IBG Interview – 9 Questions With Dom Colizzi

When success comes calling an artist has to keep working hard to stay in the limelight. Our friend Dom Colizzi has been on a real roll with a string of singles and is already back on the road touring to stay in front of his growing fanbase. We had a chance to catch up with the rising singer-songwriter and entrepreneur to get a little deeper into his story. Enjoy the interview:

 Hey Dom!  Congrats on the success of your brand new single, “Demons.” Tell us about it…what has it meant to see some of the chart success you’re enjoying?

Thank you so much! Honestly, it finally gives me the feeling of validation; I feel that I made the right choice sitting in the producer chair and trusting my gut. I knew I loved the song Idin Kain and I were writing, but I took a chance on producing it as well. What’s been really cool is seeing all these new fans from Europe and around the World, not just in the US! This only fuels the flame for me as an Artist to continue to release songs that I love regardless of Genre. I really want to be part of the whole “No Genre” train and just focus on putting out music I’m proud of and let the Fans decide on “what it sounds like.”

If you had the chance to play/record with one of your major influences, who would that be and why?  What would you perform?

I love this question because I’m a believer in manifestation so if we say it enough, it’s gotta happen! Haha my answer will always be Justin Timberlake! I just want to get in the studio and record something completely fresh. I’m a fan of Justin’s song, “Mirrors” so I’d love to sing it with him and put out a record with a similar sound.

How would you describe the perfect song?

This is an extremely complicated question when you’re an Artist, Writer, Producer, and multi-processor haha! There’s no real formula to creating the perfect song. To me, I believe that the hook has to be repetitive and extremely catchy; the verse has to simply tell the story of your concept with a couple interesting lyrics that can impress fellow songwriters; all melodies have to be able to hold their own, meaning they all have the potential to be the “hook” melody; lastly, be very intentional with lyrics, concepts, length of the song, etc, and remove anything that isn’t needed or crowds the mix.

If I scanned your playlists, what would be one artist that I’d be most shocked to see on them?

Ty Dolla $ign with Atlantic Records! He is an incredible Artist and Producer that nails every hook or melody he sings. His voice has such a cool timbre, so I’d really love to do a record with him.

You live in Music City, Nashville.  How did you come to live there? How is it different from anywhere else you’ve lived?

I moved to Nashville in 2014 when things were just beginning to change in the city, especially in Mid Town and Broadway. Randy Jackson recommended that I move there to learn songwriting and producing when I sang for him out in LA, so I followed his advice! Nashville is a great blend of city and country, so growing up in Maine, it’s far easier for me to live there than it was living in LA. Nashville is a “big city with a small town feel.”

Now that COVID is lifting, are there any tour plans?

Absolutely! I’m currently on my “Slowly Tour” all throughout New England. I’m currently working on hosting and promoting my first big music festival as well in my home state. The Red Rum Music Festival will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, September 4th in Augusta, Maine. The plan is to give a huge revival to the city and give local businesses a chance to get involved, and get Artists of local and National recognition to create an all day musical experience for Fans and Festival-goers!

Music Video for ‘Slowly’

Any plans for a music video for “Demons?”

For sure! I’d like to actually put Idin Kain, who cowrote “Demons”, in it! I’d love to give him a chance to act, while also giving Fans an Easter egg once they find out he wrote the song with me. We should be shooting the video in the next month or so.

When can we expect an EP, or maybe a full length?

I’m going to release a few more Singles this year, leading up to an EP. I’d love to release an EP by early 2022 and see how that goes before putting together a full length album. My plan is to get a few more placements in Sync to build recognition and pull in more creators when it comes time for an album. I’d want it to be a collaborative project!

Any closing words for your fans, and our readers?

Thank you so much for all the love and support so far! It means the world to me. Stay tuned on The Red Rum Music Festival in Augusta, Maine! This is my first time taking an Entrepreneurial approach to the show, so I’m excited to see what we can pull together for Fans!

Keep up with Dom Colizzi Here:

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IBG Interview – 8 Questions With… Joseph Trem

Your music should be inside of you without any restrictions. Do not let genres or current mainstream music define what you write. By being true to your own sound you will produce your best self and therefore your best music. Our recent find Joseph Trem does just that.

