The Seattle-Based Group THE DIP Discusses Their Newest Music And How They Have Grown As A Band Through The Years!
Posted On 04 Dec 2018
Hailing from Seattle, The Dip melds vintage rhythm, blues and modern pop and are “one of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years,” KEXP writes. The group gained momentum in the Pacific Northwest for their danceable live shows, noteworthy vocals from front man Tom Eddy (Beat Connection), and impeccably crafted, 60’s-steeped soul.
Having performed at The High Sierra Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and selling out their first Northwest run of shows in New York and Philadelphia, The Dip “brings modern flair to a retro sound… and a hint of homey grit,” (The Storm).
Listen to their new single “Slow Sipper” that Glide calls a “60’s soundings soul charging number with the musical chops of Booker T & The M.G.s.” – https://glidemagazine.com/214480/song-premiere-seattles-the-dip-are-the-answer-to-the-pacific-northwestss-daptone-sound-with-slow-sipper/
Watch their live performance of “Sure Don’t Miss You,” off their upcoming album – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1koS0t8t5_s
For five years, the Seattle septet has relentlessly crafted their sound through late nights in their studio and countless hours honing their live show. It’s a band that has been teeming with potential from the beginning. Now with their second LP, The Dip Delivers, they arrive on the national stage to fulfill that promise. The ten-song collection is filled with juxtapositions – vintage rhythm-and-blues combines with classic pop storytelling for an album that is simultaneously raw and polished. At the core, it’s dancing music.
The genesis of the album speaks to the underlying ethos of the group. Recorded by band members Jacob Lundgren and Tom Eddy in the Dip’s Capitol Hill neighborhood studio, these songs were carefully molded by the band alone. It’s a DIY approach the group has carried with them from the beginning, and one they don’t intend to drop. “We like working on our own schedule and experimenting with every angle of our recording process,” says Lundgren.
In 2015, the band’s self-titled debut LP, recorded to tape at Avast! Studios, propelled the group through word of mouth to local acclaim. The individual members were already deeply interwoven in the historically tight knit Seattle music scene playing everything from classical music to experimental jazz. “I think we were all looking for an outlet where we could let loose a little more,” notes saxophonist Evan Smith. “We all come from wildly different musical backgrounds but collectively wanted to explore music that could get people on a dancefloor.”
Throughout their tenure, The Dip’s live show has been a foundation of its success. A driving rhythm section combines with impeccably crisp horns in a feverish release of energy. The urge to dance doesn’t discriminate, and a quick survey of the crowd at any of The Dip’s shows reveals a diverse cross-section of fans. Drummer Jarred Katz explains “we try to create an experience with each show that balances arrangement and improvisation. We want to bring the energy of improvisation while still being concise enough to leave the audience hanging onto every note.”
Many of songs on The Dip Delivers are already stalwarts of the band’s live show. Album opener “Sure Don’t Miss You” is an undeniable favorite, with crowds echoing the song’s defiant chorus that “someday I might miss you / but I sure don’t miss you right now.” Exuberant yet cautionary, the song’s message mirrors the album’s broad stylistic pallet.
Connect With The Dip Here- https://www.thedipmusic.com/?fbclid=IwAR2XJ2e0F7s7Bj7AI0D3gpR26q6wxnWNUsEydypZ1UzrUJqXtT3U2a7iS8A
Learn more about The Dip in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
Thank you for taking the time to ask us some questions! Hoping to get some work in at our studio on a few recording projects that we’ve got to wrap up. A holiday song and a few other things!
Since we are now at the back-end of 2018, how has this year treated this band? What is one musical goal that you have had for this year? How close are you to reaching it?
Do you find that all of social media and keeping up with your fans has gotten so overwhelming? Or do you rely heavily on others to take care of that for the band? Which platform would you say that you enjoy engaging with the most?
Jarred does most of the social media stuff, and I think he does a great job. At times I imagine it is overwhelming, just from the sense of maintaining engagement and staying on it. But we try to just post what we are doing and what we are into, the art our friends make and occasionally social issues that are important to us. I think if we were making up a bunch of garbage all the time trying to trick people into thinking we are more this or more that than we actually are, that would be a nightmare. You probably have to hire that kind of thing out, right? Who knows? Social media is a thing these days, so we try to just let whoever IS engaged, into our circle and say hello, check out what we’re into and most importantly thank you.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? Do you find that your music is an escape to all the current events?