jFET

Richard Jangatha started his musical journey as a first chair violinist and now has found himself as a heavy bass producer that goes by the name jFET.

After transitioning from his classical training, Jangatha started learning EDM production in college. He was making house music, sending it to labels and started getting signed. During this time, Jangatha had over 50 releases across house labels in both digital and vinyl format. He started getting into bass music over two years ago and began to send his music around again, rebranding himself as jFET. His first release charted #15 on the Beatport Dubstep Releases chart and landed a release with the ubiquitous Play Me Records as part of the New Blood of Dubstep 2012.

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Although it has been a long journey to get to this point for jFET, he is still working hard to grow and evolve as an artist while circulating his music. He has worked with artists both locally and nationally, including Shy Guy Says, Marcus Blac and Neal Zen, and has open projects with ### (PoundPoundPound) and Cosby Sweater. When asked who he would pick as his favorite local musician? “Don’t have a favorite, everyone brings their own thing to the table and I personally can’t compare them.”

Frequently found at The Mousetrap, jFET just got done playing Mojostock and still has WARMFest and Hyperion in store before ORANJE on October 12. He also has a bunch of upcoming EPs due to be released, dates TBA. “I love the local scene,” said jFET. “There are a lot of characters, I’m one of them of course.”

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This will be jFET’s first time performing at ORANJE, although he attended the event last year. “Last year, I was a patron and had a great time. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all the awesome art vendors and of course to perform this year.” If you were on the fence about coming to ORANJE this year, jFET wants to convince you to come. “It’s one of a kind; you get to see the evolving state of arts. I had an incredible time last year, and I think it has something for everyone.”

You can keep up with jFET before ORANJE 2013 on TwitterFacebook and Soundcloud.

Callie Croom

If you haven’t been to the ballet in awhile, or ever, ORANJE is bringing ballet to YOU this year!

Callie Croom is a classically-trained ballet dancer living in Chicago, taking this very technical, challenging and distinguished art form and putting a fresh, modern twist on it. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Croom grew up taking ballet classes since she was only three years old, dancing for Barbara Pontecorvo. She continued her education at Butler, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance two years ago. During her time at Butler, she choreographed each year for the Student Choreography Showcase (which she urges you to try to attend…it’s FREE!). “My art is like me; it’s weird and quirky and at points a little immature, but that’s how you grow up artistically,” Croom said. “It’s constant experimentation, lots of trial and error.”

528308_10151331056395952_1100290386_nThis past season, Croom worked with colleagues at Elements Contemporary Ballet for an installation in the Chicago Cultural Center. Elements is a part-time gig for her while she freelances for several other people in the greater Chicago area and waits tables in the evening. “I’d like to work full time with a company, either as a dancer or a choreographer (or both!),” she said.

So how does one go about choreographing ballet? Croom tells us she likes to try to enter a studio/rehearsal with some sort of planned movement, but at the same time as a blank slate. Inspiration can hit at any time, from human relationships she has had to a piece of inspiring music. Casting dancers that she trusts, and that also trust her, they work as a team to come up with movement that makes sense for everyone. “We usually improvise for awhile to get comfortable with each other. Then, I start building around certain phrases that work.”

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This will be Croom’s first year ORANJE, both as an artist and attendee. “I’ve case mostly Butler alumni that live in Chicago now, so I’m excited to work with this specific group of people and to be able to bring them back into a place we all spent time together dancing. I have no idea what the finished work will look like, but I know I’ve got some seriously talented dancers cast for this, so I highly recommend you come see them werk.”

Sponsor Spotlight: Kolman Dental

Do you have a cool dentist?

Paul Kolman, owner of Kolman Dental, is known around Indianapolis as the Rock n Roll Doc due to his close connection with the local music scene. Maybe you’ve seen his logo on a flyer for a concert or one of the many events put on by My Old Kentucky Blog, NUVO or A Squared Industries. Or perhaps you’ve seen him out at a show wearing a Kolman Dental shirt enjoying some music with his wife. Whatever it is, Paul Kolman has been making his name known around town as being not only a great dentist but an advocate of Indianapolis culture.

226785_1046278670038_6263_nKolman started sponsoring shows about four years ago with Andy and Annie Skinner of A Squared Industries. That’s when he was connected with MOKB, where one of the booking agents started referring to him as the Rock n Roll Dentist…and the nickname stuck! Since then, he has continued to sponsor shows around Indianapolis and support local artists, including some of his favorites like Red Light Driver, Pravada, Hotfox, Breakdown Kings and Grey Granite. “There are so many great people involved in our music scene from bands to promoters to club owners,” said Kolman. “It has been a joy to get involved.”

