Steven Russell is an event producer who is active in the Indianapolis music scene. He is also the creator of Lari Pati, a music start up that hosts alternative rap and R&B dance parties in Indianapolis.
Tell us about your musical background.
SR: My musical background began circa 2000 in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. looking through CD booklets and watching 106 & Park after school. No formal training. My feel & understanding of music comes from a consumer perspective. Today, I use that understanding to help break new music, new DJ’s & new artists in Indianapolis through our party series Lari Pati.
Tell us about the mix you curated. Does it give off a type of mood?
SR: The mix curated is the Lari Pati sound with a dash of recent cuts that make my heart smile. It’s a energetic, funky & soulful mood. It’s the perfect soundtrack for those commutes to work or days you want to stay in the house & vibe out.
What groups are killing the game right now?
SR: Let’s start with the local scene first. In no particular order: King Kap, Poindexter, Double A, Heyzeus, John Stamps, Parris Ladame, Feyi. I have to add the producers too because in this climate, they shape the sound: TyjuanOnTheBeat, Mathaius Young, s0shiny, Jed Blue, FreshDuzIt, Trilli & Knags. Outside state lines, so many to name: Tierra Whack, Travis Scott, Rico Nasty, Gunna, Lil Skies, VanJess, Kelela, BROCKHAMPTON, Young Thug, Amine, Jaden Smith.
Tell me about your past and current music projects.
SR:This year was the start of Lari Pati (“street party” in Hatian Creole). It’s a music startup on a mission to make Indianapolis a place to hear music first through playlists, parties & shows that break new music, new DJ’s and new artists. We currently have two playlist series going strong right now. One being the 000 series which consist of jams your local DJ fails to play at their respective club and bar residencies. Then there’s the F&F series which consists of sets of people we love and support as well as those who move the needle in Indianapolis. Both series are designed to show to not only those outside state lines but to those in our city that Indianapolis and Indiana as a whole is in the know, if not ahead of the curve when it comes to what’s cool in the world.
Lastly we’ve been fortunate enough to bring the music we’ve curated through the playlists into a IRL experience with our Lari Pati party series. The party has grown steadily thanks to the support from Grove Haus, Pioneer Indy, Do317, and the artists, clothing shops, brands and lovers of new music we have in the city.
We have our 4th party on Nov. 9 at the Pioneer in Fountain Square with Trilli, DJ Ant Banks, Brooke Billions & Ferris Booler providing the soundtrack for the night. Get tickets at laripati.splashthat.com or get them at the door for only $10.
What are your interests outside of music?
SR: Outside of music, I love learning through trying new things, checking out new places, and meeting new people. Anything that will push me out my comfort zone and challenge what I already know is great.