Dig Two Graves is a progressive metalcore outfit from New Jersey. Combining an eclective mix of Progressive Metal, Djent, and atmospheric dream pop, the group has garnered acclaim from a wide variety of music listeners, in and out of their genre. Band members Jaybee (guitar) and Kenny (drums) talk us through all you need to know about the band.
DGM: What are the origins of the band, and how long have you been playing together?
Jaybee: We’re a band from New Jersey called Dig Two Graves. Kenny, the drummer, and I had been trying to start a band since elementary school. Then in my first and only year of college I met Mike in class. We found Jesse on Instagram and the rest is history. The basic goal was to merge really pretty classical piano/ambient stuff with heavy music, and it just evolved from there.
DGM: How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?
Jaybee: I was really excited when we played our first show. We had practised for about a year or so, just getting ready to be super tight when we finally played, and it went really well. It was a great time, and I still have just as good a time whenever we get out there.
Kenny: Our first show was super dope (really awesome). We played for a pretty large crowd and people really seemed to be enjoying our stuff. The whole place had a lot of energy and it was a great experience.
DGM: What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourselves?
Jaybee: We do whatever we want, and play whatever we want. We don’t really try to conform to any genre stereotypes or anything. We pull out weird covers live, and have a good time.
Kenny: Kinda heavy, but pretty, and fun, but also atmospheric.
DGM: The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent. In what ways do you feel a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
Kenny: Ya gotta offer something new and original. When people check out a smaller band they don’t wanna hear something that already exists. If it sounds like another band why would they listen to the tiny boys?
Jaybee: I’m not really doing anything in particular to try and stand out. If we do, that’s cool.
DGM: What are you working on at the moment that people can check out?
DTG: At the moment, we’re working on writing and recording our debut full-length album, but you can check out our last EP on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, etc.
DGM: What band out there at the moment do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
Jaybee: I think it’d be great to open for bands like Make Them Suffer or Silent Planet. At some point, I’d really prefer to break down arbitrary genre barriers and tour with bands like Kero Kero Bonito and 100 Gecs.
DGM: Who do you think will be the next band to break out?
Kenny: I’d say Dropout Kings, but they kinda already broke out!
Jaybee: Yeah, Dropout Kings!
DGM: What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that!”
Kenny: I don’t know if there was a specific moment or not, but Josh and another friend both played guitar so I just kinda also got into music.
Jaybee: I’ve played guitar since I was five or six, and have always known this is what I wanted to do. When I saw The Gazette play for the first time, I remember feeling really confident about what the rest of my life was going to look like.
DGM: What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
Kenny: We both saw Silent Planet and Invent Animate back in March, right before shows got cancelled because of the lock down.
Jaybee: Yeah that was awesome. Silent Planet and Invent Animate were both incredible, and so was everyone else that played. Actually I think I went to a DJ Rave thing right after that, and then the lock down started.
DGM: What is the album that you have in your collection or Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Kenny: RVK DTR – Daughters of Reykjavik. Actually, all their albums.
Jaybee: Daughters of Reykjavik hits different. Check out Pizzicato Five, Super Beaver, Bump of Chicken, Sekai No Owari. There’s a bunch. I honestly don’t really listen to much metal at all.
DGM: What are your plans for the remainder of 2020?
Kenny: Drop a dope album whenever this dude Josh finishes it!
Jaybee: Shut up, I’ll finish it when I finish it.
DGM: How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
DTG: We try to be pretty active, but with everything going on things have been a bit quieter. We will be posting on Facebook and Instagram more once we’re closer to releasing new music.