We talked with all of the bands competing at the battle for a slot at Wacken Open Air 2020 in Germany. This is part 6 of a 6 part series. Each day we will publish a new article featuring one of the bands. Up Today: DND7!
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DND7 is an Alternative/Punk Rock band fresh out of the PDX music scene. DND7 loves to rock it live with hard, loud, and energetic shows.
Jonny Wilson – Guitars, Vocals
Ethan Short – Bass, Hair Flipping
Chase Colson – Drums
MIRP: Tell me what it would mean to you to perform at Wacken 2020?
DND7: We’ve been played in 63 countries this year and Wacken would be our chance to really reach out to our foreign fan base about the message we are sending through our music.
MIRP: What do you think it is about your band that would be the best fit?
DND7: We think our performance and energy would really stand out and mesh with the atmosphere of the festival. Just look at our bass player, that guy is gonna need a new neck by the age of 30.
MIRP: Sizing up your competition in a friendly manner…who are you most worried about?
DND7: Everyone, it’s a fantastic lineup that will push every band to perform their very best on stage.
MIRP: Playing this battle of the bands…what will you do differently, now that there is a big prize at stake?
DND7: Every performance we think has a “prize at stake”. For us every show is an opportunity to perform our hearts out whether or not its 3 people or 10,000 people, we focus on keeping that energy high from start to finish.
MIRP: If you are chosen as the band to go to Wacken, how do you feel about performing in front of 75,000 people?
DND7: We as a group feed off the crowd energy, when you can feel the roar of a crowd it moves you to perform on a new level you never knew existed. For us it also means we get the opportunity to spread our message to more individuals through the music and performance we put on.
MIRP: Who was the first band that made you want to be a musician?
DND7 (Jonny Wilson): Red Hot Chili Peppers
DND7 (Ethan Short): Metallica
DND7 (Chase Colson): Foo Fighters
MIRP: If you could only pick two bands to listen to for the next year, who would you choose?
DND7 (Ethan Short): CCR, Metallica
DND7 (Jonny Wilson): Linkin Park, Green Day
DND7 (Chase Colson): Muse, Alter Bridge
MIRP: Tell me what your dream is if you were chosen to play at Wacken 2020?
DND7 (Jonny Wilson): “Crowd surf, I want to crowd surf soooo baddd.”
DND7 (Chase Colson): “To grab a drink and chat with my idols, yeah…that would be awesome.”
DND7 (Ethan Short): “I would want to guest perform with one of my idol bands.”
MIRP: In the list of performers below, who have you seen before?
DND7 (Jonny Wilson): As I Lay Dying
The Rumble is on!
March 21, 2020 at Dante’s!
Six bands will battle!!
Two will move on to the regional battle in Seattle.
Who are you going to support?!!
(In alphabetical order)
Pitch Black Mass
Set In Stone
Unofficial: Somewhere Between
Be sure to check out all of these bands on all the streaming platforms and socials.
Tickets go on sale soon!!!!
A Metal Battle of the Bands for a slot at Wacken Open Air 2020 in Germany!
Six Portland, Oregon area bands will face off for the chance to move on to the semi finals in Seattle and then onto the Finals in Los Angeles. The ultimate winner will be granted a slot on a stage at the largest Metal fest on the Planet!
Panel of Judges:
Steve Unger of Metal Church
J-Mo of Splintered Throne
Karl Whinnery of VINTERSEA and Ligature Marks
Jer Dimes of the online music publication MIRP