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NUVO at 25: Indy's music scene in 25 more years



We've spent a lot of time in this issue talking about what's been up with NUVO and Indianapolis in the last 25 years. When we started putting everything together, I couldn't help but wonder (Carrie Bradshaw-style), what do young musicians want to happen in the next 25 years. So, I asked them. Here's a selection of responses from 25-year-old music makers living and working in Indy.

In the next 25 years of local music in Indianapolis, I hope to see the open-mindedness still intact. The sense of community. The same willingness to expand and grow the scene. More people are working together than ever before and this is a trend that I hope continues well into the future.

— Klinik, Member of Pimpin' Hard Daily (PHD), Chakra Zulus and The Strong Roots Allstars

The next 25 years of the Indianapolis music scene will show a growth in serious songwriting and musicianship in Indianapolis. Instead of bands who just want to jam and have a good time, there will be musicians who work on their craft in a way that rivals the musicians of Nashville, LA and NYC. Because of this change, local venues will see that booking national touring bands is not the only way to make money. Rather, booking the next up and coming Indianapolis band will be a source of pride for local venues, with venues cropping up to fill that niche. Music will be a huge cultural export of Indy as more artists collaborate and tour together, releasing city collective albums that promote the artist who call Indy home.

— Fred Miller, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in Saint Aubin

Lisa Walks a.k.a. Lisa Walker - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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I hope to see musicians step out and challenge themselves as artists who want more than just the attention of playing on stage but care about positively impacting those listening. Most of all I want to see the city of Indianapolis break out of whatever negative stereotypes they may have about lead female musicians and give them just as much of a chance as anyone else.

—Lisa Walker, a.k.a. Lisa Walks

I hope to see more music venues pop up that cater towards local and less known touring acts. To me, this is a sign that communities are allowing home grown creators the opportunity to weave their creations into the local culture. These artists shouldn't feel closed off, as though their creative endeavors only have a place in basements dives, and other fringes of the community.

— Cameron Davis, drummer in Perfect Teeth

The things I'd like to see happen in Indiana music would have to start now. I'd like to see all of the local artists I know to stop trying to be a force to be reckoned with in a genre and style that already exists. There's so much potential to make and do something entirely new, not just BE something new. I want to see my brother stop rapping about weed, and instead rap about the plethora of things he knows, thinks about, and has experienced that no one else talks about. But he knows that. I'd like to see national artists on show flyers that make me stop and take a photo to not forget. I also think a music festival the scale of Forecastle could be incredible at White River.

Most of all: I'd like to see all of my fellow local musicians back in the record stores. I mean, why aren't you there in the first place? We want these people to hear about you, but it's hard when we never even see you! We have music you like, music you make, people you like, and people who want to like you. Our city has incredible talent and potential right now. I drink a lot of cold Sprite. I still like 7-inches. I want your t-shirts. I'm re-issuing a live rap show from Detroit '99 and I want you to hear it. Things will happen if we make them.

—Zach Molina, a.k.a. Crookshanks

The three most important changes I would like to see in the next 25 years is more interconnectivity between the sensory arts (audio/visual). Secondly, I'd like to see more noncommercial venues/galleries. Be it house shows, basement galleries, outdoor takeaway sessions, more community interaction as a whole. Third and most important, I'd like to see Indianapolis have more fun with who we are and what we're doing. We need to stop trying to be something we're not and enjoy the boundless amount of people, places, and experiences we do have to offer. 

— Dimitri Morris, Headdress Records and Westgate

To me, music is about creating something organically and sharing it with people. And in doing so, I've met some of the best people I could imagine. In the next 25 years, I hope people make as many friends as they can and continue to support each other in anyway possible.

- Carter Seaton


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