Flashback Friday 005. Featuring Dikembe
Every Friday here on 36VULTURES, we do a Flashback Friday interview with some of our favorite bands. This week, we got to sit down with Ryan from Dikembe to talk about the early life of the band, as well as some of his favorite personal Flashback Friday Moments. Check that out right after the cut.
- Where/When was your bands first show? How did that go?
Ryan: If memory serves correct, which hopefully it will for a feature called Flashback Friday, it was at a bar in town called 1982 with some friends’ bands called Little League and Douglas Shields & the X-Factors. I remember personally being very nervous since it was my first time playing guitar at a show but it went really well. People were exceptionally kind to us when we first started out.
- Did you guys play any covers? If so, of what?
Ryan: No. We’ve half covered Slayer and Frank Ocean songs throughout the course of our band’s life but those didn’t come until later on. We also did a Pixies cover set at the Fest afterparty last year.
- What was the first song you guys wrote as a band? Is it on any of your releases?
Ryan: I’m fairly certain the first song we wrote together was Scottie Spliffen which is on our demo, Chicago Bowls. There’s an instrumental practice demo from our first writing session that include Scottie and two songs that we never finished. We donated one of the instrumentals to a comp awhile back though.
- Did your band ever have a different name?
Ryan: We never settled on another name but Dikembe was in the running with the equally as awful names Brave Fencer and Fuck Everything.
- When did you decide that making music was something you really wanted to pursue?
Ryan: We still don’t subscribe to the idea that Dikembe is something we want to do forever but rather just something we want to pursue to its natural fullest, whatever that may be. I can’t say there was ever some “we need to keep doing this” moment. We really like being around each other, traveling together, and we are on the same wavelength musically as well as in terms of goals. Basically, being in Dikembe is just something that we all find enjoyable and intrinsically rewarding so there’s never been a reason not to pursue it.
- What is the first band you remember getting really, really into?
Ryan: Haha. The band I was the biggest fanboy for in my life is Nine Inch Nails. I amassed a nearly complete CD collection, including singles and EPs, bought nearly every shirt I came across, and even read unauthorized biographies and shit. I still love some of their stuff, particularly With Teeth and Broken but you might not notice much of their influence in my writing these days.
- What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Ryan: Hmm. I guess my earliest album purchasing memory would be Smash Mouth’s Astro Lounge which I split with my sister. I was 9 when that album came out.
- What was the first show you went to?
Ryan: Backstreet Boys in 5th grade. My first rock show was Matchbox 20 and Everclear in 7th or 8th grade. My first club/bar show was CKY when I was 14. I’m just going to keep listing progressively cooler sounding shows until people forget my first was Backstreet Boys.
- Favorite One Hit Wonder? If you don’t have one, then Favorite song not from this decade?
Ryan: That’s tough. 90s alt radio was full of great bands that only struck gold once. I’ll go with Harvey Danger though. Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone is really a great album that would not sound dated if it was released today. I was really happy to see it getting vinyl pressing recently.
- Favorite movie? If you can recall, favorite line?
Ryan: I’ve seen both Hot Rod and Point Break way too many times. My favorite lines from Point Break:
- A) Anthony Kiedis’, “That would be a waste of time.” (based solely on the delivery) and B) Gary Busey saying, “Listen you snot-nose little shit, I was takin’ shrapnel in Khe Sanh when you were crappin’ in your hands and rubbin’ it on your face.”
Be sure to keep an ear out for new Dikembe music over at http://dikembe.bandcamp.com