Dream Chief: Bringing Indie to Indy
As the “Crossroad of America,” Indianapolis feels the weight of influence from all directions. Many times too, through the magic that is creativity, this influence transforms into the audible sounds of inspiration. Such is the case with local two-piece band Dream Chief.
As one of 2015’s featured Independent Music + Art Festival acts, cousins Luke and John Tuttle who make up Dream Chief, show a myriad of influences in their music ranging from the pulsing grooves and vocal melodies of hip-hop, to the textured and complex guitar leads reminiscent of Bangor’s Two Door Cinema Club. Taken together, these influences “meet at the crossroad,” as it were, and swirl together into Dream Chief’s musical tapestry.
“We started out playing local coffee shops around Indy,” Luke said, “Our set was made up of some covers and a couple of original songs we had written. In playing these small shows we really found a love for performing. That was probably about three years ago, and from there we started writing more songs and eventually recorded an EP ourselves. After recording, we heard about a contest VH1 was doing called ‘Make a Band Famous.’”
The two decided to enter and were chosen in the top 60 of over 3,000 submissions, which is quite feat in itself, but Dream Chief didn’t stop there. After making the cut and being named in the top 24, the two-piece band had the opportunity to travel to NYC where they performed for a panel of big name judges including All American Rejects front man, Tyson Ritter. “This was an awesome experience because we got a taste of the music industry,” Luke explained. “We came in 12th place overall, which was disappointing, but also really encouraging.”
Today, Dream Chief continues to play shows in and around the central Indiana area, flooding the airwaves with their Indie Rock vibes. As they continue to add to Indy’s growing music scene, keep your eyes peeled and ears open for their tunes because these guys are going places.