The DML Conspiracy is the true embodiment of rock & roll by nature. The band is dynamic, creative, and outspoken. They have a pop-sensibility with regards to melody, while musically entrenched in the traditions of southern rock & blues. Top that off with a nod to today’s Texas country and you have true diversity. Having such a broad base of inspiration to draw from, The DML Conspiracy are well prepared to step into any musical arena with a sense of purpose and belonging.
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Where are you based?
Space City, Texas
How long have you been making music?
Most of my life, I’ve been writing and performing since I was 15.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
I would call it rock, but that’s too vague of an answer. We incorporate a variety of influences into our music. Whatever you would consider Kid Rock, you could put us in that same category. We are like a cross between Bon Jovi and Alice In Chains.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
My father was a music lover and a musician too. He played guitar and harmonica. He laid the foundation and desire for me to pursue music. He had an old beat up acoustic lying around the house. He refused to buy me an electric guitar until I learned the fundamentals on the acoustic first. I practically slept with that guitar when I was growing up. We would have jam sessions at the house playing the blues. I would play guitar and my father would play his harmonica. He was a much better harmonica player than he was a guitarist. We would just hammer out 12 bar blues for hours. Music has always been my greatest passion. Even to this day, music is such a major part of my life. The creativity of writing motivates me. Some musicians focus on their stage routines and rituals, but me, I’m always trying to write that magical song that finds its way into your soul and sets up permanent residence there. Its one thing to be heard, but I want to be remembered.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Queen. Journey. Aerosmith, Matchbox Twenty. & The Counting Crows.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
We have our own indie label called Sonic Smack Records
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Just trying to find our voice in this over-saturated sea that we call the music business. The challenge is trying to get people to find “US” in this massive industry of music. Another challenge is major labels, although not as prominent as they once were, still having a lot of influence over distribution and radio. Bands are finding ways around this conundrum, but it’s still a slow process.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
With this lineup, we only have one release as the DML Conspiracy. Prior to this band, I was in another band called the DML Cartel. We had three independent releases.
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
‘An Act Of Defiance’ was the first set of songs to be recorded in my home studio. By the end of 2015, my band, The DML Cartel, was disintegrating and eventually fell apart. We had a good run, but we just ran out of gas in the end. So, in grand fashion, I decided I was going to take a year off to collect myself and my thoughts. I spent my free time traveling and seeing other parts of the world. But while I was home, I had begun building my own recording studio. It was supposed to be a project studio, but over time, it just kept growing. During this time, I met Shawn and Landyn, who would track bass and guitars respectively. Shawna and I had been singing together for years in previous bands. I was writing songs for her so she could release her own solo CD. We had all of this great music, but no band. So I decided that I would put a new band together. Truthfully, I just wanted to play these songs live. In the process, I met Marty, Steve, & Lance playing in a band called the Texas Retreads. I pulled them in and sweet-talked Shawn, Landyn, and Shawna into joining the band, and the rest, as they say, is history. This is my favorite release to date. The songs are very personal, and the songwriting process was very therapeutic. That’s not to say I don’t still love the songs on the previous records. This particular record was just a magical process. Over the four years that I spent writing and recording these songs, so much stuff was happening in my personal life. The inspiration came in waves, but the waves were spaced just right. So by the time that I was mixing the first batch of songs, I would be writing the next batch, and so on. The whole process took a little longer than I wanted, but the energy of these songs is worth it. There were a lot of songs left over that didn’t make the record. We could have released a double album if we wanted.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
We have been recording new songs while in quarantine, so we will have enough music to release another CD. But right now, we are going to just focus on promoting this release as best we can. I also have some songwriting collaborations with Vic Sapp that I’m excited to hopefully get out soon.