don’t., depending on the venue or event…. its up to the DJ’s discretion….. it is a customer service-based job for some events.
AF: Charity…. you’re involved with some charities where you give your time and talent for free for some really good causes. Not asking you to toot your own horn, but can you tell me a little bit about the ways you give back to your community through your music? To follow, tell me some things going forward you’d like to get involved with or make an impact in some way.
SB: When you are blessed to be able to do what you love for a living…. why wouldn’t you want to give back to the community…or give time back to those who might need it. Everything from Red Cross to Boys and Girls clubs…. marathon to fund raisers……
I did work for the Boys & Girls club for years, I do miss that…..Something I may do a little more once down in Austin.
AF: Tell me some funny stories you’ve seen or witnessed on your many times playing out. Weirdest request, most frequent request, has anyone ever messed up your equipment, etc.
SB: A Funny story….I was up north near Chicago and the power went out, and as the dark silence took over the bar, the party kids started mouthing their own house track. “oontz,oontz,oontz,oontz,oontz,oontz,oontz,oontz!” Weirdest request; nothing weirder than someone requesting a song they have seen on youtube. Most frequent request, “That one song I don’t know the name of it, or who its by, but……” None of my equipment has been messed up….but my gear are my children….they are insured…but, you best not hurt my children…..lol.
AF: Nerves… Get nervous?
SB: during the set, you are releasing this energy out, and receiving out, and they’re pushing an energy back at you. After you get done, you are kind of depleted, so, coming into your space, makes me feel ill sometimes…not really “nervous” but just a sort of anxiety sometimes. My prep stage, hunting tracks down for a few days, then getting a few tracks together for a start, and get into that set. I don’t plan sets, other than the beginning and then I just go from there. It isn’t playing that makes me nervous, I get a little anxious about an hour before a big show, I double check everything, same bag in the same order, and I don’t make plans before the show, I will go back in the house 2-3 times before I actually leave for a gig, to make sure I didn’t forget things, etc. Every big show, that usually happens. I talk to people afterward, but it just takes me a minute to get my….chi….back to a certain level.
AF: Do you have a new years resolution?
SB: To get a job.
AF: Do you have a gig lined up in Texas yet?
SB: Not yet, but discussions have begun!
AF: What would you be doing if you weren’t a rockstar?
SB:Mentoring, that is the fulfilling portion of what I do. Maybe like a drug and alcohol rehab center, a Boys & Girls Club… I’ve driven trucks, worked for Fedex… one time , I’d only worked there for a few days. I put the van in park, went to unload it, and it started rolling… it slipped out of park. I hit a garage got fired that day.
AF: Who are you listening to right now?
SB: Run the Jewels, Talk Radio, Flat Black (coy) Jin XS-Wu Tang collection, Two Tears in a Bucket mix I just did,
AF: Memorable performances you’ve seen as a fan, who are some people you just admire their skills or like to watch?
SB: Anyone from Dirtybird. Green Velvet, Cajmere, I always miss Carl Cox but really want to see him. Prince, George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic
AF: You have an awesome wife…I see her at a lot of your shows… tell me how it works with being a working dj who does this for a living, and also has a family/wife, etc. What is the recipe for success for that to work? I know a lot of dj’s don’t have successful relationships and lots of relationships fail in this field… what’s your and Amanda’s secret to making it work?
SB: Understanding the business as a couple, communication and a strong support system for one another. I have a awesome wife. She loves me and and the passion I have for it. I love her for that. It’s not for everyone, but when you find the one…..ya better keep her!
AF: Tell me some thoughts of yours, overall, on the music scene in Indy. How it was when you became part of it, how it has changed over the years, and where you think it stands now. What do you see for its future, and what do you think are the factors we need to make us stand out more in the national scene? Long question…sorry.
SB: I’ve enjoyed my time here in Indy. There are REALLY talented people here in Indy. Top notch such DJs, Producers and Promoters. I would say you could take most and put them in any other major city and they would hold their own.
