Born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana, Matt knew he was bound to be a musician from an early age. Before even having his feet under him, Matt was banging on pots and pans and building instruments out of anything that made noise. There was always something a little different about this little rocker.
Matt began seriously playing guitar in high school and kept learning more and more about music throughout his path to earning his Business Leadership Communications degree from Ball State University. Along the way he developed and refined his knack for rallying people around his vision for the world. As a core founding member of The Indigos, he has seen many great people come and go, but has always led the ship to be bigger and better.
Always the ambitious one, Matt's goals stretch beyond the scope of music. He strives to use his example and passion for life to inspire others to be who they truly are to make the world better than he found it. He sees music as his method to show that people are capable of anything, or, as he likes to say, "If you believe with your heart, plan with your mind, and execute with your body and soul, life contains endless possibilities."
"We must band together as fellow Indigos to help and love each other to manifest a reality in which the entire world can coexist peacefully."
The Funkmaster himself hails from Crown Point, Indiana. Derek studied Music Media Production at Ball State University earning his degree in 2015. During his time in school, he was a founding member of both the nationally recognized groups Note to Self and SedOctave.
After being recruited during the recording of the debut "Good Times in Hard Places" EP as the original Tambourine and Vocal dual wielding monolith of funk, Derek found a new home shredding guitar for all you lovely people. He earned his title of "Funkmaster" after laying down a sick guitar solo in the original recording of "The Groove". When asked how one channels the funk, he famously responded "All you need is a wah pedal and some syncopation."
In addition to his duties in the band, Derek founded the most metal celebration of friends and food on any given weekday - Weiner Wednesday. Known for his ability to channel his inner funk directly into a cauldron of culinary creations with recipes ranging from the infamous "Flying Spaghetti Weiners" to "Alabama Charlie's Moonshine Pickle BBQ Pork South by Southwest Weiners" to "The Funkmaster Special" - an eclectic mix of a toasted Italian-style bun, cream cheese, pepperoni, banana peppers, provolone cheese, and weiners broiled to perfection served with a side of friendship and a healthy helping of funk - Derek has a knack for bringing people together with his laid-back personality and vibe of superior funksmanship.
Maci Hayes was born and raised in Alexandria, Indiana. She earned her degree in Nursing from Ball State University in 2015. As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, she has a wide array of influences from which to pull. Her notable passion for making every person and circumstance as metal as possible is a defining characteristic of her intense presence.
She originally featured on the recordings of "The Groove" and "Little Horse" during the recording of the "Good Times in Hard Places" EP. Between this period and her formal inclusion into The Indigos, her metal band, For This We Exist, built a strong regional presence and recorded an EP of their own.
Caitlynn "Foxxy" Fox is a lifelong vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Knightstown, Indiana. Her musical journey began at age 11 with the Indianapolis Children's Choir. She quickly advanced to being the vocal coach for her peers in Knightstown.
This foxy mama can do more than just rock. She's a monster behind a camera with a passion for capturing the beautiful people and things in life. Her energy for music, art and creative imagery has a way of radiating and resonating deeply with her fans and friends.
Though her journey with The Indigos has just begun, she is excited to travel with the band to spread her talents far and wide.
"Music is like oxygen to me. It speaks to my soul and I want to share my journey and music with the world."
Tyler continued studying music, entrepreneurship, and computer science while earning his Economics degree from Ball State University in 2015. Infamous not only for his excessive use of the phrase "it depends" but also for his ability to harness the power of data and science for rock 'n' roll, Tyler is a self-described nerd who loves to rock on whatever instrument he has at the moment.
Outside of music, he can be found reading a book, coding, making weiners with the Funkmaster on Weiner Wednesday, debating the finer points of monetary policy, showing Matt Mellen the true power of the Dark Side and the Sith, or being generally adventurous with his friends.
Brett Schall came from a family of drummers from Franklin, Indiana who showed him to ropes for music. Through middle school and high school, Brett participated in concert band, jazz band, marching band, and pep band.
He played in several bands during and after high school. Brett has always had a strong drive and passion for playing music. There is nothing more he would rather do than entertain people by making music and getting the funk out on stage.
Bruno Cabrera is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Ball State University and Taylor University where he teaches percussion methods, applied lessons on drum set and percussion, and aural skills. Dr. Cabrera is also a drummer and percussionist for The Indigos; a funk/rock band from Indianapolis performing in renowned music festivals and touring from coast to coast in the US territory. During his Masters degree, Dr. Cabrera worked at Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center as a performer, arranger, lecturer and coach for the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, group where he shared the stage and wrote arrangements for great names of Latin American Music such as Grammy Award Winners Gonzalo Grau (Venezuela), Adam Del Monte (Spain), Grammy Award nominees Pablo Aslan (Argentina), Jovino Santos Neto (Brazil), and Michael Spiro (USA). Bruno also appeared as guest artist in the recording of "Latin Love Songs" by Grammy Award Winner Sylvia Mcnair.
Dr. Cabrera performed with the “Orquestra Bachiana Brasileira” at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall under the direction of renowned Brazilian pianist and conductor João Carlos Martins and with Arthur Moreira Lima as a guest soloist. During his earlier career at the "São Caetano Philarmonic Orchestra" he shared the stage with great names of the Brazilian popular music, such as Ivan Lins, Gal Costa and Toquinho. At "Universidade Estadual Paulista - Unesp", he was part of "Piap", group where in 2010 he was touring throughout North America, giving concerts of classical Brazilian works for percussion ensemble and presenting masterclasses on Brazilian popular music in eighteen different universities including Boston University, NIU, Manhattan School of Music and others.