Stepping inside of Untitled Ink, a cozy tattoo parlor in the heart of The Broad Ripple Village, I heard the familiar buzz of an ink session in progress. Peering around the corner to the work station belonging to Anthony Davis, the studio’s most notorious artist, I find Rob Siemasko aka Indigo Child resting on a table.
“Are you sure you can still talk while this is going on?” I ask, settling in to a chair nearby.
“Yea,” he says, assuring me that company is no distraction. Or perhaps quite the opposite – the perfect distraction. “Rich [JFet] was here earlier,” he says.
Davis nods and chimes in, “We like to keep it relaxed around here.”
With Eminem blasting out of the tattoo parlor’s speakers and Siemasko comfortably reclined in a horizontal position on the table, Davis entered his own world of artistic meditation and went to work on his client’s right rib cage. At this point, they were nearly five hours in to the session.
Violin, MTV, and NIN: The Early Years
Although he’s been a part of the G9 Collective for nearly three years now, it’s the first chance I’ve had to speak with Siemasko about his music, so I ask him to start at the beginning.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania by parents who always encouraged his interest in music, Siemasko says his mom and dad didn’t push him in any direction or attempt to influence his decisions.
“It was never ‘We want you to be a musician,’” he says of their approach to his decision to learn to play music. His father, a guitarist, simply urged him to find a creative outlet.
So, in third grade, Siemasko picked up the violin. Four years later he drifted away from classical music and learned to play bass guitar, searching for something with more push, more drive and more emotion.
He experimented with jamtronica music but was always drawn to dark and ominous sounds and took the approach of “Let’s do this, but make it darker.”
He cites Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails (“Trent Reznor will always be my favorite producer.”) and Primus as inspiration, but remembers one specific moment in time as having a profound effect on his outlook on music.
“I remember watching early morning MTV in ’95 or ‘96 – I was still a little kid – and I saw the video for Prodigy, ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ and then the video for NIN ‘Closer’ back-to-back, and I was like “… Oh my god! I want to do this! What is this?”
The Dubstep Discovery
It wasn’t long before he found electronic music and felt a special connection to the style of the underground sounds.
“I liked how, even with music that didn’t have lyrics, I felt it and understood the emotions that were coming out of the sounds.”
It was this phenomenon – the power to capture and portray emotions by painting pictures with sound – that ultimately drove Siemasko toward electronic music. And when he discovered dubstep in the early 2000’s, he says it was love at first sight.
“It was a lot chiller than the electro and breaks and house music that a lot of people were playing. I really liked the drum patterns and tempo of it.”
It snowballed pretty quickly from there. After attending college in New Jersey and (several years later) Tennessee, he ultimately determined that college wasn’t for him and decided – after some serious soul searching that included living on an Indian Reservation in New Mexico with his adopted father – to go all in on his aspirations to make a career of music.
Landing in Indy in 2008, Siemasko soon discovered the underground jungle community at a house party headlined by Topspeed. Following invites to The Melody Inn, he quickly started performing there. Eventually, that led him to Indy Mojo shows at The Mousetrap circa 2011 – around the same time that artists like Crizzly and Heyoka were headlining Altered Thurzdaze.
Siemasko remembers, “That’s when it grabbed me and it was like, ‘This is where you fuckin’ need to be!’”
Welcome to the Family
An adamant anti-fan of social media, Siemasko grumbles about the gamification of follower counts and likes; how it’s used as a convenient shortcut to judge an artist’s worth, instead of actually checking out their work and forming their own opinion.
“I think it’s bullshit. I think the gimmicks are ridiculous. The music I listen to and the artists I listen to made it on being good,” he says, rising slightly from the table to emphasize the point he’s trying to make.
That point is that he won’t change who he is to fit someone else’s idealistic mold, just to be packaged up and sold for money. Siemasko makes it clear that his artistic mission in life is to deliver his music into the hands and ears of the people who are meant to hear his music.
“I feel like there are way too many gimmicks and way too much emphasis on followers and social networking ability, rather than saying, ‘Wow, that guy’s a badass producer.’”
