Rock on the Range isn’t just a three day concert in the heart of Ohio. It’s a weekend adventure packed with some of the loudest, heaviest, bands you’ve come to know and love, as well as, a springboard for some up and coming artists to get a chance to perform in front of 135,000 faces. DED being in the ladder category, (although with their ability to command the stage you’d swear they’ve been doing this their whole life) it was a great opportunity for us to get up close and personal with one of the hottest, and most anticipated fresh-metal bands of 2017.
You guys have two singles that are smashing the charts right now. As more of a fan than a “worker” right now, what’s coming up next, and I know we got an album dropping soon, but it’s not soon enough!
MATT: Yeah, Next for us is Rocklahoma, and then after that we’ll do a couple smaller shows through out Texas and then our album is coming out July 21st.
JOE: We’re going out with Korn and Stone Sour on the Serenity of Summer Tour. Hitting Chicago Open Air, (and) a bunch of those festivals, so we’re staying busy.
What’s been the reaction for those who might not know who you are when you get out there? They’re like ‘Alright Ded, let’s see what this is about’, and then you guys unleash hell upon everybody. What is that like, when you get to see people wake up?
JOE: It’s dope! Because, having two songs out it’s like a challenge a little bit? But, then you get that unexpected, ‘who are these guys’, and we come out, handle business, and it’s cool. Yesterday we played and it was pits wide open, crowdsurfing, all that stuff. Everybody was wilding out. And that’s how it’s been. We bring a lot of energy and it’s authentic, real. So people feel it.
I think it’s one of those things that, you bring a tone that everybody else has to try and match, and they might not be able to.
Now the rumor is that this came together, and you might have to correct me here, but somebody was cruising through Spotify and they didn’t hear enough music that they liked that was decent and was like, ‘You know what? We can make this shit happen!”
DAVID: We’re music junkies, so we’re always searching for something, and we wanted to find something like DED, and we just weren’t really finding a lot of our favorite bands like Pantera, Slipknot, Deftones, Rage Against the Machine. We wanted that energy. So, I own a recording studio and we just started messing around with the idea of writing songs in that vein, and it snowballed from there.
How fast did that click?
MATT: Right away, I mean we’ve been in bands together for a long time and like [David] was saying, it just kind of happened because we wanted to write songs that we wanted to hear. That we wanted to play. And from there, it just grew. We didn’t put a timeline to it at all. We just did our thing.
JOE: We did it all under the radar. We like, worked in silence and let the work speak for you. You know, that kind of thing. So it was like a three year process. It didn’t happen in like two weeks or something, like now we’re at Rock on the Range. There was a lot of work, a lot of researching all kinds of stuff. Being hard on ourselves and we had no plans of releasing honestly, it was just like a passion thing. Making something we really liked and made us happy and made us get stoked and giving it to a couple people and playing a couple of shows, it just spread really fast. People just got stoked. And they wanted to tell their friends about it. And so it went through the industry quick. [We] started getting phone calls from all these people, blah blah blah and now we’re here.
Alright, I’m not a big fan of labels as far as genre’s but, [the albums] got a nu-metal sound and that is fantastic for a kid that grew up in the nineties! And it came, it rocked, and it slowly went away and it’s starting to feel that a resurgence is coming back. In that, high angst, high energy, explosive metal. Do you guys put yourself into that category, is it no category, where do you feel on that and how do you feel about the nu-metal scene?
DAVID: First off, we love nu-metal, we grew up on it. It wasn’t suppose to be a mimic, or an imitation of nu-metal. We always call it ‘fresh-metal’. Because it’s a little modern and its got it’s own twist on it. When everybody hears the rest of the album you’ll see there’s a lot of twists and turns that maybe, some of the nu-metal bands didn’t try or didn’t go through and we really took all of our favorite bands and even modern bands and took our favorite pieces and made other songs about it. So, it wasn’t necessarily suppose to be one genre. The CD’s got eleven songs on it, and eleven different styles, but they all fit together.
