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Exclusive Interview With Joe Cotela of DED

Frontman Chats About Brand New Micro EP Mannequin Eyes

Arizona rockers DED seemingly came out of nowhere in 2017 with their hit single “Anti-Everything.” The song was in heavy rotation on Sirius XM Octane exposing the band to an audience of metalheads around the world. The tune was heavy but catchy as hell and you couldn’t help but jump up and pump your fist in the air. The song, along with their debut album Mis-an-thrope, would quickly make DED the break out band of the year as they toured heavily, performing sets at major music festivals like Carolina Rebellion and Louder Than Life.

At first glance, the band may seem to be the antithesis of positive but as the saying goes, looks are deceiving. DED actually brings messages of positivity to their ever-expanding fanbase, offering hope and comfort and a focus on self-care and mental well being. Those are things we could all use a little more of in our lives, especially in these turbulent times. Their most recent release is the two-song Micro EP Mannequin Eyes, a precursor of their sophomore album which is scheduled to be released sometime later this year. Working once again with top-notch producer Kevin Churko, DED is sounding better than ever. They bring just the right amount of heavy with enough melodic elements to make the songs extremely memorable. “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)” may just be the heaviest song DED has ever done as they beg us to question what we the people are consuming and supporting while “Eyes Sewn Shut” brings in some electronic elements coupled with a lot of tempo changes that will have you feeling contemplative and restless at the same time.  

Shutter 16 had the chance to talk with vocalist Joe Cotela and get the inside scoop on the making of the EP and what may lie ahead for the band. You can check out our interview in full below. 

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