He says that’s what originally drew him to Indy Mojo and why he admires organizations like G9 Collective.
“They pick up artists that are unique and different and they promote them. There are people out there who see through the bullshit and are willing to push actual good music.”
He ultimately found more than just artistic support within Indy Mojo and G9 Collective and says that’s why he’s stayed so close to everything that they’ve done over the years.
“They put mine and my family’s well-being before any of the business and the music. I really respect that.”
The Art of DJing
Siemasko says his style is more diverse now than it ever has been, but doesn’t see himself as a trend follower.
“Unless what I’m doing at the time happens to be trendy,” he adds. “I’ll produce whatever I want and whatever I’m feeling, but when you come out and see me play it’s always going to be what you expect: high energy and as ruthless and heavy as I can get. What is the threshold on intensity? How far can I take it?”
He’s been DJing since the age of 14 (that’s 10 years behind the decks) and has managed to find an equal balance of staying true to the craft while keeping up to date with technology.
“I think you should progress with the times, but at the same time, I think you should be able to know the basics of it, to appreciate it and have an idea of how to do it.”
He points a critical finger at amateur basement DJs who never took the time to learn the art – who jumped on a trend after buying their first controller and started chasing the party lifestyle with dollar signs in their eyes.
“I started mixing with vinyl and I still know how to because I can beat match by ear, but I also appreciate the new technology and I love Serato Vinyl. I think it’s the greatest thing in the world because I can have my computer and spin on the fly without even really thinking about it.”
Learning From the Best
When I ask where he learned the most about making his own original productions, he replies with no hesitation, “JFet is my hero.”
He goes on to explain the mentor-like nature of their friendship, his words heavy with gratitude and admiration.
“I think Richard has a really great grasp on sound design. He’s not afraid to share his knowledge and be open with people if they’re really hungry to do it. He wants to see motivation and I showed him motivation to do it.”
Siemasko credits JFet for lighting the creative spark that fuels his work today and says he’s always been supportive of his music.
“He’s never been like, ‘This is the only sound that you should ever have.’ Instead he says, ‘Do something that nobody else has ever thought of. Do different shit. Try different things. Be different.’”
As the tattoo session wraps up, it’s clear that Davis’ client had reached his threshold for the day. He rises to stretch and takes a look in the mirror at the new permanent art adorning his side body. He thanks me for the company and we have a good chuckle over that one time we went haunted housing together.
Reflecting on our talk as I walk to my car, one quote stands out as summing it up the best:
When I was staying with my adopted dad on the Indian reservation in New Mexico I said, ‘I want to be a medicine man. I want to do good in the world.’ And he replied, ‘Your medicine is your music.’
And that’s kind of how it’s been since then. No matter what I play, people feel me. If those people get 15 minutes out of whatever shitty situation they’re in – no matter how bad work was, no matter how bad their life is, if they just broke up with a girlfriend or whatever – I want them to come out to my show and see me play, hear my music, and hopefully realize that everything’s gonna be alright.
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Having been a major player in the bass scene for the past five years, SKisM’s technical prowess and energy on his 4 deck setup has gained him notoriety as one of the busiest and most electrifying mixers on the circuit and he has toured the world time and time again.
Since his rise to power in 2009, SKisM has collaborated and remixed some of the biggest names in the business including Flux Pavilion, Excision, Foreign Beggars, Zomboy, Porter Robinson & Hadouken! His productions have racked up over 14 millions views on YouTube alone.
As co-owner and A&R of one of the most prolific labels in electronic, Never Say Die, as well as its sister label No Tomorrow, SKisM has had a hand in bringing some of the freshest music to the masses. He is constantly championing the sounds of the acts on both labels such as Zomboy, Far Too Loud, Eptic, BAR9, LAXX and MUST DIE!
2013 saw the release of a remix EP of his classic track ‘Elixir’ – with Megalodon, Skeptics and Karetus all stepping up to rework it alongside a VIP from the man himself. The label celebrated their 50th Never Say Die release in December, with The Prototypes remix of SKisM’s iconic ‘Experts’ featured on Never Say Die Fifty.
