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Music has always been at the heart of Jack Shepler, aka Jackola. Growing up Jack performed in many choirs as well as learned to play piano, giving him a strong musical background. All through high school his main interest was music and was a ‘bedroom DJ’ aspiring for more, so he traded in his bass guitar for a pair of turntables and a mixer – he hasn’t left them alone since.
In 2003 he had his first ‘real’ DJ gig – a benefit dance at his college that he repeated the following year. In late 2005 Jackola was offered a DJ residency at The Mark III Taproom in Muncie, Indiana, where he really honed his skills as a house DJ amongst other styles. Jack promoted indie rock shows in Muncie under the name “Rock Music Review Showcase”, featuring bands like Everthus the Deadbeats, Everything, Now!, Brazil and touring bands, supporting and promoting his online music magazine. In early 2007 Jack graduated college and moved to Indianapolis where he quickly became a part of the local music scene – both electronic and indie rock.
In May 2007, Jack and some long time friends founded sideTrack Entertainment. The group started booking and promoting a weekly electronic night called PLUSH on Thursdays at Therapy Nightclub & Lounge in Indianapolis, IN. The night, which went strong for over 9 months, booked over 50 quality, up-and-coming DJs.
Jack is also one of the founding promoters for the Broad Ripple Music Festival, a yearly festival featuring hundreds of bands on 20+ stages that benefits 20+ non-profits. He also writes a monthly column, “Discopolis”, for NUVO Newsweekly that covers dance and electronic music in Indianapolis.
Jackola’s musical style is eclectic to say the least. You may catch him playing dance rock and electro house between bands at a concert, or spinning funky house, tech house or techno in other atmospheres. Jackola has played alongside many internationally recognized bands and DJs, including DJ Shortee, JJ Flores & Steve Smooth, Mickey Avalon, Dirt Nasty, Tommie Sunshine, Freezepop, Scotty Thomson, Adam Jay, Bryan Jones, DJ Venom, Wilhelm K, Star Steady, Slater Hogan, DJ Shiva, M Project, Everthus the Deadbeats and DJ Deanne.