Photo Credit: Linda Wake Garza Photography
LA Alternative Pop Duo, Dig The Kid, have an aesthetic that captures creatives minds and drives listeners toward thinking for themselves. Adding a colorful and bold touch to the massive musical landscape, Lisa and Cory are staying true to themselves while authentically expressing their vision. I caught up with the duo to discuss the release of their new single, “On A Mission”, hidden gems in the Bay, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the release of your new single, “On A Mission”. As music is subjective, tell us the message that you intended to convey through this song.
Thank you! We’re both really excited for everyone to hear it. “On A Mission” was always intended as a fun Rock ‘N’ Roll summer anthem. It’s what you put on when you’re getting ready to hit the pool or the beach or a night out. It’s about feeling confident and looking good.
Did you overcome any challenges that you experienced in the studio that in hindsight turned into a lesson that you can incorporate into the future?
You know the studio is its own beast. Every time you go into the studio there is always this voice in the back of your head worried that you won’t get the performance. Every artist has grand expectations for their final composition -“it’s got to change the world”. Over time you learn to relax a bit, and that there is something more amazing about subtle imperfections, they give a song it’s life. Also, we are very proud that we’ve been able to capture our performances, you can hear how much fun we’re having during recording.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?!
Right now we are in the process of shooting tour music video for “On a Mission” and it’s been an amazing undertaking! The goal is to shoot in 27-30 different cities across North and South America with our sponsorship with Spirit Airlines. We are shooting the music video on the GoPro Fusion 360 camera. We want it to feel as immersive as possible. As for as upcoming shows we will be announcing dates throughout the shoot on our social media. We’re so excited to travel out and be able to see all of our fans all over the world.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artists that you have worked with to bring them to life.
Lisa: I have an address in Australia on my leg and it’s circled by an old best friends name, the address is to where me and my old crew lived, it was one of the best times of my life. Along my right sleeve I have hidden negative space musical notes that end at a Spade on the top of my right hand. Inside the spade is DIG, my nickname in the band and a motto to myself and my work ethic the spade itself is a symbol of power being the highest card in any deck and represents for me to always strive for the top.
If you could get any tattoo, budget-free, from any tattoo artist in the world right now, what would you get and which tattoo artist would you choose?
Lisa: Michael Cloutier from Quebec, Montreal. I want my next tattoo to incorporate two full leg sleeves. One side representing my Italian heritage with Rome like tapestry and figures with the colors of Italy. The other leg my Irish side, representing all things Irish and colors of Ireland. I’m covering both legs due to excessive scarring from surgeries over the years from snowboarding and being extreme in everything I did.
If you could choose three headliners for a music festival, who would you choose and why?
Cory: Alive or Dead? Well if I have carte blanche, I’d start with Louis Prima, easily one of the greatest performers who has ever lived. And then rock the place hard with Manchester Orchestra, amazing performers and great use of emotional sound. And last just to burn the place down it’s gotta be Queen!
Lisa: Deftones, even though our music is nothing alike, they’re one of my all time favorite, hard working bands in the industry. Nothing But Thieves is an incredible band with incredible music. One of my all time top five is Zac Brown Band and it doesn’t make any sense to play with them, but their musicianship is incredible and they are a great band!
As there are so many accessible sources (Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp) to promote music, what is your perception on the current state of Indie Music?
That’s a very difficult question to answer. It’s the Wild West out there and it’s been for quite some time. Today because of social media we’re closer to the music than we’ve ever been before. With so many different ways to stream or consume our media the music itself has sort of lost it’s value or at least taken a back seat to the performer. We remember waiting in line outside our local record store every Tuesday for the next big release. Getting our hands on the CD or Album was this wholly grail experience. And there was a secrecy to the fact the everything was held behind closed doors. The tour the backstage, it gave the artist almost a mythical persona. But as with everything things change and today if we wanted to we could leave a mastering session and drop a new song into a super fans inbox with a click of a button or even hold a listening party with Fans all around the world live. It’s a double edge sword and the whole industry is just waiting to see which way it cuts.
If any of our readers have never been to The Bay Area, what are some must-see hidden gems that you recommend?
First, any fan of ours has to drop by Make Westing in Oakland across from the Fox Theater. This is our home bar and we even reference it in the lyrics to On a Mission “if you see me at the Westing…”
Whenever we’re in town we always make sure to stop by. If you’re looking to eat there are some amazing restaurants in Oakland and SF. Brown Sugar Kitchen, Bakesale Betty’s, Burma Superstar, and Golden Boy Pizza in SF to name a few. If you’re looking to drink the Lucky 13 in Alameda, Beer Revolution, or the Trappist in Oakland will never let you down. Also keep your eyes out for some of the best food trucking in the world!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thank you to the whole DTK family for all your support over the years. We can’t do any of this without you, what’s the point of living or success without those to share in it, and we make all of our music for you. See you all at the next show!
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