A Conversation with Paul Wandtke of Dead Original


Any way you look at it 2020 has certainly been an interesting year. From Los Angeles to Milan music has been affected. Some might even say infected. This media-driven pandemic has bled itself over and beyond onto the music scene. With tours being halted, and social distancing even finding its way into challenging bands to record there is one thing that remains and will be undaunted... the spirit of the music will always play on. Our universe sings and no amount of political peacocking, media murk, and so on will silence that. The people need music, they need the arts and that is what Dead Original has continued to produce and work through all through 2020, and knowing full on that this may be the mark for 2021 too. The solid hard rock-post grunge is pulsating loudly and D.O. is very much alive!

"Let It Burn" Dead Orginal's latest definitely carries that heavier #postgrunge sound that is quite toasty!

Saul Treno: You have had quite a year with Dead Original haven't you?

Paul Wandtke: We’ve been doing what we can by playing socially distant shows here and there. Prior to that, we toured with Candlebox and had a stacked lineup of shows for 2020, and then boom the pandemic struck.

ST: How has the band managed to keep playing shows through everything going on?

Paul Wandtke: Simply by playing limited cap rooms with socially distant themes.

ST: You have been releasing singles that all seem to build on one another. Like your building steps. Which song that you have released so far has been your favorite?

Paul Wandtke: I love them all however I’d say my favorite is ‘Bored Again’ due out when the album is out on Jan 8th!

ST: Do you have a personal favorite track you like to play live? Is it different sounding from the studio, or do you all keep true to both sides?

Paul Wandtke: I love playing “Move” and “Circles” because they are challenging to play because they have odd meters.

ST: Talk to us about the recent release "Let It Burn".

Paul Wandtke: ‘Let it Burn’ is a slow groove song with a repetitive riff that’s lyrically about embracing one’s misfortunes.


ST: Is Dead Original still on track for a January album release? And plans coming with that release?

Paul Wandtke: It’ll be out Jan 8th, 2021, and rather than waiting for tour season to hopefully come back, we just want to release album 1 so that new fans have something more than a handful of singles. :) Our plan is to play shows as much as we can.

ST: Sign us off this year with some of your reflective thoughts over 2020.

Paul Wandtke: It’s been a terrible year for the whole world, and we hope that everyone gets out of this on top. It’s def been a time for myself and the band to reflect on life and get “closer” to our immediate family/families so in a way this has been nice.

Dead Original
Paul Wandtke - (ex Trivium, Bedlem, Smells Like Nirvana)
Tama drums, Vic Firth drum sticks, Meinl cymbals, Evans Heads performing artist
Sick Drummer, Modern Drummer Freelance Magazine Columnist
Berklee College of Music Alumnus