Austin-based physicist Mike Dingus was born and raised in the mountains of Bristol, Tennessee – the birthplace of Country music. By 2010 he wanted his socially awkward teenage son to witness the strength of street knowledge. 15 years earlier, Mike had named his baby boy after Eric “Eazy E” Wright, who had died the day before. It was finally time for Eric Dingus to learn why N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” was so important.
“The lyrics, beats, an indication that things are fucked up, and we’re not gonna sit here and take it,” Mike said of Eric’s first exposure to rap. “We’re gonna point that shit out and get in everybody’s face about it. This needs to be said.”
Little Eric played drums in a surf band with his dad. “He really felt that melancholy sound,” Mike said. A chess prodigy who first challenged adults at four years old, Eric won a national tournament when he was seven; then serious bouts of depression nearly cost him his life. Music would become his sanctuary.
Dingus’ ethereal, electronic instrumentals narrate his deepest thoughts and emotions; they span from hurt to hope, and back again. He considers his work with rappers as a separate genre. Dingus’ credits now include Drake’s “Worst Behavior” remix, both annual Houston Appreciation Week (HAW) remix tapes, and “Now and Forever” on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
Meanwhile Dingus is stockpiling releases via Dream Sequence Records, a label he co-owns. DSR’s artist roster includes Drone, DoWrong, Bishop Light, $.Dot, Tuk, and Dominican Jay.