Interview: NWMS chats with The Dip

Photo credit – Coco Foto

The Dip, who came from points around the map to lay down the party beat here in town, throw themselves a weekend do for February 15th and 16th, at Neumos, for the release of their new album The Dip Delivers. Funky drummer Jarred Katz was kind enough to take a few questions.

NWMS: Did you grow up in Seattle? If not, where did you come from and when did you arrive in the city?

Katz: I actually grew up in Spokane. Not too far away. Everyone in the band except Tom (singer) grew up outside of Seattle. Made it to Seattle in 2008 for school.

NWMS: What are your favorite Seattle memories?

Katz: Summer sunshine days by the lake. Snow days on the Ave. Spending all your money on records and shows.

NWMS: What are your favorite and least favorite things about the city?

Katz: Favorite: Proximity to lakes and mountains nearby, while still having that big city feel. Least favorite: Getting priced out of neighborhoods and rent prices getting jacked. Not cool.

NWMS: Growing up, what music made you want to make music–which songs, albums, performers, shows, etc.?

Katz: Song: “In the Stone” by Earth, Wind, and Fire. Album: It Might As Well Be Swing – Count Basie & Frank Sinatra. Show: Poncho Sanchez at Spokane Falls Community College

NWMS: Which instrument do you play and how long have you been playing it?

Katz: Drums for about 17 years maybe. Long time.

NWMS: Who are your main influences on your instrument, and what do you derive from listening to them?

Katz: Clyde Stubblefield, Zigaboo Modeliste, Al Jackson Jr., David Garibaldi, Glenn Kotche, Ted Poor, Homer Steinweiss, Ed Thigpen, James Gadson, Josh Block, Art Blakey. A common theme with all of these drummers is maximum creativity without sacrificing any sense of groove or over playing. Time as well.

NWMS: How did the Dip get together?

Katz: Most of us met in the Jazz department at UW. Wanted to create something that was fun for house parties that focused on original song writing and groove.

NWMS: Who are all the musicians in The Dip, and what does each one bring to the mix?

Katz: Tom Eddy (guitar/vocals) – Best hotel booker out there. Can write a mean song and catch some fish too.

Mark Hunter (bass) – Best goddamn van driver out there. Upright extraordinaire and resident “wildcard” of the band.

Jacob Lundgren (guitar) – Our producer/recording engineer. A mad scientist/math major, always tinkering with amps and pedals.

Evan Smith (baritone sax) – Owns almost every woodwind instrument out there. Choice coffee selections and a merchandise master.

Levi Gillis (tenor sax) – A force on tenor and an incredible composer and singer/songwriter. Been known to ride a wave or too as well.

Brennan Carter (trumpet) – World traveler and everyone’s friend. Intense listener and songwriter.

NWMS: Who writes the songs in The Dip, and how do you work up the arrangements?

Katz: We all bring in song nuggets/demos. Then flesh them out as a band and record each step of the process. We almost never just come up with something out of the blue.

NWMS: Where did you record the new album and who produced?

Katz: It was recorded in our very own Mustard Studio by Jacob and Tom. Produced by Jacob.

NWMS: What were the most surprising things about laying down the album tracks?

Katz: Depending on the type of song, we did a lot of different stuff with the drums (different mics, different mic positions, different drums, different blankets/towels for dampening) and it was cool to see how different it would sound with minor changes.

NWMS: What are the band’s plans for the future?

Katz: More touring and more music!


Get more information about The Dip’s pair of shows at Neumos on February 15 and 16 HERE and HERE.

Andrew Hamlin

Andrew Hamlin likes to photograph shoes and write about dog shit. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where he resides today. He attended the Evergreen State College, where he wrote and edited arts coverage for the Cooper Point Journal. He is the film critic for the Northwest Asian Weekly, and he’s published arts coverage and criticism in the San Diego Reader, Village Voice, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Goldmine, and other publications. He misses Helen Wiggin. Hamlin’s website is https://andrewhamlin.org.