Along with anything, you take the good with the bad, but, YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PATH!
I’ve felt like a black sheep from the start. I’ve been fortunate to be able and accepted within Underground electronic music scene and also able to play club venues and corporate events while keeping separation of both spectrums within those particular stylings of venues. I also have been accepted in both. The change over the years in the Indy music scene I feel is the term “Open format” has taken the DJ of the old out of their comfort zone. Making DJ’s more diverse for those who choose to. I think there is a different generation of partygoers. Are there “party starters” anymore? Yes…but are there as many? I’m not sure. When I was younger I wanted to be at the shows or the club from close to start to finish–not just when the headliners came on or when the club was already packed. I think there are many reasons behind this but we are not writing a book! haha.
I think there are fractions of promoters that are doing good things and I don’t think it will stop when I’m gone…. It just might miss a smiling face
AF: You’ve mentored some younger musicians/artists who are on the come up; you’ve worked with different people in different areas, to create things together and build up multiple parties. Tell me about how important that is to you, and is helping people starting out something you enjoy doing, or is it something that sort of gets thrown in your lap and you do it reluctantly, etc.?
SB: I enjoy mentoring other artists. I think there is a generation gap sometimes. My mentors and people that showed me the ropes in the music scene I feel gave me advice and the do’s and dont’s. You listened, took notes and paid your dues. You put in work and move up the ladder. But as a young guy, you made sure you took that advice and utilized that info. Iit would make you or break you.
AF: What will you miss MOST about Indianapolis, besides me? What inspired you to move to Texas?
SB: I will miss some really good and genuine people hear in Indianapolis. A lot of good relationships were built here in Indy.
One of my mentors moved to Austin the year prior to me moving to Indy and I was told I would love it, but, it just wasn’t my time. Things lined up for me to come to Indy 1st; guided steps…..now its my time for Texas.
The inspiration on this move was that the wife and I where looking to relocate in 2015. We had been on the Emerald Coast of Florida checking out the music scene there few times, plus we have family there. We went Austin for my little dj brotha’s bday (Buck Rodgers) and the wife and I fell in love with city, and things fell in place. Once again, guided steps….
And thats that; a new chapter of blessings for the seen and unseen….
AF: Any chance on coming back to Indy occasionally to visit us/play for us, or do we just have to get a caravan and bring the Indy party down to you? Also, I call first dibs on any potentially open rooms or floor space in your new house during SXSW….
SB: That overlaps with Steady-Gras… it’s going to be the best birthday for several years. I’m very excited, and yes, I will be back to play, it’s a possibility.
AF: Tell us what you will REMEMBER most about your time here.
SB: Remembering those who I could be a positive influence on to fight the “good fight” because in the last 2 months, so many people like yourself have spoken to me about how much of an influence I have been to this city. Not trying to be “this guy or that guy,” but, being a “good, stand up guy.”
AF: Any advice for people who are trying to do what you do, get where you’re at, etc.?
SB: Look past the fog and mirrors, and don’t compare yourself to others or what others are doing. MAKE YOUR OWN SUCCESS FOR WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE!
LOVE YOU ALL! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH, Shannon DJ Steady B.
DJ, Producer, Indy Nightlife scene staple, mentor, father, son, friend…. we will miss you like The Colts miss Peyton. Godspeed to you and Amanda, Shannon “Steady B” Burton. Don’t forget us little people…
Quotes about Shannon from esteemed colleagues and Indy elite:
Jason King-CEO of IndyMojo: Steady B is one the most versatile DJs in the game today. I have hired him to open for Snoop Dogg with a 3 hour hip-hop set at The Vogue.. But have also asked him to play a late night EDM set at MojoStock Music Festival. Steady B is as “well rounded” as they come.
John Mattox (Ed Trauma) “All around King amongst men”
Shannon is one of the nicest and versatile Djs I’ve ever met- Rob S, indigo child
-Hugh Jeffner-: I have know Shannon for 20 years. Here is my quote.
