Not letting some modest success slow them down, Death of The Party is headed to Dirt Fest for a show that will certainly be most memorable.

Guitarist Carl Bartig and vocalist Zach Coleman of Death Of The Party(DOTP) got a chance to sit down with National Rock Review to answer a few questions. Not letting the fun of Van’s Warped Tour go to their heads, this Alpena, MI band is all ready to go for Dirt Fest 2015. So, without further delay, let the fun begin.

NRR: You guys are from the Alpena, MI area and have been around since 2013. What’s been going on with the band in the last year?
Carl Bartig: Well, we started performing in January of this year after a full year of seclusion, writing and finding ourselves in regards to our message and purpose as DOTP. We got picked up by a management company out of Los Angeles, CA a couple months ago and they have been just amazing. Really helping us move forward with things we could never do on our own. It’s been pretty surreal.
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. You just got the nod for the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands for Van’s Warped Tour. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Dirt Fest 2015 to keep the ball rollin’?
Carl Bartig: We have a blast every Dirt Fest, whether we’re performing or just attending. We have quite the performance lined up for Dirt Fest this year, all I can say is get your cameras ready. We love meeting so many new people and artists at festivals, and this year is going to be the best year yet!
NRR: Will we hear new material at Dirt Fest this year from you guys?
Carl Bartig: Yes! We have a couple new songs that we feel are our sharpest material so far. Can’t wait to see what people think of them. They’re a little more harsh with our messages than previous songs, but hey, if you want to open people’s eyes and ears you have to be blunt.
NRR: Band issues will always come up with virtually no warning. How goes the hunt for a new bassist and will there be enough time to get the new member up to speed for what’s coming your way?
Carl Bartig: We actually found one as a fill in (possibly more) a couple weeks ago and a new lead guitarist. We’ve only been working with them for a couple weeks now, but they are really fitting in with our style, very good musicians.
NRR: Would you say at this point in your music career that you’d feel comfortable with playing next to anyone on a bill or is there still a band or two that would make you feel a little nervous to play with on the same bill?
Carl Bartig: Not nervous, but excited to play alongside with our favorite bands if we had the chance. We’d love to share the stage with Marilyn Manson or My Chemical Romance, it would be an amazing feeling, but I wouldn’t say we’d be nervous.
NRR: What can we expect from the DOTP camp in the coming days after Dirt Fest is dormant in it’s monster slumber again until 2016?
Zachary Coleman: We have our first national and international tours in the works. We’re going to be working on our “debut” album and just pushing forward as hard as we can.
NRR: Is there a band or bands on this year’s Dirt Fest line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Carl Bartig: Definitely King 810. We had the chance to see them years ago, but only on a local level. I’ve been listening to Kottonmouth Kings since I was a wee lad and this will be the first time I’ll get to see them perform live.
Zachary Coleman: Definitely King 810. We also want to catch We Are Harlot and definitely legends Coal Chamber.

Death of the Party “Skeptic Believer” Warped Tour 2015 Auburn Hills, MI.

NRR: How important is selling merch for you guys at a festival like this, is it still better than say an indiegogo campaign, for the needs every band has?
Carl Bartig: It definitely helps us continue to play shows, tour, and keep the ball rolling. We’ve never used indiegogo.
Zachary Coleman: I think crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter definitely have their place, but if you’re just starting out it won’t really have any effect in helping you move forward. If you’re an independent band that’s put in the hard work and built a fan base, but might not have the money and resources a label could provide. Indiegogo could be a great option.
NRR: For anyone that might not have heard your music before, what can they expect to get from your sound on stage?
Carl Bartig: We’re very tight players and we always try to put on the best performance possible. We definitely give it our all. Our performances can be pretty unpredictable. We try and bring the stage show back to life, we learned from some of the greats, like Alice Cooper. You never know what you’re going to see at a DOTP performance.
NRR: Would you consider yourselves to be cause oriented as a band? Or do you simply react to what you see on say social media as a band?
Zachary Coleman: Social media is a huge inspiration to us as a band, and by inspiration I really mean frustration. We see so many people so caught up in senseless bullshit and getting in a tiff over the smallest, most insignificant nonsense. People who think making a post on Facebook or Twitter is going to change the world. You might be adding to the conversation, but you aren’t going change the world in 180 characters.

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After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.