So what makes Kolman Dental different from your average dentist’s office? Well let’s start with the atmosphere. Kolman’s love of music has resulted in a large collection that includes many local artists, which gives his patients a chance to appreciate new tunes that they may not have discovered otherwise. Not to mention the panoramic views of Broad Ripple and comfortable setting. “Whether I am fixing someone’s teeth or helping with instructions on how to care for their smile, my overall goal is to help. I love that I get to meet and see new people everyday.”

This will be the second year in a row that Kolman Dental has sponsored ORANJE, and it’s the first time he has sponsored an event that wasn’t solely music-related. “I liked the overall idea of ORANJE. I found that ORANJE’s audience was very compatible with the type of atmosphere that we have at Kolman Dental. I think the mix of music and art is perfect; I love that some of my favorite artists are showcasing their work while my favorite local bands are playing.”

Kolman suggests that you check out Shimmercore playing as a full band, and artists Stuart Sayger and Justin Vining. Keep up with Kolman Dental on Facebook, Twitter and their website.

Jonathan Foerster

Jonathan Foerster has been drawing ever since he was two years old, mimicking the work of his father drawing up blue prints. By the time he was in kindergarten, he was already drawing full-shaped figures while all of the other kids were still struggling to draw stick figures. Since that time, he has never stopped drawing.

Once he turned 16, creating using a computer grabbed ahold of him and wouldn’t let go. Now, his artwork is created digitally, using a variety of tools such as Photoshop, StudioMax and Illustrator. Stitching together 3D elements, textures, digitally drawn elements and photos, Foerster creates abstract and surreal scenery in his artwork.

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“Art has always been an escape for me; a way to cope, a way to think, a way to burrow deep into my mind for awhile and let the outside world vanish,” said Foerster. “With that said, it’s mainly life and my experiences. Sometimes I will have a general idea of what I want a piece to look like, but it will morph as the year passes.”

Creating is not a quick process for Foerster, with most pieces taking anywhere between six months to a year off and on. Sometimes he even tweaks and fiddles with a piece for over a two-year span. “These aren’t something I whip up in a week or a month; a lot of thought, tweaking, experimentation and a dash of insanity goes into my work.”

Foerster is a Senior Multimedia Designer at NuOrbit Media here in Indianapolis, designing websites, video and applications for clients such as Tropicana, Gatorade and Pepsi along with some local entities such as The Children’s Museum and The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be his third year showing his work at ORANJE, bringing some new pieces with him that have never been seen before. “I’ve met some great people thanks to the event and I have a lot of fun doing it,” he said. “I think it’s one of the best events Indy has to offer. It blew my mind the first year I attended (not as a participant but as a spectator); it was stimulation overload. I said ‘I have to do this.’ Now, here I am.”

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With pieces ranging anywhere from $5 to $400, Foerster sells a wide variety of work. Locally, he’s shown his work at several locations such as Bier Brewery and Indy Indie Artist Colony. In the future, he’d like to challenge himself more with his artwork. “I’d like to move back out of the digital realm and go back to my roots in traditional media. I’ve become too comfortable and it’s time to challenge myself again.”

If you’d like to see keep up with Jonathan before October 12, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter and his website.

No Bad Ideas Clothing Company

An international brand based in Indianapolis, No Bad Ideas is an eclectic street-inspired headwear company trying to put their footprint on pop culture. It’s no surprise that this company is a perfect fit to be a sponsor of ORANJE, seeing as they support the creative movement around Indianapolis and beyond.

No Bad Ideas headwear line has something for everybody, including a wide variety of baseballs, snapbacks, 5 panels, fashion silhouettes and cold-weather knits. Locally, promoters from IndyMojo to Rad Summer to Crush Entertainment are utilizing the company to create a line of custom hats, and nationally the hats have been spotted at festivals from Pitchfork to Forecastle and even on the TV show Graceland. Local music groups such as Heavy Gun Blog and Cut Camp have worked with No Bad Ideas for support on their projects and photo shoots.

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Founded by Andy Moss, No Bad Ideas is a company that goes against the grain, supporting creative self-expression and people with a DIY mentality. “We like to support the artistic community, and ORANJE is the number one event in town when it comes to showcasing a wide range of talent across different mediums,” said Moss.

