Anita Vokill

What sparks your imagination?

You might have seen Anita Vokill at ORANJE in the past. He’s performed twice before as a DJ and in electronic music groups, but never with his solo project. The Anita Vokill project explores the space where Jungle, Reggae, Dubstep, Dancehall, Dub and Drum n Bass meet, putting together a combination of acoustic and electronic elements with a focus on beats, vibes and bass.

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Growing up in a creative household, visual and audio arts were always around. He expressed an interest in music and art at an early age and started playing guitar in middle school, enrolling in classes and playing in a garage band. By college, he was into turntables and samplers and now a laptop with 2 midi controllers.

Every song starts with some sort of inspiration; a sound, song, mood, vibe, day-to-day-life…anything really. Anita Vokill recently dropped a digital EP from Boom One Records called “Come Rude Boy“, which features remixes from El Carnicero featuring Mista Chatman (Seattle) on vocals, another from Dubsmith (Philly) featuring Yasus Afari (Jamaica) and B. Davis (Jersey) on vocals. Along with remixes from Elder and Hydrophonics, it’s an international affair.

While he only performs a few times a year to make these appearances special, his future goals are to keep having fun, keep challenging himself, keep learning and hopefully travel. As for performing at ORANJE, he’s excited about the art and music sensory overload. “I’m looking forward to the aspect that you always something new and different at ORANJE, you never know what you will find around the corner.”

You can find Anita Vokill on September 13 at ORANJE at the Beat Haus, presented by BringingDownTheBand.com. Keep up with him on Twitter and Facebook.

Ewokie Talkie

Evansville-based Ewokie Talkie is bringing his atmospheric, dreamy beat-based music to ORANJE on September 13, and we’re excited to share his passion and talent with you. The man behind Ewokie Talkie, Kyle Stallings, has a sounds as eclectic as his music tastes, including jazz, rock, hip hop and various dance beats.

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Making music since he was 14 years old, Stallings started out his music career playing the guitar in bands. After a few years, he began exploring his interest in hip hop by attempting to make his own beats. “I started acquiring a lot of records (that I sampled from) as well as purchasing my first synthesizer. i got into using a computer for more control and from then on, I haven’t stopped. I’ve been making music and performing as Ewokie Talkie for four years.”

If you live in Indianapolis, you might not be familiar with Ewokie Talkie unless you caught his show at The Mousetrap last year. Or perhaps you were one of the attendees of a house party he played along with David Peck, Digital Dots are more, which Stallings said has been his favorite show in Indy to date. Ewokie Talkie performs at least once a month, whether it’s in St. Louis at The Blank Space, in Chicago for Push Beats Mondays or in Evansville’s local art gallery/venue/restaurant known as PG, where Stallings also helps book and promote events.

“Actually my favorite show was also the one that had the largest attendance. I got to open up for Parisian and Lapalux in St. Louis. Lapalux is one of my favorite artists so I guess I would also say that it was my best performance because I took a lot of time to prepare for it.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Ewokie Talkie for his first appearance at ORANJE on September 13. “I plan to perform in the usual way that I play off of my shows. I’ll be playing original music of mine with my laptop and midi controller. I will also be bringing handmade cassettes with new music as well as download codes inside the tape boxes for digital downloads. Events like this bring people together and encourage progression. Aside from that, it will be a lot of fun.”

We asked Stallings about his future plans for Ewokie Talkie. “I make music because I enjoy it and hopefully people will like it. I don’t really have an ultimate goal. I’ve sort of just accepted that I enjoy this too much to ever just stop. Everything that happens along the way is secondary to how I feel when i’m just sitting my space creating.”

You can keep up with Ewokie Talkie on Facebook and Soundcloud. If you want to see him after ORANJE, he’ll be playing a show on September 19th in St. Louis for an event called “Brave New World” that is put on by a collective called Far Fetched, and releasing an EP soon after with the collective.

Veseria

Veseria can describe their sound in only three words: rock and roll.

People used to always ask the group to describe their sound in the beginning, but they didn’t want to limit their songwriting by getting stuck on sub-genres. So they didn’t and simply stuck with rock and roll, which has proven to be a critical part in their creative process.

