No Bad Ideas is celebrating our hometown of Indianapolis and the creative people that inspire us every day. Indy Originals is a series showcasing local icons that embody the No Bad Ideas spirit.
For episode one, we invited a staple of Indy’s music scene, Nick Saligoe aka DJ MetroGnome, in for a visit.
Want to follow your dreams? Go see MetroGnome. He did it himself and is now helping others do the same.
Nick graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis and started DJing in Bloomington while enrolled at Indiana University.
“I just bought turntables and taught myself how to do it. I really just wanted to learn how to scratch at the time; I had no intentions of becoming a professional DJ. It turned into something to make a couple extra bucks at college parties, and I realized I might have a future with this. Once I graduated from school, I decided to see if I could exist without having a real job and it has worked out so far. I’ve been self-employed now for over a decade, and I also own Deckademics DJ school.“
Deckademics is where MetroGnome now helps others get in touch their their creativity and achieve their dreams. He talked with us about one of his students, a 14 year old who goes by the name of DJ Prince: “He is legit blowing up—people all over the world are supporting this kid.” A quick check on Instagram proves it—the kid has over thirty thousand followers!
Last month, MetroGnome provided Prince with the ultimate assist. You know DJ Jazzy Jeff, right? Says MetroGnome:
“a lot of people remember him from the Fresh Prince, getting thrown out of the house by Uncle Phil. He is actually a legendary DJ that totally transformed DJing in the late 80s. He pioneered some scratches we teach at the school.”
DJ Prince considers Jazzy Jeff an idol. MetroGnome and Jazzy Jeff played together when the Super Bowl was in town. So when Jazzy Jeff was scheduled to appear at the Vogue last month in Indy, MetroGnome reached out to the legend and got DJ Prince on the bill.
“It has been rewarding to see people follow their dreams and have them come to fruition”, says MetroGnome. More from our interview:
Q: Tell us about your musical tastes:
Q: How do you get into your creative process? What inspires you?
My mind is always working on different things; at any given moment I have 5 or 6 different mixtape ideas I’m working on.
Creative inspiration when I’m playing in front of a crowd is spontaneous—I don’t really go in with a plan. I might have a couple ideas I want to execute, but by and large I just show up, feel it out and make it work in that given space.
Q: Tell me about your DJ school, Deckademics:
We’ve been open for two years now. On average we typically have 50 students per week at our facility. We also bring equipment and teach in three after school programs.
We also do DJ Date Nights for couples. Instead of dinner and a movie which everyone has been doing forever, this provides a different experience: a little bit of scratching, a little bit of mixing.
The thing about Decademics that has been interesting is that people approach it for totally different reasons: some people legitimately want a career change or to pursue it as a career and passion; other people just want something to do. It’s like a yoga class. They just want something so that when they leave work they get to go do something fun and creative. We have several students in their 20s and 30s who work at places like Lilly.
Q: Do you have any standing gigs?
Yes, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Take That Tuesdays at Coaches Tavern downtown.
It’s classic 90s hip hop, soul, funk and reggae. We don’t cater to the crowd—it’s more of a DJ’s party. People come in because they get a different experience and a different vibe than just the same thing you hear if you turn on the radio.
We concluded the visit with a walk through of No Bad Ideas headwear. MetroGnome checked out No Bad Ideas snapbacks, strapbacks, Flexfits, fedoras, boonies and more to find his favorites. Check it out:
To DJ MetroGnome and everyone inspired by his work we have one message: Keep Grinding.