This past month, Squared once again brought the underground sounds of Detroit, Berlin and beyond to the masses at the two best summer festivals in Columbus – Urban Scrawl and Independents’ Day. Over four days covering two weekends, Squared talent such as Lower Frequency, Coma Coz, Lights Out, and Jason Allen shared the stage with other local favorites like DJ Trueskillz, Druid Cloak, Kevin Brugger, Ororo, and Jenny Arcade.
Squared is a longtime contributor to Franklinton’s Urban Scrawl, having provided the soundtrack for 5 of the festival’s 9 incarnations. Working closely with the Franklinton Arts District and other participating organizations, Squared curates the local talent behind the decks, on the dancefloor and on the mic, extending beyond its own roster, to ensure a unique experience that captures the diversity of sound heard throughout the city.
Amidst a backdrop of fresh paint brushed on murals evolving before attendees’ eyes, youngsters danced among b-boys and old funk samples intermixed with disco, soul, house, techno and more. Not even periodic rains could stop the flow of people, as the weekend-long event drew even larger crowds than ever before.
Taking place in Franklinton itself for the second year in a row, former downtown resident Independents’ Day continued to settle into its new home over the last weekend of summer. The new location is a welcome change that led to a much less congested experience for those looking to enjoy all that the underground Columbus music scene has to offer. Like previous years, Squared managed the electronic presence at ID15, bringing in sound, talent and production. Echoing throughout food truck alley, house, techno, and drum & bass drew in those looking to dance and those looking to eat.
Over the course of the weekend, early sets from Ororo b2b Dingo8 and Beckett got people in the groove, while the ragga jungle and Drum & Bass of Mister Shifter had the entire crowd skanking before sundown. Even Druid Cloak’s deeper, darker, experimental sounds kept heads bobbing. It was another successful year for Independents’ Day and Squared, as techno thumped late into the night throughout Franklinton. With two more successful festivals etched into its long history, Squared looks forward to showcasing the best in Columbus electronic music to even more new fans next year.