“Growing up in the 219 ( “The Region” ) the pressure to be great was overwhelming in the DJ game. Steady B is another one of the amazing talents, kindred spirits, and lifelong friends to come from an area that produced a plethora of talent.
Christopher Noland/DJ Hollow Point: Steady B and I got to know each other from his time at Subterra. He and Cool Hand Lex used to have a Tuesday night event there, which usually catered to whoever decided to wander in. Usually it was populated by folks that were in town for a convention, but there were several locals who would come down to hang out and jam. The best part of this night was how open the format was. You see, Steady B and CHL are two of the most versatile DJs on town and could rock a dancefloor with any genre of music, and trust me when I say that they flexed this skill on a regular basis. I heard smooth jazz, hard house, downtempo, drum & bass and a heavy dose of top 40, hip hop, and house music all mixed together in the most unique and complex ways. I’ve known Cool Hand Lex for over a decade, tracing back to my days in college at Ball State, but I’m blessed to have gotten a chance to get to know Steady B as well. I’ll always look back at those nights fondly with a smile as, in my mind, there’s a special connection DJs have when they’re able to sit back and watch each other mix not always what other people are requesting, but what they themselves love to play. To witness the emotion we each put into the music we truly care about and share it with each other in a fun and social environment is a rare treat DJs aren’t always afforded.
Tyler “Stewbot” Stewart: I’ve known Shannon for as long as I’ve known anybody since I moved to Indianapolis 10 years ago. Not only as he made a major postive impact on dozens of midwest DJ’s, but also in my personal life as well. Speaking of DJ’s, I don’t know of many DJ’s as versatile and well rounded as Steady B. A true friend and midwest hero. This guy knows no booty he cannot move.
Lawrence Moore (Elliott Eastbourne): Thankfully, Steady B was my introduction into the electronic music scene in Indy. I say thankfully because he was always supportive and inclusive of everyone. He gave me my first handful of opportunities to play in Indy and I’ll be forever grateful for that. He somehow managed to avoid cliquish nature of electronic music in Indy and he was always out at somebody else show, showing love, whenever he wasn’t working himself.
The first time we spoke was when you and I had been to Takeover Tuesday a few times and on one of those occasions, he asked us if we were ok or needed a drink or anything. I think that’s representative of what kind of person he was. Straight up genuine and friendly.
Jamie Jackson-Sam Ash – “So, I am in Lafayette for the first time. I am sitting in on percussion with a few friends and am loading in across a cobblestone street. On my second trip, I hear “Jamie Jackson.” I look around in wonderment, because, I have never been here and who is this! The one and only Shannon Burton is looking at me and smiling. He is dressed to the nines and looking good. He was next door DJing a friend’s wedding. I told him to come check us out afterward if he had time. Well, he did. And he brought over the whole wedding party with him. We partied for a while, had some drinks and he made my only trip to Lafayette a very memorable one.
Shannon is truly one of the happiest people that I have ever met. He is nice, caring and was an important figure in the music scene in Indy. He and his smile will be greatly missed.”
Rob Jones: Shannon was of the coolest dj’s I’ve ever gotten to listen to and to learn
from.Great technique and flow to his sets, always on point with the track selections whether it was Retro Rewind at the Vogue or just throwing down at the Melody Inn. Cool, down to earth guy to talk to. I’ve been around a lot of dj’s in Indy and its good to know he’s one of
the many who will offer words of encouragement and pointers to some of
the young, up and coming dj’s. That sort of mentoring is what’s needed for the next group to flow with and grow with.
Jack Shepler aka Jackola: Steady is not only a great DJ, he’s real. He doesn’t overhype, he doesn’t play politics, and he has a genuine interest in promoting local music culture.
Indy has been lucky to have him. Austin is getting a true player, and by that I mean team player of course. I’ve had many opportunities to tag team with him and it’s always fun. He keeps me on my toes, but we play off each other in a way that’s fun and fluid. I’m going to miss that!