Today IndieBandGuru is proud to premiere his latest single “Getaway”

We had the chance to catch up with Joseph Trem and get a little deeper into his music and artistic journey. Enjoy the interview here:

First off, What drives you to create music?

It usually comes from an overwhelming feeling. It could be rushing adrenaline, or anxiety, or feeling dejected. When I have no words, I go to the piano and just start playing shit. Or sometimes I’ll feel inspired by a record I hear and I’ll start making something because I want to give listeners the same feeling that record gave me. For me, it’s best to create music while I’m working through an intense emotion because then I can gain perspective through the process. If the listener hears that, I’ve reached my goal.

How would you describe the Joseph Trem sound?

A combination of nostalgia and allusion with the current moment. My records have throwback elements, yet they are often vignettes of the here and now. ‘Getaway’ sounds like 2008, ‘I Just Wanna Have Some Fun’ sounds like the late 90s and ‘Show Me All Your Moves’ sounds like the early 2000s. My sound is not specific to any decade or year, but it is dedicated to escapism itself.

Which artists have had the biggest influence on you?

Taylor Swift, Prince, Michael Jackson. I love pop rule-breakers. The idea of creating something entirely new, something totally innovative is what drives me and what I will continue to strive for. It’s not always about following trends; it can be about taking trends and twisting them. My music is in it’s early stage right now, so it is highly influenced by these artists. I hope to build upon that and make it my own.

How does a song come together for you? What is your songwriting process?

It’s often a slow process that starts in my backyard and ends in my home studio. Concepts for songs happen randomly for me, so I can be walking around and think of a melody or lyric. If it feels special, I’ll go with it. I construct most songs on the piano, and even as they are tranferred into bigger production I try to maintain the same spirit I felt on the piano. Most songs I make take years to produce because my attention span is zilch, so I get bored with a project easily. But then I’ll go back years later and the magic is recaptured. 

What can you tell us about your newest single “Getaway”?

It’s an upbeat, moody track that sounds like late 2000s, early 2010s pop. It was not inspired by the pandemic, but it does feel like it was made for post-Covid fun. Remember clubs? “Getaway” recaptures the adrenaline we took for granted before 2020, but it does have the residual attitude of quarantine. 

How do you hope to connect with your audience through your music?

I want my audience to relate to my music and to get perspective out of any situation they find themselves. If that means dancing like a maniac through your house when nobody’s home, so be it.

Share some advice for other artists trying to be heard in pop music.

Never be quiet. Your music it your voice and you need to keep using it. Make people pay attention. Make people listen to your voice.

What is next for Joseph Trem?

Many more singles. I promise there will be an album someday because in my opinion albums are the most authentic form of music. But expect different sounds, and expect to have your mind blown.

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Parjam Parsi Re-Releases ‘A Desperate Light’

Music will always be a cyclical organism. Styles and genres of the past will always resurface in an interesting way combined with fresh new styles to make it new again. Sounds will live forever. Our friend Parjam Parsi has shown this perfectly with his unique soundscapes. Now he has brought back to life an album recorded almost a decade ago for new life to fresh new listeners.

For the classical artist, music and art have been at the forefront of his life since the beginning. Much time and effort were devoted to teaching himself how to play multiple instruments and develop a unique sound. This has continued to evolve through the years as Parjam Parsi turned his thirst for musical knowledge to composing and audio engineering as well.

In this rather chaotic year, Parjam Parsi has brought back to life an album that was originally recorded and distributed in physical format back in 2012. A Desperate Light was a collaboration with the Garparian brothers, Jonathan and Nathan. They were recovering from a dark time after their father had passed and this musical exploit helped to provide the solace needed. It was in effect an honor to a man that was a mentor and a force to push the young men to follow their musical dreams.

Lead Track off ‘A Desperate Light’

The 11-track record A Deserate Light was recently added to digital formats for the new generation to experience. As the album opens with the title track “A Desperate Light” we can feel the sadness of the musicians coping with a difficult time. As the melodies creep forward there is a hope that also creeps in. 

