2022 Emerging Artist
Jon Didier, better known by his stage name, Jon Ditty, is a Rapper, Songwriter, and Artist based in Dunedin, FL. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in December of 2010. While completing his Arts Degree, Jon found himself more and more preoccupied by hip-hop songwriting, which has incrementally become his primary creative focus.
Since 2012, Jon has released three full-length albums, countless song features, and performed live with over 50 different Florida bands. His lyrical approach can be described as syncopated, overly verbose, abstract, and witty. He is the recipient of several Creative Loafing Tampa Best of the Bay Awards, including: Best Local Hip-Hop Act, Best Spoken Word Artist, Best Unsafe Music, and [outlandishly] 4th Best Mayor (outshining former Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn). Ditty is also the founder of Off The Dome, a freestyle/improv rap open mic (formerly known as the Dunedin Lyricist Society), taking place every Wednesday night at Blur Nightclub in Downtown Dunedin.
Most recently, Jon has started a duo project with longtime collaborator and Tampa Bay musical multi-talent, Stick Martin. Stick & Ditty can be seen performing weekly around the greater Tampa Bay Area. Additionally, they have been billed to play the 2021 Suwannee Hulaween Music Festival in Live Oak, FL. The pair accomplish a unique hip-hop showcase, featuring both live looping and dynamic instrumentation.