I’m asked the same question, over and over, until I memorize the answer so diplomatically, that even the freshest among you would feel how tired I am of responding- “Where do you find the music for Dingus?”- It’s a great question, but only because modern journalism has taken a turn toward the lazy, uncreative, uninventive side of business.
Years ago, every news source would have given you this exact answer (the same answer applicable to Dingus): “We use good old fashion investigation, prying our noses into the deepest corners of the common world, to bring you, the reader, completely original, exclusive content.” Our content doesn’t come from other news/media sources, it is born from the embryonic juices of our average citizen-musicians. We don’t spend our days reading PMA, OMR or LHB and we certainly don’t make any editorial decisions based on market interest. (In fact, one of our least favorite things is visiting our HypeMachine and seeing that other blogs have posted the same song as us.) We don’t check our numbers all day and, other than these fuckers at WordPress who sometimes make us, we don’t bombard you with irrelevant advertisements. Dingus is not a blog established to hit a profit margin; it’s pure love.
In a world where even some of the most prominent media sources are comfortable re-blogging, re-writing and re-massaging haggard stories with hopes of marrying you to a “fresh product”, not many of us spend the hours of work that discovering truly original material requires. So, where do we find our stories? Well, if you were expecting me to tell you that Dingus pulls material from the most “indie” corners of the web, screw you. Dingus is that indie corner, the most indie corner that could possibly exist.
With that said. I would like to re-introduce the Dingus line-up: Andrew Alexander Prieto (Writer), Nick Mancusi (Copy Editor), Christine Spilka (Press/Media), Michael Justin Robison (Webmaster), Thomas Miranda (Communications). Guest posts will often come from writers Susan Williamson and Layne Montgomery. Without these people, I would lose my mind and Dingus, surely, would crumble.