The classical chamber music piano sound of “Crimson Forest” takes us even deeper into the world of amazing sounds that have been around for centuries but never get old. There is rather peppy tone here that allows the beauty to truly sink in. 

The emotions of despair are felt on songs such as “Darkness, Darkness, Darkness” and “In The Bleak” as the tempo slows down. In opposition the sound of hope and survival can be heard on “Obscure Presence” and “The Scent Of Clay.” A full journey is taken on A Desperate Light. It seems to all get tie together in the finale “You’re All Alone” with music filling the speakers as well as your emotions. 

We had the chance to chat with Parjam Parsi to get a little deeper into the mind of the artist. Enjoy the interview here:

How would you describe the Parjam Parsi sound?

A: some sort of human with impossible realities

What drives you to create music?

A: Anxiety and Misery

Tell us about your songwriting process. How does a song come together for you?

A: I do every project with a back line story, sometimes I write that story with my own words, sometimes a tragic event or just a poem or book to do something. I never force myself to do something. For me time is the process. 

Your new album A Desperate Light seems to have real meaning behind it. What can you share with us?

A: death took so many of our loved ones from us

What do you hope the listener will take away from this album?

A: “the tranquillity” I never got a chance to experience in my life

Give us a look at the future of Parjam Parsi?

A: if I want to be completely honest, there is no such thing called “Future” for people like us.

You can find more music on all platforms by Parjam Parsi HERE.


IBG Interview – 8 Questions With… Dez Money

We all take different journeys to creating our own music. Some of us have early life experiences that almost pre-determine our trajectory into the world of music. Our friend Dez Money is one such person. We are seeing the results now with new songs and excellent videos to accompany them.

We caught up with the talented singer-songwriter for an interview to get deeper behind the scenes. Enjoy:

First off, what is it that draws you to create music?

Dez – I was surrounded by music growing up. My whole family has always been very musically inclined. The feeling I get when making music is like nothing else. I love it. It’s the best feeling in the world. It’s rewarding to be able to make songs that I want to hear. It all starts with an idea in my head then one thing leads to another and it turns into this magical experience where each idea builds onto each other and connects like a sonic puzzle. 

How would you describe the Dez Money sound?

Dez – I think my sound ranges from all the different influences. I try not to box myself into a certain sound or genre, so it keeps things interesting and always gives me a challenge to try something new. My goal is to expand my horizons while staying true to myself. One thing that stays consistent is the honesty and vulnerability in my music. I put my all into it.

Which artists (besides your dad) have had the biggest influence on you?

Dez – There are a lot of artists from different genres that have influenced me. Growing up, my family was always listening to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. I also listened to a bunch of 90s and 2000s music growing up like Nirvana, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Outkast, Nujabes, Kanye West, and Smashing Pumpkins

What was it like growing up on the road touring with your dad Eddie Money?

Dez – Growing up on the road with the family was an amazing experience. That’s why I love music so much. It’s been my life ever since I can remember. I grew up sleeping on the tour bus and waking up in a different city every day. I always wanted to give people a special experience through music like my dad did throughout the years. 

Get ‘Lost’ With Dez Money

Give us some background behind your new single “Lost”.

Dez – Lost” was made at the beginning of quarantine. I felt at the time everyone was kind of stranded on our own desert islands. I wrote it around a theme which I came up with when writing the synth sequence that goes on throughout. My goal was to put the listener on their own desert island when listening to the song and get lost within the music. I wanted it to feel like a cinematic experience and tell a story of someone who is searching for a connection in an isolated world. 

The accompanying video has some great visuals. How did that come together?

Dez – The music video came together one day when I was with some friends and my sister Jesse. It was an arbitrary decision to just get the cameras and go shoot some footage. We had the locations in mind and spent a couple days filming in the different locations. I wanted to get lost when making the video and go somewhere I hadn’t gone before. The way everything came together was pretty cool and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The cotton candy skies behind the silhouette were just something that we got in the spur of the moment. I told my friend to pull the car over and we just filmed that on the side of the road in Malibu. That style of run and gun filming makes for some moments that you can’t really plan out but when it all comes together it’s like magic. I did the editing as well and aimed to give it a certain aesthetic as if you found an old VHS tape. I love that 90s/2000s vibe and wanted to get sort of nostalgic with the imagery. 