TopSpeed: Lay flatts IN, aka Lafayette… seeing shannon spin there at the rink, for me, it was great. Got to see a side of a guy do a different kind of music to a crowd that really accepted it well. From that to the Cactus, I told Him I’d always try to stop and see him at the Cactus. I said from here and Chicago I’d come see him…. when I could knowing if I’d stop, I’d stay too long You were pretty excited when he actually moved to Indy. I knew if he was closer, I had a chance og gettng music from him. He met me at midtown grill at 2008 and gave me a folder of House, I still haven’t been able to go through all of it. Shannon Burton, if anyone doesn’t know, it is a derivative name of a rapper who I am fond of….so why wouldn’t I be happy about a guy adopted that name and keep it steady on the turntables. He will be highly missed. Met too many djs around the city that know his name real well that will miss him as much as I do.
Kyle Wilson: Shannon and I started out with the dance background. Always seeing each other at different events out on the dance floor cutting it up and just having a good time. There are even several memories I hear others share of us out on the dance floor. Then there was always the fact the Shannon would be behind the decks tearing it up as always dropping “O’Sheila” on vinyl before I could even ask. He is without a doubt one of the faces I was always happy to run into. I truly feel Shannon will always be one of those friends that although we may not see each other for a long time, when we do we can pick up like it was yesterday. Hope everything works out like I know it will for ya, and keep up the good work with the positive vibes. – Big Kyle
Lisa SHIVA Smith: My memories of Shannon all revolve around his big smile and infectious demeanor. He’s always been that dude, bringing the party to you with a smile and an upbeat attitude.
Nate Cancilla (Jin-XS): Back when I was still shitting green as a DJ, i was on some very tiny ass shows for Crash! promotions that drew next to no one. However, Steady was one of the few local names that came to check it out when we were getting a lot of ire from other local DJs. He got one of my mix cds, which he still says is in his car cd rotation to this day. It may not seem like much, but it was little things like this that went a long way when i was breaking in, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why I have so much respect for Steady B
DJ Rican : At a time like this for being thankful for many things, I am grateful for gaining a friendship with Shannon. He, along with the TSRP crew, taught me a lot of the ins and outs of the DJ Business and introduced me to a lot of great people. From chaperoning him at the Neon Cactus gigs to enjoying T.N.T / All Record Parties / and the (Squish face) music, I know he will bring just as much love and talent to Austin as he’s done for Indy. God Bless and Best Wishes for Shannon and Amanda Burton (Mom and Dad) *BAM*
Pete “Antik One” - NAP DNB: I can’t say I know him well, but his influence on the scene here has been apparent since I returned to Indy. I’ve shared the stage with him once. He was very kind and encouraging. His attitude and general support for Dj culture as a whole will be missed.
Schaunita J. Falter-Lett – SHANNON’S MOTHER – “I am the #1 fan and biggest supporter of Steady. I have followed and encouraged his love for music since his first desire was expressed. Gifted not only in music but also gifted in his love for mankind and the gathering of many through his Steady Beatz! So Proud that the Love he has shared is being reciprocated as he turns one more corner to new adventure and possibilities.
As for funny stories;
Who do you know that ever skipped school in 1st grade? Must say he has always been creative! Love you, prosperity and blessings be with you. -Steady B’s Mother”
Buck Rodgers – formerly Indy, Transplant to Austin: Shannon is the big brother I never had. Back when I first started to dj he used to bring records back from Chicago just to give to me. Introducing me to new genera’s and showing me the ropes when it comes to business. You really don’t find many people like Steady. However, where as most of you are sad to see him leave. Im actually VERY excited for Shannon and his mrs. to start their new venture down here in the dirty south!! Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store us. #whatthebuck #thebteam #959
Cool Hand Lex AKA Alex Edgecomb: Shannon is the best friend and DJ partner anyone could ask for. He’s an outstanding mentor to the younger class, a savvy businessman, and a world-class destroyer of dance floors. We’ve shared in a lot of ridiculous situations in a lot of ridiculous locations and there’s nobody I trust more to have my back. He’s quite literally loved by all and his departure from Indy is just Austin’s great gain. D!rtst*r in ya mouth all day.
