Following her Caturday set at The Mousetrap, Mojo Minute stole a few minutes with The Duchess of Dubstep, Reid Speed. Nearly three years since her last Indy appearance at Mojostock 2012, the crowd was certainly ready to have a good time and get down on the dance floor.
Pressed for her sources of inspiration Reid Speed confesses she likes so many genres of music, and that there’s so much new music coming out every day that she finds it all inspiring.
“That’s what keeps me pushing to find new artists and keep digging and pushing new sounds that people have never heard of. I just love music. If there was no music I would be dead. I wouldn’t make it through life without music. That’s what keeps me going.”
When did you know that your life would be dedicated to music?
The first time I ever attended a rave by choice, DJ Dan was playing and that’s when I knew. The music had been very four-on-the-floor all night and DJ Dan came on and at the time he was playing funky breaks and I didn’t know anything about genres – I was brand new to the whole scene – and in that moment, I went and stood inside of the sub-woofer and had what I would call a religious experience with the music. That moment changed my life.
What advice do you have for artists who want to be successful in the industry?
If you are in pursuit of happiness, that is entirely unrelated to the pursuit of success. You have to choose what you want and if what you want is to be successful, you have to understand that you’re not always going to be happy and that a lot of things are going be required of you that are not fun. If what you’re doing is making music for yourself to be happy, you may not be successful. It’s tough.
You have to be good at being on the internet, you have to be good at talking to people, you have to be somewhat good at DJing, you have to have a brand, you have to be good at marketing – stuff that really has nothing to do with being an artist. So, if you just want to be a musician that makes music just for the joy of it, please do it, but don’t quit your day job until you know for sure it’s going to work out.
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We are happy to bring you our next installment of Mojo Minute featuring clips from the Polar Plunge, Lotus, Zoogma, Earphunk, Truth, and a sneak peak of our interview at The Mousetrap with Reid Speed.
This weekend the Mousetrap Bar and Grill in Indianapolis, Indiana will be hosting Dopapod, and I couldn’t be more excited for this band. This band is one that I often am blown away by. The band is built up of 4 great musicians that have been touring almost consistently for the last four years. Indianapolis is part of their fall tour which includes a stop in Michigan and Ohio before heading out to the East coast. Not only are they on a monster tour right now, but they are about to drop a new album November 11th, 2014 called Never Odd or Even.
I got a chance to get a listen to the new album and I thouroughly enjoyed it. Dopapod seems to be redefining their organizational style with this new album, but the music still has that same sound and style that is very recognizable. I would describe Dopapod’s music as and energetic jam band fused with electronic, jazz and funk influences that you can’t help but dancing to.They are a band that you can truly see loves being on stage, they love touring, they love their fans, and they have some unstoppable energy. This new album has songs that are organized a bit more like you would expect, intro, verse, chorus, sort of style. The lyrics have a bit more weight to them then I have heard in the past examples of Dopapod’s work, and the music takes many interesting twists and turns. Each of the songs seems to have a distinct personality of their own.
This weekend, October 18th Indianapolis will have the pleasure of hosting Dopapod at the Mousetrap in Indianapolis, Indiana, and I hope we get to hear some of these new songs. This is sure to be a special night of music that will keep everyone dancing late into the evening. So come on out and show these East Coast boys some Midwest loving’ and check their website www.dopapod.com to preorder their new album and check out their other stops on the Fall tour.
If funky bass is your thing, you’re not going to want to miss the Freekbass CD release party this Saturday at the Mousetrap. Hot off of the release of ‘Everybody’s Feelin’ Real,’ and a tour with Particle, the band is primed to put on an evening worth remembering. As a bonus, the first fifty people to buy tickets to the show will be given a code for a free digital download of the new album. I had a chance to sit down with The Freek to ask about his recent Kickstarter campaign to fund the album and what to expect from the live show.
Mojo: How did you get started playing bass?
Freek: I actually started off as a drummer. I started messing around with the guitar a little bit. Long story short, in fifth or sixth grade there was a jazz band from a college that came down. We had an assembly at our school and there was an electric bass player. I happened to be sitting right in front of him and the image is burned into my brain. He had a red SG bass, I remember that really well. The thing I remember about that is that the tones that were coming out of the bass at the low end. It was a combination of the rhythm and the sonics that were coming out of the bass and it was like a spell put on you or something and I got sucked in from that point on. That was the instrument that I knew I wanted to and had to play.
Mojo: Can you talk a little bit about your recent Kickstarter campaign?
