"Turned up, Get Down Music" as a statement of purpose promises a lot; DIGGEM's new album Meet Me At The Chain lives up to that promise as it aims to get you to kick it up to 11 and boogie. Starting with The Get Down's funk-laden guitar and drum intro all the way to the organ-based throwback Quit Your Job, DIGGEM found themselves exploring a musical landscape that hit a number of different genre points and tied them together. Not with a neat little bow... that would be the easy way. Rather, they did what they do best - be themselves - and the differences punctuate the similarities.
The continuity found in their playing and their songs lies in the blues-scale-based line of a Rich Girl and The Ledge, the structural parallels of Won't You Wait and Take My Good Time, even the harmonic choices of Jesse and Troy's Blue. And of course, the collaborative efforts of the group shine through in the title track Meet Me At The Chain where the band proves it can make you Get Down. As drummer Rich Kaylor says, "For all it seems like we're not on the same page, when you get to the end of each song you realize they fit together and complement each other. Just like we do."
The band started back in October 2000 when Valerie Taylor met Rich. They played with several people over the years but never really found their niche. Then in August 2008 Chris Schmoke answered their ad and the seeds were planted. A year later Valerie came across Francis Sablan's website and asked him to come to a practice. Along the way each member of DIGGEM discovered a like-minded attitude of music and performance and started forming the family bond they boast today. And, they realized their individual style of music would gel with each other... so they took that ball and ran with it.
After a short and sweet period writing and playing as Valley Players Club, DIGGEM was born. Capitalizing on their camaraderie and motivation to create music that personifies their mantra, the album-making - the art - commenced. Scheduled for release in 2013, DIGGEM’s new album, "Meet Me at the Chain", personifies the Turned Up, Get Down philosophy of the band. In your car, at your home, at the office; DIGGEM’s music caters to anyone that likes to dance, shake the walls and, essentially, turn it up and get down. Look for their music video release in early September and get ready to unleash YOUR get-down!