DIG JELLY is an LA-based, high energy modern rock band with a lethal dose of hip hop. DIG JELLY is Rayko (vocal / guitar / keyboards), Joey Felix (drums), Robby Lochner (lead guitar), and Rain Balen (bass).
DIG JELLY traces its roots to Rayko's arrival in the US. Soon after completing junior high in Japan, she left everything behind to pursue a career in music in LA. Having no connections, no friends, and no family, Rayko recorded some demos herself, packed her backpack with samplers, and approached everyone she met. Pep talking herself to stay positive, and relying on the promises she made to her parents, she took her harshest rejections and turned them into motivation. Nothing could break her determination.
Making a little money on demo sales and odd jobs, she managed to record her first low budget CD, "Purple Shoes." It grabbed the attention of an investor who offered to have it mastered at multi-Grammy winner Glen Ballard's mastering studio in Hollywood.
Rayko followed Purple Shoes up with her 2nd CD, "Crave," which Dave Dunn produced and Bob Ludwig mastered. It's full of energetic, high powered, mind driving songs that showed her deepening song writing skills and musicianship. The movie "Micro Mini Kids" and MTV's "Undressed" featured songs from Crave.
Rayko started playing at a whole bunch of clubs throughout California and managed to build a huge loyal following for her band RAYKO. After playing with quite a few amazing musicians, Rayko finally found three strangers from Arizona, whom she now calls "FAMILY." They've all lived, played, and went through some of the toughest times together, and after developing a strong chemistry over the years, DIG JELLY was born.
DIG JELLY independently released their 1st CD, "For Your Inner Angry Child." It was self-produced by DIG JELLY and engineered by Hector Ramirez at Desert Sands Studios. It comes with 3 bonus tracks produced and engineered at Indigo Ranch Studio by Richard Kaplan, who has engineered for such bands as Korn, the Deftones, and Limp Bizkit.
FYIAC showcases Rayko's solid song writing skills and the band's artistry. Tracks such as "Broken Trust," "Jaded," and "Whatever," with their dynamic sound, acid lyrics, and guitar-driven massive heart attack rhythm leave you feeling like you've just been assaulted! The movies "St. Andrew's Girls" (theme song) by Lincoln Film and "Custody" (ending credits) by Lucid Vision and MTV shows such as "Surf Girls" and "Undressed" featured songs from FYIAC.
In June 2005, DIG JELLY signed a three CD plus recording contract with Centerline Entertainment (based in Santa Monica, CA) along with a worldwide distribution deal through D1 Music/IDN Innovative Corp. Five months later, Centerline released a repackaged "For Your Inner Angry Child" during DIG JELLY's national tour with Veruca Salt and the Lovemakers of Interscope records.
If you enjoy live performances, DIG JELLY is special to watch. They have a blend of raw energy and sex appeal that grabs the attention of everyone at any given venue. Their in your face attitude and showmanship on stage are well received by audiences. Mind-blowing live performances demonstrate the band's unmistakable chemistry and musicianship. Show after show has proven to be a testament to their hard work and dedication. After playing 35 shows in 6 packed weeks during their recent national tour, they're ready for everything and anything more than ever!
Tell us more detail how you started in music and how did your band start?
I started singing and playing piano when I was four years of age. Shortly after, I started writing music at around the age of five (I kept one song I wrote when I was 5 and it's not bad (smiling)); and later I went on to learn the electric guitar, and drums.
The band's drummer Joey Felix and I had a band called Rayko before Dig Jelly. Between us, we had many musical differences with our ex-bass and guitar players. When we got together with Rain and Robby, who Joey knew from Tucson, AZ, and formed Dig Jelly. Rain Balen (bass), Joey and I used to live together. Robby Lochner (lead guitar) has toured the world with major acts since he was a teen. We got a great chemistry between us (smiling). We've been together for 5 years (smiling).
How do you define your music?
A semi progressive alternative rock!
How do you see yourself in a year and beyond?
Doing the same thing but in a bigger scale! None of us exist without music so we'll always be writing, playing, recording...etc. (Smiling).
Who have you open up for?
Veruca Salt and The Lovermakers (Interscope) for our 6 week cross country tour last winter. Black Eyed Peas.
Who would you like to open up for?
Rage (if they ever get together to play again), U2, System of a Down, Muse, My Chemical Romance...
What is in your CD player right now?
iPod - Muse, Glen Miller, Tupac, Nine Inch Nails, Chet Baker...see I love all kinds of music!!