"I am e-mailing in response to the “Where Are They Now” segment in the Nov. 21-28 issue (Cover). I must say I was furious after reading DJ Geno’s section when he said that there are no live R&B acts anymore. This is absolutely not true. Being that I am the co-leader of such a band, comments such as this anger me, especially when we are out there, working our butts off weekly, but there is no recognition or promotion for that.
The problem isn’t that we don’t exist, it’s that we have to work harder to find venues that will allow us to perform, and sometimes that means expanding our repertoire to different genres in order to keep playing. There are plenty of R&B bands around: some play covers, original material, or both. On the other hand, I can understand his statements; if I weren’t from Indianapolis, I would think that the only genres that existed here would be rock, jazz and hip-hop.
Some of the things he said are true, about the shift from live music to DJs. Still, his perspective is very misleading; one would think that live R&B acts don’t even exist anymore after reading his comments. No offense, but I don’t think that someone who was a DJ (and who hasn’t lived here all his life at that) should be the spokesperson for the R&B musicians in Indianapolis. It is high time that there is research done and recognition of the talented musicians in this city who rarely, if ever, get the spotlight.
The Aberdeen Project