THE RIGHT TRACK: A peek inside the playlists of Phoenix’s most influential people | Indian Antao

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Indian Antao’s passion for the music industry initially led him to promote local, national and international talent in various venues in New Jersey. He then went on to do radio, marketing and video promotion at TRT/Wax Trax! Records in Chicago. At the time, it was one of the largest independent record labels in the country.

“Working at TVT/WaxTrax was a dream come true. I worked with bands like KMFDM, Sevendust, Default and Sister Machine Gun, to name a few,” Antao says.

In 1999, he parted ways with TVT to start his own record label, Gig Records, which released more than 60 records from bands like The Vibrators, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff.

“While I was working my artists, I had a radical idea,” he says. “What if I started working with other record labels and their artists and have them support our cause?”

His next endeavor was a marketing company that produced promotional campaigns for big names like Pitbull, Coldplay, Kiss, Papa Roach and Radiohead. In 2007, he created Motor Media, which worked with Indycar, NFL, MTV and other Fortune 500 companies.

Currently, Antao is involved in several TV and film projects and produces a few music festivals, including Mesa Music Festival, a free music and arts experience that will take place in downtown Mesa from Thursday, November 8 to Saturday, November 10.

TOP 5 FAVORITE SONGS OF ALL TIME

“Bodies,” Sex Pistols
“When I was 10 years old living in Newark, New Jersey, I had a neighbor named Havi who was the coolest kid on the block. One day, he invited me to his house to listen to some music. He told me he just got a couple of new records and he was super excited. The moment he put the needle down on the record and ‘Holidays in the Sun’ blared out of the speakers, it was like I just got hit by a Mack Truck. Never Mind the Bollocks is one of the most influential records in my life.”

“Rudie Can’t Fail,” The Clash
“The first two Clash records were amazing. Then London Calling came out and I knew it was going to be one of the best records of all time. I played the heck out of it. I have purchased it at least three times on vinyl and I must have at least four CDs. I would have the itch to hear it and would be at an airport somewhere and buy a copy for the old Discman. The Clash is my favorite band of all time.”

“Grey Cell Green,” Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
“The soundtrack of my teenage years was filled with great music: punk, new wave, goth, metal, industrial and countless sub-genres. Bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Talking Heads, Jesus and the Mary Chain, The Cure, Gary Numan, Front 242, NIN, The Pixies, Dramarama, New Order, Depeche Mode, and I can go on and on. The ‘80s produced some of the best music, period. Then in the early ‘90s, I was listening to my friend Matt Pinfield on the most amazing radio station of all time, WHTG 106.3, and I heard the Ned’s. I was blown away. I remember going to see them at the old Academy in New York City and walking away thinking I just saw my new favorite band.”

“I’ll Fall With Your Knife,” Peter Murphy
“I always loved Peter Murphy and really liked the Cascade record. So many great songs… ‘Gliding like a Whale’ and ‘The Scarlet Thing in You’ were the most notable. Then in the early 2000s, I remember being in San Francisco in a van with a couple of members from bands I was working with at the time. I put Wild Birds, a Peter Murphy compilation record, in the disc player and heard ‘I’ll Fall With Your Knife.’ I had heard the song before and thought it was cool. But this time it struck a chord. On my way home on the plane, I couldn’t stop listening to it. I have a really bad habit of listening to songs I like over and over again. That song became my wedding song.”

“Ramshackle Day Parade,” Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Streetcore is an amazing piece of art. I had this record in my car stereo for over a year and played it almost every day. Joe Strummer is a rock god like no other. Anyone who likes music should own this record.”

PREFERRED WAY OF LISTENING

“Live first, vinyl second, CDs third. I only listen to music on YouTube if I have to. Listening to music on phones is a bad look.”

DESERT ISLAND ALBUM

London Calling, The Clash

WHAT ARTIST WOULD PROVIDE THE SOUNDTRACK FOR THE MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE?

The Beatles

FAVORITE SONG BY AN ARIZONA-BASED ARTIST

“Lucky Denver Mint (Live Version),” Jimmy Eat World

FAVORITE SONG BY AN ARTIST PLAYING MESA MUSIC FESTIVAL

“Afterglow,” Autopilot

GO-TO GUILTY PLEASURE TRACK OR CLASSIC KARAOKE TUNE

“The Promise,” When in Rome

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