JOE: There’s a mix of rock and roll, there’s punk in there, there’s metal, metalcore, hardcore. We took a little bit of everything. Some people say, ‘This sounds like Marilyn Manson’, some people say Wage War, modern bands [like] Slipknot. People hear all kinds of things like, ‘oh I hear that in there’. So, we really try to take all those influences and make this, monster Voltron version of music.
DAVID: We just want peoples heads to bop. If your head is bopping that’s all that matters.
JOE: We’re way into hip-hop and stuff and the groove. It’s all about that. Then we go to Pantera, the masters of groove. They really brought that heavy groove. It’s like we say, when you get that face that somebody just farted, because it’s so heavy you’re like, ‘ohhhhhh’. Fart face, because it’s so heavy. But it’s true! You just get that, ‘awwwww’. Something about the way you feel the vibration that makes your body react. And we wanted that. We didn’t want it to be, ‘oh this sounds cool’, we wanted it to be, ‘I feel this inside of my body’. Because, if you feel it then somebody else is going to feel it cuz we’re all connected like that. I don’t wanna sound like a hippie or anything, but it’s a real thing, vibrations. It’s science.
Give us the difference between a pub, small club to [Rock on the Range]. You guys played yesterday and you’re still here.
MATT: We play any and every stage you can think of. We played Rock on the Range, really big venues and really small clubs. We love them all. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small club. I think we actually go a little bit harder because it’s more intimate for us. We’re just closer together you know? We just wail wherever we go. Pound the earth.
JOE: We love music. We love the lifestyle of music. We like being around it. We go to shows when were home. We’re fans as well. I think every band probably is. We’re like, ‘Metallica is playing Sunday, the day after us, we gotta stay for that’! We watched Korn last night. We watched Papa Roach. We’re just walking around watching all these amazing bands and studying honestly. Doing a little bit of research like, ‘Yo, these guys are killing and they’re doing this, this, this and this.’ It’s important that we do that. It’s part of our thing, but simultaneously enjoying ourselves. We wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
That’s fucking awesome! Alright, we’re gonna have some fun questions here. What are some pre-show rituals you have? Everybody’s got something they do. We’ve heard the rumors of, ‘No brown M&M’s touching’. What’s going on before the show?
DAVID: Nothing too specific. Sometimes we’ll do a stupid chant, or a count in or, something dumb. We’ll do the Might Ducks quack for fun…..shot of Jack. That’s pretty good pre-show ritual.
You’re not going to go wrong with that on the drinking show with a radio problem! On that, what is everybody’s drink of choice?
Jameson and ginger or just straight up?
MATT: Jameson with anything.
JOE: Anything with alcohol in it.
KYLE: I’m more of a beer guy. So, definitely go that way with IPA’s and things like that.
DAVID: I tend to always order a shot and a beer at the same time.
You guys are on the road quite a bit, losing the luxuries of being at home, take us through the perfect convenience store breakfast.
MATT: My favorite is Sheetz. You can actually walk in and order a nice little breakfast sandwich for yourself. It’s cheap. You can see it on the side of the road.
JOE: Convenient store breakfast huh? I love the peanut butter granola bars. Maybe keep it old school like that. Coffee. Maybe sneak in a Slim Jim in there. You never know, get a little protein.
KYLE: I’ll usually just do black coffee. Until lunch time. Then rock it then. After that, anything that looks good.
JOE: Or Taco Bell for Kyle.
DAVID: I’m also a coffee guy in the morning. If they got fruit in there I’ll do it, but for the most part I’ll wait until lunch time to eat.
Well, gentlemen thank you so much for your time. Again, we’re hanging out at Rock on the Range [with] DED, check them out! Brand new album coming out July 21st. And if they look for anything DED where do they go?
JOE: It’s up for pre-order right now. It’s live on iTunes, Amazon all that stuff. Facebook is DEDofficial, Instagram is DEDofficial, Twitter is WeAreDed.
Gentlemen, keep on rocking! Hanging out here at Rock on the Range, it’s the Social Revolution!
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