Looking Back on Three Years of Altered Memories


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This week IndyMojo.com celebrates the three year anniversary of weekly electronic night Altered Thurzdaze. We’ve been lucky enough to see international talent such as LTJ Bukem with Armanni Reign, Elite Force, and MRK1 grace The Mousetrap’s stage, as well as bring headlining names from all corners of the U.S.- Ana Sia, Eliot Lipp, Dieselboy, Kraddy, Cyberoptics, Sluggo, Crizzly, Minnesota, UFO, Phutureprimitive, J. Rabbit, and Vaski to name a few.

Watch this YouTube playlist for a run through some of our favorite shows from the past three years:

Below, some of Altered Thurzdaze’s biggest fans and devoted attendees share their favorite memories from the past three years.

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mike mousetrap

Being the owner of The Mousetrap has given me an entirely different perspective of Altered Thurzdaze. Coming in to it, I was, at best, a novice when it came to dubstep, etc.. My background is in the “Jam Band” scene, dating back to Dead shows in the late ’80s. 3-4 years ago, I was beginning to recognize the relevance of EDM in the festival scene; the same festival scene that featured my favorite jam bands. At the time, the Mousetrap was starting to establish itself as THE dominant force in the regional jam band scene, and being so successful with it, it was difficult to imagine taking on another genre of music.

However, it was the festivals that really sold me on the idea. Most of the same people that were getting down to Widespread Panic and Phish, were also going nuts for Skrillex and Pretty Lights. The reason is fairly obvious, once you’ve experienced both. They both share the ultimate concept of music that is unadulterated and fresh, and not the normal mainstream/radio-edited drive. Most importantly, they both bring people together to shake their bones and hear something new and original each time they listen or watch.

Looking back, I cannot imagine the landscape of The Mousetrap without Indy Mojo and Altered Thurzdaze. These days, we’re not just a Jam Band bar. We’re the best “Festie” venue around, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jason King, Matt Ramsey and the Indy Mojo Crazies. …..so, thanks and Happy 3 Year Anniversary! - Michael Quarto, Mousetrap owner

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dani

My favorite thing about Altered Thursdaze is just that…it is “altered”. It is something different from everywhere else on a Thursday. Thursday night the Mousetrap does not compare to other bars from the crowd to musical acts to workers and of course, Indy Mojo. It gives Indy a weekly EDM night with what has grown to be an Altered Thursdaze family.

- Dani Nelson, Mousetrap staff

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Elite Force poses with Altered Thurzdaze regulars

Elite Force poses with Altered Thurzdaze regulars

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christian 3My favorite memory is a recent and rather selfish one. I opened for Magnetic, who was fresh off the buzz from closing down MojoStock. Most of the Altered Thurzdaze family hadn’t a clue who I was, but they were welcoming and hype from start to finish, leaving me with one of my most memorable appearances on stage. What the IndyMojo crew (and the Mousetrap) are doing for the entire scene, not just bass music, is immeasurable. Here’s to many more yearz of Thurzdaze! - DJ Christian

Magnetic at Altered Thurzdaze

Magnetic at Altered Thurzdaze

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amanda altered

Altered Halloween 2012

amanda alteredOh wow, so many awesome memories. One that stands out is probably last year’s Altered Halloween on October 25th. I got to celebrate my birthday with my closest friends and Altered family, as well as meet the love of my life. Nothing but love and great energy surrounds Altered Thursdaze. Even outsiders feel welcome. My favorite show was probably Minnesota. The lasers and energy were unforgettable. I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful group of people and amazing music. - Amanda Mosier

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kayleigh-staffMinnesota had to be my favorite show, production wise. His crew brought in their lights from their tour and turned the mousetrap in to a weird ‘trip room’. That show was intense and beautiful.

Since I am there every week it seems like some of the memories repeat. I see wonderful friends every week, I hear amazing music every week and things get weird…every week. Altered Thurzadaze is the one night a week I get to see talented locals showcased right alongside national headliners, and usually it is FREE! Much love to everyone involved with this night and major props for all that you do for Indianapolis! - Kayleigh Dye

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Ramsey StaffMy favorite memory is having LTJ Bukem and Armanni Reign play at Altered Thurzdaze. When Armanni worked my name into his freestyle, I had a bit of a fan girl moment. -Matt Ramsey, IndyMojo.com Promotions Director

LTJ Bukem & Armanni Reign perform for Altered Thurzdaze

LTJ Bukem & Armanni Reign perform for Altered Thurzdaze

LTJ Bukem & the Altered Thurzdaze crowd get rowdy

LTJ Bukem & the Altered Thurzdaze crowd get rowdy

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ralee alteredSo many fond memories! The first time I saw Kodama he had me going crazy dancing during his entire set! The Halloween 2012 costume contest is another favorite memory. Altered Thurzdaze brings together almost every single person I love in this town under the same roof and I love being so close to such amazing talent like Cosby Sweater & Shy Guy Says. So much love for this weekly event. - Ralee Jones

Ganzarelli & Brian Summers at Altered Halloween 2012

Ganzarelli & Brian Summers at Altered Halloween 2012

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amy alteredI didn’t start living in or going out in Indy until close to three years ago. Altered Thurzdaze was one of the first events centered around electronic music I went to in this city. Almost three years later, I’ve made so many friends that I am very close to now and seen and met so many amazing DJs. None of that would’ve happened without Altered Thurzdaze. I guess the best part is how many friendships I owe to IndyMojo and Altered Thurzdaze. - Amy Foxworthy, contributing writer

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Altered Thurzdaze Family - the "Prom Night" edition

Altered Thurzdaze Family – the “Prom Night” edition

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Danielle Staff 2One of my many favorite Altered Thurzdaze memories is when Bare headlined in March of 2012. Large and grizzly just like his name, the admired West Coast heavy hitter left The Mousetrap crowd feeling fully assaulted by bass at a time when dubstep DJs had become a dime a dozen. Dropping exclusive previews at the end of his set and engaging the audience with unfiltered candor, Bare was a badass from start to end.

This particular installment of Altered Thurzdaze also featured a rare live performance of The Electric Kool Aid Experiment, a grimey dubstep project from producer Ed Trauma and emcee/entertainers Freddie Bunz and Grey Granite. The pair brought a special live element to the evening’s festivities, including Granite and his bag-o-tricks filled with confetti and props. -Danielle Look, Indy Mojo Music Editor

Bare at Altered Thurzdaze (March 1, 2012)

Bare at Altered Thurzdaze (March 1, 2012)

Freddie Bunz performs the Electric Kool Aid Experiment at Altered Thurzdaze (March 1, 2012)

Freddie Bunz performs the Electric Kool Aid Experiment at Altered Thurzdaze (March 1, 2012)

Grey Granite performs the Electric Kool Aid Experiment at Altered Thurzdaze (March 1, 2012)

Grey Granite performs the Electric Kool Aid Experiment at Altered Thurzdaze (March 1, 2012)

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Thursday August 22: IndyMojo Presents: Altered Thurzdaze 3yr Anniversary w/ RoeVy

With support from the 3 who started it all in August 2010 Psynapse, Hollowpoint & Kodama. Music starts at 9 pm; $5 cover; ages 21+ only.