Just how much attention can an artist receive and still be considered an underground phenomenon? What might happen that puts a name on the public’s radar? Winning a national competition by a major magazine? How about having roughly a quarter-million downloads of your music happen? Surely, that’s bound to be noticed. Dionvox has done each of these right here in Seattle and has still managed to stay just below the radar in all the right ways. The name is a bit elastic—referring specifically to the chanteuse at the center of the project, but also collectively to what she describes as “a crazy, open-sourced band”.
Initially conceived as “Ramonatheband” by Dionvox and producer/sound-tech and occasional guitarist Scobra, the third key element was realized with the addition of Paul (just Paul), who brought the final ingredients to the mix.: the driving bass, brilliant writing, and, of course, the band van. These three artists provide the foundation while others step in or out as needed.
The small but ambitious collective launched a well executed campaign that resulted in Dionvox winning Spin magazine’s national search for the next upcoming underground band. In addition to receiving a write-up, Dionvox was invited to perform on the Spin stage at the SXSW music festival held in Austin, Texas. Ever making the most of their successes, the band negotiated with the sponsors to receive the cash value of the round trip tickets, which they then used to finance a small tour. (One of the tour’s interesting moments came when Ashton Kutcher tweeted about the band but used the former name and the wrong twitter address.)
I was happy to catch an outstanding show at The Crocodile a couple of weeks ago… check out their YouTube video promoting their Kickstarter campaign: