So, you wanna learn a little more about how we became the anime blog known as D&A? Well then, we’re more than happy to tell you…
D&A: The Origin Story
Donte’ J. Lewis (D.J. Lewis) and Aaron M. Goldman (A. Goldman) are two dudes who love anime and manga. They’ve gone to various fun and exciting anime conventions, and have taken many anime cosplay pictures in the past 10+ years they’ve known each other. However there was just one problem; they didn’t have a digital medium where cosplayers are able to see their pictures online. That was the day that changed everything…
In December of 2015, Lewis and Goldman came up with a fun and exciting way where cosplayers can see their online pictures. After a tedious google search of the perfect blog name, these two awesome dudes came up with the name that would change the way you would see an anime blog. D&A (which is DNA; where the letter N is replaced with an ampersand) was formed and created as the answer to Lewis and Goldman’s digital medium woes; with D.J. Lewis and A. Goldman being the blog’s founders.
On January 11, 2016 D&A Anime Blog was debuted and published onto the internet during the first ever AniMore 2016 anime convention, held at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, MD. Just eight months after its inception back in January, it has grown into more than just an ordinary anime blog that you would find online. We have reviews on anime and manga, trivia questions, locations where you can find new and exciting anime cons, fanfiction, convention mocumentaries, and so much more!
After receiving its official trademark copyright in Mid-August of 2016, D&A has gotten a lot of great connections with many well-known North American anime distributors; such as FUNimation, Viz Media, Aniplex, Sentai Filmworks, and Crunchyroll! Our mission as D&A Anime Blog is to help spread the word about anime titles to a wide range of audiences that have yet to see (or hear) about it, as well as assist in the promotion of newer titles from anime distributors. We also want to help contribute to the anime community any way we can; even as far as helping up-and-coming anime conventions book special guests to come out to them. Our ultimate goal is to one day run our own anime convention entitled Anime Escape, where fans can enjoy a tropical-themed hotel-based anime convention, with an old-school mid-90’s con vibe.
To us anime is more than just a Japanese cartoon or even Japanimation, it is an art form that tells a story through vivid colors, complex plot lines, and an ever expanding imagination. Anime has helped many of its fans see the world differently; through stories about friendship, family, hope, laughter, life, marriage, and being positive even in the darkest of times. To us it is what makes up our DNA, and that is something that is a part of you!
Our Blog’s Greatest Feature: Chiptune Hip-Hop & Electronic Music Mixes
During the process of creating the blog Lewis and Goldman thought of a cool idea of how they could separate themselves from the rest of the pack; produce Chiptune Hip-Hop and Electronic Music tracks exclusively for the blog itself! Having had 8 years of freelance experience with producing beats and instrumentals, Lewis elected himself as the blog’s Chiptune Hip-Hop/Electronic Music Producer and soon to be DJ under the name; Arcade Bassline.
The best way to describe his music would be to take everything about the 1980’s Chiptune sound from classic arcade video games, and blend it with Hip-Hop and Electronic Music genres (and elements) from the modern era. The idea of being a DJ and a Music Producer came to Lewis when he went to his first rave party at an anime convention called Otakon in 2008.
Most of his music production skills have been self-taught from home on a music/beat making software known as MAGIX, but after taking a few audio engineering classes in college (as well as learn about the process of compression and limiting), Lewis can now produce “club-worthy” tracks that you’d hear from all of the big time superstar DJ’s out there. (i.e. Skrillex, Diplo, Bassnectar, just to name a few.)
One day Lewis hopes to debut as his moniker at a future anime convention rave party, or at a video game con.