We want to know who YOU think deserves to be on our Best of Indy 2017 compilation album!
What is Best of Indy?
Our creator and editor, Olivia Mayes, began these compilations in 2014. Every year local artists in Indiana release new music, and we want to recognize the BEST of the best! Each album has roughly ten songs from Indiana local artists, of ALL genres. Best of Indy was created so you can find new music, and celebrate the talent that resides in Indy.
SUBMIT YOUR BAND OR VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!
We want to know who YOU want! So, below you can let us know who you want to see on this years album.
HERE you can find previous albums featuring Indiana artists like, My Sweet Fall, I Will Define, Cody Almond, Alena Coast, For The Fire, and SO many more!
Singer and songwriter, Dylan Gardner, has been turning heads and catching the attention of many the past few years. From his 2014 hit, ‘Let’s Get Started’, to his brand new single, ‘Hit Me With The Lights Out’, Gardner has created masterpieces that shine in the music industry.
In addition to his original music, Gardner is known for making incredible and unique covers for his YouTube channel. Gardner’s cover of ‘Sweet Creature’, originally by Harry Styles, is one that I can’t stop telling my friends about. While I already enjoyed the song, his voice and special twist he put on the song really melted my heart. Gardner’s voice is truly astounding and his Rolodex of covers show the diversity and versatility of not only his taste in music, but his talent.
Recently, I was able to speak with Gardner and ask him a few questions I was dying to know the answers to.
Q:How did this all begin for you/when did you get involved with music?
A: I was born a son of a musician and record store owner, so music was inevitably part of my DNA since I could speak. I always dreamed of being a songwriter/musician. I started singing and recording the songs I was writing in my room when I was about 14 and started releasing them soon after. I made my first album "Adventures in Real Time" independently and uploaded it to Spotify in 2014 and it all really started after that. Now I record and tour all the time and I just finished working on a brand new album coming soon!
Q:The Beatles seem to be an obvious inspiration; did you have any others?
A:Yes! Vampire Weekend, Ben Folds, Elliott Smith, Stevie Wonder, and Brian Wilson to name a few! I just love their perspectives as songwriters and the world they transport you to when you're listening to them. I'm an avid record collector and I constantly dig through bins for new music.
Q:What's something you wish you could say to your younger self?
A:Never stop looking out for yourself and never assume someone else will do the work for you. Biggest lesson in the music industry working with major labels that I've learned.
Q:Do you have anything you're particularly excited about that you'll be working on or releasing soon?
A:Oh yes I do! My new album "Almost Real" is finished and slated for release TBA. I just put out a brand new single "Hit Me With The Lights Out" which is the second song released from the album. More fun stuff to come!
Q:Most, if not all, of your covers have a special and unique spin on them that only your videos seem to have. What's the process like when creating a cover of yours?
A:The process starts once I decide to cover a song, I stop listening to it completely. I want to make the cover as unique as possible and I want to latch on to one particularly special thing about the song. For example, "Diane Young" I latched on to the chaotic energy, or "These Heaux" I latched on to the emotion in the first two lines of the chorus.
Q:What's something you're most proud of when it comes to your music and career as a musician?
A:I'm most proud of the fact that people say my music can color their world for a minute, like on a train ride home or out with friends. It's a special feeling to hear about someone listening with their heart and soul to something you created. It's really what keeps me going regardless of what success the music has.
Q:When maintaining the music, YouTube, and variety of social media, what is the, or a, message you want to convey to your fans?
A:The message I want to convey to my fans is to lose yourself in music and find the happiness to be found in a great song, because it really does make life better. I try to put my inner most feelings into every song I write and I just want people to connect with a tune to the point where they go somewhere in their head every time they hear those opening seconds...
As I previously mentioned, Gardner has really created something amazing. His music is something I can put on and totally transform my day. His music is a staple in my daily playlists. I highly suggest finding him on iTunes or Spotify and adding him to your playlist.
You can find his new song, ‘Hit Me With The Lights Out’, as well as all his other music and social media at the links below!
written by olivia mayes
Music. What is music? To many it can mean a lot of different things. To me however, it is my escape. Growing up isn’t easy, not for me and not for a lot of other people like me. It is a escape to another place. It’s to get away from our problems and issues that we deal in life. Weather it’s dealing with heartache, the loss of someone, or even happiness, and joy! Music is there for countless people. You could listen to it for a couple of minutes or a couple of hours! Music is literally endless, with genres from country to metal to electronic dance music (EDM) to classical. There is something for everyone.