No Bad Ideas came up with three unique hat designs for ORANJE in 2012, which have been wildly popular, and is releasing a new design this year for ORANJE 2013, which should be available soon. Although you might not associate Indianapolis with street/urban culture, No Bad Ideas is keeping the company in the Midwest to bring that mentality here. “We love everybody that’s following their dreams!”

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You can find hats by No Bad Ideas at local, independent retailers or on their website. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter! If you’d like an ORANJE hat, you can buy one in our online merch store.

 

Justin Vining

If you live, work or play in Broad Ripple, you’ve probably walked past Justin Vining’s studio at one point or another or even been greeted by his dog hanging out on the front porch. You can usually find him inside working on new pieces surrounded by colorful walls covered from floor to ceiling with an impressive art collection.

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For those of you who haven’t seen Vining’s work, his watercolors and acrylic paintings can be described as looking similar to Tim Burton or Dr. Seuss landscapes. Vining’s interest in art goes back to high school when he took an art class as an elective, which sparked his interest in the subject. This interest stuck through his time at Purdue and his teaching career at Maple Ridge, but it was at the end of his first semester at Valpo Law that Vining’s true talent emerged. He picked up a paint brush and began to paint a series of work that was much stronger than what he had previously done. Vining went on to graduate and pass the Indiana Bar Exam, but he has continued to focus on creating art full-time.

This will be Vining’s third year as an ORANJE participant. “One of the things I love most about ORANJE is the variety of artists represented each year,” he said. “If you have experienced ORANJE, you know what I mean. If not, I high recommend coming this year!”

So where does Vining get his inspiration for the whimsical landscapes he creates? He credits three main influences: growing up on a farm, the creative minds of his former students and the artists that Vining admires and pays tribute to in his work. Some of those artists include painter/muralist Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood (best known for his American Gothic painting) and visual artist Andrew Wyeth. A little known fact about Vining is that he is an avid chess player, which is where the checkerboard pattern comes from that is frequently found in his work.

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With hopes of one day being able to see his work in museums, Vining shows his pieces in Indianapolis at a variety of First Friday venues, including the Upland Propaganda Room and New Day Meadery, and art shows such as Penrod and Broad Ripple Art Fair. “ORANJE is a show that encourages artists to push their limits, be experimental and create an experience for those attending, so I look forward to creating a booth that is not just geared towards selling work but people can interact with it in some way,” said Vining. “The show is months away and I am already planning my booth. I look forward to seeing it come together during the final week leading up to the show.”

Want to see a little more of Justin Vining before October 12? You can keep up with him on his webpage, Facebook and Twitter!

 

ORANJE 2013 Lineup

We’re so excited to announce the ORANJE 2013 lineup for October 12 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds!

First, we’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who submitted to be a part of ORANJE. We wish we had room for more, as it was a tough decision for our music and art juries. We take submissions every year from April 1 through May 31 via our website, so if you missed it this year, you can start preparing for ORANJE 2014 in the meantime!

Artist Lineup:

  • Mike Altman
  • Iggy Arana
  • Stella Brickel
  • Phil Cecil
  • Caren Charles
  • Callie Croom
  • Homeless Cop
  • Jonathan Foerster
  • David Gerena
  • Drew B. Hall
  • Izaak Hayes
  • Mallory Hodgkin
  • Christina Hollering
  • Amanda Keller
  • Melissa Kinnett
  • Robert A. James
  • Bruce Lowenthal
  • Lauren Maurer
  • Kristen Neufelder
  • Quincy Owens
  • Jason Rowland
  • Stuart Sayger
  • Susan Shorter
  • Jimm Showman
  • Gavin Smith
  • Jon Smith
  • Ryan Spencer
  • Starsprinkle Supercollider
  • Josh “Shadow” Tennison
  • Tatu Billy Witch Doctor
  • Justin Vining

Music Lineup:

  • Rugged Russian Bear
  • Shimmercore
  • Landmarks
  • Black Cat Rebellion
  • The Bearded Lucys
  • Jomberfox
  • Tied To Tigers
  • The Bright White
  • Swig
  • Audiodacity
  • PoundPoundPound
  • jFET
  • Magnetic
  • Jeremy Daeger
  • DJ Christian
  • Cool Hand Lex

As part of the music lineup, we’ll also have a Beats & Breakfast Lounge presented by Bringing Down The Band and Cut Camp, including Rusty Redenbacher, The ProForms, John Stamps, Ghost Town Collective, Breakdown Kings, Jaecyn Bayne, Indian City Weather, Grey Granite, Blake Allee, DJ Monte Carlo, SIrius Blvck, The Lost Kings and R-Juna & 3rd Eye Visionaries.