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A Conversation with Indie pop band tri patterns 

When I started listening to tri patterns, a local Indie-pop band, and watched their new music video, I figured the three guys in the group were probably in their mid twenties. When I sat down to interview them and, amongst fits of laughter, they told me about their high school and middle school band days, I figured they were finishing up college. It turns out that all three members of the band are under the age of 21 and not yet old enough to attend many of the venues in which they perform. Through their musical expertise, unique sound, and participation in the Indy music scene, they are making a name for themselves regardless.

Their new music video, “Blue” is now released and embedded below. Guitarists and vocalists Nathan Davis and Dawson Freeman, as well as drummer Logan Morrison, told us all about the music video and what it’s like to be in a band with your best friends.

Julia Bluhm: What are your musical backgrounds?

Nathan Davis: Dawson and I actually met at school– we played in a band together in middle school. We both played guitar. I originally taught myself guitar so I could play in this middle school worship band, but it quickly became my main thing.
Dawson Freeman: When I was about nine years old my parents got me a guitar for my birthday, and it kind of just went from there. I didn’t really ever think that I was going to be a songwriter or anything, but then I started experimenting with that kind of stuff about freshman or sophomore year of high school with Nathan.
Logan Morrison: I got started in music when I started taking lessons in the fifth grade, and the teacher was like “I kind of taught you everything I know.” So I started doing my own research. I really learned through YouTube. I don’t really have a musical family, so it was just trial and error. And then when I was in high school I realized this was something I could make a career out of.

JB: How and when did tri patterns form?

DF
: Nathan and I went to the same school from sixth grade through high school. By the end of freshman year and sophomore year we really started taking ourselves more seriously with music, and started messing around with writing. We were also taking an audio production class together and started doing projects for that. Then one time we were hanging out and we actually just wrote “What to Be,” which was our first song, and you can find it on the EP. It went from there. We actually named it “tri patterns” before Logan joined which is funny. We met Logan through our church during our senior year. He was about our age and we thought he was really, really good. We’re all best friends now.
ND: And we’re coming up on our second year as a band.

JB: How would you describe your music and your sound?

ND: Our sound has been evolving a lot recently. For example, a lot of our songs on our EP were written like three years ago. So our style has already changed somewhat.
LM: I feel like it’s Indie pop, but it’s a lot more melodically and lyrically positive than a lot of Indie pop songs. So I feel like the mission of this band, and the sound of this band, is to be a light to people who aren’t feeling so good, maybe.
DF: I think we have a lot of different influences, even if it’s in one single percussion layer or something. Some of it can be from jazz music, and some of it can be from rock and roll. We all have varied experiences with different kinds of music that we draw from.
LM: I also like to think that we’re kind of like paving our own path when it comes to our own unique sound. I don’t want it to be like, “that band tri patterns from Indianapolis sounds like this,” I want it to be like, “this, from a different band, sounds like tri patterns.”

JB: What was the process of making the music video for “Blue” like?

ND: We got to make that video with two of our best friends who are super talented, Tyler Sap(?) and Austin Petty. We kind of wanted to bring this EP cycle of sorts to a close with something really well thought-out that still continues what we did on the EP. We wanted to make a video that was funny, but also “Blue” is a song that’s basically just a story, so we wanted to do a twist on the story and the actual meaning of the words itself. There’s a super old fifties-type vibe, but also some super modern stuff of us playing. And there are funny parts where we’re dressed up as little kids, but also this really intense live show. We wanted to do something unexpected and funny that also really got the heart of the song to come through.
DF: It was a really exciting process to plan it all out and storyboard it, too. And it was great to do it with our best friends.
LM: I have a kind of funny story about shooting. One of the places that we shot was Dawson’s parents’ land in southern Indiana. I kind of left without telling my parents because I was like, “I’m almost 18, I got this.” But we ended up going super late, it was like 2 or 3 in the morning. We’re in the middle of shooting the music video and my mom is blowing up my phone. She had no idea where I was. She could see on the Find my Friends app that I was out in the middle of the forest somewhere at 3 am. So she was pretty mad.

