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.”
Howdy Folks! Ready to get this week rolling with another sprinkle of NAPDNB for ya' werk week. The NAPDNB has been putting in work with another successful School Night at the Melody Inn last week, in which case our main hero, Carnie, torn one of his wings and couldn't fly down for our amusement, bummer - I know! Luckily Sea Monkey and Antik One came prepared & proper, delivering the goods to satisfy all the DnB hungry humans. We'll have our favorite Carnie-vore back for a rain check in the very near future!
NAPDNB spread the love around this past weekend too, with 2 other successful events. Another team up with Obtuse for a thick night of Juke and Drum and Bass last Friday, shaking the concrete down in good 'ol Fountain Square! And Gizzmo and DJ Fate brought the funk to Fort Wayne with House AND a B2B Drum and Bass set on Saturday Night! Hope you got your fill!
You can never get enough Drum and Bass, this theory has been proven time and time again. Some of us here at the NAPDNB will be making it a short week, as the love for Lenzman beckons a voyage to Chicago this Wednesday night! It'll be sweet to hit the previous home turf and get my first peep of this DnB Legend!
Speaking of legends, this week's NAPcast is brought to us by one of our beloved local ladies who is of the same status... DJ Fate! Mary Manning is basically a household name when it comes to Circle City House heads. She's been perfecting her craft in the neighborhood for 20 years, and keeping her skills sharp by crossing genre boundaries and dabbling in Techno, and you guessed it... Drum and Bass! #269 is a prelim to the mayhem Mary brought to Fort Wayne this past weekend. Dj Fate lights things up full spectrum; loaded with fresh beats and banging bass, this mix weaves through many moods and mystics, resulting in one great example of what DnB should be! It's time to face your Fate!
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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.