Freek: It was amazing. My management kind of talked me into it. It is always a little awkward when as an artist you are asking people to donate money to what you’re doing but it ended up being so above and beyond what I expected. It’s like everyone becomes part of the project. It is a really amazing feeling. It is like having two or three hundred executive producers on the album and everybody gets emotionally invested.
The way Kickstarter works is that they create this mini personal social network for the album and the next thing you know you have this group project going on with really good vibes and karma. I didn’t know when we started this but once the campaign ends, you continue your relationship with those people. You have an army of intense people who support what you do. It is an amazing thing and I highly recommend it for musicians and any artist with any kind of vision who wants to get other people involved in their vision too.
M: How was the process of making the new album? How did you get so many people to collaborate?
F: There are two drummers on the album who play with me a lot. One of them is Chip Wilson and one is Big Bam, both have been performing with me live over the years. Razor Sharp, the keyboard player played with Parliament Funkadelic, him and I have been doing stuff. He lives in Cincinnati as well.
When we did this album, I talked to the producer of the album, a guy named Duane Lundy, a great great producer. We were talking about what we wanted the album to sound like and I said I would like it to sound like the feeling I got when I listened to old Sly and the Family Stone records or very old Funkadelic records and he said if you want to create that same feeling, then we have to record it the same way they did. What he meant was, the way to do everything these days is Pro Tools style with overdubs. We set up all live in the studio and started tracking all of the tracks; the bass, the drums, the keyboard all live. If one person messed up, we started at the beginning again. Some days we would be there for 8-10 hours a day and maybe get two or three songs down at the most because we wanted to make sure the sounds were grooving. With all of the albums that we’ve done in the past, I’ve had a hand in the engineering. With this album it was all Duane and I just got to play bass and write and be creative and think about the music and it was really nice.
F: Well, we have been rehearsing like crazy for this. Right when the digital copy came out, we went off on a tour with the band Particle around the northern Midwest to get geared up for these CD release shows that we are getting ready to do. I am really excited. I haven’t played out a whole lot this year. I’ve been doing festival dates here and there but not really club dates, so with the new album out, I’m getting ready. The Particle tour came at the perfect time because it got the whole band prepped for us to go out and do shows. This particular show (at the Mousetrap), we are doing something special where the first 50 people who buy tickets to the show are given a free digital download of the new album. We’ll have physical copies for sale at the show too.
M: Have you played the Mousetrap before? What do you think of the place?
F: Yes, many times. I love it. There is always a good buzz there and a crowd of regulars that always seem to come through. It is a really special place. The first time I played there, I don’t even know if they had a stage yet and every time I go there it keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger and is more like a concert venue. It is exciting to see how that club has grown. With touring a lot, bands on the road always compare clubs. The more as you tour, you are hearing the word, “Mousetrap.” It doesn’t matter what part of the country you are in from Iowa to Florida to Montana, you’re hearing that word. It is getting national recognition now for touring bands.
The Freekbass CD release party is Saturday, May 31st at the Mousetrap. Tickets are available at the door. For a preview of what to expect, check out the video for, “Victoria Thunder,” below.
Lofty comparisons abound when the name TAUK surfaces. Some have likened them to Phish, and others to Lotus. Tones of Umphrey’s McGee are present, too. However, while their experimental prog-rock style brings those names to mind, their sound manages to be something wholly unique.
These guys have been touring relentlessly for the past year hitting festivals like Summer Camp, and playing a NYE Phish after party. They’ve been busy promoting their 2013 release Homunculus, produced by Robert Caranzza (Mars Volta, Jack Johnson), and their trail has led them to The Mousetrap. Catch them there live on May 17th. In preparation for their upcoming gig, they answered some questions for their ever growing fan base.
MOJO: Your single “Dead Signal” has been broadcast on SiriusXM’s Jam On. How has it been received?
TAUK: Very well! It feels great when people text me or post on our wall about how they heard the song and loved it!
MOJO: How does it feel to have a single released on such a prominent station?
TAUK: Pretty surreal. I finally heard our song “In The Basement of the Alamo” on it the other day. Besides the excitement of our having our music played on a notional platform. It feels great knowing that we got on there because we have some great fans who push our music really hard. Thanks to them!
MOJO: Your album Homunculus has been out for a year now, are you currently working on anything else?
TAUK: We are putting the finishing touches on the next album right now!
MOJO: What was it like recording with Robert Caranzza? Do you have plans to work with him again?
TAUK: Robert is sitting in front of me at the mixing board at this very moment. He knows us as band and as people so well at this point that he’s basically another member of the band. Robert is one of best there is hands down. Glad to have him in our corner.
MOJO: You’ve had the opportunity to tour with lots of exciting artists (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce), what’ve you learned from working with them?