This is Veseria’s second year as an ORANJE participant (the band played in 2012), and not only have they released their sophomore album, Voyager, but they are also working on some new tunes to showcase. “Going into a second performance at this event is even more exciting than the first because we know just how much fun it is. The energy at ORANJE is undeniable – you have artists, performers and musicians all bringing their A-game and the level of creativity is at it’s highest. It’s truly a special night for Indianapolis every year.”

Veseria came together the way many bands do, by banging on the keys, pounding on the drums and breaking several thousand strings until they discovered how to make music during the destruction. “Songwriting has always been a deeply intimate process for us. Performing is a very different story. It’s a fight with our instruments. You pluck and pull and pound until the right sound comes out of your keyboard, guitar or drum – all the while hollering your most intimate thoughts and ponderings into a microphone.”

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So what is it about living in Indianapolis that the members of Veseria love? “Indy’s music scene is still young compared to other big cities which is thrilling for it’s active participants. The sky’s the limit and we’re still writing our own history – that makes it a really fun place to create.”

Veseria plays around 10 shows in Indianapolis per year with more scattered around the region. Most of their shows in the past year have been in Fountain Square venues like Hi-Fi or Radio Radio. In March, they had their album release at The Irving which has been a notable performance for the group. “Shine Indy and Grizzly Music Company really pulled out all the stops and made us feel really cool for a night. There’s no one in town doing what they’re doing and it’s an honor to get to work with them.”

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Veseria is hoping to release another project that they’ve had in the works by the end of 2015, but until then they’ll be on the road spreading Voyager around the midwest and beyond. The group doesn’t define their success by what others have done, but instead focus on trying to one-up themselves and go a little bit further each year. “We’ll be starting a national campaign in 2015 to really see how far we can take this thing.”

We can’t wait to have Veseria back to play on September 13, and the band joins in our excitement about this year’s event. “There’s simply no other event like it in Indianapolis. It’s huge. It’s fun. And you’ll walk away from it more and more in love with Indianapolis every year you attend. We’re also really excited for everyone to see Brother O’ Brother perform. They are such an incredible band and the city doesn’t even know about them yet.”

You can keep up with Veseria on Facebook and their website. Don’t miss their performance on September 13 at ORANJE 2014! “We’re nice people. Come say hi. We’d love to meet you.”

Brother O’ Brother

Starting in the Summer of 2013, Brother O’ Brother began making music with one major message in mind: love

This musical duo has a sound akin to a heavier, fuzzier version of early White Stripes mixed in with psychedelic and garage rock influences. As first year ORANJE participants, the two are planning on a live show to blow you away. “People want to be entertained and engaged, not hear a recital, and we take a lot of pride in making sure we are an engaging live experience.”

This two piece band consists of Chris Banta on guitar/vocals and Warner Swopes on the drums. Banta started playing music at the age of 12. He got his blues kick from his parents, who introduced him to The Black Keys at Indy Jazz Fest in 2002. Swopes also started at a young age, beginning on the drums at age 10. Listening to a lot of James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, he became really interested in the beats. The two came together and with the help of Brian “Bone” Thorburn at Threshold Studios, they recently released their first 7′ vinyl (that you can pick up at their online merch store) along with a new full length album.

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While this group is relatively new (about a year old), they haven’t wasted any time. Brother O’ Brother has performed with bands such as Diarrhea Planet, Cadaver Dogs, North Bye North, The Addies and Kinda Good. “Our best performance is probably either at Emporium Barcade in Chicago in July or our last show with Diarrhea Planet at The Hoosier Dome. People were hanging from the rafters, falling on stage, and Chris even crowd surfed while soloing last time at the Dome. At Emporium at the end of our set it got so rowdy we set off the smoke alarm.”

What are Brother O’ Brother’s plans for the future? “Just to try to expand, grow and see what happens. In the short term, we are working on doing some smaller tours and more regional shows as we push towards touring longer stints at a time next year. Our families and faith come first, but we are excited about the rapid growth we have had and are eager to continue to put our best foot forward and see what happens.”

We asked Brother O’ Brother why they think people should attend ORANJE. “Not only to support local and regional artists, but to support your horizons. I think people often fail to realize just how many great bands and artists there are in Indiana. This event puts a ton of them all in one location at the same time. Also, you should want to see Brother O’ Brother. It’s good for your health.”

