Introduce us to your band!
Indigo Storm is comprised of CJ Jones, Ryan Slayton, and David DeWolfe. We are a progressive rock/progressive metal band from Lexington/Georgetown, Kentucky.
How did you guys start out?
Looking to form a progressive rock trio, we got together during the summer of 2017. Having played with a variety of other bands in the local music scene, we developed a mutual respect for each other’s musicianship. Within days of a few informal jam sessions, we recognized our musical chemistry and Indigo Storm was born.
Describe your band’s sound
Our sound is driven by a fascination with the rhythmic complexity and intricacy found in progressive music. You can hear influences from bands such as Tool, Rush, Chevelle, and Alice in Chains.
What influences your craft?
CJ Jones (guitarist/vocalist): My musical influences include Led Zeppelin, Deftones, Tool, and Alice In Chains. I take inspiration from all forms of music – no matter the genre really. For example, I am inspired by the melodic aspect of blues rock.
Ryan Slayton (drummer): I do have lots of influences and/or artists I love to listen to such as Tool, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, and Porcupine Tree – and a list of drummers longer than your arm. Styles like heavy alternative, grunge, prog, and even jazz inspire me to create my parts.
David DeWolfe (bassist/vocalist): It’s honestly hard to boil down who my influences are, as there are so many. I’d say Cliff Burton, Jaco Pastorius, and everyone I’ve had a musical relationship with whether it is on stage or simply listening to them. I love all kinds of music.
What makes your project different?
We have been working with Grammy Award winning Producer/Songwriter Skidd Mills of Skiddco Music in Nashville. We released the first single – Metric from our upcoming EP on February 3, 2020. While we know it is not unusual for artists to work with a producer, we believe our partnership with Skiddco Music has been unique from the beginning. Coming across some of our early material through social media – and hearing something different in our sound – Skidd reached out to us to talk about our music. We believe the rock music scene is primed for something different – and we believe we can help fill the bill.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Really anything that is coming out on the new EP. Metric is the first single available followed by Caged.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
We started Indigo Storm when we were 16 and 17 years old. It was very difficult to find venues that were accepting of underage performers. We have also been underestimated because of our age. Seeing us take the stage, most crowds expected the quintessential teen band performance. As soon as we started to play though – they realized the Indigo Sound is more mature.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
We have two: The day we officially joined the Skiddco Music roster and the day we opened for Nothing More and Bad Wolves.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We are very excited about our partnership with Skiddco Music and can’t wait for everyone to hear the new material. We plan to play shows, hopefully build our fan base, and keep writing music. We are musical brothers and indigo minds so the future looks promising.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
We really enjoy our time together on stage and we want our audiences to feel that – to become part of what we are giving. There is a concerted effort to produce music that can be replicated in a live performance. We want listeners to enjoy the song on the cd, but love it more when they hear it live. We put a lot of thought into what we write and want listeners to feel the honesty – the authenticity of our music. Hopefully, that will be what they remember about us.
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