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Dither: The DIY Sound

It’s REALLY REALLY hard to get people to care about anything these days. Especially if that “thing” does not involve them specifically. Yes, Kony was a nice gesture but ultimately “liking” something is analogous to saying this will end up as a water cooler conversation  and go no further than that, because you are not a part of an actual following; nothing is at stake for you personally, and if everybody else is doing the same thing as you, than what you have are a bunch of “I’s”and no “we’s”. So when you  actually see a movement that  does away with “me” and replaces it with  “us” you take note of it. What movement am I talking about? D.I.Y or for the non-punks “do it yourself”, and no, not in that home improvement sort of way (you should probably go get a real plumber or electrician).

The movement is all about what indie used to mean; and, not just in an aesthetic/genre sense (i.e. Arcade Fire or The Decemberists), but in an actual, print your own ‘zine’ at Kinkos, staple all the pages together, and hand them out at a local show. Or couch surfing with a fellow band you toured alongside, and playing a garage show in the basement of a kid you met on Facebook. The title may have “yourself” in it, but it is anything but an individual effort. D.I.Y is a community of people who aren’t for what some would consider the purely capitalist intents of major publishers, record labels, or in some instances galleries. It is also a community that is tolerant of all but the intolerant, and free of all the constraints placed on the artist and individual, while still managing to support its practitioners.

So when I heard about Dither:The D.I.Y Sound I was all over it, and as  a subscriber to the D.I.Y ethos, I felt obligated to share this documentary with you,  because as with any community if there is no mutual support system, than ultimately it will fall into ruin. Dither picks up a little where American Hardcore leaves off, instead of completely focusing on the music, they focus on the subculture that surrounds it; thus, truly delving into the origins of D.I.Y .

Directors Brett Hoy and Sam Geneser along with the rest of the crew, travel up and down the East Coast and the Midwest doing interviews with local bands including Native, and community gurus such as Mark Sarich. A surprising amount of depth is revealed during the trailer for the documentary ,and you really get a sense of what they are truly in search of, and part of it is that need for all people from all walks of life to belong to something bigger than themselves.

I got a chance to talk to the guys about what they felt the most eye-opening part of the whole experience has been, and why they felt like D.I.Y was a story worth telling, and this is what they had to say:

” Well, I’d say the most eye-opening part of production so far has been our interview with Mark Sarich. Going into the interview, we had a lot of preconceived ideas about what our documentary was going to be about. We had experienced the community (which is awesome) and we had heard the music, but we didn’t really get to the heart of what it was all about until we talked with Mark. We could all tell during that interview the message of the documentary changed. It became something even more worthwhile than it already was and it really gave us the vocabulary to discuss the community we had experienced. Which goes directly into the second question. D.I.Y is the subculture that we’re exploring in this documentary. But beyond that, it’s a healthy community with values that we all consider incredibly important to not just the D.I.Y community but to all of society. The story of D.I.Y is worth telling because it’s a story about people trying to create a culture separate from the mainstream  one that we experience everyday. It’s a culture where everyone belongs and they can express themselves and allow others to be themselves too. Yeah, this is a documentary about music but the community is allegorical to everything else. We want to inspire our audience to take what they learn in the documentary and apply it to their own lives.”

There you have it straight from the filmmakers themselves, the film is about music . But in a grander sense it is about ideals we have about community, the bonds we make with people, and values that exist in every culture even the ones that look completely different from ours. The film should be out sometime during the summer of 2013. I have provided links at the bottom so you can explore the project on your own. Let’s have a heart to heart for a minute and I’ll let you go, if you happen to have a few strays buck lying around, then definitely make sure these guys get their message out, this project is about being all-inclusive and our shared experience; not just one community, but all of them. This is really the story about all of “Us” and who doesn’t want their story told?

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