Big L’s phone interview with Joe Cotela lead vocalist of DED who releases their debut album this Friday!!

This Friday is the day that DED’s debut album, “Mis-An-Thrope” hits the shelves and you will want to make sure to pick up your copy.

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, DED has electrified the nation with their unique sound. Their current single ‘Anti-Everything’ has had heavy airtime and rose as high as number one on Octane’s Big-Uns list. It’s holding steady in the list, currently holding down the number four slot and the coinciding video has had over 1 million views.

DED has been busy this year, making their rounds amongst the top music festivals including Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air and Rock USA just to name a few. They will also be joining Korn and Stone Sour for the upcoming stage of “The Serenity of Summer” tour along with Skillet and Yelawolf. Two of the tour stops include Ohio, Riverbend in Cincinnati and Blossom in Cleveland as well as the DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.

Drawing inspirations from the likes of Pantera, Korn, Slipknot and Bring Me the Horizon, Joe Cotela (vocals), David Ludlow (guitar), Kyle Koelsch (bass) and Matt Reinhard (drums) got together to produce a sound that is ‘in your face and meant to tell it like it is’. Collectively they have created buzz with their loud and aggressive sound that serves as a positive outlet to their growing fanbase.

Renowned record producer, John Feldmann, took notice of the band and would be the connection between and DED and Jordan Schur of Suretone Records, the label who launched the careers of Staind and Limp Bizkit.

Between the madness of being on the road and preparing for the “Summer of Serenity Tour”, Cotela was gracious enough to spend a little time with myself and The Rust Belt Chronicles viewers for a phone interview and it went as follows.

TRBC: First of all I’d like to thank you for granting us a little of your time; I’m sure things are kind of nuts right now.

JC: Yea it’s been pretty crazy lately but it’s my pleasure; we appreciate the fact that so many people are looking to get the word out about us.

TRBC: How long have you guys been together as a band?

JC: We’ve been together as a band for about three years now but actually knew each other longer than that. We first started out because we wanted to do something different, something that was all our own. It wasn’t until the past year that things began to blow up and it’s been a very cool ride.

TRBC: Is there a meaning behind the band’s name and how did you come up with it?

JC: Well the name actually has a handful of meanings. First off it’s the first three letters in the work dedicated and collectively that’s what we are. We’re dedicated to ensuring that those who believe rock is dead are very much mistaken, therefore it’s is also a play on the word dead. It fits our musical style.

TRBC: How does it feel to have had as much success as you have thus far in such a short period of time? And did you think you would be where you are today?

JC: It feels great to see that the chemistry we have with each other is actually being shared with a ton of fans. We really didn’t set out to with a specific fan target; were really just making the music we liked and the fact that so many fans have found a connection with it is just amazing. It’s very gratifying knowing that something you are so passionate about is well received.

TRBC: Speaking of being well received, your fans get a chance to see you out on tour with one of your biggest influences, Korn, as well as Corey Taylor and Stone Sour. How cool is that?

JC: We’ve actually played several shows with both of the bands but to be out on the road for the ‘Summer of Serenity Tour’ is just mind boggling. It’s going to be crazy. But no matter who we’re out on the road with we are always going to give it everything we have.

TRBC: On that subject, I know you had a short run with Insane Clown Posse; did you get to drink any Faygo?

JC: I didn’t get to drink much but I did get to wear some. Actually it was pretty cool being out with those guys. They welcomed us with open arms and they were very welcoming. ICP has played with bands like Attila and Miss May I, so to have that crossover is really pretty cool.

TRBC: Your debut album, “Mis-An-Thrope”, is coming out on Friday, that’s got to be exciting. You signed with Jordan Schur’s, Suretone Records, the label that gave us Staind and Limp Bizkit and the album was produced by the John Feldmann, famous for being the lead singer/guitarist for the band Goldfinger But he has also accounted for more than 34 million records sold worldwide, whether it was producing or co-writing. What was it like to work with names like that and how important was it?

JC: Oh man, those two gentlemen have been extremely helpful during this whole process and have given us advice the whole way. They are both legends in the industry so when they speak you want to soak it all in. They both have been instrumental to our success and we owe them a great deal of gratitude. It was truly an honor to be in that situation. It was a little surreal for me in that Goldfinger was my first concert and to now be working with him is nothing short of amazing.

TRBC: You have played all the big festivals and of course you have the ‘Serenity of Summer Tour’ coming up. You also were named as one of the performers for Shiprocked in January. I’m a Shiprocker myself so I’m interested in what your thoughts are about that opportunity?

JC: I’ve been on a boat before but nothing like a cruise ship so perhaps you can give some pointers.

TRBC: I’m not sure what it’s like from a performer’s aspect but my advice is to simply have fun. The Shiprockers are a group who enjoy rock and like having a great time. I’m sure you guys are going to fit in nicely.

JC: Yea we’re really looking forward to it. The lineup from what I saw is sick and it is going to be a pleasure playing alongside all of those bands. We like to have a good time so I’m sure we’ll fit right in.

TRBC: In closing, is there anything that you what to say to your fans?

JC: Just get out and buy the new album. It’s going to be available on Friday at Best Buy, FYE you can get it on iTunes and Amazon. We’re not really into trying to beg people to come out to shows or even hype the shit out of our merchandise. We do appreciate those of you who do come out and we look forward to seeing many more.

The Rust Belt Chronicles would like to thank Joe Cotela for taking the time to do the interview as well as Ed Bunker of No Problem Marketing for all of his help in setting up the interview and providing us with pertinent information in regards to DED’s upcoming tours.

Until next time this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/

Ded – Upcoming Tour dates

August 9 – Diamondz Events Center – Jerome, ID  (KEDJ show)

August 10 – 3rd Wheel – Lewiston, ID (KOZZ show)

August 11 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA (KHTQ show)

August 12 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID (KQXR show)


Ded Festival Appearances (More coming this fall)

7/22 — Rise Above Festival – Bangor, ME

9/9 – Revolution Rock Festival – Foxwoods Resort, CT

9/22 – High Elevation Rock Festival – Denver, CO

9/30 – Louder Than Life -Louisville, KY

10/1 – Sonic Boom – Janesville, WI

10/7 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ

10/15 – Houston Open Air n- Houston, TX

10/22 – Aftershock – Sacramento, CA

11/5 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – San Bernadino, CA

1/18/18 – Shiprocked


Ded with Korn, Stone Sour and more

07/19 – Syracuse, N.Y. — Lakeview Amphitheater

07/20 – Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center

07/23 – Hartford, Ct. — Xfiniity Theatre

07/25 – Toronto, Ontario — The Molson Amphitheatre

07/26 – Camden, N.J. — BB&T Pavilion

07/27 – Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center

07/29 – Noblesville, Ind. — Klipsch Music Center

07/30 – Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre

08/01 – Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center

08/02 – Cleveland, Ohio — Blossom Music Center


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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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