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If you want to check out Brother O’ Brother before ORANJE 2014, they will be performing at the Blessed is He reunion show at The Gear (Franklin, IN) on August 9 and also at The Bishop (Bloomington, IN) on September 11 with Goodbye June (Nashville).

You can keep up with Brother O’ Brother on their Facebook page, and make sure to catch them on September 13 at ORANJE!

The Bearded Lucys

It’s not often that a group of musicians dare to try something outside the normal template of electric guitar, bass and drums, but that’s what you see with The Bearded Lucys. Incorporating instruments such as mandolin and banjo along with the use of multi-layer harmonies, The Bearded Lucys bring the down home feeling of Americana folk with the energy of Rock and Roll.

Everyone from the band comes from different musical backgrounds (metal, punk rock, Irish traditional music, garage rock, and bluegrass), which is what makes their music so original. The band is comprised of Rachel Hollingsworth (guitar/percussion/vocals), Matt Suever (guitar/vocals), Chris Cunningham (mandolin/percussion/vocals), Ben Callahan (banjo) and JD King (bass). Everyone brings something different to the table while writing songs, that have essentially turned out to be a mix of folk, indie and pop.

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The band has been on a short hiatus while their lead singer was out of the country, but their usual spots include The Melody Inn and Birdy’s. This winter, the band plans on recording their first album. “We just want to play and record music we love. If other people enjoy it, we really couldn’t ask for more.”

ORANJE 2013 will be The Bearderd Lucys‘ first show back with their lead singer, Rachel Hollingsworth. As a group, this is their first time playing at ORANJE, even though the members have attended in the past years, and JD King has been the Music Director for ORANJE since 2008. “You should expect a high-energy faster set. We plan on making people move.”

983969_661089627251103_330493126_nSo why do The Bearded Lucys think you should attend ORANJE? “It’s one of the best run events in Indy every year, and where else could you see such an eclectic group of artists and musicians in one place?”

Catch The Bearded Lucys on the Jakprints Stage at 12:30 am at ORANJE 2013!

Tied To Tigers

Tied To Tigers is a musical project by Matthew Corken that has two sides: a solo aspect and a full band. On the solo side, Corken loops multiple instruments ranging from percussion to guitars and vocals, creating the idea of building a song from the ground up, almost like showing how a song is composed. On the other side is the full band, which has an indie rock feel with influences from electronic sounds and old blues guitar riffs.

Corken grew up surrounded by music. His mother was an Indianapolis musician that played in cover bands, and Corken would always go to their practices with interest and curiosity. Once he was in 7th grade, he started playing guitar with a band of Butler and North Central students. Since then, he’s been playing in different projects such as Gin and Tonic, The Urban Rednecks, The Working Hour, The Post Script and now Tied To Tigers.

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Corken has come a long way with his Tied To Tigers project. Now, he has monthly shows at Connor’s Pub, The Monkey’s Tale, Flatwater, Britton Tavern, The Melody Inn, Bourbon Street and Social. He has played at the Slamology car and truck show with his full band along with opening for DJ Craze at The Vogue. He even opened for The Plain White Tees at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Coke Zero Music Fest!

For ORANJE, TTT will be performing a full band show featuring the core three musicians and a synth player alongside a DJ, mostly playing songs off of this fall’s Tied To Tigers release. This will be Tied To Tigers’ first time being in ORANJE. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the event and see all the amazing artists that are a part of it this year.”

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Coming up after ORANJE, Tied to Tigers is playing a full band show at The Monkey’s Tale on October 18, a solo show at Social on October 24 and will be in the second round of the Birdy’s battle on October 25 as a full band. The first full band EP will be available online and on vinyl at the end of October along a second EP online and on vinyl in December.

Make sure to check out Tied To Tigers on October 12 at ORANJE 2013! Parting words from Corken: “You, him, her, them, us, all together, we gather.”

Swig

If you haven’t heard of the band Swig, prepare yourself for a group that has a very dynamic approach to music that just might catch you off guard. Those that have seen their live shows have described Swig as “bluesy boozy beauties” and “the stoner rock band Indianapolis has been missing.”