TAUK: We have been lucky to open for a lot of well established and successful bands. I would say the greatest thing I learned from bands like Lettuce and KDTU is that they are still normal, humble, hardworking people. Being great people is a big part of what got them to where they are, not just being amazing musicians.
MOJO: What’re you planning to bring to the stage here in Indy?
TAUK: A patented TAUK throw down!
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Indianapolis is in for a treat on April 25th and 26th. Ultra Violet Hippopotamus is invading The Mousetrap for a two night run they are calling “Fan Appreciation.” This power packed band has a unique jam sound and a tight fan base all through Michigan and Indiana. Indy Mojo recently spoke with the band to find out a little bit more about why they chose our city to celebrate. Casey Butts (percussion, vocals) and Russ James (lead guitar, vocals)
MOJO: You guys are gearing up for a two night run April 25th and 26th at The Mousetrap in Indianapolis and calling it the fan appreciation weekend. What makes us so special to get a fan appreciation weekend?
Russ: It’s hard to describe how great the music is in Indianapolis. Not just the musicians that are there, but the fans. We do a lot of touring around the U.S. and the type of people and the type of music lovers that are in Indianapolis are so unique. It’s like this rabid base of music lovers that support musicians and support art in general that you just don’t see anywhere. It’s got energy that you don’t get in other spots. It’s just a wonderful thing.
We’ve never done a two night run in Indianapolis. The trap is really a place where we have grown so much musically, and also financially. So much has happened from the support we have gotten from The Mousetrap and the people in that area. To be able to go back and do a two night run in a venue like that is just great. We are so excited to share that with the community.
MOJO: So what do you guys think about playing at The Mousetrap in comparison to other venues?
Casey: Well, there’s a certain energy in that room, and that’s what that place is all about. It’s small and we can barely fit on the stage anymore. There’s no room for us to move in there, but there’s just an energy in that place that you don’t get playing in the other venues. It’s almost like playing a house party or something in the sense that we are down there with the crowd. It’s not us playing above the crowd. It’s like we are all in this together and that’s what creates the energy in that room.
Russ: Yeah, Casey brings up a good point. There is a definite sense of beauty and wonder when it comes to playing large rooms like the Fox Theater and things like that- they are fantastic- but at the same time there definitely is a disconnect that you get from the crowd that makes you have to generate the energy back and forth with each other.
MOJO: I want to talk to you guys a little bit about the album you just released, Translate. Why did you decided on the title Translate? Most of your other albums are titled with song names.
Russ: As you just pointed out, we have always chosen a song title. This album isn’t as thematic as the ones before. It’s more about a bunch of different types, styles and genres of songs. In a way, fan interpretations of songs that we do- chord progressions, or stories that we tell- it’s all up to a person’s translation of that. That’s kind of the reason we chose to go with that title.
MOJO: So how would you say that this album sets itself apart from your previous albums?
Casey: We have definitely upped the whole production of everything. We put more work and time into this album than before. First, we went into a top-notch studio, with top-notch engineers. We were able to go in there and get more done in ten days then we have in any other previous albums. I think bringing in the horns and bringing in the background vocals just gives the album a much larger feeling to it then we previously had. I feel like pretty much, all around, every song has a larger scope to it than what our previous albums have. I feel like it represents where we want our music to go. It’s definitely more progressive rock and even more jazz influenced than before.
MOJO: What is your favorite song off of the album?
Russ: I think it’s different for everyone in the band. For me personally, I love “La Marea.” It’s funny how different songs come together and the writing process. The way that “La Marea” came around is we were just warming up for practice and Brian, our bass player was laying down a line and Joe was playing a drum line over top of it to get warmed up. We started warming up with some guitar lines, and within 15 minutes we had a song. It’s always beautiful and wonderful the songs that come together like that. I think that’s the song I enjoy playing the most right now.
Casey: For me it really depends on the day. When I listen to the album it even depends on what mood I’m in. The last 20 seconds of “Ruben,” whenever I hear that with the trumpet line, I’m like pumping my fists in the air. Then other days I’ll hear “Tiny Eyes,” which is a song we never play live. We’ve maybe played it twice live, but I hear it on the album and it sounds so beautiful. I don’t even think we should play it live again. I’m not sure we can match how great it sounds on the album. So, it really just depends on the day for me personally.
MOJO: It looks like you have a pretty full summer festival tour. You’re going to be at Summer Camp, Dark Star Jubilee, GrooveFest and a bunch more dates. What are some must see shows on this summer tour? What are you most excited about?
Casey: All of them! Just quit your jobs and come on Hippo tour. Summer Camp is going to be amazing- that whole weekend playing both Summer Camp and Dark Star Jubilee.