JB: How is it being a band in Indianapolis? Do you feel like there are opportunities and support here?

ND: It’s cool because I feel like Indianapolis is growing so much in so many different creative and cultural areas. I’ve seen a lot of people supporting each other and supporting new ideas, from coffee shops to music. We have a lot of big brothers so to speak, who have brought us into the music industry here. Like sometimes we’ll play a 21+ show and somebody that’s been around for a while will offer to run our merch for us because we can’t do it, we’re not 21. But yeah, there’s a lot of support.
LM: I think the coolest thing for me to experience was like when we played a show at the Hi-Fi. I didn’t realize the potential of what Indy audiences could bring. It was so amazing to see people respecting us onstage and giving us a chance. The amount of people that talked to us after, saying that they wanted to come to the show because we are a local Indy band, or saying “this is so cool that you guys are from Indy” was really great.

JB: Ok real quick for the last question– who are some of your favorite musical artists?

DF:
Death Cab for Cutie and Young the Giant.
ND: Hippo Campus and The Cars.
LM: Led Zeppelin and the 1975.

tri pattern’s new music video, “Blue” is now available on Youtube. You can follow tri patterns on their website or Instagram.

Holiday Events Guide 

The holiday season is quickly approaching! If you are looking for festive things to do, look no further. Below are several events happening from now until New Year’s Eve that will surely get you in the holiday spirit. Perfect for date night or girls night out!

November 16 – December 30
Lights at the Brickyard
See over three million lights at Indy’s Brickyard! Drive through the two mile stretch and see race cars, trees and fun displays all covered in lights.

November 17 – December 26
A Christmas Carol: Indiana Repertory Theater
Celebrate this classic play of past, present and future with Scrooge and all his “friends.” Presented by the Eli Lilly and Company, this play will surely get you into the giving season and warm your heart.

November 18 – January 6
Winterlights at Newfields
View a million and a half lights as Newfields and The Lily House illuminate for Christmas! Enjoy warm drinks and s’mores as you walk through the gardens and take amazing pictures to make all your friends jealous.

November 23 – December 23
A Very Phoenix Xmas 13: Merry Superstitious
This sketch comedy/cabaret/variety hour show is turning 13! Celebrate with them at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis.

November 23 – December 30
Christmas at the Zoo
See your favorite animals in lights as you walk around the Zoo at night! Visit Santa’s Village, see some of the animals, and take a holiday card picture.

November 23 – January 9
Jolly Days Winter Wonderland
Looking for something to do with the kids? Check our Jolly Days at The Children’s Museum! Visit Santa, slide down a Yule Log Slide, “ice skate” in your socks, explore the ice castle and much more.

November 30 – December 16
Christmas Don’t be Late: BroZone
A midwestern boy band, BroZone, books a gig in California over the holidays but gets snowed in on Christmas Eve. This show will surely have you laughing and wondering how it will end.

November 30-December 23
IPL Yuletide Celebration: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The 33rd installment of the IPL Yuletide Celebration will be brought to life as Broadway’s best singers and dancers perform on stage. Hosted by Jack Everly, Josh Kaufman and Angela Brown, this show will have new editions to the typical lineup, including a performance by Indy’s own dance group Expressenz.

December 5
Ghosts of Christmas Eve: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Returning to Indianapolis for their 20th Anniversary Tour, this show will focus on founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s Ghost of Christmas Eve story about a “runaway who finds her way into an abandoned theater.

December 6
Christmas Together: The Piano Guys
From YouTube to the big stage, The Piano Guys will surely get you into a jolly mood by playing your favorite holiday songs live!

December 6 – 22
A Christmas Carol: Beef & Boards
See Charles Dickens play live surrounded by ghosts, Scrooge and Tiny Tim. Sing along to the classic carols and watch the ultimate Christmas transformation unfold right before your eyes!

December 7
Hip Hop Nutcracker
A fusion of Tchaikovsky’s classic score and hip hop choreography, this mash-up will surely have you dancing in the aisles. All-star dancers, a live DJ and a violinist tell the story of the Nutcracker set in contemporary New York City.

