Dirty D – Chromatose [Interview]

Read our discussion with Dubl A, the composer of the album who plays the Bass and many of the instruments on the tracks.

How would you describe the musical journey of the EP?

First of all, thank you for interviewing us, much appreciated. We’re utilizing a wide range of musical soundscapes and music theory techniques, particularly the chromatic scale, in order to describe a particular moment in time. To me, each song puts you in a day or night in the life of Junk.

How does “Chromatose” differ from your previous works?

It’s even more eclectic than usual, and I was a person who already used a lot of eclecticism. It’s rooted in jazz, but it’s funky as hell, and has a lot of influence from hip hop. Not to mention, we got to add in some really aggressive punk rock (possibly metal) and even a classical section. That’s probably my favorite part of the album.

Which song of the EP represents you the most?

Chromatose. It runs the gamut in terms of my influences and I got to play 5 different instruments on it. I had a blast playing those heavy guitar parts and then had a really emotional time layering the double basses at the end. The song also has an important, personal meaning to me.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Lou Reed, The Clash, Jaco Pastorius, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Erik Satie, The Beatles, The Cure, NOFX, Matt Freeman, Notorious BIG, Jay Z

What would you change in the music industry?

I would make Junk much more well known.

What do you hope people will feel when listening to “Chromatose”?

That’s really not for me to say. Music is an interactive artform, so whatever reaction people have, that’s their reaction.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Enough trouble that there’s no way I can answer that here.

Thank you!

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Dirty D – Dandelion Heart [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Smooth Engaging Different

Tell us a few things about your new work ‘Dandelion Heart’. What is the main idea behind it?

Dandelion Heart was made to see if l could create a musical interpretation of love, fragile, yet perfect, that you can admire while appreciating the delicate yet amazing way its designed, like a dandelion heart. Everything looks perfect in love, but a strong wind of hate can destroy a dandelion heart.

What is the story behind your name?

I was a nightclub sax player for years. They called me Dirty D on stage cause my general attitude of hard drinking and hard parting that our band did. Now its mutated to mean I can make some sax notes so smooth it will make your partner want to do dirty things to you LOL!
The night club scene was crazy, but when Covid hit all our gigs and work dried up so I ended up in the studio making my own stuff.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

Yes, Dubl A is a bass player I work with and just released a new EP Solar Sail with. His musical literacy is amazing and his Music Theory understanding is unmatched. he will be on all my work now.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

My biggest challenge is getting my music out to people so they can hear it. Like most artists thats the goal. The issue with my work is that its a blend of genres that we use. We do it because it makes great stuff and sounds great to us. Its not made really to satisfy anyone else. So sometimes its hard to get on playlists because the Genre is kind of undefined.

If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?

Im not much of a movie guy but I think I would do a great score for an action film of some type. I can get my music to get crazy then drop to sadness all in the same song.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I like this question, thanks for asking it. you can quote me on this.
“There is no such thing as a useless talent, only talent that is used less.”

I have a friend that can pull a string into his nose and out his mouth…….He ended up getting his own TV show on discovery channel called guinea pig because of his seemingly useless talent. talent with no hustle is just talent, but its not useless. You need Hustle to make talent work. Its how hard you want to use your particular talent, whatever it is, that decides how useless it is. I have 45 songs out now and 20 or so appearances on other people work internationally. Im always on the hustle to make more great music.

Thank you!

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