The Morristown, Indiana music festival is celebrating its eighth year, and with this comes some changes. Some of you who follow the social media of MSMFest may have noticed the Wolfsbane name took on a new role, as well as Stone Tree Studios. From this year forward, we will be running the festival. Joshua James Hall, and Deming Morrison of Stone Tree Studios, as well as myself, Olivia Mayes, of Wolfsbane Music Co.
All three of us have worked with MSMFest for several years, and are quite happy and excited to take over the music festival that we love. With the wonderful welcoming of the three of us, we must say good-bye to the one who started all of this and brought his dream to life, Jason Chisham. Chisham created this festival eight years ago, with the intent to bring the music community to his home town of Morristown, IN. He has turned this festival into something incredible with dozens of notable bands in the alumni. We are very grateful that he created this and gave us so many wonderful memories at MSMFest. Stone Tree Studios and Wolfsbane are devoted to making this festival the best it can be and give those new festival-goers the chance to make memories and have a fun weekend with their friends and favorite bands.
I know, personally, this means quite a bit to be able to have such a predominate role in the festival. This is an opporunity I have dreamed of having since the first year I attended. Luckily, I have been able to work closely with the festival the past few years, and now taking the step above that to co-run the festival. I have also been able to work with and know those who are a part of Stone Tree Studios, and am very happy to be sharing this role with them.
For this year, in case you haven't heard, we have released an updated line-up at our website MSMFest.com
This year, a new addition is a short-film showcase presented by Static Heart Productions and Undefined Cinema. Some of the other perks about the festival will be camping space available during the festival, local food vendors, and a dedicated area to buy merch from every band that has it available.
We would like to thank everyone who has continued to support the festival through the years and the friends and family who knew of this transition who have supported us. We appreciate the encouragement and kinds words more than you will ever know!
See you at the festival!
Written by Olivia Mayes
For the past two years, our creator, Olivia Mayes, has hosted compilation albums featuring artists of the Indiana music community under her previous company name, LivMayesTV. However, this year, Wolfsbane Music Co. is proud to host it.
The album features 12 rising stars of Indiana ranging from pop, metal-core, and rock. Each song being different in sound and genre makes this album perfect for everyone.
Featured artists include: For The Fire, Juice, Exit 52, Riot Shield, Self Propel, StillTheHand, Pickwick Commons, Old Poet, The Avenue, Ares,Air Ralley, and Pathos!
This compilation album is 100% FREE and made possible by the contributions of songs from all the bands featured on this album. Wolfsbane is incredibly grateful to work with such amazing artists and hope you all enjoy these songs as much as we do!
TO DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM CLICK HERE.
Warped Rewind has officially announced Warped At Sea. Warped At Sea will allow 2,300 fans to interact with their favorite bands at sea.
Warped At Sea will go from New Orleans to Cozumel on October 28th- November 1st, 2017. Warped At Sea has announced an amazing starting lineup with :
Bowling For Soup
Less Than Jake
Reel Big Fish
The Starting Line
What are your thoughts on Warped At Sea?
If you want more details on how you can be apart of this special event, check out the Warped At Sea website.
Our editor, Olivia Mayes, will be there to give you all the best news, reviews, and photos possible.
written by Raegan GOrdan
We all know 2016 was a complete rollercoaster, but it contained some kickass shows. Here’s my top 5 shows from this year.
5. I Prevail - September 29th
This year was my second time seeing rising stars, I Prevail. While on tour opening for Pierce The Veil the band decided to host a headlining show at Emerson Theater in Indianapolis. The band far exceeded my expectations and put on a killer show. Not to mention their lighting setup was badass.
4. Palisades - February 14th
This year I had the pleasure of seeing Palisades twice, once on Valentines Day and another time later in the year. Both times at the Hoosier Dome; both times being blown away. The band increasingly gets better and puts on such an energy filled show I couldn’t help but toss my camera behind a march table and sing along in the crowd.
3. Emarosa - July 31st
I don’t even know where to begin with this band. To start off they’re incredibly solid and after their release of "131", they’ve been climbing their way to the top of the charts. Emarosa was one of my most anticipated bands to see/shoot on warped and they definitely didn’t disappoint.
2. Chase Hugin - April 1st
Up until this show I had never heard of Indiana native Chase Hugin, but after seeing his performance his name was one I definitely didn’t want to forget. Chase had every member of the audience hooked and played such a raw emotion packed set I had no choice but to include him on this list.
