In today's context, the Dust
Brothers are a famous production duo comprised of John
King and Mike Simpson. This was not always the case though...a
step back into Beastie Boys history would reveal that at
one point the Dust Brothers were in fact a trinity, which
included a brilliant man by the name of Matt Dike. Matt's
last name has been alternately spelled "Dyke"
in print sources such as the Beastie
Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science. For the sake
of argument, this Who's Who entry will maintain that the
correct spelling is "Dike."
The following quotes were selected
to set the tone for just how important Matt was to the formation
of what we now know as Paul's
"We flew out to Los Angeles
to meet with a couple of different record labels. While
we were out there, Mike and I stopped by our friend Matt
Dike's house. He was working with these two guys by the
names of Easy Mike and Giz (later to be known as the Dust
Brothers). Matt played us some of the music that they were
working on. He played us a whole bunch of instrumentals.
It sounded incredible...Soon after, we began working together.
At first we were going to try doing just two songs with
them. Our plan was to do a lot of work with different producers,
but as we began to work with Matt, EZ, and Giz, things really
began to click. We ended up doing our entire second album
with them, Paul's Boutique." Adam
Yauch from the Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds
of Science liner notes.
"I went to this party in Los
Angeles in early 1988 and they were playing this music like
I don't know, like four breakbeat records playing at the
same time. I was talking to this guy I just met that was
friends of friends of mine, Matt Dike. I asked him what
the music was, and he said that he had made it. Him and
these two other guys, the Dust Brothers had been making
these hip-hop tracks with all these ill loops...So basically
we just stayed in Los Angeles and made a million songs with
them that became the Paul's Boutique record."
Adam Horovitz from the Beastie
Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science liner notes.
"Matt Dike had most of the musical
elements (of the song "Hey Ladies"), the guitar
part and the beats. We were listening to it at home at the
bummy little studio in the front of Matt's apartment where
we did most of the pre-production wand even some of the
actual tracking for Paul's Boutique." Mike
Diamond from the Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds
of Science liner notes.
"It was Matt's idea. He loved
those guys (the Beastie Boys) and wanted to work with them.
He found out they weren't working with Rick...So
he sent them a tape with a couple of Dust Brothers demos
and they heard it, liked it, and came over to Matt's one
night." Mario Caldato Jr.
(when asked 'So how did you hook up for Paul's Boutique?')
from issue #2 of Grand Royal Magazine.
As a former founding member of the
Dust Brothers and co-creator of the Delicious Vinyl record
label, Matt Dike has produced some of hip-hop's most recognizable
songs. He co-wrote and co-produced the incredibly influential
Paul's Boutique and also co-wrote, produced and mixed
classic hits like "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild
Thing" for Tone Loc and "Bust A Move" for
Young MC. More recently he has branched out and also worked
with Aerosmith on their song "Take Me to the Other
Side", as well as Insane Clown Posse on "Halls
of Illusion" and Barenaked Ladies on "Alcohol."
A once small, or "closet" operation, Delicious
Vinyl has consistently delivered the phattest, most bombastic
beats, scratches, samples, rhymes, and grooves that cannot
be faded in any debatable context. In the early days of
1987, Michael Ross and partner Matt Dike were peepin' the
newest urban tracks to hit wax as DJ's in the KDAY era of
Los Angeles, CA. The ironic idea of two white DJ's from LA's Power Tools club
starting a hip-hop label, root-down with a heavy go-go influence
and a strong bias for early Ohio Players and Trouble Funk
records was soon to become the indie label success story
of the decade. Ross and Dike recruited hip-hop DJ Orlando
Aguillen to head up the street and radio promotion. The
"swapmeet" style of record promotion and distribution
similar to the "Homies Shopping Network" that
Delicious Vinyl demonstrated created a legit avenue to deliver
rap and hip-hop to the kids on the street at every corner
of Los Angeles.
The closet/apartment 8-track studio that Ross, Dike and
in-house engineer Mario Caldato Jr. assembled became the
conduit for some of the phattest hip-hop jams known today.
"Dike scraped together some cash to buy an SP 1200,
and that was the turning point for us as producers. After
that point, we coincidentally hooked up with Tone Loc. We
gave him some beats and he wrote some rhymes and it kinda
started like that," says Mike Ross.
After making a major distribution
deal with Island Records in 1988 and releasing hit records
like Tone Loc's "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold
Medina" from the double platinum album Loc'd After
Dark (1989) and Young MC's multi-platinum debut Stone
Cold Rhymin' (1989) featuring the hit single "Bust
A Move," Delicious was unloading phat hip-hop bombs
to radio, MTV, and clubs around the world. New and raw talent
would enter Delicious Vinyl to record a record and, soon
after its release, these nubile new artists would quickly
become high rollers in the music scene. Blowin' up worldwide,
Delicious Vinyl showcased new careers for their early roster
of Tone Loc, Young MC, Def Jef, Mellow Man Ace, and Body
The 1990's introduced the next phase
in the Delicious Vinyl sound. The
Pharcyde rode in on their bugged-out, flippin' and trippin'
West Coast lyrical style to inadvertently turn the rap scene
upside down. They busted out "freaky-ass lyrical jiu-jitsu,"
on everyone with their debut gold album Bizarre Ride
II The Pharcyde in 1993. The Pharcyde soon became the
essential rapping ingredients that every other rap group
had to follow. In 1995, Delicious Vinyl released The Pharcyde's
second album Labcabincalifornia, an extended collection
of beats, lyrics and mad visions. The success of The Pharcyde's
videos such as "Passin' Me By," "Ya Mama,"
and "Drop" demonstrated the outta-control vibes
that resonated from the group. "Drop," the Spike
Jonze directed video (which featured Beastie Boys Mike
D and Adrock), flipped people out by creating a backwards/rewind-style
video from start to finish. (Quoted from the Delicious Vinyl
Matt Dike then went on to work for
the Waxploitation productions company whose line-up of talent
is awe-inspiring. So although John King and Mike Simpson
often get mentioned more often in the press, Matt is still
keeping plenty busy with the work he gets through Waxploitation.
Perhaps someday Mike, Matt, and John will reunite to remix
a Beastie Boys' song or produce an entire album. Until that
day comes, Beastie Boys fan will continue to wear out their
vinyl copies of Paul's Boutique.