Mark Dippel 'Mild Agoraphobia'
"Mark Dippel is hands-down our weirdest co-worker at Joyful Noise. Mark started working as an unpaid intern way back in January of 2015. At the time, he had recently decided that he hated his regular job, so he up and quit - opting instead to spend his time working for free for a tiny indie label at the not-so-tender age of 37.
At some point the label had enough money to start paying Mark for all his hard work, and he eventually took over as Physical Operations Manager. Which means he's the guy who has been in charge of shipping all of your records for the last several years… which he usually packages before the sun is up, because for some reason he arrives at JNR around 6am.
Both as an artist and as an individual, Mark is incapable of pretense, and is impervious to the pressures of social norms. His favorite bands are Spin Doctors and Megadeth. He truly doesn't give a fuck... And even though listeners to his music will naturally draw the comparisons to other direct-from-the-heart artists like Jeff Mangum or Daniel Johnston, we shit you not - he has never even heard those guys (not even the Daniel Johnston track JNR released).
This spot in the 2018 White Label Series was originally supposed to be curated by Richard Edwards, but unfortunately he bowed out after he was informed that his initial pick didn't fit the concept of the series. So instead the JNR Staff has collectively taken on the role of curator to share the music of our insane and brilliant co-worker. We think Mark is a perfect fit for a series designed to prop-up the unsung heroes of the world.
xo, the JNR Staff