Firing up the Machine


Hey 2018 – how ya doin? Do you feel like the future? Our upcoming show with Bloodshot Record’s The Yawpers will be a first for DMC.  Yours truly will be joined by his faithful robot trio of the KMI bop pad,  IconnectAudio2+ and a Macbook Air with Ableton Live at the ready.  New sounds, new colors, new concepts and I can’t wait to hit that stage!

Good Times to Outweigh the Bad – 2017 edition

My site has been a little neglected what with everything that happened in 2017 so here’s a little listicle of highlights and pics that made it a little better.

June 4 – We played The Brewtown Rumble in the shadow of the lovely Pabst brewery in Downtown Milwaukee. It was HOT!  We did a second set without the suits and I put my hair up haha

Devil Met Contention. Thank you to everybody for coming out, last night!

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June 10: I love the swirly stage at Company Brewing
(Thanks Luke for the backline drums which allowed me to fly in and just jump onstage and play)


June 30: We played Summerfest AKA The World’s largest Muic Festival as part of their Emerging Artists series (Ehson lounging backstage)

July 26: We played Chill on the Hill – it was a perfect night albeit a little buggy.  Ignore my love handles and just enjoy this photo for it’s epicness.


August ?: Speaking of epic! I hate photos of myself but someone shared this online and I think I’m ok with it  😉


September 9: We played Rock the Green on a 100% pedal powered stage!
“Milwaukee’s Devil Met Contention, was the sharpest dressed band of the festival, with each of the members donning a matching dark suit.  They brought their southwestern tinged tunes to the Pedal Power Stage, riding into their set with a unique sound and soulful energy.  Lead singer/songwriter Ehson Rad’s deep vocals and storytelling helped lead almost the entire crowd at the festival at the time over to the Pedal Power Stage for their late afternoon set.  Equal parts musically rocking and lyrically poignant, Devil Met Contention are a band on the rise who held the audience in the palms of their hands during their forty-five minute set.”

October 12: National Tastemaker 88NINE Radio Milwaukee included us on their Pledge Drive CD gift called “Live From Studioo Milwaukee, Vol.7”. Had we known at the time that we would end up rubbing shoulder with Old 97s, Aimee Mann, Robyn Hitchcock, The Magnetic Zeroes, Brett Dennen and Mike Doughty we would have played better haha!

November and December: we carved out a little bit of time to demo, track and produce two new songs for release in 2018. They’re definitely a move into new territory for us and I hope people will be into them as much as we are.  I can honestly say this is the first time that I never once got tired of hearing the songs throughout the entire process which is rare I think.

Also, Daniel Holter is our new champ behind the board and its been such a pleasure to watch him work.

SEE YOU IN 2018!


Devil Met Contention live on “Hear Here Presents” Music Series

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Back in November of 2015 DMC was invited to take part in a live loft recording series called Hear Here Presents. It was a blast and you can hear folks from the crew and other bands that took part in the evening’s sessions.  I played this show all hopped up on flu medicine but at least my hair looked good!

From a gear perspective, I was trying out some new Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple drums (snare and floor tom) along with a Taye Studio Birch kick with the Woodshed Percussion logo head. Those sick 16″ hihats are Impression Dark series. So slinky good! And don’t forget the cool Big Fat Snare drum snare-bourine to get that fat 70s thump on the third track.

Watch and Listen here:

Dickie on Iowa Public Radio’s Java Blend


Found out recently that Host Ben Keefer and the good people at IPR posted audio of our November visit to the Java Blend program.  They record the show live in the back room of a very small coffee house on a very small stage (as you can see by the pic.)

I played the whole show using VF Tala Wands but my Yamaha Tour Series drums and Impression cymbals sounded pretty darn good.  It was tough to get a feel for how loud the loops were since the show goes direct to hard disk but I balanced it the best I could.  That’s showbiz!

Listen Here: Dickie combines dark content with light pop

Drummers like to tinker…

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Been tinkering in the music room downstairs during the off season and this monster has emerged.

It’s my Taye Drums gokit rack tom (12″) and the 18″ gokit kick as a woofer for a 24×14 Yamaha 9000 kick. Also a Yamaha 9000 14×10 rack tom as a floor tom.

There are 4 snares in the pic – A Yamaha steve gadd with vintage hoops, a vintage red slingerland, an LP 10″ micro by the hihat and a Taye 14x7maple/walnut hanging out down below.

Cymbals are: SABIAN Prototype 10″ aero splash, 18″ HH thin, 21″ SR2 thin, 19″ AAX Tremor with rattler and the hihats are 15″ Crescent Cymbals

Electronics are a Roland SPD-S with some sweet e-panda headphones (thanks Dominic at Woodshed for pimping #hooligan stuff haha)

I’m using the new vic firth beaters and Steve Jordan sticks (can’t see them)

Oh yeah. and a cowbell. (LP Salsa bell. mmmm chips and salsa)