Having kicked off 2014 with a huge US tour in the form of ‘Rage By The Pound’, where SKisM played over a period of six weeks and visited a total of twenty-two cities, SKisM combines playing numerous global shows and successfully running Never Say Die.
It is such a treat to have someone of his caliber at The Mousetrap.
With Special Guests
Thurzday, October 16th
5565 N Keystone Ave.
Next Thurzday, August 7th will mark the 4th year that IndyMojo has been bringing you beats on a weekly basis. The time has come for us to celebrate this affair and what better way to do that than bringing one of the biggest pioneers in the Bass Movement. Downlink with be headlining the main stage, along with Kodama, Indigo Child, and jFet. There will be a secondary stage out on the patio featuring other local favorites.
DOWNLINK AKA Sean Casavant is a name firmly cemented in the hearts and minds of the bass music community. He is respected the world over as a producer of the highest quality dance floor bangers. He has had numerous #1 hits on Beatport and has released music with major labels like Rottun, OWSLA and Mau5trap. He has helped mix an album for the legendary nu-metal band Korn. He has toured the planet far and wide, leaving a wake of awe-struck audiences in his path. To see him live is to witness one of the tightest technical DJ’s in the game.
His 3 deck live mixing and infectious stage energy light up venues turning crowds on their heads time after time. Expect lightning fast mixing on a journey through a wide variety of bass music. All tempos are fair game as long as its underground vibes and dirty bass. 2013 was a huge year for Downlink. Along with homies Excision and KJ Sawka, he gave rise to bass music supergroup Destroid, a whole different kind of live experience altogether. You really have to see it live to fully grasp the scope and intensity of the show. Also in 2013,
Downlink launched his brand new record label, Uplink Audio. This will be a place where he will showcase his own music as well as a wide variety of other high grade material. Downlink is not one to be pigeon-holed and is constantly on a quest to evolve and refine his sound. With this in mind, one thing will always remain constant – a pure unadulterated heavy listening experience…
The jFET Project began in early 2011 by Producer / DJ “Jangatha.” After over 50 house music releases on some of the most respected labels in both digital and vinyl format, the need to seek fresh sounds was instilled and inspired by the edgy bass music arena. The focus is rather simple, to push fresh hype sounds in any BPM it fits best. jFET’s sounds have been catching on quick.
His debut EP reached #15 on the Beatport Dubstep Release charts, and caught the attention of several respected blogs including The Untz. 2012 included a release from Play Me Records as part of the New Blood of Dubstep. With support from international touring acts such as Figure, Ajapai, and Reid Speed, we will likely be hearing much more to come from this eclectic project. jFET: Intergalactic Hitman / Producer / Performer.
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.
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!
Kodama is one of the first resident DJs of Altered Thurzdaze. He has been spinning beats since ’99. There is no style he has not touched. Kodama took a year hiatus for family reasons. Now he is back in the drivers seat and ready to blow you off your feet with bass.
SHY GUY SAYS is an electronic music producer and performer straight from the Mushroom Kingdom, an 8-bit villain ready to destroy any party at any time and somehow leave his victims wanting more. His eclectic, yet upbeat and danceable sound can best be described as a mixture of Hip Hop, Glitch Hop, Dubstep, Trap, and Drum N Bass. It’s know for its heavy rhythmic swagger, yet at the same time can be lush and loaded with dirty synth bass sounds, warm ambiance, and 8-bit glitches.
A second stage with more performers TBA!
High Rankin is a music producer based out of the UK. He has been producing music for almost a decade. A lot of his music career he has spent not only producing tracks, but also creating stems for other producers to use. There are a ton of his sample packs available for download through his own label Rankin Audio.
High Rankin is best described as corky, but cunning when it comes to his personality, He has a wide range of skits and monologues on Youtube. Till recently he had his own podcast which also features comedy mixed with beats. I’d be will to guess that he was probably the class clown type in school.
His releases have hit the charts hard and his style is very unique. Tigerlight has been the featured on many of his releases with her stunning, sexy voice. He has quite the catalog with various genres including Dubstep, DnB, Drumstep, Trap, and more. Armed with almost any flavor of EDM, his lived performance has a little something for everyone.