December 7 – 22
Conner Prairie by Candlelight
Experience Christmas Eve in the year 1836 in the heart of Prairietown. Familes of all ages will hear stories from new Indiana settlers, Ullmans who celelbrate Hanukkah, and receive a special visit from Santa!

December 8
12 Chefs of Christmas
This culinary celebration showcases 12 Indy Chefs and 12 Indiana breweries! By purchasing a ticket you will enjoy a sample of each food and brew and hear music from DJ Rusty Redenbacher.

December 8 – 31
Christmas at Garfield Park Conservatory
See the Conservatory decked in it’s Christmas attire of poinsettias, lights and toy villages. You can also visit with Santa, make crafts, listen to a reading of The Polar Express, and more!

December 9
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Watch as the classic tale come to life as a musical on December 9. Hear from all your favorite characters including Clarice, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.

Santa Hustle Indy 5K & Half Marathon
Start your New Year’s Resolution early with Santa Hustle Indy 5K and Half Marathon. Sign up and receive a swag bag full of festive goodies including a Santa hat, beard and metal!

December 10
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
Hear his legendary Christmas album come to life as John Legend performs December 10th at The Murat Theatre.

Noel The Musical
Set in modern day London, this musical tells the story of a little girl, Noel, who will be performing in her school’s Christmas play but hides the fact that her mother recently disappeared. See if Noel finds her mother and restores the believe of Christmas again in Noel The Musical.

December 11
Holiday Sounds: Indiana State Museum
Hear from local school and community choirs, bands, soloists and ensembles perform in the Great Hall.

December 12
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular
Listen to your favorite Holiday tunes performed by Santa and his merry helpers!

December 14-16
The Nutcracker Ballet – Indianapolis Ballet
Get swept away as the Indianapolis Ballet performs The Nutcracker.

Norm Lewis: Nutcracker Cool – The Cabaret
Hear Norm Lewis’s take on several holiday classics including “This Christmas” and “Santa Baby.” The Tony award nominee will also be performing songs that have made him very well known on Broadway.

December 24
The Great Russian Nutcracker: Moscow’s Ballet
This performance is unlike the rest as it includes life-size dancing puppets, a 60-foot Christmas tree, amazing costumes, and a large set of Russian nesting dolls. You don’t want to miss The Great Russian Nutcracker Ballet performance at the Murat Theatre on Christmas Eve.

December 31
Family New Year’s Eve – Indiana State Museum
Enjoy face painting, magician acts, as well as activities and music as you ring in the New Year with Indiana State Museum!

Downtown Indy Inc.’s New Year’s Eve
Have you ever wanted to ring in the new year with your friends on Georgia Street? Well now’s your chance! Downtown Indy has an exciting performance lineup, food and drinks and “a unique midnight extravaganza.”

The Indy Masquerade
Ring in the new year in style! Spend the evening partying at Union Station with The Indy Masquerade. Each ticket awards you access to three rooms, Speakeasy Lounge, Grand Hall and DJ HQ, that each have different attractions. Tickets are limited.

Internship Diary: Interviewing through Indy 

On the day of my internship interview for PATTERN, I accidently arrived 25 minutes early. I sat in my car and stressfully scrolled through Instagram for almost half an hour. I feel like this sums me up fairly well as a person: stressfully over prepared, kind of awkward and ready to put my head down and work.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I would fit in amongst PATTERN’s world. Everyone involved with PATTERN seemed very cool, confident, and fashionable in every sense of the word.

I quickly learned that though PATTERN is definitely very cool, it’s also extremely welcoming and even pretty goofy. This is a New-York-City kind of organization that exists in Indianapolis for a reason: it’s home. And though I’m not from the midwest at all, I felt like I fit in.

PATTERN’s internships are very independent, and you have a fair amount of control regarding what you take on. As a journalism intern, I immediately emailed as many creative people as I could about the possibility of interviewing them for a story. I emailed so many people that I kind of hoped some of them wouldn’t respond for the sake of my sanity. Most of them did.

