We are very excited to be featuring a number of different musical artists and performances this year at the IndieCade festival. We have a range of artists this year, including: local bands, video game composers playing a set of their own work, and an accordion trio! Here are some artists you can look forward to seeing at the festival:
- Badtouch - 4:30 - 5:30pm
- High School teacher by day, this NY native beatmaker/songwriter/engineer works in a variety of genres, but hip hop will always be his first love. He is a member of the Vinyl Junkie Clique (Clan Destined, Sum, PUDGE, other badass music dudes), affiliate of Johnny23 records (LoDeck, Jak Tripper, Boxguts, C Plex, 2Ugli, Will Taubin), and technical consultant for LA-based Milky Way. He is excited to share his stylings with the IndieCade crowd with a rare set of beats, both DJed and live. Hope to see you there!
- 414Beg - 5:30 - 6:30pm
- Andy Bauer was raised in a very musical family with each member of the household either teaching music, playing in a band, or actively devoted to an instrument. Influenced by Erik Satie, Dustin O'Halloran and his father Ken Bauer, Andy wanted to create his own emotionally driven music and dreamed of scoring scenes that would invoke such introspective feelings.
- Alicia G - 12:00 - 1:30pm
- Arriving on LA's music scene with deep-seated roots in classic soul, blues and rock, she also has something to say. “You can talk but you can be saying absolutely nothing”. Bringing a modern pop sensibility to these classic roots has made Alicia a stand out artist in Los Angeles. Known for her passionate stage performance, it’s clear that her sensuality provokes the most palpable feeling in the building. Not only talented but incredibly hardworking, she has spent the last five years studying with R&B, Soul singer Malcolm Hayes. (Malcolm toured with icons such as Little Richard and was produced by greats like Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Barry White.) Alicia has listened to some of the best in the business to find herself. From Aretha Franklin to Bob Dylan, Alicia's music comes from the perspective of Soul-Poet . Sold out performances at The House of Blues, Troubadour and the world famous Whisky A Go Go, she and her band have momentum on their side.
- Squinky and the Squinkettes - 2:00 - 3:00pm
- Squinky and the Squinkettes is the stage name of Deirdra "Squinky" Kiai, best known for creating the games Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!" and Coffee: A Misunderstanding. They started out as a Suzuki piano virtuoso, but the siren call of large brass instruments compelled them to spend the rest of their musical career making fart noises instead. Having previously performed in Balkan brass, jazz, and atonal noise ensembles, they are proud to spend this occasion bringing you a tasty snack of crunchy live-looped danceable euphonium beats. Enjoy!
- Accordion Trio (with Austin Wintory, Evan Balster, and Isaac Schankler) - 5:00 - 6:00pm
- The Accordionati (Evan Balster, Austin Wintory, Isaac Schankler) are a trio of shadowy figures theorized to have subtly influenced the course of musical history throughout civilization. Little is known about their diabolical, pandiatonic rituals, but some say that the roles have been carefully passed down from generation to generation over the centuries. Others insist that the Accordionati are immortal...
- May Claire - 6:00 - 7:00pm
- May Claire La Plante began singing at the age of four, and started taking voice lessons in the fifth grade. She has sung in a wide array of choirs and ensembles since, often as a soloist, and has toured England and sung all over the country and in famous concert halls including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and UCLA’s Royce Hall. As a classically trained singer, she participated in various solo vocal competitions, taking first and third place in the Santa Monica Kiwanis Music Scholarship Awards Competition and being a finalist in the Southern California Vocal Association solo competition for three consecutive years. She is currently studying Jazz Vocal Performance at UCLA, and has also become interested in performing and promoting video game music. In Fall 2013, she helped found the Video Game Orchestra and Choir at UCLA, and was a featured soloist in their inaugural concert in UCLA’s Powell Rotunda, as well as in their performance for Nobuo Uematsu. May Claire has played a variety of instruments, including harp, flute, and violin, and teaches harp to children in underserved communities with the Harp In Our Public Schools Project. She also enjoys doing art and Irish dance, and has recently taken up conducting.
