As some of you might know, I spent my college years in Richmond, Virginia, toiling away organizing VCU’s nerd community and, eventually, becoming this blog’s first intern in my senior year. While there was the occasional ANAMANAGUCHI show, or that one time Inverse Phase and a_rival came to visit, it always seemed like Richmond had all sorts of independent music happening EXCEPT the electronic kind. Little did I know that had I dug just a little deeper in my final years in that city, I’d have found what I was looking for by way of a few music collectives and one particular guy by the name of Jeremy Belcher, better known as F1NG3RS. Now, you might be wondering why I’m trying to talk to you about people in a city that 97% of you guys will under normal circumstances never visit. If you are, I’d like to point to New York City in the early 00’s, or Philly and Boston over the last decade, or even Los Angeles over the past few years and what started from just a couple shows into what have blossomed into full-blown scenes. If you’ll pardon the extension of the plant metaphor, the only way a scene can take root and thrive is through careful cultivation – and just like a flower that needs more light to live, so too do tiny scenes if they’re going to take off.
Before we get too far into this, I’d like to give a special thanks to Daniel Davis – he put in some real legwork right after I had left Richmond to look into what the city had to offer, so much of the following is thanks to talks we had and people I met because of him. (more…)