Meet the Dohm Collective
The founding members of Dohm Collective consist of four DJ/producers, one visual artist, and a manager. The collective also facilitates multiple DJ acts through their resident producers. The current founding members are Stephen “CareAsthmatic” Ridgeway (Manager/DJ), Chase “C-Lab” Labure (Producer/DJ), Brendan “Pawn” Pechon (Visual Artist), Matthew “Zupparty” Zuppardo (Producer/DJ), Nick “Lo Meyn” Meyn (Producer/DJ), and Austin “Dino Brawl” Thompson.
Having multiple DJs leaves a lot of creative space for collaborations. With this diverse group of artists other performances have been created. One trio that has been persistent in popularity is Sunsabetchez, which consists of Chase Labure and Matthew Zuppardo on the decks and Brendan Pechon supplying visuals. Other acts to come from the land of B2Bs is Dino-Lab (Dino Brawl b2b C-Lab), Teck Support (C-Lab b2b Zupparty), Dinomatic (CareAsthmatic b2b Dino Brawl), and plenty more!
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IT STARTED LIKE ALL GREAT THINGS DO…. WITH AN IDEA. The beginning of Dohm Collective was a group of friends looking for a way to create a space for all their friends to gather for music festivals and hanging out. Little did they know that within a year of their founding, they would end up launching one of most noted electronic music collectives in New Orleans all while throwing some dope parties in the process.
Chase LaBure, Nick Meyn, Stephen Ridgeway, Matthew Zuppardo, and Brendan Pechon started the project as a way to provide a place where their friends could gather, hang out, and sleep when they traveled to music festivals around the country. The geodesic dome structure quickly drew the attention of fellow campers and festival goers alike and became known as Dohm, a play on the words dome and ohm.
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Is there an emotional reward for putting together a sound camp? The only thing that matters is that the people who are in our dome are having a good time and are creating lifelong memories. I’ve seen it happen, where two people embrace in such a way that you know that moment will be forever ingrained upon them. To be able to provide the space for that to happen is all I need to continue doing this. I will work the rest of my life to fund this if I can continue to make this happen.
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One local group, Dohm Collective, is a group of friends whose skill sets range from audio and visual production to performance art and behind-the-scenes management. The group “met and organized under the idea of providing a space for radical self-expression,” DJ Matthew Zuppardo, aka Zupparty, said.
In addition to being a collective themselves, Dohm also encourages crowd participation and an open, community feel through a geodesic dome structure built out of triangles. Dohm first unveiled the structure at CounterPoint Music Festival 2015 and has since taken the setup on the road for festival appearances in addition to various local parties and productions.
“From the very instant the first poles hit the ground, we could feel that we had inadvertently constructed more than just a dome—it was a home, a hub of creativity and awesomeness,” DJ Brendan Pechon, aka Pawn, said. “There was an emotional excitement that we built within the Dohm that wasn't in the original blueprints.”
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And the 11 Sound Camp crews that put their heart and soul into creating their own taste for all to enjoy really knew what I was talking about. Whether it was the Call of Booty’s Plunderdome, with its powerful sound system and dozens of pirate campmates, or the incredibly crafty and visually beautiful space at Ye Olde Dohm, I spent a lot of time getting closer with old friends and making new ones at the Sound Camps. It was an experience missing from many mainstream festivals and my favorite aspect out of all of Middlelands. Brendon, from the Ye Olde Dohm Collective, perfectly captures the idea behind it all: