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 Belated Easter ya' filthy animals! Pondering bunnies with baskets of eggs or the dead rising... it's all just another excuse to stuff your face with a mouthful of peeps (you know you love 'em)! You might need some sugar to boost your heavy lungs after a wicked 4/20 weekend! Despite the wind, rain, and the cold - Mother Nature could not stop 2 of our regional favorites - Carnie and What the Bleep, from smashing the Mousetrap last Friday night! Then followed up by a heavy hitting close out appearance in Fort Wayne by none other than the NAP DNB all-stars Antik One, Gizzmo, and Hollowpoint! Triangulation collaboration, trifectas of selecta's, junglists unite & DnB prevailed in Indiana all weekend long!
And that's not all folks, I just want to remind you there's plenty more shenanigans to come! This week, international act Dirtyphonics is coming into town on Thursday Night! Dyonysiz and myself pack up to hit the Squeak in Columbus next weekend, and School Night at the Mel featuring Carnie & Tip the Velvet is only a few weeks away! Just face the facts, you're surrounded by Drum and Bass, and it's time to embrace!
This week on the NAPCast we close the gap on some long distances - 9,002 miles to be exact! The brotha' from down unda' FawKZz (Dino Armson) brings the zing all the way from Queensland, Australia! FawKZz got hooked by the EDM in his mid-teens and has been captivated by the culture ever sense. Although he dabbles in multiple genres, it's no secret the almighty DNB rises like Jesus to the top of that list! Fat bass, chunky and lumpy beats, this Jump Up banger will get you moving! Drum and Bass is worldwide, and today you get to feel the rumble from the southern hemisphere, Aussie style, courtesy of FawKZz!
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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.