1. Sweet Ascent - June 23rd
Sweet Ascent’s tour route kept missing Indiana this year so I took it upon myself to bring them here and play and small little acoustic house show in my backyard. The crowd included really only my group of friends and was a super intimate and killer performance. This was the 3rd time I’d put on an acoustic house show with Sweet Ascent and they still found ways to make it uniquely different, and it’s a show very few people experienced but will never forget. Set’s like these are what really give the Kansas boys a special place in my heart.
Writeen by Mya Tolliver
"The House Show Before Christmas" is a modern tale on the classic story "A Visit From St. Nicholas" written by Indianapolis author and music lover, Aubrey Mayes.
Mayes was inspired by the idea when looking to create something unique and special for the Wolfsbane Music Co. site for the holiday season.
This story includes rhymes and references for any scene kid 16+. Mayes' humor and wit makes for a Christmas story that is not one to forget.
Coming December 12th, The House Show Before Christmas, will be published to Wolfsbane Music Co.'s website!
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This is a question I’ve been asked all my life. When it comes to music, I’m everywhere. I absolutely adore Music Photography, I’ve been writing lyrics since middle school, singing since I could speak, going to as many shows as I possibly could, the list goes on and on and even includes having my own radio show on WJEL 89.3. I fell in love with every aspect of music, from the sound of notes themselves to the world that surrounds it.
I’ve met some of my best friends through music, especially at shows. A show is the one place I can be surrounded by a sea of people I don’t know, and still feel at home. You can be from anywhere and any background and fit in at a venue seeing your band of choice. Shows are the one place everyone goes to for the same reason. Get lost, find yourself in the music.
Listening to music is one of the few things that can allow someone to forget any of the bullshit going on in their lives. It’s one thing anyone can connect over and agree is an escape from reality. No matter how emotionless someone may seem, music can bring something out. You learn a lot about someone through their music choices.
Music can do incredible things that nothing else can. Music can bring millions together for great causes, music can change lives, music can save, and it can do so much more.
Music is an incredible form of expression. You can create anything and mean anything all through a few notes. There is no filter when it comes to a song, you can express everything that’s been subdued or shoved away inside of you. You can let everything out through a simple song, be that writing one or listening to one.
So when people ask me, why the music industry, my answer is simple. The industry may be laced with some horrible things, but what industry isn’t? I chose music because it’s my home. I feel most alive when I’m behind a camera at a show creating art out of art itself. Capturing raw moments of passion is what I live for, and you can’t find those anywhere but on a stage. Out of anything I could be in life, I chose this because it’s where I feel alive. I would never fit in at an office behind a computer screen all day. I fit in anywhere I’m creating, and the music industry is the one place that has endless opportunities.
I’m a person who’s been put down and asked why all my life when I say this is what I do. At the end of the day, millions of people could say, “You’ll never make it” and you still can. The one thing I’ve learned throughout my journey is that if you put enough hard work and passion into what you do, you can make it regardless of who says otherwise. If you want to be something, be it. Eat it, sleep it, dream it, do it. Nothing can stop you but yourself. If you can dream it, you can be it. I’ve lived by this motto all my life and day by day my dreams slowly be reality.
I guess what I’m trying to say is the music industry is a community that changed my life for the better and molded me into who I am today. Music has the power to do anything. Music is music, and it’s one of the greatest creations man kind has ever made and that is why I chose to follow it.
written by MyA Toliver
Now that the holiday season is getting into its full shebang, there’s no reason that punk kids (and grown up punk kids) have to change the genre of music they listen to just to have a holly-jolly-effing Christmas. If punk rock has taught us anything, it’s that covers are the bomb diggity, and punk Christmas covers are just a darn good time. (Unless you don’t like Christmas music at all. Then I can’t help you. Oh, wait! Yes, I can!
My punk rock holiday playlist has some punk classics, like the Ramones ‘Merry Christmas, I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight,’ and the Vandals ‘Oi To The World,’ along with a fun mix of holiday songs with a fun, punk twist. Must listens on the list? Be sure to check out My Chemical Romance doing ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and the All American Rejects doing ‘Jack’s Lament’. You can’t really go wrong with Reel Big Fish’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’, either. The playlist also features Blink-182, Bowling For Soup, Weezer, Relient-K, and more. Rock on and happy holidays, everybody!
written by aubrey mayes