ADA, OKLAHOMA - Two co-workers found out that the other played musical instruments, so they teamed up to play with each other outside of work. Two years later, their band Injunuity was awarded Best Debut Duo Group of the Year for 2008 at the Native American Music Awards.
Native American flute musician Brad Clonch was a solo artist before teaming up with guitarist Jeff Carpenter.
"I was performing for years as a solo artist," Clonch said. "I've been nominated three times for a Nammy as a solo artist. I never won."
"It took us joining forces to finally seal the deal," Carpenter said.
Clonch and Carpenter both grew up in Ada but didn't know one another until recently.
"Jeff and I work together and that's how we met," Clonch said. "I was working for Chickasaw Multimedia as a sound audio tech and a staff composer for their pieces when they hired Jeff. I had a gig coming up and found out Jeff played guitar and he was Chickasaw. I said, ‘Hey, do you want to maybe learn some of these songs and play this gig with me?' He said, ‘Yeah, sure', and we played together ever since."
The end product created by the fusion of the Native American flute and power chords of rock ‘n' roll is what gives Injunuity its unique sound and sets it apart from other bands.
"The struggle with being in a normal rock band is that there are so many people trying to do it," Carpenter said. "It's just such an overpopulated genre of music. Everybody wants to be in a rock band."
The first two years of Injunuity's existence has been successful. The band's future looks promising with the release of the bands first full length album, Fight for Survival, later this year.