Indie Music Plus (IMP) was founded in August, 2015, with the mission to become the “Home of the Indie Musician”. Our aim is to provide the best services and creative solutions for Indie Artists worldwide. We highlight artists through our weekly FB Live Broadcast, YouTube videos, Roundtables, iTunes, Soundcloud, and blog reviews. In addition, we circulate all of our media content through our multi-faceted Social Media channels where our following has grown to over 200,000 Indie Music fans to date.
JoeJoeKeys – Founder, Operator
Joe Liedtke, aka JoeJoeKeys, is a classically trained pianist who started playing at age 12. Since 1998, Joe has been a professional touring musician, recording artist, and piano teacher. He has appeared on numerous albums, and has extensive experience writing music in addition to recording and performing.
Joe has shared the stage with a multitude of major acts including Joan Jett, P.O.D., The Roots, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Culture Club, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Some of Joe’s other passions include musical production, engineering, software development, and social media promotion for artists. He loves to write and perform original music, and his first full-length album as JoeJoeKeys released on September 2, 2014. Joe currently teaches piano at Rochester Academy Of Music & Art, Western New York’s largest privately-owned music school, in addition to operating Indie Music Plus.
David Werba – Web Dev, Media Host, Editor-in-chief
David was raised within crawling distance of a gorgeous Steinway Grand piano, and he began tickling the keys at age 5. He learned trumpet in grade school, picked up guitar in high school, and later added drums, bass, and synth to his repertoire. While attending University of Illinois, he started his first band with a group of friends called Nurse Rick.
David started touring and recording albums in college, and after graduation he moved to Chicago in 1995. By the time he retired from live performance in 2002, David performed as the lead guitarist/composer in 5 notable Midwestern bands with varying genres of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Folk, Alternative, and Comedy. During this time he played over 800 live shows, recorded 23 albums, and signed with both Indie and Major labels. He also opened for some legendary groups such as Flaming Lips, World Party, Social Distortion, Dave Mason, and even Vanilla Ice! Another career highlight was becoming one of the first house bands on the Jenny Jones Show in the late 1990’s.
After moving to Phoenix, AZ, in 2002 David quickly co-founded MusicForte (MF) – an Indie Artist storefront site and Social Network that grew to over 110,000 members worldwide. While running MF for the next 9 years and starting his first Indie Music podcast, he released 2 albums under the name Mr. Rose – a solo project where David sang and played/recorded all the instruments.
In early 2012, David completed a 3-year project with Television/Media conglomerate Nexstar Broadcasting Group, where he worked as a marketing consultant, web developer, and producer of both local and national TV shows for FOX and NBC. In addition to his work with Indie Music Plus, David is the Owner/President of Werbonics Consulting, Founder of 1WorldNow Media, the Founder/Editor of Strange Human Network, Growth Hacker at Musicoin Foundation, and Lead Developer for a group of non-profit organizations under development.
Brandon Flowers – Roundtable Host, Chart Manager, Critic
Brandon, aka “B-Eazy”, is a Chicago-bred Emcee, Actor, and Hip-Hop critic. He’s also Artist/President at KnoDat Entertainment, a Chicago based Entertainment company. With his KnoDat team, Brandon is managing the IMP Mixtape Charts, and he co-hosts the IMP Indie Musician’s Roundtable LIVEstream. Find B-Eazy on Twitter/Instagram – @TeamEazyKD
Rob Hix – LiveStream Producer/Showrunner
Rob produces both of IMP’s popular livestream shows – Indie Music LIVE! and the Indie Musician’s Roundtable. Firmly planted on the cutting edge of livestream technology, his skills enable IMP to broadcast simultaneously to Facebook, Youtube, and Periscope with TV-style production. Rob’s quest for excellence is displayed through the 500+ livestream shows he has now produced for various brands online. See more of his A/V work at Enlightened Audiovisual.
Additional Indie Music Plus Critics:
Ryan David Dwyer is a composer, author, and lyrical songwriter. He also invented his own color-based music curriculum, and you can read more about it at: KeyIdentityAccess.com
Fletch Towell is a vocalist, keyboardist, and talent coach based out of Chicago, IL. He’s also the frontman of the Fletch Towell Band – FletchTowellband.com
Mike Albert, aka “That Cicero Guy”, is a composer, A/V producer, writer, singer, and more. He’s named after the very town he spent most of his life in, Cicero, IL. Mike once dined at the same restaurant as Joe Mantegna, and you can see more of his work at – youtube.com/c/shootingstarcinema
*** We also have gorgeous artists such as Ryan Saul (Modern Sons), Kay Soul, Nadira Norjahan and others contribute to our weekly Musician’s Roundtable where we critique the songs that didn’t make the cut for our main show Indie Music LIVE!
IMP Rockstar Staff:
Allison Krause – Talent Scout, Moderator
Allison wears several hats at IMP, scanning the web for new Indie Music talent while helping moderate the growing Social Media channels. She was also rated “Top 500 Burpers” in Portland, OR, by Falling Cactus Nursing Home in 2016. She continues to run her private massage therapy firm as well at – PersonalKneads.com
Betty Leone – Community Manager, Twitter Chick
Betty is a copywriter and editor based out of Lahaina, HI, with a new passion for complete Twitter domination! She is also a blogger and research assistant at StrangeHuman.com. You can connect with Betty on Twitter at – @justahgrl