FIND HIM HERE:
Steady B on Soundcloud
Photo credit: Dynamik Optiks, Aaron Lingenfelter, Amanda Burton, Neon Cactus
It was in the basement venue, The Casba that I first saw FIGURE. It was dark, no cover, and the place was packed. The sound that came out of the speakers that night cannot be described and neither can the energy of the crowd. I realized then I was witnessing a mad scientist of beats at work.
Figure went on to play IndyMojo’s Identity After Party and was signed to AM Only (largest EDM talent agency) that same week. His career instantly exploded into a welcomed chaos of shows around the world and tons of releases. Since then, he has only played in Indy twice, at The Amber room which he headlined and at Wheelhouse Music Festival.
This coming Altered Thurzday, we can finally announce his return to playing his home state. At none other than the infamous Mousetrap and for only $8 at that. He is bringing his Terrorvision, which is a collaboration of the most terrifying visuals alongside his Monster tracks. This show is years in the making, let’s kick off the year with a bang, bang!
Josh Gard has had a long history in music. Just a few short years ago he donned the name Figure and began making electro house, but has since become a regular name in all realms of electronic and dance. Scoring positions among the charts may have gotten him recognition, but a hefty amount of praise has been raining down on him lately as some of the leading artists in electronic music have valued his live performance skills as some of the best in the business.
In 2011, his Monsters of Drumstep series married his love of horror with his immense production skills to become the soundtrack for the Halloween season. Figure created his own imprint, DOOM Music to house the Monsters series which has now become an annual release. In 2013 FIGURE’s monsters series became the official soundtrack to Universal Studio’s Hollywood Horror Nights theme park.
Figure recently signed with OWSLA to release “Horns of the Apocalypse”. Horns of the Apocalypse showcases FIGURE’S evolving sound and take on 4/4 dance music with his lead single Eagle. War Call & Beast Mode will remind fans of FIGURE’S signature sound. The EP features DEL The Funky Homosapien (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Hieroglyphics) Mr Lif (Definitive Jux) & Nick Thayer (Owsla).
“The direction and influence for the production came from being on tour all of last year and a good chunk of of 2013 so far. The entire EP was written on the road but mastered at my home studio in Indiana using my Neve Racks and Abelton. I’m really looking forward to seeing my fans on tour this fall and hope they all love this release as much as I do.” – FIGURE
October 2013 saw the return of FIGURE’s highly acclaimed Monster’s series, with the release of Monsters Volume 4. Monster’s vol. 4 quickly shot up the iTunes/Beatport worldwide charts with key tracks like Are You Afraid Of The Dark ft. Lexi Norton, Living Dead & The Center of Hell ft/ Helicopter Showdown. All in all the album takes listeners on a 13 song trip through the dark world of FIGURE’s monsters, and showcases another side of Josh Gard’s sound design that ties the LP together with dark interludes like Symphony of the Damned & Death’s Gospel.
When he’s not recording in his hometown studios in rural Indiana, Gard is touring worldwide, with packed tents at festivals like EDC, SnowGlobe, Starscape, The Bounce, Creamfields Australia, Tomorrow World, Global Dance, and Belgium’s Dour. He just ended his 14 city Terrorvision Tour in November and Indy will be the 15th city on January 8th!
