Written by Travil Scott Dudley
Origins of D Byron, after playing a show with Dub Narcotic Sound System, D Byron moved to Olympia, Washington. He hung around the K Record scene, but never joined the record company. Calvin Johnston introduced D Byron to Pat Maley, who recorded other notable artists like Beck, Modest Mouse, and Courtney Love. D Byron recorded an album with YoYo Recording, which was owned by Pat Maley, not to be confused with his record company YoYo Records, which no longer exists. The band was originally going to be called “The Ants”; but D Byron decided to go with his own name when recording, because he was well-known in the scene.
D Byron has managed to create some great music over the years, but little is known about him. He remains an independent artist and stopped touring in 2003. We were able to find him hanging out at a Pixies’ show in Kansas City, Missouri. He was drunk and talking about a new album he was working on. He claimed to have urinated on Frank Black’s leg by accident in the restroom. This was later nearly verified when Frank said someone had done so while he was performing. We told D Byron that we owned his album Turning off Lights, but he refused to comment. He said, “What do you know about Vincent VanGogh? He cut off his own ear? Do you know how many versions of why he cut off his own ear there were? Too many. And they’re all great stories, and he never had to tell anyone anything.”
Personally, at first he came off aragonant, but later I thought about how much he liked not being in the lime-light. It made me think of Kurt Cobain, and what might have happened if he would have done the same? I just hope that word-of-mouth travels about D Byron faster than it did for Vincent VanGogh, who never sold one painting while he was alive.
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