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.
Let's just call a spade a spade and rename the BLT to BMT. Because mayo is a more important ingredient than lettuce.
Also, we were invited to play at the San Diego Gulls game. Here's a video from early in our set before the lounge got packed (while people were still watching the game)!
Haha, they put Kyle in a cage. A glass case of emotion, if you will.
Not visible in the footage is the steady influx of party-goers that ended up packing the place and getting our set extended an extra half hour. Joe from Pacific records did the sound for us and recorded the whole thing--so look forward to more audio from that show (Shoutout to Pacific Records and to GigTown for having us)!
Hmmm, what else? Oh! Zeke's album is done! You should check out his page to figure out how to get your hands on one. And, alas, the San Diego on Tap festival was canceled. So make sure you get your refunds.
Peace and love,
Hi everyone! This is Kyle. The drummer.
Somehow I’m still considered the “new guy” even though my first show as drummer with DNT was an interesting one in LA well over a year ago. That being said, this is my first time reaching out to y’all, so I can give you a little insight into who the guy behind the kit is: born in Miami (resided for less than a year), I grew up outside Detroit. With my bleach blonde hair & dark ‘brows in middle school/high school people thought I was an Eminem wannabe. Although not my intention, who isn’t? I then “hit the books” for a 4-year undergraduate career in New Hampshire, the state with the best motto ever ("Live Free or Die”) and took the 8 out west all the way to the sea [see: How to Run]. Living by the beach for a shade over 7 years now, I linked up with Danny & the rhythm guitarist who wrote the previous post through some mutual friends and here we are!
On a more serious note, after listening to All In for the first time a year and a half ago, I embraced the idea of DNT’s vision and played it cool when they asked me to join as an ‘at will’ drummer. Needing 2/3 vote to be voted off the island, I’ve managed to create and destroy alliances several times over to stay on as an active member.
So much for being a serious note.
(inquiries/criticisms always welcome)
Best wishes on another trip around the sun, and enough broken resolutions to kill Ziggy Star dust!
For the five of you that read this blog; start getting excited! Myself and the rest of the fellas promised our manager we would actually begin writing in this thing!
In other news, Zeke is almost done with his spectacular new album, and the rest of us can't wait to start pillaging his songs (for use in DNT material). We have a nice base of new songs and are now pushing them through set-list rotation in our SD gigs. Shanna (our manager) has been trucking along; getting us some pretty sweet shows and making connections that will hopefully start pushing our last album out across the country. Yeah, really cool eh? If art is the lens with which the artist sees the world, then I hope the rest of the country is ready to see out of beer goggles.
... No. I am not sure what that means. Yes. I am aware there is a delete button on this keyboard. Hmm...
None of us actually won the $1.3 billion power ball... But I am glad to say that if Danny or Kyle won, they would have split the winnings with me! This is not out of niceness; this is because they sent pictures of their tickets out on social media so I went to the store and got their exact numbers. Goobers.
A heartfelt goodbye, and hope to see you at a show!
Now and then we think thoughts and write them here.