What do you hope the listener takes away from your music?

Dez – I hope I can help others with my music. However, it can help I think that’s the most important thing about music is connecting with others and creating art that makes people feel something. Music is such a powerful thing I’m just happy to be able to make it for a living. I hope when people hear my songs, they understand how much I love music. It takes me to another place in my mind and making a new song is like creating a new world. Music is freedom to me. 

Give us a look at the future for Dez Money, what songs are coming next?

Dez – I have another song and music video coming out on May 28th. The song is called “Trippin’”. For this music video I wanted to have a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” vibe. It was a great experience making the music video. The song takes you on a journey as it builds onto itself and I think it’s one of my favorites. Learning how to make my own music videos is something I’m having a lot of fun with. When you listen to my songs and watch my music videos, I want you to know who I am. That’s why I like to do it all myself so you can understand who I am as an artist. 

Keep up with more from Dez Money on his WEBSITE

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MapleWaves Let Us In With ‘Empaths’

As an artist, you should always be looking to expand on your genre and add your own unique touch that sets your music apart. If you are not growing, you are stagnating, and your music will get boring to listeners. Our recent find The Maplewaves will not let themselves fall into that trap as they continually evolve and grow their sound.

The band currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was originally formed back in 2010 in Virginia. Original members Logan Stamm and Nathan Ritz have been through several band member incarnations and are currently supported by the drumming talents of Harry Scarrott. Together they provide a psych-rock sound that is brought to the next level with an emphasis on lyrical songwriting. 

Their newest single “Empaths,” ties it all together with a mellow relaxing atmosphere supported by emotional lyrics. This has a way of drawing the listener in. The echoing guitar effect adds a warm and cozy vibe that puts us in a place of comfort. Here we can sit back and take in the passion of the band. There is a lot here that demands multiple listens.

The Maplewaves say the song “is dedicated to musicians who play for the love of their craft. It is also about how no matter your age, skin color, or the stage of life you are in, no one can deter you from pursuing and improving your lifelong craft.” Let them be your guide to creating the best music that you have inside of you.

We had a chance to chat with The Maplewaves to get even deeper into their sound. Enjoy the interview here:

How would you describe the band’s sound?
 – While irresistibly inciting and strangely serious, The Maplewaves represent a little bit of everything, shaken up with a good time.
Which artists have had the biggest influence on Maplewaves?
As a group, we pull from all genres from our individual walks of life, but predominantly, right now as a band, Toro Y Moi, Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine, Foals, Beach Boys, and Washed Out have played a serious role in developing our music it’s truest form.
Your newest single “Empaths” seems to have some real meaning behind it. What can you tell us about it?
 – Empaths is a reflection on the motivations of the artist’s pursuit. As a song, it’s purpose is to encourage creatives to never put an end date on their exploration of art, learning or or even the exploration of the soul.
Give us a look at the future of Maplewaves.
 – With more shows to come and a new album under our belt, we hope to hone our process of songwriting and recording to its fullest extent

Keep up with more from The MapleWaves on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM


IBG Interview – 8 Questions With… Inhuman Condition

Florida death metal legend Terry Butler (OBITUARY, DEATH, MASSACRE, SIX FEET UNDER) has joined up with fellow former MASSACRE members Jeramie Kling (also of VENOM INC, THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on drums/vocals and Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on guitar to form INHUMAN CONDITION.

New on the scene, the group is set to release their debut album, “Rat God” on June 4th.  We had a chance to sit down with the death metal supergroup to get a little behind the scenes of what they have in store for us. Enjoy the interview here:

First off, how did the name Inhuman Condition come about?

All three of us have been in Massacre, Terry being a core member for several albums, and Jeramie and I briefly in 2019/2020, when we wrote what was to be their new album.  We eventually had to leave the situation and we decided to keep the music alive rather than it just be scrapped.  So after our split with Massacre, we talked with Terry, and he had checked out the music and loved it, so it was obvious that he should be in the band! The band’s name is obviously half a reference to the 1992 Massacre EP that Terry was a part of, and half just a super badass metal band name!  I think it’s a perfect name for 2021 as well, because the human race is pretty insane right now.

