Grime Time Collective Interview

The growing embrace of the electronic scene in Indy has multiplied surges of packed dance floors in several different bars and clubs, several times a week, and mainly for the over 21 crowd. As the scene grows, so too does the audience. And for anyone (including those under 21) wanting to know where the party’s at, there’s Grime Time Collective.

Grime Time Collective is mainly operated by Mikey Klingman (aka DJ Kleann), and Zach Szachnitowski (aka Child’s Play), with occasional contributions by their friend Austin Hood. Instead of heading to post-high school frat parties, these guys are dedicated to introducing and maintaining an EDM scene for the younger generations even through some difficult challenges.

“Basically we’re just some kids who have some motive to do something with our lives,” stated GTC. “Kids grow up and want to be firemen and policemen. We grew up wanting to be musicians. And we really never picked up instruments until we found ourselves in front of turntables.”

In front of the turntables, GTC has found youthful mastery at throwing some insane parties that have literally destroyed dance floors. The long time friends began their party throwing adventures a couple of years ago while they were still in high school.

“We were always like, ‘Man where’s the party at? There’s nothing to do, and I’m tired of sitting around,’” GTC said.

So having already been inspired to explore the turntables by their 2008 experience at Lollapalooza, Klingman and Szachnitowski decided to put an end to their boredom. They began throwing parties of their own. The word got out quickly among classmates and before they knew it they had achieved an almost celebrity-type status.

“We’ve always gone big in everything we do,” said GTC. “In high school everybody knew us. We didn’t know everybody, but everybody knew us.”

Influenced by artist such as Diplo, Dillion Francis, Slater Hogan, and Action Jackson (to name a few), both play their music with the main goal of “some sweaty booty shaking.” In the beginning, their parties were fueled by mainly any CD that would get people dancing. Once they gained experience and confidence with the turntables, the transition moved over to vinyl where their focus and loyalty currently remain.

“(We) like spinning on vinyl mostly…it’s not necessarily easier to do, it’s just that it feels like you have more control over what you’re doing. And it’s just O.G.,” said GTC.

Out of high school the initiative to get things done continued and the parties didn’t stop. This attracted the attention of several “older katz” in the EDM scene like Slater Hogan and Tyler Stewbot, who helped keep the music going, and introduce them to the over 21 crowd. Recent events have included an epic spotlight performance at Cirque Du Dub, getting the after-Identity party started by opening for DJ Dan, and their own weekly at the Hookah Pipe Cafe.

When asked to describe how they feel on the decks in front of a large crowd, Klingman enthusiastically said, “It makes you feel complete. Like you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing. When I’m playing and the whole place is bouncin’, and I’m throwing up devil horns like, ‘Yeeaaa! Rock and roll!’ It’s just a great feeling.”

But despite these steps forward, there are several factors that have slowed their progression. Most of these hinderances stem from the simple fact that they are under the age of 21.

Unable to get into most clubs at the ages of 18 and 19, the two DJs are often turned away from performing because of Indiana state laws. In order to keep the parties going they have to find venues, like the Hookah Pipe Cafe, that is 18 and over. Unfortunately, the weekly Hookah gig was recently canceled, but GTC still plans on throwing events there.

Another difficulty they encounter is funding. A lack of funding often leaves them no other choice than to work with outside organizations who fund their parties. They feel that because they are young, many try to take advantage of them. To be clear, the party-boys-with-no-business-knowledge image is simply a mirage. GTC actually takes their business very seriously, and will stand up to any deceptions.

“We don’t want to be the kids that you can punk on,” GTC stated.

A bright future is illuminated by the doors that continue to open for them. And it’s possible that their biggest challenge of youth now, will eventually be the secret to their success later.

“Our crowd is gonna grow with us. By the time we’re legally allowed to get in to the club, that whole crowd’s gonna be in the club, and they’ve already been our fans. So that’s really cool.”

Their goal is to eventually make it into clubs all over the country where they don’t necessarily care to get rich, but rather just have the opportunity to travel, play music, and eat good food.

A recent interview on City360TV has initiated current events still in the works such as Grime Time TV, a weekly show “sorta like Soul Train.” The streamed show is plotted to feature their performances at a weekly, all-ages party equipped with dancers. Also in the works is a party at the Hookah Pipe Cafe estimated to take place on September 30th. Until the details are set in stone, you can catch GTC on Friday, September 23, 2011 at Docs Music Hall in Muncie, IN where they will perform an all-ages show with Ill Atmospheric, and DJ Dru.

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