Dig the Kid
“We’re all open to suggestion,” continues Todd. “Bringing in something, bringing in change. We don’t get stale with, ‘That doesn’t sound like a ‘Dig the Kid song’.’ We don’t know what a ‘Dig the Kid song’ sounds like. It’s just played by the same three musicians.”
In the past two weeks or so, I have seen Dig the Kid perform twice; once at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival and once at a show sponsored by Bebe at the Village Recording Studio. Both times, the musicianship of guitarist and lead vocalist Cory Todd, drummer and songwriter Lisa Mongelli, and bassist Ian Lasater blew me away.
When you see Mongelli perform, it becomes evident that she releases all her tension, stress, and struggles through intense drumming and all-out performances. The elation written across her face when she’s seated behind the drum kit is awe-inspiring.
Never have I felt more welcomed by a band than when I was interviewing Dig the Kid. My mood lifted a thousand feet and I could not possibly have enjoyed myself more.
This is absolutely true; go to a Dig the Kid show and you will undoubtedly see instrument switches at least twice, featuring Lasater on drums, Todd on bass, and Mongelli on bass or guitar. As an audience member, this bit of the show is particularly enjoyable and provides a continually interesting performance.
Ian Lasater adds in, saying, “The band that Cory and I had was my life, and I actually ended up getting married, and I had this other life; when it all ended, I just thought, ‘I don’t know what I want to do in my life.’ Cory, being my friend, said, ‘Dude, you got to come jam.’ And that brought me right back into it.”
Mongelli agrees, knowing that DTK would not be the same if they weren’t so independent. “What I think is cool is that each one of us has a really big strongpoint, and we save a lot of money. Because, if you know how much a graphic designer costs…what we have spent on posters, art, and t-shirts and film, videography, and everything in the entire two years of our band, probably it would be three to four grand,” Mongelli laughs. Continuing, she says, “Everyone is a leader; there’s not one person who’s the head of us or anything like that…We have built a really strong foundation, which a lot of bands don’t know how to do…The makes us a family, and not just a band.”
Despite the functionality of DTK, there are obviously still problems along the way. However, Lasater firmly states, “There is no breaking this band up. We have been together through thick and thin, and have had some down and out fights…sometimes we’re in a big group hug crying because we’re so happy.”
This interview was done prior to the release of their EP, but it is out now and it is filled with absolutely fantastic and fun music.
“We just happened to be at a pre-GRAMMY party and…we’re actually on our way to tour, and all these big bands are playing. We didn’t know Jeff [manager] or the Village at the time, so we kept telling them, ‘Look, if any band drops out, Dig the Kid will totally play.’ We kept putting that out there all night. Well, a band did drop out, and there were about five minutes…everything was all set up, we just needed our guitars and drumsticks. So we go up there, we don’t have any of our pedals, we didn’t even tune. We go up on stage, and I announce, ‘We’re not supposed to be here but we’re going to play anyway.’ Well, Jeff, the owner, came up to shut us down. He was so mad, because we weren’t scheduled to play and he wanted to go home. He said [later], ‘you guys hit those drums, those guitars rang, and Cory’s voice sang, it just blew my mind. And I’m a jaded old man, I’ve been with everyone from Fleetwood Mac to the Foo Fighters, and I think you’re going to be the next big band. I want to help you.’ So now he’s our co-manager and executive producer on the next album…it’s nice to have the GRAMMYs as our friends.”
Todd then points out something that truly is amazing. “When you’re a kid, you see [the GRAMMYs] on TV, you hear about it, and you see the artists. You think that’s unattainable, way out there…and we’ve met with Kelley and Yvonne, and they’re always open, always there for us. It’s been nice to know that it’s not something that’s unattainable. It’s something that’s very real. Right now, we’re on a little bit of a campaign, we believe that we’re going to get there.”
Mongelli declares, “In 2016, we want to be up for a GRAMMY for the 2015 year. So we believe that 2015 is going to be our year, and we have a lot of people in the GRAMMYs who love our music and follow us. They’re crossing their fingers for us as well.”
The GRAMMYs does amazing things for artists and young people aspiring to be a part of this hectic industry. Dig the Kid has all that it takes to become the next big thing: fun music, dedication, energy, and the ability to dream big. So, help them out in achieving their goal; go listen to their EP and tell everyone about them. They’re not only amazing musicians, but also genuinely good people.
Dig the Kid rocks, and it’s time you rock out to their music.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.