Hey there! Danny from DNT here. Oh, you've never heard of us??? Well, you should have. Or maybe you did hear about us, but don't even know it...
We used to perform under the name of Danny and the Tramp. When John and I first moved out to San Diego from the East Coast (Pennsylvania, what-what!), and found our first drummer, Brandon, that's what we went by. It was Danny...and the Tramp! When we added Zeke and then Kyle (who took over for Brandon), we were looking to change our name, but our fans wouldn't allow it. They wanted the name Danny and the Tramp!
So we stuck with it. We used that name for a few years; building up some street 'cred on the West Coast. But after the many years in smokey bars and yelling over those loud-ass drums (Side note: They should really consider adding a volume knob to drumsets), John started getting out-of-breath saying our name so we thought, "Why don't we shorten it to just D-N-T?"
And here we are! DNT. And we are very social, let me tell you... within the media that is. If you come up to us in real-life and try to have an actual conversation, I guarantee some awkward silent moments.
I guess that's who we are: The most introverted extroverts you'll ever meet.
We have many social accounts all over the world wide web. You found us here! That's cool. This is our official site. We're also on the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many others. We usually spend most of our time on MySpace. (that was a joke...laugh)
Here is a list of our most popular social media accounts. Make sure to click on each one and follow us!
Amazon Prime is a fantastic invention. So is Jack Daniels. They should have a kid.
Below is an alternative version of Chase That Bunny snagged from the aforementioned Gulls game. I was pumped that Joe from Pacific Records recorded the whole show because there was some gems in that setlist. This recording is a lot closer to what I had in my head when writing the song.
Long story short--I had recently watched the Rum Diary and had been mesmerized by the atmosphere created in this crazy bar scene. I had some lyrics that needed a home, and came up with a dirty-dumb blues hook I hoped would capture some of the feelings.
Yeah, yea, I get it Danny. No one cares. Just check out the clip.
P.S. Danny screwed up the second verse by singing the first verse over again. Not sure why he did that? Maybe he just really likes the first verse. Or maybe he got too drunk on $2 beers and forgot he already sang the first verse? Oh well.
photo by Mitch Belding
Some people know that every DNT member maps to someone in the Beatles. Dan, with his pretty face and comfort with lots of attention, is Paul McCartney. John--no name change required--is John Lennon, the charming and irreverent prankster. Kyle is Ringo. Because the drummer is always Ringo, even if he is really good (and Kyle is).
So then that leaves George Harrison. That's me, Zeke--also known as Ezekiel Jay. Also known as Fourth Guy. George Harrison was the Quiet Beatle. He seemed kind of serious. He was definitely spiritual. It's true that I don't talk a lot on stage and I think it's a relief for me because normally, as the front man in Ezekiel Jay, I am running the show and it's a much different experience. With DNT I would just rather get in the zone, play my guitar and let John and Dan mic-fight about whether John's AIDS joke was appropriate at our all ages show.
This past year I have been making an EZJ album, with the support of the guys. They let me slack on my band duties so I wouldn't go insane. Because--for all of my New Age-y meditation--I'm actually not that laid back. After having been part of both projects for about 5 years now, I am really proud of what I have created on my own and what we do together in DNT.
If you would like to see the story of the making of my Emotional Charge record, check out my updates on PledgeMusic. Once the album is out, I told John he could remake my most serious and spiritual song with lyrics about herpes.
Speaking of epidemics, I've noticed a wonderful new trend in female speech patterns. When I asked a few folks why they are holding their S's I was surprised to find they all had similar answers of "I was thinking about what I was going to say next."
While sounding like a mix between a garden snake and a broken sprinkler system may appeal to some, I find that it does the opposite of emphasizing thoughtfulness. It's almost as bad as the overuse of "perfect" when describing every-day things.
If you happen to catch a friend of yours overemphasizing their S's, promptly start hissing at them to express your interest in what they are saying. Got it? Perfect.
Now and then we think thoughts and write them here.