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This week’s Altered Thurzday can easily be considered the biggest show in it’s history. One of the pioneers of the Dubstep sound is coming from here from the land where Cockney Thugs roam. That’s right! Caspa has decided embark on a special journey through smaller venues in the states to give his fans a more intimate and personal experience. Here is how he describes it:
"Having released and performed in almost every corner of the globe, Caspa is identified as an innovator in all areas of bass music, from producing and DJing to sourcing new talent for his own Dub Police and Sub Soldiers imprint. We all know music should be about vibes and feelings, not glitz and glamour - which can be easily forgotten and usually is. Its now time to strip away the hype and facade and to remind us what its really about. Picture a dark, underground space, an intimate gathering in the company of the most dedicated bass-heads. The fans who truly love and crave the simplicity of an original underground, London rave - dimly lit by a single red light and free from any over-the-top gimmicks. All that matters is a huge sound system, Caspa and 500 like-minded people engulfed by the sound and the vibe. This is something that can only be generated by a true innovator. This is 'The 500 Tour'"
Sounds a bit like a place some of us know very well, am I right? Caspa decided not to rely on the venue for sound (probably a wise idea), but instead bring his own and PK Sound at that! The Mousetrap has never seen such a system before and I pray for it’s foundation.
Caspa AKA Gary McCann is a dubstep producer from west London. McCann’s creative involvement in music began after a promising basketball career was cut short by a shoulder injury. Growing up, McCann cites Jungle and Hip Hop as his main influences. He received his first public attention when, his first track, Bassbins recorded under the pseudonym Quiet Storm, was picked up by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Da Flex.
McCann has started his own label, which focuses on Dubstep and Grime artists. Storming Productions was founded in 2004 and then he joined Stingray Records in 2006. Around this time, he also began his own radio show on RinseFM. McCann also created an additional label Dub Police to focus specifically on Dubstep. Dub Police is composed of Rusko, L-Wiz, N-Type, The Others and more.
He has performed at a number of high-profile UK music festivals, including Glastonbury and Global Gathering and his release Back for the First Time has received widespread public attention, being playlisted on BBC Radio 1. He has also performed at many other notable festivals around the world such as Exit Festival in Serbia, Stereosonic in Australia and Lollapalooza in the U.S. Despite his widespread success, McCann still finds time to perform every two months at the renowned Fabric in his hometown of London.
His debut album Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening (album) was released on 4 May 2009 on Caspa’s own label Sub Soldiers/Fabric Records and included an appearance from legendary reggae figure Sir David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan.
In August 2012, it was announced that Caspa and various notable electronic music producers would be featured on the Halo 4 remix album and “War” was featured in the trailer for Kick-Ass 2. In 2014, McCann moved to Denver, Colorado. He cites Denver’s music culture and friendly people as influential factors, although he is unsure whether the move will be permanent. – Wikipedia
Among the ever-expanding landscape of Dubstep, Alex Crawford (known musically as The Others) has crafted his own distinct style and shaped up what promises to be a successful 2014. Having released his debut artist album and conquered music venues worldwide, the future will see him focus on producing his niche blend of classic Dubstep creation.
During 2013 The Others had a range of successes, reaching from one of the biggest Dubstep singles of the year to delving into a deeper, darker style of production, gaining support from original scene tastemakers such as Caspa, Youngsta and Skream, giving a huge nod to the roots of Dubstep. Having released his debut artist album at the very end of 2012 with features from Emalkay, Joker, Stamina MC, Breakage, Lonette Charles and Geoff Smith, the following year was dedicated to the promotion of Red Planet’s impressive singles. Standout single ‘Fallout’ with Emalkay gained recognition from all corners of electronic music, with continued support from Radio stations such as Radio 1, Kiss FM, XFM, a nomination for a Bass Music Award and a feature from key Dubstep YouTube channel UKF. His inclusion in all sections of Dub Police’s Past Present Future compilation cemented his reputation as a bass music artist with longevity.
Dubstep fans will of course recognise The Others’ early production from Caspa and Rusko’s seminal FabricLive 37 mix. The special VIP mix of Africa became both a Dubstep anthem and a calling card for Alex’s skilful production. The Others (as a production duo) were soon snapped up by Caspa for his record label Dub Police, where Alex Crawford remains as an artist today (retaining the moniker The Others), racking up an incredible 23 releases – making him the most released and longest-standing artist on the entire label. Releases such as the Gravity EP and First Flight EP on Dub Police ensured he had earned his place among Dubstep’s elite. The Others has also found success with other respectable bass music labels including Sub Soldiers, Tempa, Ringo, Boka and Wheel & Deal records.
