Ky Digregorio

Who Am I ?

KY DIGREGORIO

October 2011

1: Who Am I?

You’re PMc, and I’m about to talk about rock music for the next fifteen minutes.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I’m a photographer, writer, rock n’ roll enthusiast, and co-founder of Jet Boy Records . My current focus is my record label and our star act, the sexy, limo-trashing, ‘77 punk-flavored rock band, Love Bullet .

Aside from running a business, I’ve been working on an episodic video/photo documentary focused on the antics and adventures of the men, women, and musicians at Jet Boy Records, Exile On Main Street style. This summer I’ve been in and out of the studio, hopping between the boroughs with the band, pulling crazy stunts on the Lower East Side, and working through the night with my business partner, Rebecca. And the camera is always rolling.

On the side, I write a music blog called Sound System NYC and photograph concerts in the city.

3:  Where are you from and where are you going?

I’m originally from a small town near Philadelphia, but now I’m going to rock n’ roll high school. I’ve always wanted to be Jack Black in the chalkboard scene of School Of Rock, the one where “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down” is playing.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

Patti Smith. No contest.

5: What book is your bible?

Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs, & Coco Puffs and Killing Yourself To Live are tied. Those were the books that made me want to be a writer, and showed me that music journalism was a place where I could fit in. When I was feeling very misunderstood, Klosterman painted me a world where being neurotic and overly opinionated was finally acceptable, as long as I put a pen to paper. When you write about the feeling of rock music, there will always be at least one reader out there who gets it, even if your friends just think you’re an ass.

Please Kill Me is a close second. It’s the same idea as the actual bible, but the apostles have names like “Hell” and “Thunders”. Legs McNeil, thank you for your divine intervention and spreading the good word of punk rock. Let there be light.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

Love: My camera, tattoos, espresso, The Clash, collecting records, MAC Ruby Woo red lipstick, Chuck Palahniuk, fringed jackets, Magic Monday, punk boys, and my American flag-print platforms.

Hate: Dub-step, the subway, and television (though, I love the band Television).

7: What is your raison d’être?

If you haven’t figured it out by now, start over.

8: What is your favorite color?

Black. Duh.

9: Who is your favorite comic book super hero?

Every character in Watchmen. The theme of the “troubled anti-hero” in that novel is so exciting and relateable. Rorschach is a philosophical anomaly, the perfect vigilante, and so much more than Batman was ever written to be. In my fantasy world, I could go see a Dead Boys show at CBGB’s with Rorschach. I’ve always imagined his favorite song to be “Sonic Reducer”.

And I guess I just have a thing for Dr. Manhattan’s big blue…brain.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

There’s this one dirty little bar on the Lower East Side that I like to call my home. The place isn’t a secret anymore, but we still like to pretend that nothing and no one exists outside the walls of our clubhouse. It’s like a screwed-up version of Cheers, with more leather jackets and better DJs. No pictures please.

11: What turns you on?

New York Dolls’ self-titled album, Mick Jagger, and guys with problems.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Are you experienced?

Ky DiGregorio is a New York City-based photographer/writer and co-founder of rock revival label, Jet Boy Records. She is also head of a music blog, Sound System NYC, and is an active participant in New York nightlife. Ky is originally from Philadelphia.

LINKS:

Jet Boy Records Blog

Sound System NYC

Facebook Page

Twitter: @SoundSystemNYC

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Ky DiGregorio

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Caption:

Ky DiGregorio, Brooklyn, 2011, Photography by Ky DiGregorio

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