Facebook: Heather King
Birthday: June 4th
Gear: Rhodes Piano, Taylor guitar
How long you've been playing: I've been singing since college, playing the piano since age eight, and playing guitar for six years.
Hobbies/activities: Reading, watching movies, playing piano, cooking, updating my Facebook page, hosting my annual murder mystery party, and gardening.
Musical Influences: Gwen Stefani, MuteMath, Coldplay, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin
Favorite DW song: Break My Silence
Most memorable touring experience: Playing in front of 10,000 people at the Denver Coliseum.
Favorite city you've played in: Seattle, WA
Likes: My two year old daughter Hayden, mocha coconut frappuccinos, my dog Mulder and my cat Richard Parker, decorating my house, my mom's spaghetti recipe, my husband Caleb's jokes
Favorite TV shows: The Wire, The Office, House, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, The Shield, Arrested Development, Damages, Big Love, Breaking Bad, Fringe
Favorite movies: A Mighty Wind, Mystery Men, the Harry Potter series, the Star Wars Trilogy, anything scary
Favorite books: Anything by Stephen King, anything by Anne Lamott, the Harry Potter
books, the Chronicles of Narnia
, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
A paragraph about you: I love what I do. When I'm not singing, I'm playing the piano, or teaching others to play the piano. I love seeing other people getting excited about making music. I'm married to Caleb. He's my best friend, and I'm so lucky to spend most of my time with him. I had a baby girl named Hayden Alayna on December 28, 2009. She's a mini-Caleb, but she has my blue eyes. We're hoping she'll be a musician, artist, and all around artsy kid. I'm a gardening maniac. I laughed at my parents when they spent every day in their garden, but now I'm turning into them! These days I get excited about talking about compost piles. I go to the movies every chance I get, and I love to read. I'm also trying to launch a writing career. You can read my blog at www.aqueenofkings.blogspot.com. My vices are Starbuck's Mocha Coconut and Peppermint Mocha Frappuccinos and I'm happy to say. . .my own cooking (I've finally learned how to do it!)
Facebook: William Coleman
Birthday: August 28th
Gear: Eden, SWR, Epiphone.
How long you've been playing bass guitar? Since 1991. Ping-Pong? Since I was five probably.
Hobbies/activities: Walking the neighborhoods, the lakeshore, and downtown; disc golf; watching and listening to bands; writing, recording, and performing music; chilling with the wife; hanging with the fam and friends; shooting and editing video.
Musical Influences: Radiohead, Tokyo Police Club, Beach House, Hillsong United, Michael Gungor Band, Sigur Ros, Band of Horses, Angels and Airwaves, (and there are so many more . . . ). Thank God for Grooveshark and Pandora!
Favorite DW song: "All Day Long".
Most memorable touring experience: Wow. There's a reality show's wealth of material here. Pick one? Well, alright. How about playing on "The New Jim Bakker Show" in Branson, MO? I mean, come on. Branson? Jim Bakker? We're the guest musicians? Or was I in some sort of dream state, second-level deep, like the film "Inception"? No, the totem is a sword, and it can be yours for a $200 donation. Yes. A sword. Somebody warn the FedEx driver: That thing's sharp!
Favorite city you've played in: Evart, MI.
Likes: Warm weather, low humidity, road trips, plane trips, train trips, Google Maps, fruit snacks, bottled spring water, bananas, Florida oranges, Chicago sports teams, Lake Shore Drive, bicycle rides, Portillo's, Chick-fil-A, chocolate chip cookies, Urban Outfitters, Macbeth shoes, MacBook Pro, New York City, Estes Park, San Antonio, Austin, Seattle, England, Paris, Amsterdam, Arizona, California.
Favorite TV shows: Saturday Night Live, The Office, Family Guy, Community, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, My Life As Liz, Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords.
Favorite movies: Star Wars; Harry Potter; Chronicles of Narnia; Lord of the Rings; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Goonies; Ghostbusters; The Blues Brothers; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Scott Pilgrim vs. The World; Waiting for Guffman; Life of Brian; The Holy Grail; Mystery Men; Juno; Napoleon Dynamite; Anchorman; Billy Madison; So I Married an Axe Murderer; Office Space.
Favorite books: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version; Elementary Harmony, Robert W. Ottman; The New Testament, History, Literature, and Social Context, Dennis C. Duling; Network+ Guide to Networks, Tamara Dean; Beginning Rails 3, The Expert's Voice in Web Development, Cloves Carneiro Jr. and Rida Barazi.
Favorite quotes: "What if we see sailfish?" (A Mighty Wind). "See now, this is why mad scientists are generally less desirable than your common or garden variety scientist." (Mystery Men).
A comment about you: Childhood memories include playing Nerf flag football in the front yard, using driveways as end zones. We also ran pass patterns in the vacant street. Vacant, that is, except for parked cars along the curb. Be careful not to slam into one of them when you're running a down-and-out. Hike!
Facebook: Caleb King
Birthday: February 10th
How long you've been playing: Since 1990.
Hobbies/activities: Painting, drawing, reading, philosophy, mischief
Musical Influences: The Police, Muse, The Dandy Warhols, MuteMath, Pearl Jam
Favorite DW song: Break My Silence
Most memorable touring experience: Roaming the streets of Seattle on an unseasonably warm day in March.
Favorite city you've played in: New Orleans, LA
Likes: Coffee, burgers, bizarre T-shirts, intelligent conversation, friends
Favorite TV shows: Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, The Office, Community, True Blood, Big Love, House, The Wire, Lost, Iron Chef
Favorite movies: Into the Wild, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, A Mighty Wind, Stranger than Fiction, The Star Wars Trilogy, Taken
Favorite books: American Gods by Neil Gaiman, A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren, Process/Recess by James Jean, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, The Somnabulist by Jonathan Barnes, Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis, The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Favorite quotes: "I have recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am; missed the opportunity to be a better man," from the song “HooDoo” by Muse.
A paragraph about you: I have always been attracted to the arts. Music, writings, poetry, drawings, paintings, it doesn't matter. In response to my overwhelming love for all things creative, I desire to contribute my own ideas to the greater movement. Through music, I have been able to explore the poetic side of my beliefs through lyric writing, and musically I have been able to draw from those musicians I look up to and create something that gives a nod to them while staying fundamentally myself.
Facebook: Clayton Melocik
Birthday: December 28
Gear: Yamaha Custom Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, DW/Yamaha Hardware, Vater sticks, and Roc-N-Soc throne (for comfort:-)
How long you've been playing: My first experience banging on a drum like object was when I was one year old; I pulled a pot out of the kitchen cabinet and played it like a bongo! My career officially started in 1990!
Hobbies/activities: I love being outdoors; biking, hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, and rock-skipping just to name a few.
Musical Influences: Drummers that have influenced me include: Kory Knipp, Neil Peart, Chad Sexton, Chad Smith, Danny Carrey, and Steve Smith
Favorite DW song: "Such A Long Time"
Most memorable touring experience: A Youth Encounter event in Cincinnati. We were all hanging out in the hospitality suite after our show, and Heather asked Alby to pass a half gallon of milk from across the table. Alby picked it up and threw it at her after she looked away for a sec, and it hit her right in the side of the head. We all laughed and Caleb did his Human Didgeridoo for what I think may have been the first time on camera.
Favorite city you've played in: I played a Christian festival called Fire In the Sky a few years ago in Mesa, AZ with 30,000 onlookers. It was such an amazing experience in so many ways. The band I was playing with was called "Minor Anthem" and we played "Grace Like Rain" by Todd Agnew!
Likes: My wife Courtney, any and all things music and audio related, vanilla-iced coffee, comfortable chairs made by "Love Sac", and traveling.
Favorite TV shows: That 70's Show, Family Guy, American Dad, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-O, King of Queens, Still Standing, Storage Wars, Dirty Jobs, Myth Busters, Man Vs. Wild, Survivor Man, Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry
Favorite movies: Anything that does not have to do with Harry Potter
Favorite books: Ghost Rider, Road Show, The Masked Rider, Far and Away by Neil Peart, and the Bible
Favorite quotes: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Philo of Alexandria
A paragraph about you: When I'm not playing drums with DW I'm working as an audio engineer, most notably for Jim Brickman. Otherwise I'm at home spending time as a husband trying to remodel our house and keeping our yard looking nice along side my best friend, Courtney. We also try our best to keep veggies alive in our garden, and delicious food flowing through our kitchen! We enjoy musical theater, movies, TV, and living our lives the best we can for Jesus together.
Facebook: Alby Odum
Birthday: October 14th
Gear: Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst, Gibson Les Paul Studio Black, Marshall JCM800 half stack, various yummy stomp boxes
Favorite verse: Romans 12:2
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to Him and is perfect.
Hobbies/activities: Recording music, writing music, performing music, listening to music, hanging with my family, reading, taking out the garbage, cleaning toilets.
Musical Influences: Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Underworld, The Orb, Coldplay, Modest Mouse, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin and all the great musicians I’m surrounded by every day.
Favorite DW song: “Redefined”. It speaks on defining one's identity in Christ. It’s about how God pulls us through hard times when we trust in Him and not in ourselves.
Most memorable touring experience: There are so many, helping someone increase their faith, laughing with friends during the highs and lows of touring, meeting new people, hearing the roar of a crowd in a stadium, changing flat tires, forgetting where you are or what day it is, coming home.
Favorite city you've played in: San Antonio, TX for the ELCA National Conference. We got to stay there for two weeks performing in various venues. They have a fun river walk with too many restaurants (love the Tex-Mex), the Alamo, Six Flags, an awesome zoo, and beautiful weather. Austin, TX was a blast with the plethora of music venues and a high ramp roller derby. I’ve seen the beauty of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Niagara Falls, the history of Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. (private tour of the White House), the lights of Times Square where night looks like day, and the sobering sight of ground zero after 911.
Likes: Watching my kids grow, hanging with my wife, dunking chocolate chip cookies in milk, T-bone steak on the grill with corn on the cob and baked potato, those moments that make me feel alive.
Favorite TV shows: Can't find one
Favorite movies: Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ghost Busters, Back to the Future, the original Willy Wonka
Favorite books: The Bible, music magazines, autobiographies, and self improvement books on marriage, parenting, and the meaning of life. I'm reading through the Harry Potter series currently on book five. I often revisit Letters To Philip by Charlie Shedd on marriage and The Religions of Man is enlightening.
Favorite quotes: “Live and learn” and “Well worth the time and effort”
A sentence about you: I am a Christian, husband, father, and musician trying to find a happy balance.