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Midwest Dissenters / Bio

A unique fusion of Rock and R&B, spliced with Soul, Motown, Blues, and Funk:

Midwest Dissenters started as a duo project with Kilburg (drums) and Martinez (guitar/vocals, songs) collaborating to edit and arrange the beginnings of the now released “Heartstrings in the Yard” EP. Seals (bass), having played with Martinez over roughly seven years in the R&B/Soul/Funk circuit, signed on to create the initial trio and craft the essential bass lines that solidified the group’s diverse sound. With Seals’ addition, the three members forged the band’s HitY demo in his partially-framed basement studio and began testing the community with staggered Columbus shows. The intention was always to shift toward a full quartet with keyboards/backing vocals, and, when Daniels made the move, the group embraced the new line-up and shot forward to record/produce a complete EP.

“Heartstrings in the Yard” brands the quartet’s unique marriage of Rock with progressive R&B/Soul and Motown themes. These ‘basement love songs’ have grown out of the cool, cinder-block rooms where the members brought their creativity and musical warmth to the forefront … all in a humble effort to reach out into the scene and blend the musical genres that have influenced and captivated them.

General Info

Band Members
David Jordan Martinez (guitar/vocals), Jim Kilburg (drums/percussion), Deron Seals (bass guitar), James Daniels (keys/backing vocals)
Artist Name
Midwest Dissenters
Profile Page
Rock / progressive R&B/Soul

Contact Info

Columbus, OH