Free Press Interview with Indie Houston

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Interview with Free Press Houston

-conducted by Ramon Medina

The McKenzies, Paris Falls, and Giant Princess are playing a show this weekend that benefits Indiehouston.org. I got a little curious as to what IH was all about so I contacted IH’s Robert Delossantos to find out.

FPH: So, the show looks pretty great this weekend. That got me wondering – what’s Indie Houston?

Robert: This is basically a first of many shows that we want to put together. Indiehouston.org is an organization me and a friend are attempting to create to promote local artists around Houston. I want to get as many creative people as possible to promote shows.

FPH: Well, how do you plan on doing this?

Robert: Starting out, I knew that this would need multiple heads on this. What I want to do is get as many people to promote this scene we have and we’re recruiting more and more people everyday to help promote a lot of different things. There are so many people -talented people that want to contribute something to this city, but they don’t really know how or have any direction – graphic designers, musicians, artist, theater kids…

I have been a fan of most of these local artists since The Groceries and Impossibles reigned at Fitz. I go to a lot of shows, I see a lot of really die hard fans – I’m one of them – and I think the problem is we need to get in touch with more of those 3 million people in Houston. We’re so scattered everywhere and many people don’t even know what the Free Press is. I talked to this girl the other day – she’s someone I respect with a really good head on her shoulders – but she told me when I invited her to this show “Oh I don’t listen to anything that’s not mainstream.” What? A lot of people in Houston have that mentality or maybe just haven’t been properly exposed.

FPH: Why do 3 million people matter?

Robert: Because the bands and the artists matter. Because I want to see those bands tour. Because I want to see that glory at the end of the tunnel for the Wild Moccasins and the McKenzies. I don’t want them to quit in 4 years because they have to pay rent.

I believe that if people in the 200 range or more show up [to shows] then we’d see more venues and we’d see more bands following them. I’m not saying that indiehouston.org is going to revolutionize Houston’s local artists but I do believe that we can help improve the sort of participation in the community.

For instance, I bought a camera recently. We just met a photographer who would love to go with us to shows and take pictures -he’s using our camera now. All he wants is something interesting to work on. A graphic designer wants to make fliers for as many projects that we give him. A film maker will maybe want to record a music video.

FPH: So are you trying to be the meeting point for all these people?

Robert:We do, and I aim to push that as far as I can. Indiehouston.org is already getting bands contacting us from around the nation. They don’t know who to contact to book a show. I know a name like indiehouston.org will let another really good band know he’s not going to end up on 45 and Tidwell if he wants to book a show.

What I want to do is bring a lot of different talents together and put on really good shows around Houston – turning a place like Late Nite Pie, who has never really put on a show before, into one more place we can go to see something great.

FPH: Let’s say I’m a band and I want to join. What’s expected of me and what should I expect of y’all?

Robert: That we’re going to actually promote the show in every way possible. Of course, I expect the bands to do all they can to promote the show but I don’t expect them to think they are alone in this. Bust your ass for your show but work together with everyone that you can. Free press does a great job. Skyline – hell yeah. Space City Rock – of course. Let’s welcome indiehouston.org; maybe we can help too


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    1. 14th Annual CANstruction: Creative Structures Built from Canned Goods to Benefit Houston Food Bank

      Open to Public: Nov 8-12, 2010
      Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
      Address: CenterPoint Energy – 1111 Louisiana Houston, TX 77002

      Houston area architects, engineers, designers, construction firms, and schools come together to build giant structures out of canned goods to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Previous creative structures include an octopus, house, hot air balloon, and cartoon characters. Stop by to donate a can of food and to vote for your favorite entry! Besides Public Favorite, other award categories include Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, and Best Use of Labels. Awards will be posted Friday, November 12th.

      Last year, the event generated over 50,000 cans of food for the Houston Food Bank. The Canstruction competition currently takes place in over 100 cities internationally.

      Event sponsored by the Houston chapter of SDA (Society for Design Administration). For more information, please visit http://www.canstruction-houston.com or find us on Facebook!

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