Thanks to Eugene & Dion, creators of the DC Artist Music Video TV Show 'Display' for hanging out with us in the studio this week!
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FROM THIS SHOW
Vernacular(Blue), by Dior Ashley Brown (Hip Hop, Funk)
Above It, by Tabi Bonney (Pop/Electronic)
Money, by MICCA (Hip Hop)
Blowing Smoke, by Carolyn Malachi ft Trey Eley (Jazz, R&B)
Hate, by Eta Money Roe (Hip Hop)
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Dan Wolff - Dan Wolff (Self Titled 8 Song Album)
Justin Trawick and the Common Good - The Riverwash (6 Song EP)
Soldiers of Suburbia - Depressed Stormtrooper (10 song album)
Sub-Radio - What Are We (Single)
Mystery Friends - Wide Eyed and Reckless (Single)
Lauren Calve - Be My Home (Single)
Alex Vaughn - Blessings (Single)
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE
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Fri Feb 2
Honest Haloway @ U Street Music Hall on U St
Black Masala @ Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf
Adwela & The Uprising @ Jammin Java in Vienna
Sat Feb 3
Feelfree & Nappy Riddem @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown
Mon Feb 5
Backbeat Underground @ Kennedy Center Millenium Stage by Foggy Bottom
Tues Feb 6
Wanted Man @ Union Stage at The Wharf by Waterfront
Wed Feb 7
Kipyn Martin @ Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf by Waterfront
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Eugene Thorpe & Dion Dove of "Display"
VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT
"Display" was created in the spring of 2016 by Eugene Thorpe and Dion Dove. The show serves as a vehicle for DC area artists to have their work showcased as part of the DC Office of Film, Television and Entertainment. Airing on DC cable channel 16, Display illuminates DC in a different light, away from the Capitol Building and the National Mall.
The show features a very eclectic array of performers celebrating the abundant diversity the DC region has to offer.
Now in its fourth season, Display has been able to expand its audience by way of the RCN cable network. The show now airs in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Boston as well as Washington D.C.
Link to Display S1 E1:
'Display' Youtube Playlist (Watch all the episodes here, great for parties too, just let it run):
DC OCTFME Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/entertaindc/
Brian: On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. Display was created in the spring of 2016 by Eugene and Dion of the DC office of music and entertainment. The TV show showcases the music videos of DC area artists. It airs on DC cable channel 16. Display illuminates DC's musical talent, leaving behind the politics and government and it celebrates the abundant diversity the DC region has to offer. So, now entering yet another season, the fourth season, Display's been able to expand its audience by way of the RCN cable network because it's now airing in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, those other cities that they were just talking about. So, display is great things. I met Eugene when my band Fellowcraft was fortunate enough to play on the show, The Sound, that he was talking about. It's a TV show and I met him either and he was talking about this music video thing and it was like, "Well, gosh, I have a whole collection of music video's. I've got a youtube playlist of more than ... I think I'm approaching 200 or more music videos by local artists. Hey we should collaborate," and we've been collaborating ever since.
Eugene: And one of the reasons we came here was to personally say thank you.
Dion: Much love. [inaudible 00:01:12] Much love.
Eugene: That's funny because when we started this show I went to Dion and I said, "What if we put together a music video show?" He had shot some videos. He had made some videos. I knew a few guys who had made video's. So, I said, "What if we made a show out of the things that we had." So, we sort of counted them up and we had enough videos for one show. It was hilarious because we were like, "Okay, we're going to make this show but we're gonna make this show. We're gonna make the whole thing." So, we're actually sneaking into work early ...
Dion: An hour early.
Eugene: An hour early and shooting it while nobody's around.
Eugene: The thing I love about the first ... If you guys go on the website, you look at the first episode, there's a clock above Dion's head and as you can se us working through the show and it says, 8:02 and then it says 8:23, 8:47. So, as he's signing off it says, 8:53.
Dion: We got to start work at 9:00am.
Eugene: Right there. So, we would get right up to the end oof it ad so we did the whole thing. We put commercials in it. WE did the whole show as if it was already on the air.
Dion: Right, the craziest part is we had to take it up to Miss Gates, to let her check it out. So, we would take it up there to her and Derrick, who's our chief of staff. We had to cut the lights off and try to set the mood. If we handed out popcorn that would have made it a little bit better. We had the lights off and we just put it on and just let the day face us more than anything and they was very appreciative of the show and man it's our full season now.
Eugene: Yeah, and to Angie's credit, one of the first things she said when she came, was, "Look if there's something that we can put together, as long as it conforms to the rules and it doesn't get us in trouble, then let's go ahead and do it." So, I sort of looked at Dion and he looked at me like, "Okay, I got something for you," and we put the whole thing together and so we put it together. We kicked the names around. The name Display comes from Trouble Folk actually. When they used to come on they used to have a thing where they would say, "Who we gonna put on display," meaning, who are we gonna shine the light on. Who are we going to present to this audience? That's what Display means. That's where the name comes from. So, once we explained that to here and she was like, "Okay. I like that. I like the way that goes."
