INTERVIEW WITH A.0.S. – UNDRIG! of the Digital Mercenaries + Heavy Pressure Recordings
One of Maine’s brightest and most forward thinking DJ/Producers UNDRIG! takes a moment to answer our questions in our ‘Ask 50+ DJ’s 28 Questions’ series.
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1.) WHAT’S YOUR NAME?
Undrig (John DeWitt)
2.) WHERE YOU FROM?
3.) WHERE YOU REPPIN CURRENTLY?
4.) WHO’S AN ALLY/CREW YOU REP OR ARE YOU A SOLO ARTIST?
Digital Mercenaries and Heavy Pressure Recordings.
5.) WHATS YOUR FIRST MEMORIES OF MUSIC?
My Mom always had music playing throughout the house. She was pretty eclectic. Everything from Allman Bros, Zeppelin, Pat Metheny, The Police, Depeche mode. Some of it I didn’t fully appreciate until I was older.
6.) WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
It was probably watching Nova when I was really small. Didn’t take my breath away and change my life or anything. That happened when I was a teenager and heard Skinny Puppy for the first time haha.
7.) WHERE YOU AT RIGHT NOW? WHAT CURRENT AND RELEASED PROJECTS COULD YOU SHARE WITH US?
Pretty happy just pacing myself slowly. Playing shows all over NE, making new friends. That sorta thing.
8.) ANY SHOWS OR EVENTS YOU’LD LIKE TO SHOUT OUT?
Most definitely. Friction Fridays at Flask Lounge in Portland Maine. Digital Mercenaries have this fun little monthly in a tiny bar. All bass oriented music at various bpms. There are like 11 of us, so we have the ability to vary it up pretty easy, but we also have our out of state friends come play too. Mizeyesis & Elijah Divine were a definite favorite of mine personally.
9.) RAMEN OR MAC AND CHEESE?
Ramen. Will Ferrell method. Google it.
10.) ANY BOOKS YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
Yeah. Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. Excellent read so far. http://www.ernest-becker.com/thedenialofdeath/
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Also reading a book about Pineland, which was a mental institution in Maine that was at the center of eugenics and sterilization reform of people. http://usm.maine.edu/publicaffairs/usm-education-professor-publishes-new-history-pineland-and-maines-eugenics-movement http://www.uvm.edu/~lkaelber/eugenics/ME/ME.html
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Need to finish Perfume by Patrick Süskind too.
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11.) IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW WITH $5000 Where would it be and What would you be doing?
Definitely overseas. Never been outside the country yet. I think it would be most dependant on going to a place where I had a friend living, that could be a tour guide and give me a real idea of what it’s like to live there. No tourist blinders.
12.) WHAT IS YOUR TOP 5 FAVORITE CHARITABLE CAUSES?
Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife Rehabilitation is the only one that comes to mind.
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13.) WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU RIGHT NOW?
My fiancee and two kids. Getting married in late September. I am incredibly fortunate to have what I have in my life in regards to this. I had to bust my ass to get things where they are now, and I don’t take my situation for granted. Not for one day.
14.) ANYONE LOCKED DOWN YOU WANT TO SHOUT OUT IN THE BING?
Not right now haha.
15.) DO YOU HAVE A SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK WEBSITE MIXCLOUD TWITTER YOUTUBE OR OTHER PROFILES ONLINE YOU’LD LIKE TO SHARE?
Migrating everything to http://undrig.blogspot.com/ currently. Check out my place on the net and here’s my Soundcloud pages:
16.) WHO’S IN YOUR TOP TEN RIGHT NOW?
Definitely could never really have a solid top ten. I kinda switch gears pretty quick im terms of what I like to listen to, and never really think of how it ranks against other stuff I am also enjoying. I tend to gravitate toward music I can’t put a finger on that I know no names for.
17.) WHAT KIND OF PERFORMER ARE YOU?
A shy one haha. Even though I am gregarious socially with friends, I really try not to center any attention on myself. I just like to play music I love on good soundsystems for my friends. I try not to overcomplicate it beyond that.
18.) DO YOU LIKE ART?
Sure yea. The Dada movement http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dada http://www.dadart.com/dadaism/dada/020-history-dada-movement.html has a pretty big influence in much of what I do and seek out. Also into performance art like Ron Athey http://ronatheynews.blogspot.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Athey. Kinda outside the box type stuff. Though I am far too shy to bare my soul in the ways I admire in others. Maybe that’s why I admire the brave aspect of it.
