Indofin are an indie fusion band from Austin, Texas consisting of TJ Huerta (guitar & vocals), Albert Huang (bass), Donny Mann (drums) and Eric Tussing (lead guitar and drums). Despite their busy schedule this spring they kindly agreed to complete an interview for Song Revelation. Read on to find out what their currently working on, which modern day artists they are inspired by and what it’s like living in Austin!
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Reggae, ska, punk, rock with subtle influences of metal, funk, hiphop, and country.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
“Indofin effectively fuses thick grooving skank basslines with consistent reggaedub drumming, & in your face reggae punk guitar chords and melodic rock vocals to create a distinct sound that will make people wanna party.”
Q: What is your musical background?
We’ve been playing together in this band for about a decade. Since 2005, we’ve toured around the US 4-5 times, played Warped Tour in 2007, played at Wakarusa Festival last year, and supported shows for many of today’s national touring acts and independent bands including Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Expendables, and The Supervillains just to name a few. TJ originally played drums before Indofin, Albert played bass in various Austin local bands before Indofin and is currently studying at Berklee college of Music, Eric played guitar with a few bands and also worked various jobs in Austin involving live sound and music gear rentals, and Donny has always played drums in Indofin
Q: How was 2010 for you?
It was a good year. It was actually the one year where we had actually set goals at the beginning and we were luckily able to accomplish most of those goals, including the recording of the new album 2X Broken, the local CD release shows were all on schedule according to plan, and it was a blast playing at Wakarusa. We didn’t even play 10 shows last year, but we were definitely more focused than usual!
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Everything and everyone
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
It ranges from Cannibal Corpse to Sublime, and everything in between: Tenacious D, Lyrics Born, Big Boi, Foo Fighters, Fishbone, just to name a few.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Sure, Rancid, Rebelution, Damian Marley, Barrington Levy, Easy Star all Stars, etc.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Music used in the show “Eastbound and Down”
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Drinks, herbs and time
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Melody for sure.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Like anywhere, it has its ups and downs. We love living in Austin and we probably will always live here, but we don’t really like the music industry hype and the highly cutthroat competitive scene that seems to get bigger and more difficult to deal with each year, as more and more people move here from California with their corporate sponsors and innovative ideas to turn Austin into a small Hollywood.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Indofin is beginning to write new songs that will be on a possible EP to be released at the end of the year. Also, we recently resurrected our thrash metal punk band Bohemian Grove Disco, which features TJ on drums, Albert on bass, Eric on guitar, and our buddy Brian on vocals. We played in this band briefly back in 2005 right before Indofin’s first album/tour.
Also, we’ve just recently decided to get it going again and to play a few gigs this summer….. no telling for how long….
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Wakarusa Festival and any show where we we’ve been able to open for a sold out club
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Honestly, if we made it to 2012, that would be ok with us.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Indofin does not have anything currently scheduled but we’re sure we’ll play in our hometown at least once this summer. BGD(Bohemian Grove Disco) will actually be playing our first reunion show on Saturday June 11 at Plush Bar in downtown Austin. Eric’s other new band “Fine and Dandy” will be opening and surely, some other cool bands will be playing.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Get high, drink, eat, hang out and sleep
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
There’s some new album bundlepacks are available at our website www.indofinmusic.com. There’s also a free download for anyone who joins our mailing list.
Editor’s Note: Indofin are undoubtedly a band that loves what they do. The diversity and originality of their uplifting Indie tracks are enjoyable from start to finish.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Indofin follow the links below:
twitter link: http://www.twitter.com/indofin
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/indofin
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/indofin
web page link: http://www.indofinmusic.com
soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/indofin
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/indofin