How would you describe your music without any of the boring generic genre descriptions?

Incredibly head-bangable! Groovy, intense, catchy, not over-complicated.  Music to smash-a-city-to bits-with-your-foot to.

Which bands have had the greatest influence on you?

Well, the album was written to be a new Massacre album, so naturally, those early releases were influential in the process. Death, Celtic Frost, Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Obituary. We all are personally influenced from a wide variety of bands.  I’m influenced by anything from Aerosmith to Megadeth to Frank Zappa to Alice In Chains to Keep Of Kalessin to Simon & Garfunkel.

What is your songwriting process? How does a song come together for Inhuman Condition?

Usually I will demo out some riffs in somewhat of a song structure, or close to a finished song.  Then Jeramie will help out with arrangements and extending/cutting sections, or maybe we tweak/change a riff.  Then Jeramie and Terry write/work out their parts, then we record.  On this album, Jeramie actually wrote drums first for two of the songs.  “Tyrantula” and “Planetary Paroxysm” were written on drums first, then I went and wrote riffs to his drums.  It’s a fun/refreshing way to write a song because it ends up being very rhythmic because I have something to write to.  We write the same with Jeramie and I’s other band Goregäng, where I play drums, and we split guitar duties.

Tell us about your new album?

Rat°God is our first album together, and we are self-releasing it on June 4th.  We have also partnered up with several labels around the world to ensure we hit all parts of the globe!  We will release it on our bandcamp page digitally, on CD, and available as a limited CD box set.  It will be out digitally through Blood Blast Distribution, and we have also signed a vinyl deal with Black Serpent Records.

What do you hope that the listener takes away from your music?

A stiff neck, and a sore back! I think it’s inspiring because it’s so intense, and it moves so much.  I think the track sequencing is pretty great because it takes you on a journey.  It’s not just all fast, or all slow.  Hopefully they will take the riffs and drum fills with them, because I think it’s pretty accessible music, as far as death metal goes. 

Share some advice for other hard-working bands striving for success in the new music industry?

If you care enough, you’ll never give up! Believe in yourself, don’t be a punisher, and work hard! 

What does the future hold for Inhuman Condition?

The album drops on June 4th digitally and on CD, then (due to COVID manufacturing delays) the vinyl will be out August 6th, and that will be a very special release.  We just played our first show this last weekend here in Florida with our pals in Deicide, and we can’t wait to play more shows.  We will also most likely have some more music out by the end of the year!

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IBG Interview – 8 Questions With… Cowpoke

As songwriters we all have many inspirations and influences. Oftentimes these influences do not necessarily work together. Having the freedom to create music in different genres and styles is one of the joys of a prolific songwriter. One such artist is our recent discovery Raf Sanchez who is launching a new project Cowpoke with a new EP.

We caught up with the genre-fluid songwriter for a dive into his new music. Enjoy the interview:

First off, what is the story behind the name Cowpoke?

What’s up, IndieBandGuru.

I have a running tab of band names on my phone. It’s almost become an inside joke with my friends. Someone will bring up a really obscure phrase in conversation, and they’ll shout, “new band name, called it!”

Cowpoke has been on that list for a while. I recently moved from New York City to upstate New York. Before the pandemic, I good chunk of time traveling between the city and Western NY. So, I would often have a single bag, a jacket, and a guitar with me. At the same time, I took cheap trains and buses around abandoned parking lots and old traveling stations. The solace in those places made me think of what a modern-day traveler would look like. I became a Cowpoke, you could say. And the word fit this solo project well sound-wise.

How would you describe the sound of this project?

I’d say it’s a blend of mid to early 2000’s indie/songwriter/folk music, with a few teaspoons of ambient rock tossed in. The arrangements are fleshed out a bit and wide but warm and subtle. I tried to keep tracks to a minimum in Protools while tracking. Like, each track really needed to be there for me to keep it.

Which artists have influenced your music most?

There’s definitely a strong indication of my love for Iron & Wine and Sufjan Steven’s for this project. But there are sprinkles of Sigur Ros that pop up at the instrumental ending or “This Time I Swear”. And early Bon Iver in the unhinged vocals in the bridge of “It Feel”.

