Deet Dot Jones
Dee Dot Jones, a musician and singer, was raised all throughout the East Bay. His diverse, experimental sound encompasses all the energy of the space he calls home. Read on for more on his inspirations, influences, and his recent debut release, Get 2 The Chopper.
What do you do creatively, how would you describe your art?
I am a creator of sound, visuals, emotions, and moments. My art is the result of when the pressures of society and the necessity of survival press down hard on a carbon being such as myself. In a sense, my art is a diamond; though the experience is intangible the story is tangible. I make my own music from nothing, and every single note from start to finish is a memoir dedicated to my personal conviction, giving insight and truth to my reality, as well as my imagination.
When did you start?
I've been making music my whole entire life, lol. As soon as I could talk, I sang. To fill every room with music was where I flourished the most, and what I enjoyed and gravitated to the majority of my childhood, though it wasn't until about 2008 that I started actually making beats. From there, it grew to recording pretty fast. It kind of came to me as a calling that I couldn't ignore, and following it was my mission from the very start. I was born to do this.
How has being from the Bay Area influenced your art?
Well I'm very much a transient being in a way, I'm barely anywhere for too long, so I feel like my music takes after my own never ending journey, with such diversity and experimentation to reflect the vast amount of experiences I've lived through. I also feel like being from the Bay gives me this great distinct energy that makes my music have allure and influence on the listener. I do believe my music is akin to a road trip, sonically.
What inspires your work?
I am inspired by the people, mostly. My friends, family, loved ones, contemporaries, my community. There's a driving motivation to being able to showcase my stories, and provide others with something that can have individual sentiment. Also, the journey I've taken and the things I immerse myself in make the details important. Drug culture, skateboarding culture, art culture, it all has a way of connecting together to bring something brilliant out of anyone, especially creatives.
What have you made/done that you’re most proud of?
Well, I've made and done a lot of things to be proud of, but I have been working on this big big big project for the past year and a half. It's what I consider my debut, even though I already got hella music out. I call it Get 2 The Chopper. It's really really cool, honestly. It reveals a lot of vulnerability, strength, emotion, even some fun in there. What I love about it most is that it tells many different stories in individual ways so that anyone and everyone can relate and reference to it somehow.
What are you currently working on?
Besides promoting my new album and working on releases for winter and for 2017, I've been working on myself! Just trying to learn new things about myself and retain good information so I can build and improve as an artist and as a human. I've spent a lot of time working on music. There has to be a balance, always.
What do you have planned for the future?
More music, more connection, more empathy, more change. I want to see more people. I'm gonna tour or something, that'd be fuckin’ hella fun lol.
By Eileen Syrop