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"Funky, Poetic, Complex, Forward thinking, Outside the box and Bad Mothers" - all actual adjectives used to describe this unique ensemble.
Having been featured on NPR, Yahoo, MIC.com, SiriusXM, TED Talks and more, DDAT has been described in the aforementioned terms for good reason. Blending national touring artist Def-i's intelligent, poetic lyrics and hip hop style with the hard-driving instrumental fire of award-winning trumpet player Delbert Anderson, the deep funk of international touring artist and drummer Nicholas Lucero, and the intellectually explorative and expanding groove of Mike McCluhan on bass, DDAT has carved its own path with high desert-forged influences and world-class musicianship.
DDAT is just at home in an intimate venue as it is on a festival stage, as the past several years have proven. The group has burned up smaller clubs, but it also has taken part in such memorable international collaborations as its concert with Mongolian master throat singer Baatarjav Erdene Tsogt. It has played beautiful theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada, while performing in high-profile outdoor settings such as the Taos Vortex Festival, the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival, ¡Globalquerque!. DDAT also has been featured at TED X and performed its trademark "DDAT Suite" with a full wind symphony at Eastern New Mexico State University. Regardless of the setting, DDAT consistently delivers memorable performances with literally no boundaries.
In addition to a fiery, fun, hard-driving live show, DDAT has worked with several national arts foundations to offer an educational program that can be tailored to workshops and presentations for elementary, collegiate or professional level musicians. DDAT has performed in venues ranging from schools, rehab centers, women's shelters and schools to literally the edge of civilization with its message of hope, positivity and personal development through music and the arts.