The DML Conspiracy
The DML Conspiracy is driven with a guttural sense of purpose and determination to forge their own and leave behind a legacy of quality music that will live well beyond their time.
From the ashes of a disbanded DML Cartel, singer/songwriter, Dodd Michael Lede, formed the DML Conspiracy out of necessity. “It was time to put together a band in order to play these songs live,” Lede admits. “I had been writing and recording these songs over the span of a four-year period. I wanted someone else, outside of my inner circle, to hear what I had been doing.”
With a full assortment of instrumentation, including two guitarists, Landyn Lyerla and Lance Stephens, coupled with Steve Green on keyboards and backing vocals, all areas of the sonic spectrum were covered. Add the solid rhythm section of Marty Flynn on drums and Shawn Carr on bass, and you have an unstoppable force. The cherry on top is the addition of female lead vocalist Shawna Cole.
What Lede created, was a band that possessed a desire to go the distance. This is a group of musicians with diverse influences that reach well outside the traditional territory of rock music.
The DML Conspiracy consists of common denominators that gravitated to each other because they understand that music is more than just a soundwave drifting through the in-betweens of inner space. It is a deep rooted calling that drives them to carry it one step, or possibly several steps, forward, to leave it as a calling card for future generations to pick it up and continue the process.
Their new release, An Act Of Defiance, contains fourteen tracks that dig deep into the soul of Lede’s musical core. Each song telling a story about the inner-turmoil of individual suffering, as evident on songs like California, Secret To The Grave, and Cancer, to relationships (All I Need, Butterfly Tattoo), and a tribute to Elton John, with a stellar rendition of Rocket Man.
By aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic, The DML Conspiracy has stepped outside the cookie-cutter trap that most bands fall into, not to invent a new genre, but to create a musical experiment that breaks down genre-stereotypes and unites listeners with a diverse range of musical flavors to suit all tastes.
Musically speaking, An Act Of Defiance is dark, moody, and confident, but if you strip back the electric guitars, and the driving rhythms, the bare essentials of each song would still tread water well enough to be recognized for what they are; truly great songs.
With this release, Lede breaks through the plastic to capture the soundtrack to his life’s endeavors. An Act Of Defiance has attitude, and it has passion. There is a sense of maturity about the songwriting, but there is no mistaking the underlying influences. With his signature sound, Lede continues to wear his rock & roll past on his sleeve like a badge of honor.
Dodd Michael Lede
Vocals & Guitars
When you hear Dodd Michael Lede’s Americana/Blues infused southern rock stylings, it’s clear this Houston transplant, from New York via Los Angeles, is deliberately trying to make a permanent brand for his style of music. Lede is a natural born talent in the songwriting arena. He has a knack for finding melodies that hook you, but also make you pay attention. He is a story teller with a penchant for descriptive word-play.
If you look a little bit closer, you find out that his success isn’t an overnight run, but rather the byproduct of an artist working tirelessly, seizing every opportunity and breaking free of genre conformity.
From his grassroots beginning, it was evident that Lede was destined for greatness. He has earned a reputation as a leader in his field by setting the bar high, and then going above and beyond his own expectations. He is constantly challenging his piers to step up their efforts. He is an advocate of the DIY philosophy, and has taken measures to insure that his fans leave with nothing less than a spectacular experience and a story to tell their friends.
Under his indie label, Sonic Smack Records, Lede has constructed an enticing stage production, recording studio, and a management team to handle every aspect of his career, and he is now expanding his musical community to help others with their personal musical endeavors.
No doubt that his latest release “Perfect Storm,” hot on the heels of the sultry favorite, “Memory Interrupted,” is gaining accolades and is propelling Lede in the Houston Rock charts, where he has resided in the top 10 for the past 15 weeks.
He is at the forefront of the singer/songwriting class of 2020. His musical flexibility makes a bold statement that he will not be bound to one specific musical genre.
Although his musical childhood was spent fronting rock bands throughout the greater Houston area, his songwriting has matured into a more polished and refined Americana pop sensibility. He is continuously redefining his musical identity to incorporate flavors from other genres.
Lede was born in New York, but spent most of his formative years in Los Angeles before eventually being forced to relocate to Houston when his father accepted a new job offer. Each of these unique city’s has had a major impact in influencing Lede’s songwriting and musical direction and growth.