One of the main things that makes Hyperion Music & Arts Festival so special is the community of individuals who worked so hard to put it together. From talent to staff to production, the groups of people that are working together to make this event possible are all likeminded inspired individuals. This festival was not even supposed to happen this year, but fortunately they were able to fund the start up costs completely through an Indiegogo campaign. There is something so special and so beautiful about the connection that this group of people has not only with each other, but also the attendees of the festival. It was largely people in Indiana that bought up all the tickets during the Indiegogo campaign to make sure that they could reunite with their friends under the stars at Stable Studios once again. The people spoke and the staff responded.
This small-scale festival brings so many elements that there is truly something for everyone. The art will be curated with many local artists like Julie Young and Patrick Milescu to name just a few. On top of that there will be amazing art installations by locals as well. Jeff Lowe will be doing projections all over the site. Look forward to participating in a truly interactive experience. When you get to the festival expect to feel like you’re coming home. Hyperion Music & Arts Festival is going to be a beautiful display of what it looks like when an entire community of people comes together to showcase their passions and their talents. Please join us.
Speaking of art and passion, there are definitely some workshops you need to make sure to check out. The Kinetic Arts Academy is bringing FlowMotion camp to Hyperion. The flow camp will be located in the woods over by the Helios Stage. Make sure to head down that way and learn from some truly talented flow instructors.
Here are few local instructors from right here in Indiana that you should make sure not to miss!
- Dragon Staff – Elijah Steve-O Baker
- To the Window to the Wall Hoop Planes – Alex Rodmeow
- Aerial Silks – Aimee Polk
- Multi-prop & Poi – Zach Wright
Those are just a few of the classes offered. Make sure to check out the schedule to see the full workshop line up.
There is tons of amazing music coming straight out of Indiana for this festival as well. One local artist, Kaleidoscope Jukebox, is a resident artist at Hyperion. He has played every Hyperion, and also has played other related events like HyperiOnICE. He is really a central part of the music scene in Indiana – our hidden gem. Make sure not to miss either of his sets. His late night set will be featuring fire dancing from local performers. I was able to catch up with him and pick his brain a little here is what he had to say.
Ray John: How long have you been producing music?
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: I’ve been producing music for 15 years and started out on Fruity Loops 2.0 (nerd fact). Even though I was listening to mostly house, trance, techno and DnB at the time, I naturally navigated towards producing down-tempo music. It just happened that way and at the time, I lacked any sort of influence into that genre. It just made sense.
Ray John: Describe your sound to me.
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: I produce music in a wide variety of genres. Given that fact, I will say that there is a common feel throughout and is something people pick up on quickly. I feel like if I had to pinpoint it down to a few words it would go something like an epic, rushing, soul-filled wave of color in the form of sound. It’s the sound that helped me pinpoint the name Kaleidoscope Jukebox. An ever-changing array of sounds meant to be felt deeply more than something to “rage” to.
Ray John: How long have you been working with the people who throw Hyperion?
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: Alex aka “Herm” was one of the first people I met when I moved to Bloomington in 2003. It’s easily been 10 years of working with that core group of people and I cannot be more thankful to call them my friends and associates. They have accomplished so much and I’m proud of all of them.
Ray John: Talk about where and how you started off producing and playing music.
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: Music for me started like many others in the form of guitar at a very young age. It did not take long for me to get bored with the limitations of just one instrument and grew tired of learning other people’s music. I knew there was something else out there but considering where I grew up, I did not have much inspiration or friends to call upon. Then I found out what music production software was at the age of 18 and my world opened up. After that, I started collecting any instruments I could find as well as vinyl records for sampling.
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: When I moved to Bloomington in 2003, I found an ad on Craigslist. It was for a reggae band looking for a “dubmaster”. This is basically a form of live FX position. I played with that reggae band for 5 years. We shared the stage with many greats including Groundation, The Wailers, Toot’s & The Maytals, Victor Wooten to name a few. This style of performing is really what lead me into performing for myself which started just at the end of that bands journey. I simply would not have been the same person without that experience. I started performing as Kaleidoscope Jukebox around 2009. My first show was a New Deal after party, in a Mexican restaurant. I was hooked from that moment on.
Ray John: Talk about your connection with your fans.
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: This, to me has been the most important aspect of all of this! I have gained so many GOOD friends because of my music, friends that I would not have otherwise found. I cherish that so much. I’ve been told many times that my music and I as an individual serve as inspiration to people. Quite honestly, that is all I could ever ask for. It’s about going beneath the surface and finding out what makes things tick and being in a position to make peoples days better and quite possibly even make them better people themselves is beyond priceless. This for me is my greatest form of meditation and connects me closer to the “source” (whatever that may be) more than anything I have found yet. I thank the Universe for it every day.
Ray John: What are you going to bring to the table at Hyperion?
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: There will be new music indeed as well as some guests…but beyond that I cannot say. You just have to buy a ticket and plant yourself in front of my Kaleidoscope on Saturday 😉 There will also be a special sunrise DJ set consisting of all vinyl. This is not to be missed, as you will hear some of the most amazing music at just the right time.
Ray John: Talk about the community that you are creating your music in. Do they inspire you?
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: Our Midwest community is absolutely AMAZING! We have so many talented DJ’s, a few choice producers and bands, festival organizers, fire and flow people, graphic designers, concert promoters and an amazingly supportive audience that allows all of the above to do their thing. I am so proud of my community here and am beyond inspired. As for my personal fan base and friends, it’s really what drives me to create more than anything now. They have pushed me forward so much as an artist and person. I can only hope that I am reciprocating it back to them with the same intensity.
Ray John: Is your music an expression of the evolvement of you as a person?
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: It is very much a spiritual thing for me. It’s my best guide in life and has really shaped my core values as a person. You are observant for noticing this about me. With it, I’ve become a better person, made better friends and realized more about the important aspects of this life. I fully embrace my role as a producer and will gladly let the others make the “party” music.
Ray John: Tell me some personal information about yourself?
Kaleidoscope Jukebox: I’m often asked how I came up with the name Kaleidoscope Jukebox. It started with a 45rpm vinyl record I found. It was a few chapters from a book by James Allen called “As a Man Thinketh”. One of the many knowledge nuggets on the record was the passage “The World is Your Kaleidoscope”. I started working some of the samples into a song and connected it with another record I found which was pure propaganda towards the psychedelic experience. The combo formed the song “Kaleidoscope Jukebox” which I later decided was the perfect name for my project. As for me personally, I enjoy soft walks in outer space, kittens, family gatherings, space-aged pointy collared shirts, old time radio shows (pre-TV era) and gardening. I’m very approachable so if you see me out and about…let’s be friends!