The crowd begins to form once again around the main stage during this year’s ninth Dayton Sideshow at the Yellow Cab Building, located on 4th Street this past May. It was the second and last day of the yearly art event, and already those who have been in attendance have observed some of the unlimited talent of the artists that reside in the Dayton community. Throughout the weekend, over 40 bands and artists will have performed on the three stages. It was getting later in the evening when the individuals of the hybrid collection of punk/rap Dip Spit made their way towards the platform.
Dip Spit, who is made by members Dip Spit, DJ Dumptruck (both of their real names have been asked to be kept secret), and Greg Schultz on congas, frantically begin to set up on the stage with their instruments, and also begin setting up what appeared to be a projection screen. This will be one of their biggest shows to date, and all eyes will be on them for the next 40 minutes. Pressure is on as they have one shot. Artists and bands that have performed in previous Sideshow’s have gone on and experience a little bump in booked shows and increased exposure in town. To be asked to perform at Sideshow is truly an honor to many.
For Dip Spit-their moment is now.
The set begins with the projector behind the group displaying grainy, chopped clips of video, and the trio erupts into their set. Those who are being witnesses of the group are watching Dip shouting out the lyrics with bravado and swagger, while Dumptruck shouts himself hoarse into the megaphone. Schultz is behind the duo slapping the tops of the congas, moving feverishly side to side. Towards the end of the set, the band’s presence started to immediately took the crowd by storm, and the talk started to build. The show was a hardcore, hyper display of old school rap influence and bizarre video montages. The crowd loved every minute of it.
Before the set at Sideshow, before the beginnings of the duo taking their first steps into the world of music-Dip and Dumptruck first met during English classes while they attended Wright State University. They bonded with one another over Dip’s love for poetry and Dumptruck’s passion for obscure music. After college, Dip moved to Chicago to further pursue his love for poetry. He would show up to poetry slams that were set up throughout the city, and constantly be in awe over some of the work that was being done. He even threw some of his work out there at the slams, mixing in his fondness for rap. Dip would immerse himself into the underground scene, along with groups like Run DMC and Beastie Boys.
For Dumptruck, his days after college included hanging around-stringing together a succession of jobs, and producing music that wouldn’t ever make it out to the masses-just for him and his enjoyment. At one point, Dumptruck taught some improv with a group at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. When he was teaching at the festival, Dumptruck incorporated a musical component with his class.
When the group lost one of its members, Dumptruck heard that Dip had returned back to the Dayton area. The hustle of the big city, and trying to progress his career in the poetry world didn’t really appeal to Dip like it once did when he was younger. Dumptruck got a hold of Dip and asked if he would fill in the spot of the group. The new look Renaissance set cut an album in their time together, to which Dumptruck explained that will never be released. However, it did start to get the two friends to start really thinking about establishing something. Dumptruck began sending Dip beats that he would put together, and Dip would start adding lyrics to them. At first, the partnership was primarily just to give each other a good laugh. “I would go to my car during breaks, and leave voicemails of these ridiculous lyrics,” Dumptruck told me when I first met him back in last October. Dip added, “He also sent me these beats that were incredible. I just sat there at times trying to think on how I could add lyrics to them.”
Privately, the twosome really didn’t foresee where they would bereleasing any of their work. They just made music for their own amusement and joy. It would be another four years before they decided to go public. The duo mentioned back in October of last year that it was in part due to having some nervousness and a little trepidation of releasing their music. However, the twosome really started to recognize that they had something and it wouldn’t hurt to slowly creep into the outside and play the music live. They began performing at the now non-operational RnR Playdate. The duo proudly attest that it was that weekly open mic where they became comfortable playing live in front of an audience. The event also gave them confidence and a place where they could experiment and perfect their music. They handed out bootlegs of some of their music before officially releasing Fight Music for Boot & Fist last October. The album release of Fight Music for Boot & Fist boosted the duo’s presence within the musical landscape around the area. Soon artists and bands began contacting Dip Spit-wanting to work with them. Dip Spit and Dumptruck’s collection of outrageous, profanity-laced, sexual innuendo-filled songs became classic to those who have listened to the album. A small cult-following started to build with fans of the band’s “potty rap”.
The time honing their stage presence at RnR Playdate led Dip Spit to meet Schultz and include him into the band. After exploring playing the trumpet in high school to obtaining a drum kit when he graduated, Schultz settled down and joined some of his friend’s alt-punk group titled Unsung playing the bongos and congas. Two years later, Schultz jumped over to join the band Oxymoronatron, and performed with them for 10 years. Calling it “sitting in the corner of my bedroom for about eight or nine years”-Schultz responded to a post on Facebook from musician Jay Madewell. “Jay wrote ‘I need a conga player for a thing that we are doing on Thursdays at One Eyed Jacks called Thank God It’s Thursday’,” Schultz explained. “We knew each other from booking in town throughout the years, so I jumped in. Been full-time ever since.”
A couple of months have passed since that blistering set was performed at Dayton Sideshow. The set was well received by those who were witness, and are now success slowly build. In September, Dip Spit will be part of a split album with local punk band Duderus that will be released. The concept of the split album came about when Dustie Pitstick, who is front man for Duderus, asked the band to perform in front of his shop ReCreate Music in the Oregon District during Record Store Day. “We were running up and down the street. Greg has his congas out there, jumping all around. We had bystanders hanging out of the windows singing with Dumptruck. It was awesome,” Dip Spit recalls. Pitstick and the trio of Dip Spit after that appearance began getting the split album put together.
The trio are huddled together, coordinating the final details on their upcoming music video shoot that was planned in the next few days. The details were beginning to start to take shape as what the band was going to be doing. Dumptruck brings out a piece of paper that contains notes and possible concepts on what they should do with the video.
Never did the trio of Dip Spit ever envision getting to this point with their music-playing live shows, recording music with other musicians and bands, and having people enjoy their music. The past couple of years have simply been a whirlwind for Dip Spit. “This thing is way bigger than it was ever planned to be,” Dumptruck says. “I think all three of us, especially before Greg joined the band, thought that this was a flash in the pan, funny, open mic-type presentation. All of this is silly and awesome.” Dip Spit added, “I am just glad that it is where it is.”