Newest release The Rat or Horrorcane
One of my favorite tracks is this one with Document One and Tigerlight.
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SHY GUY SAYS
Mousetrap Bar and Grille
Music starts at 9pm
Event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/591609654214703/
ORANJE is a contemporary art & music event showcasing dozens of progressive artists and musicians in Indianapolis. For one night each year, ORANJE is an interactive experience of art and music presented in a large, indoor/outdoor environment!
IndyMojo is once again honored be presenting a stage at this year’s ORANJE Art and music event. This will be our 7th year of sponsorship and out 5th year of presenting a stage.
For the first time ever, ORANJE will be in the month of October, held at Centennial Hall and Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Here is our video from last year.
Check out this year’s Mojo Stage lineup —————
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* JEREMY DAEGER
INDY MOJO Stage Schedule:
9pm-10pm: Jeremy Daeger
The jFET Project began in early 2011 by Producer / DJ “Jangatha.” After over 50 house music releases on some of the most respected labels in both digital and vinyl format, the need to seek fresh sounds was instilled and inspired by the edgy bass music arena. The focus is rather simple, to push fresh hype sounds in any BPM it fits best. His debut EP reached #15 on the Beatport Dubstep Release charts, and caught the attention of several respected blogs including The Untz. 2012 included a release from Play Me Records as part of the New Blood of Dubstep. With support from international touring acts such as Figure, Ajapai, and Reid Speed, we will be hearing much more to come from this eclectic project.
I recently had a moment to catch up with Mojostock veteran jFET and ask him a couple of burning questions.
AF: Give me a preview. What can the kids expect to see/hear out of your set this year at MojoStock?
jFET: See: a handsome gay male. Hear: heavy bass music meant to incite riots.
AF: Describe for me, in a few words, the jFET sound experience; use adjectives. Be descriptive.
jFET: Horny, abusive, exhilarating, & cucumbers.
AF: Give me some history. Give me the ADHD condensed version of your musical voyage thus far.
jFET: The EDM scene moves so fast now and people are cool that there really aren’t any rules anymore. I’ve enjoyed making and playing music all across the board.
AF: Give me 5 people who musically rock your world; past or present, any genre, GO!
jFET: Underworld, Leftfield, Skrillex, Tupac, & Jangatha
AF: Favorite MojoStock Memory?
jFET: I don’t think I can share that one on here, lol. Next best is watching Reid Speed get down to my set
AF: Where can the kids go to hear some of your bitchin’ tracks?
You will not want to miss jFET’s set! See him Saturday night in the EDM tent at Mojostock less than two weeks from NOW! General admission tickets are available here for $65. Check your favorite Mojostock artists’ Facebook page for a promo code to save $5 and put some money in their pocket.
jFET’s Beatport tracks can be found here: http://www.beatport.com/artist/jfet/248109
Check him out on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jfet/id502790833
or Facebook stalk him here: https://www.facebook.com/jFET.Music
Album art from Love Visuals…
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You can catch jFET live at:
IndyMojo’s 420 Tent Party, April 20th.
Click here for more info: IndyMojo’s 420 Tent Party @ The Mousetrap
The Return of Broke(n) Tuesdays, April 23rd.
Click here for more info: Broke(n) Tuesdays @ The Melody Inn
Mojo Radio Spring Celebration w/ Signularity, May 17th.
Click here for more info: Mojo Radio Spring Celebration w/ Signularity @ The Vogue
jFET’s new release, “Bukkake Party” is out now on Rad Summer! Even before jFET began contributing remixes to Rad Summer projects, RS has been trying to get the bass ninja to craft an exclusive release for the label. Rad Summer is proud to debut a two track single including the songs “Bukkake Party” featuring The Indigo Child and the B side “Bass Munchin”. Both songs feature jFET’s trademark aggressive bass and wild edits.
Check out the EP!
Bukkake Party EP on Beatport
Check out more of jFET’s tracks below.
You can catch jFET live at Rad Summer’s WERK event on Tuesday, March 19th!
Click here for more info: WERK @ The Melody Inn