This indie blues band that writes and performs their own material is influenced by blues artists such as RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Big Mamma Thornton and other Delta Blues icons. On the other side, they are shaped by modern rock artists such as Beware of Darkness, Elbow, Aloe Blacc, the Black Keys and White Stripes. Somewhere in between these two realms lies Swig.

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Swig is made up of Brian Petersen (guitar/vocals), Leigh Marino (bass/vocals) and Jamie Jackson (drums). Brian got his start in music in middle and high school concert bands. He started playing the bass in bands around Bloomington as he went through college, eventually switching to guitar in the last few years. Prior to Swig, he played with God Made Robots. He also makes the best crab-stuffed portabella mushrooms.

Leigh taught herself how to play bass and has been playing/writing music for four or five years…and she still plays every day! Having been a “car and shower” singer for years, Leigh taught herself to sing and has become a strong, unique vocalist, comparable to a modern day Janis Joplin. Leigh loves to collect unusual hats (fedoras in particular) and she’s terrible with names, but she rarely forgets a face.

Jamie comes from Nashville, TN and has been playing music since the age of 10. He has played in a variety of instruments in different bands spanning several genres from punk to metal to jazz to rock. Much of his structure comes from school orchestra and marching band. He has worked for Sam Ash Music for almost 11 years now, so to say that music is his life would be an understatement. And don’t worry, Jamie isn’t as scary as he looks…he happens to be an amazing father of three of the coolest kids you’ll ever meet.

Between the three of them, they are all huge vinyl fanatics; their collective record collection would astound you. They’ve all been in bands in the past from Bloomington, Indy or Nashville, some that you might be familiar with such as Treigh, who played BRMF back in 2010. So where is Swig heading in the future? “We want to keep writing music, making records and playing live. We are looking to start on a new full-length album in the fall/winter of 2013.”

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This will be the first year the members of Swig have been participants in ORANJE. “We’re looking forward to checking out all the other great performers and artists, as well as having the opportunity to be heard by a wider audience. We have been attendees to the past years’ festivities and have enjoyed and applauded ORANJE’s execution at each turn. It’s big, eclectic and constantly evolving. You don’t usually find that many different artists and musical styles all in one place.”

You can find Swig on October 12 performing on the third floor of Centennial Hall. In the meantime, keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter!

Black Cat Rebellion

Black Cat Rebellion is made up of Brad St. Patrick (vocals/guitar), Rob Neutzman (bass), Patrick Meadows (guitar) and Ben Galvin (drums). This Bohemian, primal Rock n Roll band for undesirables started back in 2003 by Brad and Rob, and their sound has been compared to Post Punk and Deathrock.

All of Black Cat Rebellion’s members have grown up in the Indianapolis and Muncie punk scenes, respectively. When they were younger and attending shows, everyone in the crowd had their own band. “Everyone supported each other, and it was a beautiful thing. Very inspirational for you to get out there and do it yourself.”

So they did.

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Black Cat Rebellion performs around four to five times each month regionally and then they tour spontaneously. Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville are some popular cities that they’ve played the most. Aside from their own tours, they have played multiple festivals, including the Heavy Rebel Weekender, Cornerstone, Rockabilly Rebel Weekend and Drop Dead Festival. They’ve also appeared as the soundtrack to an episode of ESPN 2′s “Hot Rod Trucks” show.

“We always give our all and play like we’re playing for our lives. We just came off a long string of shows. Coming up, we’ll be at The Melody Inn on September 5 and Be Here Now in Muncie on October 19. We constantly add last minute/unannounced shows, but mostly we will be concentrating on finishing up our upcoming album in the coming months.” Prior to their album’s release, watch for Black Cat Rebellion’s promo video for the song Blood Donor.

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The members of Black Cat Rebellion have been in former bands such as The Cadavers, Gwen Stacy, Dead End Drive-In and more. Rob also currently performs with Ricky Rat of Detroit’s legendary Trash Brats. They have only been to ORANJE in the past as guests, but are ready to show the crowd on October 12 what they’re all about. When asked what’s in store for us at ORANJE, the band simply replied, “sex and death.”

Make sure to catch Black Cat Rebellion on October 12 at ORANJE 2013, playing on the PBR Stage! You can keep up with them on their website or Facebook.