Students work to promote underground music community in Muncie

<p>Ball State senior Brandon Gick created Lame Brain Productions to help foster an underground music community in Muncie and help instill a sense of pride in Indiana’s music scene. Lame Brain Productions has six members and partners with Be Here Now, which supplies equipment for shows and hosts Lame Brain Nights to allow three to four local bands to play. <strong>Lame Brain Productions Facebook, Photo Courtesy</strong></p>

Ball State senior Brandon Gick created Lame Brain Productions to help foster an underground music community in Muncie and help instill a sense of pride in Indiana’s music scene. Lame Brain Productions has six members and partners with Be Here Now, which supplies equipment for shows and hosts Lame Brain Nights to allow three to four local bands to play. Lame Brain Productions Facebook, Photo Courtesy

When senior Brandon Gick came to Ball State, he began to realize that Muncie was full of talented musicians,  but it’s hard for them to find resources to get their music heard.

“Getting started in the music industry in Indiana can be difficult because the means to grow as an artist are scarce,” Gick said. “If you don’t have the right connections, you can’t really go anywhere.” 

Gick first got into music himself after hearing the drummer from blink-182, Travis Barker. He said he had never heard drumming like Barker’s before and was inspired to pick up his own drumsticks.

Because Gick is a drummer, he understands the difficulty that bands in Indiana face and decided to create Lame Brain Productions to help foster an underground music community in Muncie and help instill a sense of pride in Indiana’s music scene. 

The student-run organization started out with a show that was held in the basement of his rental home in March 2017. 

Since then, Lame Brain Productions has grown to six members and now partners with Be Here Now, which supplies equipment for shows and hosts Lame Brain Nights to allow three to four local bands to play. 

As someone who is not a musician, sophomore Samantha Kubiak sees Lame Brain as her way to contribute to the local music scene Gick wants to create. 

Kubiak started going to house shows last year and immediately enjoyed the environment. Eventually, she got involved with the group and now helps with promotion and making sure shows run smoothly.

“If we are able to provide artists a place to play and a crowd, word spreads quickly and will make Indiana a more desirable place for artists to come and perform,” Kubiak said.

The group hopes to become a full-fledged booking agency and book acts all over Indiana to make the state a desirable stop for touring artists.

More immediately, however, Lame Brain plans to host a two-day music festival featuring local musicians and double the number of venues next year from two to four locations.

Contact Matt Keyser with comments at mdkeyser@bsu.edu.

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