I started recording music on my own in 2001 at around age 12 after being in a few bands for a year or so before that. It started out as a simple hobby to prevent boredom and loneliness.
Could you explain us why "Dingle"? What does this artist name means for you? Where does it come from?
'Dingle' is a silly nickname from my days as a teenager that just stuck. I was in detention at school and the guy behind me wrote me a note asking if I could sing. I replied to it with a simple "no", so he asked me to be the vocalist in his pop/punk band 'The Gnomes'. The first day of band practice I showed up at his house wearing a brown button up shirt, a brown tie, brown cut off shorts, long brown socks and brown shoes, so he and the other band members jokingly started calling me "dingleberry" because of my physical resemblance to a piece of shit. I hated the name, so, naturally, they continued using it and it was eventually shortened to 'dingle' and it just sort of stuck.
You have or had tons of different projects. Could you speak a little about every of it?
I think my fascination with multiple aliases came from listening to compilations and hearing a song that stuck out to me where I could find relatively no background of the artist that made it, and with enough research finding out it was another alias of an artist I had already liked. Uwe Schmidt is a prime examples of this. I suppose i just like the confusion. At this point I have 16 (I think) different projects that I have either worked on in the past or still work on. Some are collaborative efforts, others are just solo projects with different styles. I've never really understood the concept of releasing music on opposite ends of the spectrum under the same name. It's almost more confusing than one person working under 16 different names. At this point in time, I'm focusing on roughly 3 different projects. dingle - noisy, distorted, sample-heavy beats inspired by hip-hop, mostly. Spacings - acoustic ambient/noise dealing with a lot of live recording of instruments I don't know how to play. The Circulatory System - physical cut-up experiments with cassettes and vinyl records combined with harsh noise. I'll be working on new Peppermint Pony material in the future (my first, probably most well known project, dealing with experimental chiptunes). Other aliases pop up here and there for remixes and compilation appearances mostly.
You seems to be a live artist for what we saw (I think we all remember the noisy performance in Siro500 videos compilation), what is the most crazy thing you've done in a concert?
This is a very good question. Damn... In my earlier days there were a lot of food fights and ridiculous outfits, which just turned into blood and full frontal male nudity. It's all relative really, but the first thing that comes to mind is when I tattooed a 'Q' on my arm in the dark while extremely drunk during a show I played with Quintron here in New Orleans. We don't really have a noise scene down here and I tend to make the audiences really uncomfortable, so I just thrive on trying to push them to a state of uneasiness that they've never experienced. Lots of mixed reviews from local crowds. I once played so loud (with one project Massive Junk) that everyone walked outside of the bar until the cops came and told them they had to go back inside, so they were forced to watch us. That was definitely a highlight. But the craziest thing was probably the tattoo.
You have a floppy tattoo in your sexy body, what does it represent for you?
Dedication to the underground.
You run the very cool label Flaccid Plastic Records. What was your motivation to started it? to make this one still alive after years (founded in 2008)?
Dingle - 2008 is correct. It started with wanting to put out a Peppermint Pony floppy disk and not being able to find anyone who was doing that at the time (maybe I wasn't looking hard enough). So the label started for that release, and just kind of started happening. We moved from floppy disks into cassettes and CDs and I figured why not do free releases as well...So now we do all of that and are progressively adding more and more formats and names to the roster. I also just recently started helping run the southern division of Brokecore Records here in the US after it's long hiatus.
What / who are your influences for your sound? Do you have some rituals when you record?
I just try to imitate the way I feel and think with sound or just get ideas out of my head. I have a lot of musical influences, but I don't try to sound like any of them. The list really is too long to even start. It mostly comes from every day experience, interaction (or lack thereof) and emotion. Things other than music. And recording for me is really sporadic and informal. I don't have to be in a certain area or in a certain mood. An idea just comes to me, (or the lack of an idea) and I just start doing it.
What are your plans for 2013, and maybe for after?
Right now, I'm working on getting back into doing shows. I took a relatively long hiatus from it and nothing is in order anymore. I don't really have much I can offer to a live set right now, so I'm working on that mostly. New equipment and stuff. Also, just trying to re-establish Flaccid Plastic by upgrading the quality of our physical releases and being more consistent in communication with artists and everything. Things have been hectic. Really, my goal for the future is just to have things flow more smoothly.
Last words are for you!
Thanks for the interview!