I talked to entrepreneurs and artists of all kinds, from a costume designer to a hip hop artist. I went to Columbus, Indiana by myself to attend a national architecture symposium, I talked to a rock musician in a crowded restaurant before his concert the same night, and I interviewed a renowned NYC photographer on the phone about her inspiring “I Vote Because” project. I tried to say “yes” a lot and then just make it work.

As I did this, a few things started to happen. Firstly, I was doing so many interviews that I quickly became more comfortable with interviewing. And by “comfortable” I mean I still get sweaty and shaky when I interview people, but I know it’ll be just fine.

Secondly, I started to feel constantly inspired by the stories I was hearing. There’s nothing more heartwarming than listening to creative people talk passionately about what they love to do. I talked to a diverse range of people from all backgrounds– people I probably would never have a reason to interact with otherwise. As I left interviews, I felt like I was walking on air. If all these people could find a way to build creative lives, maybe I could too.

By now, I’ve written twenty-something stories for PATTERN’s website, and a tiny bit for the print magazine as well. I’ve formed friendships with the other intern and fellows, helped out on photoshoots and at the launch party, and had quite a bit of fun.

Above all, I’m thankful for the sheer amount of experience I’ve gained during this internship because with experience comes confidence. I don’t know what my future will be like, but now I feel like I’ll be able to handle it – and maybe even without sitting in the parking lot for 25 minutes beforehand.

Sketch Artist 

Photography by Willyum Baulkey
Styled by Alisha K Rodgers and Willyum Baulkey
Makeup and Hair by Rachel Madison
Model: Brooke T of Helen Wells and Wilhelmina

Look 1

Turtleneck Dress: BIGIO Collection

Look 2

Suede Dress Shirt: Michael Kors
Black Pants: Gap

Look 3

Khaki coat dress: a.n.d.eway

Look 4

Color block halter top: New York & Company
Striped pants: IRIS & INK

Look 5

Splatter cocktail dress: olivaceous

Look 6

Beige shift dress: Paul Harris Designs
Camel Hair coat: Saks Fifth Ave

Look 7

Turtleneck Dress: BIGIO Collection

On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneurs Career Accelerator 

I’ve talked to the organizers of a few different entrepreneur accelerator programs in Indianapolis this month, from Launch Indy to gBETA. There’s certainly more support for business owners and creative entrepreneurs than I would have expected in Indiana, and that’s amazing. Still though, most of the programming available for entrepreneurs at large are aimed towards those in the tech industry, or those businesses with wide mainstream appeal and big market opportunities. The Indiana Arts Commision decided to take the traditional accelerator framework and reshape it to fit the needs of all creatives in Indiana, from performers to visual artists to artisans. Thus, the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneurs Career Accelerator was born.

On-Ramp is a three-day workshop that will take place from May 10-12. Once completed, participants can also apply for the On-Ramp fellowship, where they can request up to $2000 for their business. The next round of applications are being accepted until January 17.

I talked to Anna Tragesser, the artist and community services manager at the Indiana Arts Commission, to hear more about what this program has to offer.

Julia Bluhm: How did On-Ramp start?
Anna Tragesser: Last year was the first year, so we’re going into the second year of On-Ramp. It kind of started out as this research project we went through, looking at the entire creative economy in the state of Indiana (there’s a really long report on our website if you’re interested in knowing more about that). One of the main points of it was that in Indiana folks who are creative are three times more likely to be self employed compared to the rest of the country. That could be for a variety of reasons, but one reason we thought of is that it’s totally possible to be a self-employed creative in Indiana and to make it work for you. We had this idea that we wanted more opportunities for creatives, and especially younger creatives. We wanted to give them more reasons and support to continue living and working in Indiana. We want to retain a workforce– particularly a creative workforce.

We partnered with Elaine Grogan Luttrull, who is a creative business coach, and we put together this weekend workshop: On-Ramp. It focuses on different business skills for entrepreneurs, but it also goes into what it’s like to be really invested in and engaged in your own community in Indiana with your creative skills. The three-day intensive workshop kicks off that conversation, but creatives meet each other and can continue to network and connect long after that.