Brian: Who's idea was that? Was that you? Dion? Or was that Eugene? Who was that? Display?
Eugene: That wasn't the first title. I forgot what the first one was but we sort of came around to Display because I think it was two words at first but then we sort of shortened it and everything but yeah that was the idea was to use that same thing that Trouble Folk did, where we gonna put these artists on display. We're gonna put these videos on display.
Brian: That's awesome.
Eugene: That's where the name came from.
Brian: I get it now.
Brian: That's amazing. What is it that makes Display unique or different or ...
Dion: The locals. The locals make it unique. The local music. The local clothing. The food that is in the videos, you know we like a lot of restaurants from the area and that's what make it unique rather than looking at a big video show and seeing all these spots you've already seen before. A lot of people haven't seen a lot of the shots that we have in DC. I feel that's a good look for us.
Brian: I do have to say in some of the music videos, if you actually watch the videos you guys have and you watch, you'll see your neighborhood. You'll see places you've been. You were just there last night, it might have been a bar and alley. I used to walk down that alley on the way to get to somewhere. I'm mean there's so many places that come up in people lives in these videos too.
Eugene: That's one of the things we wanted to key on was to look for videos that showed the city. That showed different parts of the city.
Eugene: And amazingly, thanks to you, we were able to expand that and the thing that I lie about what we've been able to do over time is I think it's a real eclectic play list. You know what I mean?
Brian: Oh, it is. You guys have a real collection.
Eugene: It's a real range of things that are on there. There's a lot of different things on there and we don't ... It takes a lot for us to say no. Say, "Okay, we can't put this on." Almost anything else, we will try. We will try very hard to get it on and there's so many people that have messages and points. One of the ... Elena & Los Fulanos.
Brian: Elana & Los Fulanos.
Eugene: Los Fulanos, thank you. I love her videos. Her videos are so great because of the message. I watch the videos. I was like, "Okay, we got to put this on the show." This is important to put this on this show. You know what I mean?
Brian: Yes. It's very current. I mean current events, stuff that's happening right now.
Brian: It's true.
Eugene: Right, and a lot of the videos are that and a lot of the videos have that. A lot of the videos are talking about current things and politics and we didn't want to shy away from that. We wanted to make sure that those videos had a place to be shown, a place for people to see them and for the points that they're making to get further out. That was a really important thing for us.
Brian: That's amazing guys. Let switch the spotlight to you guys personally now. What are your DC connections? Have you guys always been DC? Did you come from somewhere? What part of the city are you in? You go first.
Dion: I'm from here. My mother Robin [inaudible 00:07:17]. Hey mom. She from South East. My fathers from Uptown, fourth and [inaudible 00:07:22]. Hello. I grew up in Hillcrest Heights, right by [inaudible 00:07:26] avenue.
Eugene: Which is ironic because that's where my wife grew up.
Brian: Yeah, and now you've got this Display project together. You got a baby called Display together. There you go.
Eugene: My wife grew up in the same place but I moved down here from Jersey when I was a kid in the fifth grade. So, I've been here ever since, okay.
Brian: Okay. [inaudible 00:07:49] And what part of the city are you in?
Eugene: I'm in Silver Spring. I've been in Silver Spring the whole time. It's been an interesting to be that close to a major city and to be close to this city in particular, I think was a real tremendous thing to grow up, to be in this particular place too. You can drive down North Capitol Street and you see the Capitol Building. You go, "Wow," you know what I mean? I used to trip out about stuff like that and just being able to see the government, you know, the official Washington DC, and then the neighborhoods of Washington DC. The city where everybody lives in Washington DC. So, it's been a terrific experience to be here, to come back to work here, and now to work as part of the city government.
Brian: City government, absolutely. What are you guys ... On the personal side now, talk about outside of work. So, we know you do Display, and you work down at that OCTFME, the Office of Music entertainment. What outside of that? Hobbies? What do you guys do?
Eugene: We work on a lot of music. In fact, that's how we got started. That's how we got started working together. We worked at the agency, and we had a Christmas party one year, and I was very new to the agency at the time. I had only been there about a year, maybe two years or so. So, it was still very new. I didn't know a lot of people at the agency. So, one Christmas party, this guy gets up and he performs this rap song, and I said, "This song is corny."
Brian: Please tell me that was Dion.
Eugene: It was Dion.
Brian: Oh. So good. All right, corny rap. Dion. Really?
Eugene: I was like, "You know what though I want to hear him really run, not in front of the boss" ...
Dion: I had the boss there. I was really just PG. PG 11. It wasn't even 13.
Eugene: Right. So, I was like, "I want to hear this guy really rhyme." We linked up that day and maybe two weeks to a month later, we started making songs.
