Blipper since: July 2, 2009
Pete Dulin: What part of the world do you live in?
rojdoj: Alabama. The "crotch" of the United States. Just north of the university.
Dulin: Any other thoughts to share? Kidding. Here are some more questions.
Dulin: Do you have a favorite genre of music or preferred era of recorded music?
rojdoj: I usually blip a lot of punk, garage and noise. I don't know if that is "preferred," but that is what I'm into lately. Punk is my mainstay. The Ramones are the greatest band ever and they're a punk band. I think punk is the crowning achievement of rock music. I'm anti-political correctness and anti-collectivist and that's what punk music to means to me. I love oldies a lot more than I blip too. That's all my parents would listen too while I was growing up.
Dulin: Do you listen to local/regional music in your much? Favorite artists?
rojdoj: The Glory Fires, Vulture Whale, The Grenadines, Three Happenin Guys and Thomas Function are big "locally." Regionally speaking, I like Howlies and The Drive-by Truckers, they play a lot of shows here and the others on the endless list of phenomenal bands from Athens and Atlanta.
Dulin: Do you play any instruments? If so, what? If not, then what would you like to learn how to play?
rojdoj: I have a guitar and I stink at playing it. I would really like to learn to play the accordion. I love the sound of an accordion and I need an instrument that just oozes stage presence.
Dulin: What features from other streaming music site or online media (i.e. Netflix, Rhapsody, Twitter, Facebook) would you like to see incorporated into the Blip.fm experience, if any?
rojdoj: I like the new twitter interface. Blip.fm could be better like that I suppose. I like @cuezaireekaa's suggestion. At least have an autocomplete feature for followed dj's like facebook.
Dulin: If you were half of a comedy duo (think Martin & Lewis), then who on blip would be the other half? Who would be the straight man, so to speak?
rojdoj: @nastysurprise and I would make a great duo, of course nobody would ever believe either of us are straight. I would team up with Benny Hill. I've loved the Benny Hill Show since I was young. I have a penchant for sophisticated British comedy. Or Jim Carrey to satisfy @anothercraze.
Dulin: Best lie you've ever told?
rojdoj: The cleverness of the wording of this question is not lost on me, Pete. I'm not sure of the "best" lie I've ever told. There are so many, but I think my persona on blip.fm may be misleading. I don't think I'm as happy in person as I am on blip, but I am just as crude if not more.
Dulin: If you were on a world tour as a Blip.FM DJ and ambassador, what three countries or cities would you visit first? What DJs would you like to meet?
rojdoj: My first stop would be New York City. I could get into some drinking games with a bunch of my favorite DJs: @grassyknoll @sandyriverside @missdiggity @bestblips @funkshoi and I could personally thank @thenewyorkchimes for being @thenewyorkchimes. I'd have to go to Portlandia to visit @punkbroc, @modster would have to meet us halfway. Then I would have to pay a visit to that land of underdeveloped natural resources - Canada. I could thank @muffinlab and @sabriesc (and the other ones) for Justin Beiber and Nickleback. Maybe we could do a lil' elk hunting? Probably not, but they would be fun. Canada is rich in great punk bands too! (I sure hope there would be a layover in Manhattan, Kansas during my flight). Would this mean I would have diplomatic immunity?
Dulin: If you could invite any band/musician over for dinner, who would you invite, what would you serve and what music would you play throughout the evening?
rojdoj: I would invite the B-52's over and serve brisket. No, I'm kidding. I would love to have Ween over. I guess we would eat whatever Italian cuisine Dean would recommend. He is a connoisseur. We'd listen to "The Process of Weeding Out" by Black Flag. Ya know, nothing too wordy.
Dulin: What's your dream job?
rojdoj: Blipnation.blogspot beat writer? Charlie Sheen goddess? Naval architect? (I just occurred to me that I might like that) It's up in the air, but I do enjoy being a homemaker.
Dulin: If you have a wife, girlfriend, partner, or significant other, do you have a special song that makes you think of them and a moment in your life? Tell us about the song, the moment, and person.
rojdoj: I'm single right now, but my music is the biggest trigger of nostalgia in regards to past loves. My hair dolls are a close second. I associate past relationships with certain albums or songs.
"1. Weezer - Pinkerton
My high school girlfriend, first love and I listened to this on repeat every night. I imagine we listened to it thousands of times. We fell asleep listening to it and woke up with it playing. I look back on that time with great fondness. I am so attached to this album, that I am almost affected personally when someone else listens to it. I almost have a sense of ownership to it." - from facebook note.
Dulin: Pick one song that encapsulates your personality, and explain why.
rojdoj: The Ramones - "The KKK Took My Baby Away" or "Ginger Snap" by Cheap Time because they're irreverent, they're punk and they're love songs kinda. They aren't pretentious. They are both musically and lyrically good examples of what I like. Picking more than one thing is also part of my personality.
Dulin: Since you began blipping, have you had any experiences that surprised you? Please explain.
rojdoj: Interest from others is always surprising for me. A pleasant surprise no doubt. I was fairly certain that blip.fm would be a "conflict free" experience, but it was brought to my attention recently that there are feuds on blip.fm. Most of the communication on blip.fm is still banal meet and greets (don't get me wrong, I enjoy those), but apparently there are some clenched teeth behind some of those computer screens. Weird. I suppose that is inevitable in any form of social interaction...
Dulin: Think of another Blip.FM DJ. You don’t have to reveal who it is. What question would you most like to ask him or her?
rojdoj: I'd ask @muffinlab why on earth she would EVER need beauty secrets?
Dulin: What about Blip.FM appeals to you for listening to and playing music?
rojdoj: It's free. It is also a great place to discover free download links, blogs and good advice, especially if you're following @lilyetc.
Dulin: If you could blip one song that could reach everyone on the planet, what would you choose?
rojdoj: Umm...Wipers - "What Is" or King Khan and the BBQ Show - "Tastebuds" or New Order - "Ceremony"
Dulin: What has been the most pleasant discovery, experience, or aspect of Blip.FM? The most frustrating?
rojdoj: I think the most frustrating aspect has been acknowledged many times: the YouTube covers. I wouldn't get rid of them though. I've seen some pretty good covers and they have the right to be there I guess. Maybe the video and audio links should be separated. I think the avatar could be bigger. To show off my striking features, but Blip.fm is perfectly imperfect.
Dulin: What song do you hate to hear at a wedding?
rojdoj: I hate "Here Comes the Bride," which probably captures my thoughts of weddings altogether. If you're gonna play a Wagner tune, play "Ride of the Valkyries" or better yet, play "Siegfried's Funeral March" which may be a more fitting song. I sure don't hate hearing "the chicken dance" though! I'll even chicken dance at a funeral if the mood strikes.
Dulin: What song or artist do you never tire of hearing? What is special about that song or artist?
rojdoj: Probably Queens. I love all of their albums and there is something about a big band that is deserving of the acclaim in this day and age that can't be overlooked. Maybe the mystique of a respectable major label band is even more hip than a good indie band. They are certainly fewer.
Dulin: Any other thoughts to share?
Special thanks to my friend @cuezaireeka for the consideration. Thanks Pete.
Pete Dulin is the co-publisher and editor of www.presentmagazine.com and writes freelance for magazines, websites, and newspapers. He can be found in the Blip Nation at http://blip.fm/slipperydistortion. He can be reached at Twitter.com/petedulin, http://www.facebook.com/pete.dulin and www.petedulin.com.