JB: What did you learn from last year’s accelerator workshop?
AT: What I saw really strongly in the past year is that the 36 creatives involved just loved getting to know each other, and were energized by each other. There were very different people in the room who came from different places in the state and were in very different stages of their career. They also came from a wide variety of creative disciplines, but they were just encouraging each other to do better and are still continuing to collaborate together.

JB: Who were some people who were involved last year?
AT: One example is Chris Acton, she is a fiber artist from Chesterton, Indiana. She’s really active in using a lot of different materials, including recycled materials, for woven products such as scarves and handbags. Another one that comes to mind is Armando Arceo, he’s a muralist from East Chicago, Indiana. He has a lot of works around the Gary area, and whenever I go visit Gary I feel like I see a different one every time. He’s really wanting to get his murals in different parts of the state and the midwest. We also had some musical artists, like LJ Herbert who is a hip hop artist from Muncie. Him and other hip-hop artists who attended are really invested in using music to build community and connect people.

JB: What are some topics covered in the workshop?
AT: Primarily it’s about really knowing and communicating what you do, creatively. That’s the first step. You have to be able to communicate the full impact of what you do – not just “I’m a dancer,” but what that means and who you’re reaching. Elaine also works everybody through their goals helps them understand their career as a portfolio of different roles that they play. She also goes really deep into budgeting, finance, and preparing for your future.

JB: What is the On-Ramp Fellowship?
AT: Folks who participate in On-Ramp, in the intensive workshop, are eligible to request some funds from us. That’s the fellowship. They can request up to $2,000 to put to helping expand their work and their art based on what they learned in the workshop. It’s really wide, and the opportunity for requesting funds is really pretty broad, whether it’s equipment or money to help with networking and marketing, etc. We put some of our support behind you.

JB: Why is a program like this important in Indiana?
AT: It’s certainly not the only one in Indiana, there are other programs and institutions that support artist and entrepreneurs in one way or another. We just want to help Indiana be a place where self-employed artists can stay and work. It seems that there is a lack of business and entrepreneurship training in higher education institutions right now, for artists. This does definitely kick start some of that need. And really what we believe is that it’s totally possible to do your creative work here. You’re probably going to be an entrepreneur and self employed as a creative, but we totally believe in you. This is just an expression and an affirmation that you can go do it, so go do it.

Central State Insane 

Photography by Chantal Dominique
Styling by Samantha Ripperger
Hair by Belinda Benham
Makeup by Evian Riviere
Creative Direction by Julie Valentine
Assisted by Julian Bluhm and Claire Bowles
Models: Tori and Aubrey of Lmodelz
Location: Central State Mansion

 

Look 1
Green Coat: Sage – Lesley Jane Boutique
Yellow Set: Ann Taylor – The Toggery
Boots: Jaggar – Lesley Jane Boutique
Necklace: Stylist’s Own

Look 2
Red Coat: Banana Republic – The Toggery
Striped Shirt: Ann Taylor
Red Pants: Dalton – The Vintage Gypsy
Red Shoes: MATT & NAT – The Toggery

Look 3
Yellow Sweater: Ann Taylor
Pants: Honey Punch – Lesley Jane Boutique
Shoes: Stylist’s Own

Look 4
Jumpsuit: Line + Dot – Lesley Jane Boutique
Shirt: Lucca – Lesley Jane Boutique
Boots- Jaggar – Lesley Jane Boutique
Necklace: Stylist’s Own

Look 5
Sweater: Target
Skirt: Target
Boots: Jaggar – Lesley Jane Boutique
Jacket- Stylist’s Own
Necklace – Stylist’s Own

Look 6
Top: Ann Taylor
Pants: Ann Taylor
Cape: Stylist’s Own
Shoes: Stylist’s Own
Necklace: Stylist’s Own

Holiday Playlist 

Thanksgiving is over, which means we can finally start celebrating everyone’s favorite time of year! Whether it’s spent baking cookies, decorating the tree, building a snowman or watching endless holiday movies we have your earbuds covered with our Holiday Playlist.