As well as a fantastic track record in producing, The Others is a more than accomplished DJ, being invited to play at some of the most prestigious venues worldwide. He has been a constant fixture at the Dub Police fabric residency in his hometown of London, and played key venues in the city like Pacha, Plastic People (FWD), Ministry of Sound and Matter. The Others has been invited to DJ at parties across the globe, including an impressive six US tours, both solo and group expeditions with label mates from Dub Police. He has performed at prestigious parties and venues such as Smog at The House of Blues in LA, South by Southwest in Texas, World Music Conference Miami and Beta in Denver for Sub.mission. Australasia was also graced with his musical skill during a Ministry of Sound tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2011, and Europe has been a staple destination with performances at Tomorrowland Festival, Outlook Festival, Paradiso in Amsterdam, Trix in Antwerp, The Villa in Oslo, Rex in Paris, and more. He was also part of the first ever Dubstep night in Ibiza, at Eden.
Fuelled by his constant creative output, The Others has received continued radio support from stations such as BBC Radio 1, XFM, Rinse FM and Kiss FM. He was an original member of the BBC 1xtra Daily Dose of Dubstep artists. All of these stations have invited Alex to play music on air, with Mistajam proclaiming his track Gravity and his First Flight EP ‘Jam Hot’.
His discography also hosts a very impressive catalogue of remixes including Above & Beyond, Breakage (with Newham Generals & David Rodigan), Caspa, Emalkay, Maroon 5 (with Wiz Khalifa), Reflekt, S.P.Y and Youngman & Skream.
2014 will see The Others continue to develop his musical creativity and delve into the deeper sound of Dubstep. He will remain focused on his DJ performances and spend another year travelling the globe, sharing his sound, and this will also be the year of Alex working alongside the label as an A&R to sign the next generation of artists. He is the next in line to mix Dub Police’s prestigious MyStyle compilation series. Add this to a host of exciting projects and planned collaborations, and 2014 will mean massive things to come for The Others.
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Bass trio Terravita is bringing their Fuel To The Fire Tour to Indy this week. The group are not strangers to the city. They first came here to destroy Mojostock 2013, then came their performance at Old National that was more than explosive. This time, IndyMojo is bringing these guys to the Mousetrap and we are introducing our new 3D Projection Mapping. Whether you have witnessed Terravita’s dynamite performance already or have no idea what you are in for…Be there!
“Dominating the bass music scene for nearly a decade, Terravita has run the gamut when it comes to crowd-smashing, mind-melting electronic music. From the days of Drum & Bass to the era of contemporary Dubstep, Trap and everything in-between, Terravita know no limits when it comes to crafting the most staggering, bone-jarring bangers around. From their industry-leading sound-design to the razor-honed precision of their drums, Terravita are undeniable experts at their craft, and will inevitably remain so for many years to come.” – EDM.com
Terravita was catapulted into the public eye with the release of “Up In The Club”. The track that helped define the drumstep genre. Since then they have released over 12 top ten releases on the Beatport dubstep and drum & bass charts. The band has remixed Steve Aoki, Lil Jon, Chiddy Bang, Yelawolf, Datsik, Zedd & Bassnectar. Their last EP on Firepower Records “the Power of Fire” charted in the overall top five on Beatport for several weeks and included the hits “Well Oiled Machine” and “This Time Its Personal”. Terravita has toured with Steve Aoki, Datsik & Flux Pavilion and has played festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival (Vegas, Chicago, Orlando), I Love This City and Shambhala.
Earlier this year IndyMojo got the chance to talk to Terravita via phone. Click HERE to read that Interview.