David Blue


David Blue began writ­ing about antique agri­cul­tur­al equip­ment in grade 1 and quick­ly moved on to mus­ings on the auto­mo­tive indus­try, avi­a­tion, and the his­to­ry of the two in Amer­i­ca. As a pre-teen, his ear­ly own­er­ship of a first gen­er­a­tion iPhone pre­ten­tious­ly inspired him to depart these sub­jects entire­ly in order to blog about tech­nol­o­gy on a Blog­ger site of his cre­ation and to upload vapid, cringey tech videos on his accom­pa­ny­ing YouTube chan­nel. (Both of which have thank­ful­ly been lost to time.) At 16, he began anoth­er blog and YouTube chan­nel doc­u­ment­ing his expe­ri­ences as a stu­dent pilot, find­ing in video edit­ing a sat­is­fy­ing skillset to per­fect.


In high school, David’s ado­les­cent rebel­lion came in the form of Dry­wall - a “counter-counter cul­ture” music project and “move­ment” which served as a release of his angst and vain obses­sion with “pol­ish” in his pre­vi­ous endeav­ors, fos­tered a new pur­suit in audio production/hardware elec­tron­ics, and con­tin­ued his oppor­tu­ni­ties to work with video. The orig­i­nal Twitter/online com­mu­ni­ty into which his high school friends/early part­ners intro­duced him dur­ing this time would grow to become a found­ing pil­lar of Extra­tone.


David returned to writ­ing and film­ing about cars after grad­u­at­ing with a week­ly col­umn for Speed­mon­key and the Dry­wall auto­mo­tive video series Honk. With the reg­u­lar help of friends, Dry­wall con­tent peaked in Drycast — the week­ly audio pod­cast to which he devot­ed most of his ener­gy through­out 2015, which has since been absorbed into the Extra­tone brand (and been inter­mit­tent­ly revived,) along with the orig­i­nal Dry­wall movies, includ­ing the ambi­tious but dis­con­tin­ued Chil­dren of the Corn 30.


After a short, re-ori­ent­ing sab­bat­i­cal from his own byline, David launched Extra­tone in Spring 2016 in the inter­est of con­sol­i­dat­ing and uni­fy­ing the vast amount of rev­o­lu­tion­ary but often-mar­gin­al­ized voic­es he’d dis­cov­ered with­in the net­work of visu­al artists, musi­cians, engi­neers, and friends he’d amassed through­out young adult­hood, and con­tin­ues to obses­sive­ly pur­sue new cul­ture and argu­ments from with­in the con­text of the plat­form and its com­mu­ni­ty.


David enjoys writ­ing about the ongo­ing evo­lu­tion of media and the inter­sec­tion of tech­nol­o­gy and cul­ture. He does not like con­ver­sa­tions about food, sex, sleep, or John Tesh, and is no longer allowed to pub­lish a sin­gle word about cars.

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