Indofin, together since 2002, is a skapunkreggae quartet from Austin TX. From these very modest beginnings, Indofin has certainly come a long way, becoming one of the defining bands of the central Texas scene. They managed to play showcases during SXSW from 2003-2007 and even earned a spot on Texas dates of Vans Warped Tour in 2007. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in the spring of 2005, the band has played over 300 shows in over 50 US cities, as well as doing extensive regional touring around their home state of Texas. Indofin has always maintained a strong DIY work ethic, booking five of their own tours, and they have never had a label, an agent, or manager. They have been fortunate enough to share the stage with many of the nation's touring acts including Voodoo GlowSkulls, Badfish Sublime Tribute, The Expendables, Outlaw Nation, The Stingers, The Supervillains, and many more. Despite playing with bands of every imaginable category, the band continues to stick out like a sore thumb in the central Texas live music scene, refusing to confine their music to the boundaries of any particular genre. Stripped down now to 3 of the 5 original members, the band is taking their sound in a fresh new direction for the next record, but fans will still be able to experience the raw energy and intensity that Indofin puts into every live performance.
This eclectic group of misunderstood punker sluts released their second album on July 13 2010, and they also added former lead guitarist and founding member Eric Tussing to the band's permanent lineup. Eric had previously left the band five years ago before the band's first tour, and without much effort, he has made a seamless transition back to the band's sound and has had a positive effect on the band's music in the live setting. In the last few years, the band has endured numerous obstacles (carjackings, stolen equipment, drug & alcohol addiction etc.) and they often learned the hard way many of the cruel realities of the music industry, yet their uncompromising dedication to their craft remains stronger than ever. Indofin's staying around awhile, so be sure to check out a show if you get the chance; you won't regret it and it might even change your life.
How do you describe your music to people, Albert?
Indofin effectively combines grooving skank basslines with reggaedub drumming punk-influenced distorted guitars, and melodic rock vocals to create a unique sound that will make people wanna party.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My parents made me play violin since I was 4 till I was about 15. I really hated it; they made me practice daily. I quit when I was old enough, and in high school, I started playing some guitar, learning on my own based on what I already knew from childhood. My friends in high school who were putting together a band didn't need another guitarist so I picked up bass. I think I took lessons for about a month; it was required in my school's curriculum.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love playing music live, touring, partying in different cities, meeting new fans, and listening to music when no one else is around or when I'm not busy doing anything else. Also I like website design, audio engineering, and networking.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Keeping accurate financial records, making sure everyone in the band wants the same thing or knows what the goal is, scheduling rehearsals, delegating various tasks to everyone, and driving long distances.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I figured I'd become an engineer like my dad. I didn't want to be a musician, but I don't think I really knew what I wanted to do. I just didn't wanna be poor or homeless or living with my parents.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Well since I moved to Austin TX, I have never "not" been in a band. Sometimes I was in two or three bands at the same time and I got to see so many good shows. Solid bassists are hard to come by around here. Also, most of my friends here play music, and I also studied recording engineering here and I've worked a few soundguy or runner gigs.
What other artists out there do you love?
Fishbone, Rancid, Streetlight Manifesto, STS9, MC Chris, Crystal Method, SOJA, Flatliners, Futurerock, Gorillaz, just to name a few
What does your future hold?
bigger and better things, unless we split up which is not impossible, but we'd prefer to just take things at our own pace, no pressure or obligations from record labels, it may be awhile before we do a national tour again, but we'll always have our occasional hometown show and nearby regional shows every couple months, and we'll make the trip out to do a big festival from time to time. Everyone is comfortable now doing their own thing while we're home so to get everyone together on something is kind of a complex chore, so we try to plan way ahead for any of our performances or trips out of town.