Russ: Summer Camp has a special place in our hearts because it’s in the Midwest and one of our first huge festivals. To be able to go out to Groove Festival in Colorado, that’s just going be a blast. We go on before Carl Denson[’s Tiny Universe]. It’s going to be an amazing time.
Casey: Another thing about Summer Camp: when we’ve played in the last couple of years, and we look out into the crowd, I feel like I recognize the first 30 rows of people. I feel like it’s become this spot where all of our Midwest fans have all come to collaborate and meet each other and basically celebrate that for the weekend. That is obviously very special to see all the work we’ve been doing in all different regions come together for this one event.
MOJO: So, say we miss a date on the summer tour; we can catch up with it on “The Hive” right?
Russ: This is something that is still a little bit in development. Ultimately the goal is to record every show and release every show so that if you miss it or just want to listen again you will be able to do that. As of right now we aren’t doing every show. We are trying to raise the funds to get a digital soundboard and all the things necessary to record everything, but this is kind of just the early stages of that. Right now we are just releasing stuff that we have had in the archive for a while. Hopefully by Fall or by the end of the year we will be recording and releasing every show.
Ticketing info as well as contests can be found at www.uvhippomusic.com.
Show Venue: The Moustrap Bar and Grille
Show Date: April 25 and 26th 2014
Ticket Price: $10 or $15 for the two night run.
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.
The Floozies are an electro-funk band made up of two brothers, Mark Hill on the drums and Matt Hill on the guitar. Fusing digital production with instruments, this duo create sets remixing favorite songs along with originals. Coming from all the way from Kansas, the Floozies are ready to get rowdy this Friday at The Mousetrap.
Do you guys have anything special planned for Friday at the Mousetrap?
Mark Hill: Actually we do. We revamped a bunch of tracks. We basically remapped our live show so we can have a little more fun live. I am really excited about that. Also we are using the top box now, which we’ve only used a couple shows we did.
Why do you guys call yourselves the Floozies?
Hill: It’s just kind of a silly name and word my mom used when we were in college to talk about winning. We just tired of really serious electronic band names so we just went with a word we thought was funny and kind of described our vibe.
I read in your bio you guys don’t plan your sets or have set lists. How do you decide what to play?
Hill: Basically right before we go on, we just decide what we want to start with and from there we just kind of feed off the crowd. If the crowd doesn’t seem as rowdy we will play some lighter stuff just to ease them in. Or if the opening band was super heavy we might change it up and try to do something a little lighter. We just kind of wing it. I don’t know. There is not really any way to describe it; we just kind of do it as we go along.
Is there ever confusion between you, as the drummer, and your brother, as he chooses the tracks?
Hill: Very rarely. I wouldn’t necessarily say we always want to play the exact same song but very close. I don’t know we just have a very similar vision so I often know what he’s going to play before he plays it and vice versa. We have been doing this so long and we grew up together so we just have a connection musically so it makes that whole improve thing a lot easier.
Working with your brother, are there ever times where you fight?
Hill: Not really it’s actually great. If we do fight, which is very rare, it’s only because we’re strung out and tired from being on tour. But we get over it real quick because we are family and that’s what families do. They fight and get over it, unlike just playing with a friend where I could potentially never talk to them again. But yeah we don’t fight much, we never did. We were best friends growing up so that’s kept us together really well.
I know you guys played numerous festivals this summer, does playing at a bar or venues have effect on your sets as compared to a festival?
Hill: Daytime sets at a festival definitely lend themselves to a lot more jamming and taking it slower but depends on the crowd really. If the people are rowdy, then venues and festivals are very similar. I think the only difference is more of a day time set versus a night time set as far as musically goes. The experience is always different but musically we put it on similar in a sense.
Do you have a preference between venues or festivals?
Hill: I really love playing festivals because I have been going to festivals since I was young and I love the festival experience. But I do like playing in bars too because you are in and out. You get there, you play a rowdy set, you’re done and then you’re on to the next one. They both have their ups and downs. I think bars and venues can be rowdier but it goes both ways. I like being at festivals a lot and I do love festival season.
Did you have a favorite festival this summer?
Hill: I’m not that into comparing things because I think each has its own great unique experience but as far as like general weather and great people Electric Forest was a great one for me. I had never been. The weather was really pretty and there were great people. If you haven’t been to Electric Forest, it’s crazy. There are wild people everywhere on stilts with decorations that will blow your mind. It’s a really strange but beautiful place.
What future plans do you have for your music?
Hill: We are about to drop a new album and we are about to do a Griz tour where we are about to be in his tour bus all over the East coast so that is our immediate plan.