With two other successful musical projects over the years what prompted the new sound of Cowpoke?

I think you’re kind to say successful! I’m still very much making the music I want to. But I can get really stretchy as a musician because I play multiple instruments and listen to so many styles. With my electronic band, Pikoe, I’m starting to lean into an even more vibrant, bright, chaotic blast of sound for our new (to be released this year) singles. And with Hunting Stories, my folk band I lead with my brother Jose Sanchez, I’m taking a back seat — singing lead on some songs, playing drums, and sharing vocal duties with a few other singers.

Cowpoke music is special because it’s just an expression of just me — it’s stripped back and less collaborative than my other work. So, there’s plenty of space with the variety of sound I make to have 3 verticals. It helps me subdivide and not worry so much when I want to create an indie club banger with Pikoe, a rock song with Hunting stories, and a sweet unplugged folk track with Cowpoke in the same week. It’s a lot of work to manage 3 projects, but I have enough writing to fill them all up. It’s never been about ideas for me as much as the time and patience to put them in a record and polish them up.

We hear these songs were recorded years ago. What can you tell us about the debut release?

These songs definitely sat dormant for a few years. I recorded them in my bedroom in Brooklyn when I lived there with roommates with not-so-great equipment and the best recording conditions. There was a certain honesty I captured; I think while tracking this way that I would’ve lost booking time in a professional studio.

Someone once told me that a recording is a “snapshot of a period of time in your life,” and I’ve always liked that description. It took a few years, though, before I was comfortable enough with this record’s exposed vibe to feel comfortable releasing it. I needed the space away from it, you could say.

How do you hope to connect with the listener through this record?

This is a project inspired by the little moments you have alone when you’re staring out a bus window or laying down in bed and looking at the ceiling—those alone in a car in the driveway hours. I’d love it if it could be the soundtrack to those intimate moments for others. There have been so many artists that have shared their peace and personal feelings with me in their music that have helped me through hard times. So, I’d love to pay it forward and do the same.

Share some advice for other artists creating different styles of music?

I’d say to make the music you want to make, the kind you want to listen to. Don’t make things or adjust your sound because you think something is trendy or cool. There’s always room to explore and play with different genres and toolboxes. But don’t feel forced to dig into stuff you’re not inspired by because you think what you make isn’t “hip enough.” If you’re having a good time and honest with your voice, people will feel that and gravitate toward it. And as long as you connect with at least one other person, that’s all art is really for.

What does the future hold for Cowpoke?

I have other songs and singles ready to go. I’m making some additions to my little recording studio, Egg, this spring and looking forward to tracking all summer long and releasing more music this year.

A cowpoke debut show is long overdue, so as soon as it’s a safe and responsible thing, we’ll be playing that in Rochester, NY, where I currently live.

Long and short. More music, more intimate performances, and more art and connection. Peace and love. Thanks for having me.


Keep up with more Cowpoke on his INSTAGRAM.


IBG Interview – 7 Questions With… Boy Indigo

Many artists now take the full reigns of all their art. Music, images, video, etc. Our recent find Boy Indigo does it all as a fully realized production group. We had a chance to chat with the group and get a little deeper behind the scenes. Enjoy the interview here:

First off, what is the story of the name Boy Indigo?

We’ve always identified with the idea of the Indigo Children. We are of their flock.

How would you describe the band’s sound?

It’s hard to pinpoint our exact sound.  

Which artists have had the biggest influence on you?

Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Sade, Radiohead, and Anderson Paak and many others. 

What can you tell us about your newest single “Fading In And Out”? We hear you create all the music videos as well. 

We wanted it to feel like a short film from the 70s. And yes, we do all of our own production with the music and videos. So at times, this is difficult, but also creates opportunities where we can challenge ourselves and push the boundaries of our creativity.

Share some advice for other bands producing great content.

Optimistically harden your heart to the trials you may face.

How do you keep in touch with your growing fan base? 

Anyone can join the Indigo Tribe by texting: 323-629-8041.

What does the future hold for Boy Indigo?

We want to make our own short films and score them