The NAP DNB crew was founded in 2014 to provide a single source for drum and bass in the city and throughout the state. NAP DNB stems from the nickname "Naptown" coined by early jazz musicians in reference to our city name Indianapolis. Since a recent local resurgence in the electronic music scene has occurred, a group of like-minded individuals saw the need to create a way to bring the love and oneness of drum and bass to the community where it was ostensibly underrepresented. Indiana and Indianapolis, in particular, has a surprisingly strong history as far as drum and bass and jungle is concerned. We are here to play drum and bass. Unless the sub shits the bed. Then mostly drums, but hey, technology.
NAP DNB was formed in an effort to bring all the sounds of drum and bass back to the forefront of local dance culture and provide an outlet for impassionate underground music talent. Supporting local talent is essential because it allows for current and future generations to thrive. Not only do we strive to bring focus to our crew, we aim to bring together the music scene as a whole community. Therefore, our principle is, “Oneness to the fullest. More love. More life. Maximum respect.”
Happy monday junglists! Hollow Point here with another weekly dose of Drum & Bass from NAP DNB! In case you missed last week's post or the many posts on social media, Re:heat, a microrave experience kicked off the first event from the minds at Universal Vibe. This unique and funky event was hosted at the "strange, but soothing" Healer. It just happened to be my first foray at this event space and I was blown away by the amount of interesting and themed art that was on display all over the event space. From a forest wonderland to a ice cavern to an alien spacecraft to what felt like the inside of an elemental twister there was much for the eyes to feast upon. On top of the thought-inspiring art installations, the lineup absolutely set the mood for the entire evening, led by a fantastic set from Indianapolis Techno mainstay, Noncompliant (aka DJ Shiva). This event made sure to stress inclusivity and acceptance and it was wonderful to see humans from all walks of life sharing a single vibe.
Speaking of Re:heat, our boy RinTin did a bang-up job of closing down the night with a set sure to keep the breakbeats rumbling in your head as you left this magical venue. If you haven't figured it out already, we've put RinTin in the hot seat this week as NAPCast 264 is from our blog writer and bassline orchestrator himself. This mix clocks in at over 100 minutes of chest-bumpin' beats and does not disappoint. Who needs caffeine today when RinTin will elevate you to enlightenment with these beats! Big ups the one like RinTin!
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We co-host a monthly Drum & Bass night on the second Tuesday of every month featuring international, regional, and local talent. Located at the Melody Inn. The vibe is thick so come get you some!
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As NAP DNB rolls into its 5th year of being Indianapolis's home for Drum & Bass music, we've always found the Melody Inn as our home base. Long before I personally lived in Indianapolis, the local junglists in town found safe haven within the walls of Indy's historic punk bar and since before 2005, The Mel has offered itself to some of the biggest names in Drum & Bass. We're talking Dom & Roland, Logistics, Marcus Intalex (RIP), Danny Byrd, Dieselboy, Hive, Commix, Basic Operations, TC1, and Big Bud just to name SOME of the 2005-2006 headliners that have graced the stage. As time has gone on, we've seen Tuesday nights @ The Melody Inn change hands as the next junglist in line steps up to keep the night going, but the vibe has never changed. We aim to keep the vision laid out by those who came before, but as with any long-running night, sometimes change is necessary.
Starting April 9th, Second Tuesdays at The Melody Inn will be known as "School Night". This reflects the idea that going out late on a Tuesday night can sometimes push up against school or work in the morning. Knowing that, we're also going to be starting a full 2 hours earlier! That's right, instead of 10pm-3am, we'll be starting at 8pm and ending around 2am. In addition, we'll pull the headliner spot back to 11pm, so that supporting the great talent we bring to you doesn't feel like such a sacrifice. This also gives us an opportunity to book talent that otherwise wouldn't be available due to schedule conflicts.
To kick off our new night, name, and time, we're going to bring you a night full of some of Indiana's best music producers to remind you that we not only have great DJ talent here, but these cats are creating it from scratch! We've got Paranoid Inc, Trilli, Sweater Disco, RinTin, and Nashawti to bring the bass in the front and Ejion & Friends with the school house vibes in the House of Babylon Back Room.
NAP DNB has been honored to work with some of the best international, regional, and local talents at our events. The current resident DJ’s include DJ Hollow Point, NuM3r1k, Gizzmo, Antik One, Sea Monkey and Knotice as the organizational core. B.A. Brawkus, Phsyko-lojik, Ceebz, Johnny Utah, Dave Owen, Psynapse, Roots Iric, Kryzma, Manic, Carnie, and Sarge are also major contributors to the group and are worth the shout-out.