19.) IF SO ANY VISUAL ARTISTS OR PAINTERS OR GRAFFITI ARTISTS OR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS ETC ETC YOUR INTO RIGHT NOW?
Gotta give a shout out to my buddy Bill Grifith. Met him at the first party he ever went to. His mind was officially blown and he never looked back. Got into doing visuals and has always had a level of quality with his work where his taste is symboitic with his knowledge of really sick technology he’s working with. My friend Justin Lee Brown also makes amazing artwork. I was fortunate enough to get a few originals from her. Which I framed and hang above my rig in the studio. You can FB stalk her at.
20.) TOP 5 WEBSITES YOU LIKE
21.) WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO GET DAILY NEWS FROM ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABROAD?
We have a paper but I never read it. I kinda avoid the news LOL!
22.) Where do you see the future of Electronic Music heading?
It would be silly to pretend there hasn’t been this huge surge of people getting into electronic dance music lately. Granted I can’t help but wonder if many of these same people would have been at a Limp Bizkit concert 15 years ago if the timing was different. While everything seems to balance itself out, when you hear Dubstep on a discovery channel commercial, you can’t help but wonder if something akin to a disco backlash is lying in wait. I don’t think any of that would affect the lives of people who don’t wait for a music journalist to coin a term, before they can feel comfortable with something. Although some people complain that the over-saturation of creative mediums thru the internet sacrifices quality over quantity, you can still find amazing things if you care to look hard enough. If you find something you like, look up an interview with the person who made it and find out what inspired them. You’ll retrace their trajectory backwards and find amazing things. The internet is designed from the ground up for people who are never content and always searching out new things to assimilate and take in. Yet with all this information at our fingertips than ever. It seems like a lot of kids are content to take the first thing somebody puts on their plate without digging much deeper. Cheers to the ones who do take the plunge though!
23.) If you could work with ANY artist, who would it be?
Amon Tobin http://www.amontobin.com/ I would love to just be a fly on the wall, let alone collab. Objekt and Boards of Canada http://www.boardsofcanada.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boards_of_Canada would be right behind him.
24.) What country’s do you like best for your genre besides your own?
Since I have never left this country, I feel my answer might be uninformed. It appears something awesome is definitely in selected water supplies of places like Bristol & Estonia though!
25.) What’s your favorite sport?
Football! Steeler football!
26.) When did you first start DJ’ing?
Started making tunes and spinning in early 1999.
27.) Is there a reason or someone/something that influenced you to take the step towards becoming who you are today in the music industry?
Side rooms playing jungle were a huge influence on me when I was younger. There would be some massive thing goin on in the main room. You’d step into this side room playing jungle and it would be like stepping into another world. That really hit home for me. I had only really been into the more experimental older industrial stuff for electronic music up to that point. Jungle was the first music being played in clubs that opened my eyes. I think everybody doing this stuff is trying to recreate that same magic for other people. For some people it might be one dj, for most people it’s an overall experience they have, That feeling we’re all chasing, that we are always wishing we could bottle up and keep on a shelf forever.
28.) Top 5 events you’ve played since starting to DJ?
Beltek 2012 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beltek-Festival/136467499731059 http://www.beltekfestival.com/ was my first proper Beltek since I had moved back from the west coast. Probably would had been just as special even if I had not played to be honest. Beltek crew are great people.
Music Ecology https://www.facebook.com/MusicEcology http://musicecologyboston.com/ in Boston, I just played this recently. Ever since I moved back, it was my goal to infiltrate a proper bass music oriented night in a city like Boston, where nobody knew me and smack people upside the head with something even the most open minded people can’t put their finger on. There was a last minute addition to the lineup of Pandai’a and Incyde, who were visiting from Hawaii, so it was very humbling to be sharing the bill with Dubwar alumni. Great people involved with Music Ecology.
The Event Kahbang http://www.kahbang.com/ https://www.facebook.com/kahbang was a fun learning experience for me. First time ever playing silent disco. Also got to Meet Dara and look at old lady porn with him. You’ll have to ask me in person about the details of this one haha.
Synthesis 2, There was an earthquake later that night and I was taking the blame from a few. I played a really nice timeslot outdoors and got the whole party shutdown. I think that Mystic by Kingdom was the tune that put the nail in the coffin for the cops.
Heavy Pressure Dec of 2011, http://heavypressure.com/?cat=8 http://heavypressure.com/ Something was in the air that night. Everything just went completely off. That one will always stand out of all the times I held residency with Moldy http://selectormoldy.com/ and crew.