Official Biography (courtesy of Jrod Indigo)
Jrod Indigo is a talented new vocalist in the emerging funk/soul scene in the Bay Area and beyond. His organic style and magnetic stage presence has induced enthusiasm amongst fans and club promoters. On November 13, 2004 Jrod Indigo and The Pheromones closed the San Francisco Funk Festival with a bang accompanying Martin Luther. He has also shared the stage with Amel Larriuex, Dead Prez, J Boogie Dubtronic Science, The Coup, Tweet, Soulive, Crown City Rockers, Das Rut (Maktub side project), and The Perceptionists. Taking cues from Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Prince, The Jackson 5, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Madlib, and Stevie Wonder, Jrod has produced an infectious blend of quality funk and soul music. His charismatic approach to the business and the success of his debut EP, Infectious has created a loyal following.
JROD moved to Atlanta, Georgia by the age of 9 and d uring the 15 years of his youth spent in the South, he completely immersed himself in the arts. Attending school in Atlanta, GA with ]such luminaries as the Goodie Mob, 1/3 of the production trio "Organized Noize" (Outkast's producers on their first offerings), Chilli (TLC) and the one and only Mr. Jonathan Smith - better known to the world as 'Lil Jon; as well as the BME crew (Rob, Vince, and Searcy).
With all of the transitions that music was going through during that time, especially within black culture throughout the 80's and the early 90's, JROD made it a point to keep his ear nourished with organic sounds that artists such as Prince, Sade, Terrence Trent D'Arby, Tony, Tone, Toni, Fishbone, A Tribe Called Quest, Jamiroquai, Meshell Ndegeocello, and a host of others who sonically refused to play the conformity game of commercial rap and overly produced R&B that relies solely on technology more so than real musicianship and intricate songwriting.
The other half of the 90's saw JROD heading out west for a brief stint absorbing the sounds of classic rock and underground hip-hop of Seattle, WA. A move in the spring of '99 to the Bay Area saw JROD sharpening his writing skills and gradually blending in with the long dormant funk and soul scene with the hopes of resurrecting it. With that in mind, it makes sense that the basis of JROD INDIGO's sound starts with live drums, bass, and guitar, paired with the versatility of a variety of keyboards (fender rhodes, piano, organ, and vintage synths).
JROD has shared the stage with the likes of Amel Larrieux, Martin Luther, The Perceptionists, The Coup, Dead Prez, Kev Choice, Crown City Rockers, and hopes to continue building with his fellow peers in creating a much needed movement within the industry. With nu-school soul artists suchas D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and Nikka Costa kicking the musical floodgates wide open, JROD is on a mission to keep those doors open with his brand of organic soul music. Keep your eyes open and ears out, because it is only a matter of time.