- Jose Daniel Ruiz began his study of music with the violin in elementary school, picking up the accordion, piano, guitar, and oboe along the way. He has studied conducting under Dr. James Martin, choral music under Dr. Don Neuen, and is a member of the UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers. He is also a former bass balalaika player with the Los Angeles Russian Strings Orchestra directed by Iryna Orlova. In 2013, he co-founded the Video Game Orchestra and Choir at UCLA serving as co-director, music librarian, arranger, and conductor for that academic year, leading to the group’s inaugural performance at UCLA’s Powell Library Rotunda and a special performance for Nobuo Uematsu.
Jose’s other interests also include computer science and biology, having served as clinic coordinator and senior advisor for the non-profit Flying Samaritans and participating in over 40 medical missions to Baja California, Mexico. He is currently employed at the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, the world’s leading anti-doping research facility, which specializes in steroid and hormone detection methodology.
SATURDAY - Festival
- David Microwave and the Mothers of Mayhem - 12:00 - 1:00 pm
- Former keyboardist and singer from Los Microwaves; early session recordings featured a new wave "super-band" including: Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) on Sax, Knox Chandler (Psychedelic Furs) on Guitar, Jack Robinson (Gary Window) on Bass and Robert Williams (Capt. Beefheart) on Drums. Pure '80s synthesizer pop also featured on Rodney Bingenheimer's Rodney On The Rock Vol. I compilation.
- Ryan Ike and John Robert Matz - 1:00 - 2:00pm
- Ryan Ike is a BAFTA-nominated composer who's done/is doing music for games like Gunpoint, Frog Fractions 2, Interference, and many more. He's also working on an off-Broadway rock opera about a lonely polar bear exchange student trying to fit in at a high school full of pandas, but doubts he'll ever finish it. It's too edgy.
A pianist since age four, he's very excited to be doing a live set (along with the great John Robert Matz) featuring a ton of awesome indie game music. Afterward, his final trial complete, he will take a taxi to Venice Beach where will walk slowly into the cradling arms of the sea from whence he came, never to be heard from again.
John Robert Matz has been making music since before he could walk, picking up his trumpet skills from his father and grandfather, and being set on the path of classical vocal technique by his mother.
If only he'd listened to them...
A member of several prominent youth musical ensembles during his childhood and teens, he became the composer-in-residence of the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra in his high school years, with whom he toured Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Italy as a featured soloist. During his college years and beyond he acted as section leader in a variety of vocal ensembles and chamber groups, was selected as student conductor, and is currently the principal trumpet of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and Chicago's Symphony Center on multiple occasions, and counts performing on stage with famed video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and contributing to the second Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds album among the high water marks of his career as a trumpet player and tenor. He currently teaches high school music by day, and composes music for video games by night, with his music accompanying games such as the BAFTA-nominated Gunpoint, Artemis: The Spaceship Bridge Simulator, and Rodina, to name a few.
- Disasterpeace - 2:00 - 3:00pm
- Disasterpeace is crafting piano music for ancient planetariums. He will sing tone poems about the lives and let-ons of the monk and sailor, and others.
- Austin Wintory + Friends - 3:00 - 4:00pm
- Austin Wintory is going to go on a flOwing Journey from Monaco to Ridgehorn, fumbling around on the piano in a stark demonstration of why he spends his time composing instead of playing piano. Guest artists include: Laura Vall, Taylor Davis, Ian Roller, Holly Sedillos, Ayana Haviv, Suzanne Waters, and Elyse Willis
- Richard Lemarchand - 7:00pm - late
- Richard Lemarchand is a professor of play who had a vision of the goddess Fortuna, the patron saint of game designers, in which she commanded him to spread cheer through the uniquely ludic apparatus of dance.
- Player vs Music (a game music orchestral ensemble) - 1:00 - 2:00pm
- Player vs Music is small group of video game nerds who also love to play music. Though only recently formed, we are very excited to play at Indiecade!!
- The Milky Way - 3:00 - 5:00pm
- The Milky Way is an electronic hip-hop band and artist collective. Members include Sum, Sir Ian Dangerous, Sno Leopard (a two woman performance duo), DJ Jawa, Mat Mega & Taurus Hamilton.