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On the road, DP (Defined Perception) has been putting down the miles, performing at Wakarusa 2007 as well as traveling all over Illinois and to other Midwestern states such as Missouri, Iowa,Wisconsin, and Arkansas. DP has shared billswith nationally known act such as Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Billy Nershi of SCI, and Oteil Burbridge, as


well as awesome regional touring groups The Station, Cornmeal, Madahoochi, Backyard Tirefire, and Groovatron

DP has also performed at twelve festivals at the largest music venue in Southern Illinois, The Shawnee Natural Amphitheater. During the summer of 2006 DP headlined the weekend performing Pink Floyd's entire album Animals before playing a full set of originals. This past fall the guys did it again, playing an hour and a half of Floyd material before playing their own set. Both shows were set to a spectacular display of lasers and intelligent lights. Before many of the Cave events DP played live acoustic sets in the studio of WDBX 91.1 FM to promote the festival.

The band draws from a variety of genres such as rock, funk, newgrass, reggae, Latin, techno, and jazz to create their fusion of music. Along with their extremely well written and complex original material, DP uses the diversity of its member's individual styles to explode into a frenzy of improvisational grooves comprised of screaming guitar solos, raging organ, pianos and synths, and block rockin' beats.

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Jesse Payne - Guitar, Guitar Synth

Steven Kaufman - Piano, Organ, Synths

Nathan Blew - Bass



past members:

Paul Krajewski, drums, 2005-08

Josh Beal, bass, 2005-08

Wes Damask, guitar, 2005-06

Ryan Beavers, percussion, 2006-2007

Dave Kopreck, drums, 2008-09

Jeremy McKinzie, bass, 2008






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Banned Promotions Interview: Tuesday, July 03, 2007

"Defined Perception defies typical definitions", The Southern Newspaper article, Thursday, September 28, 2006