Our wonderful fellow, Claire, curated this festive playlist combining the classics with “bangers only” tracks. Songs include “Merry Christmas” by NSYNC, “Christmas Eve” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Buble, and of course “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber, because it isn’t a Claire approved Christmas Playlist without Justin Bieber. Have a listen and happy holidays!

18 Things We Are Thankful For 

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. As we look back on what we have accomplished this year, we are just so happy and excited for what is still to come! We are thankful for so many things and to show our gratitude, we complied a list featuring the top 18 things we are thankful for in 2018! Take a read below:

1. Creative Collaboration

2. Free parking and successful parallel parking

3. Dogs…and let’s be honest, puppies

4. Peanut Butter Pretzels from Costco

7. The Toggery and their wonderful clothes

10. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

12. All the coffee

13. Chips and queso

14. Goodwill shopping sprees

15. Canon 6D Mark 11 camera (it’s pure magic)

17. Instagram (we hit 10K this year!)

18. Of course our PATTERN fam!!

Q+A with Entrepreneur Adriane Young 

Adriane Young is an entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering women and making sure they realize their self worth. She decided to share her messages of confidence and empowerment through a fashion line called Pretty Being. While her business is fairly new, she has big hopes for it. She recently stopped by the PATTERN office to talk more about her experiences, and she shared her contagious positivity in the process.

JB: What’s your background? How did you become an entrepreneur?
AY: I’m originally from New York, that’s my background. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and people, so part of creating Pretty Being and becoming an entrepreneur was that I was always defined by what other people thought about me. Words are powerful. When used positively they can help and heal, but when used negatively they can hurt and harm. Before I created Pretty Being, I started to realize that words have power so why not put them on a shirt?

JB: What inspired you to create Pretty Being?
AY: Well, my mother has always been my cheerleader. She’s always saying to be brave, bold and strong. That’s actually one of the biggest slogans we have for Pretty Being. I would like to say life for me was easy and breezy but it wasn’t. I was always that girl who had to study a month or two in advance just to get a B+. I was always that girl who, if I ate too much I would pack on the pounds– I actually went to weight-loss camp when I was twelve. I ask myself now, how come I didn’t break? It’s because I’ve always had my mom speaking life into me. So with being an entrepreneur and creating Pretty Being, I wanted to speak that life into other people: children, teenagers, adult women. Anyone who’s always been told they “can’t.”

JB: How did you learn about how to start a business?
AY: It’s always been in my genes. My father owned his own practice for 30+ years, my uncle owned a taxi business, and my grandmother had

a bakery. We just love being our own bosses, probably because we don’t love being told what to do. I have a communications degree also, and I had to do some finance and accounting classes with that. I was always intrigued about how to run a business– it’s not as easy as people think it is.

JB: When did you start Pretty Being?
AY: I actually started Pretty Being in 2012, but I really started to focus on it once I moved to Indianapolis more recently. I used to have bands that said “Pretty Being: Brave, Bold and Strong.” As a supervisor, I gave them to all of my agents because they were all women. And a few years passed by from seeing and working with one of my coworkers, and she still had the same band. It was so worn out, all of the purple had gone away. I always wanted to really do this, but I was always waiting for the perfect moment. So when I saw her still wearing the band that I gave her four years ago, I thought, it’s time. If this is still impacting someone so many years later, what could it do on a bigger scale?

JB: What products do you sell on your website?
AY: We have Pretty Being hats, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, and I’ve introduced Pretty Being journals and pens. The sky’s the limit!

JB: Your fashion line is focused on empowering women. Who are some women who inspire you?
AY: Hands down, Michelle Obama. She has this quote, “When they go low, we go high.” That resonates with me a lot. In terms of fashion, I love Tory Burch. I love what she stands for. She embraces ambitious women, which is often still frowned upon. I can work full time, start a business, be a mom, and go to law school, and people will still say “maybe you should just focus on being a mom.” She got that same feedback, and just kept going.

You can keep up with Pretty Being through Instagram or their website.