Dion: I actually did the theme song for the show.
Brian: For Display when you watch the show. That's Dion.
Dion: That's my voice you hear when we're coming on.
Brian: What about hobbies do you guys like? Are you into TV or around town?
Dion: Hobbies. We're pretty much into a lot of the same things and right now we're into movies. That's our next venture. We actually just won a film festival in DC. Gene was the editor. I was the sound man and the clapper and everything else.
Brian: Little bit of everything.
Dion: I was the director.
Brian: Good gracious. Well congratulations, which film festival was that?
Dion: The DC Independent Go Film Festival.
Dion: We went to the Black Home Festival in Miami, came in the top 20. In Atlanta, we had the Peace Tree Film Festival but I missed the email, so we missed going to the event.
Eugene: It was a 30 minute short film called Stay Tuned and it was a comedy, which to me made it interesting because you go to film festivals and all these things and everybody wants to be deep, you know, [inaudible 00:11:20] staring out a window for 20 minutes. So, the fact that we made a comedy and made people laugh. We were like, "If we made one person laugh, then we did it."
Dion: The first person we showed was Angie Gates and if she didn't green light it we wouldn't have showed nobody but she laughed when it first came on and that gave us a little confidence to keep on rolling.
Brian: I love how supportive she is. She's so supportive, her and mayor [inaudible 00:11:49], both of them.
Eugene: Yes indeed.
Brian: So supportive of the arts and stuff and people don't know that necessarily because it's such a government town but yeah, DC definitely has 202 creates. If you go to 202creates.com you'll see some of that stuff that they're doing with that local music. I just gotta get a shout out to both of them. I love that she green lit your little project and all that stuff. Eugene I want to give you a shout out too because you shared with me you made music on the side too. So, let me just play ... This is you right? This is some of the stuff you made.
Dion: Give em something. Give em something.
Eugene: Yeah, this is a ...
Dion: Let it go. Let it go.
Dion: That's geno right there baby. Sound good.
Brian: So, you do that stuff and that's the music for Display. You use it around work?
Eugene: The version 23 project, it began as a file really. A file in my computer.
Brian: There were 22 not good versions. Keep version 23.
Eugene: Right. Right.
Brian: It takes practice guys. It takes practice.
Dion: [inaudible 00:12:58]
Brian: You want to know how long it took us to make an album, 23 times, that's how.
Eugene: Exactly. That became just the file name and it was sort of an outlet just do the music that was sort of in between the beats that I was doing for Dion or the beats that I was doing for somebody else. I had a bunch of other stuff that I kept and some of it I use for whatever we're working on, some of the shows, some of the TV shows, some of the other things but it's something that, to answer your question, that is my hobby. That is definitely my hobby right there.
Brian: You guys, my favorite question to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice what would it be?
Dion: Oh man.
Eugene: Eat before the gig. That's the first piece of advice somebody told me and I'm passing it on.
Dion: My would be treat other people how you want to be treated.
Eugene: For sure.
Brian: Say more on that. What does that mean?
Eugene: I mean however you want to be treated. If you go into a building and you see somebody the janitor or the president in the building treat both of them the same. Don't treat one of them no different than the other. If you treat both of them the same I'm pretty sure they'll treat you the same as well.
Brian: That's awesome. Be nice. It's like that common stuff but people forget sometimes and so remember to be nice and eat before the gig.
Eugene: Eat before the gig.
Brian: Oh my god, I love it. All right. Now, for those folks who want to follow the cool stuff you're doing and more about Display and the show, where do they go?
Eugene: The links for Display are on our YouTube on the agency ...
Eugene: Website. And the YouTube page ...
Brian: What's the website?
Brian: I think it's entertainment.DC.gov I think was the one.
Eugene: Entertainment.DC.gov and then on our YouTube page under entertain_DC we have a YouTube page and all of the shows have their own tab so that you'll see a separate tab for Display and all of the shows, all three seasons are there.
Brian: So, if you're listening I hope you go to YouTube. Type in entertain_DC and then go check out episodes of Display and watch all these amazing music videos that these guys have.
Dion: Check us out.
Eugene: And it's interesting because a lot of people have said that they just put he show on and just leave it like it's a regular show and they'll binge watch two or three of them.
Brian: I feel like it's old school MTV when you used to have it on and that was your music and there's a video to go with it, you've got that.
Eugene: And that was the idea. That was what we wanted to do and I also have a big shout out to our number one viewer and it's Dion's mom. That's Dion's mom.
Brian: Hi mom. I love it.
Eugene: Mr. and Mrs. [inaudible 00:15:51].
Brian: I love it.
Eugene: They sit in the house each Friday.
Dion: A popcorn.
Eugene: A thing of popcorn and they watch their son on the show.
Brian: That's amazing. I love it.