"Outside the Box"
DDAT has been described using those words by national media for good reason. Blending Def-i's intelligent and poetic words and hip hop style with the hard driving funk and jazz jams of Delbert Anderson (Trumpet), Nicholas Lucero (Drums) and Mike McCluhan (Bass) - DDAT has carved their own path with their desert forged influences and world class musicianship.
Named by NPR as one of the top 10 bands in the US - DDAT combines hip hop, jazz, funk and soul to their original southwestern feel and genre. Performances by DDAT are known to be full of energy and excitement. Dancing, improvisation, audience participation, live painting - DDAT creates a unique exciting tie with audiences of all ages who appreciate live performing arts.
Hailing from NY originally - Mike has had a long career playing bass with literally countless artists. Drawing heavily from such varied musicians such as The Grateful Dead to Charles Mingus - Mike is well known for his versatility and his innate ability to play any style of music and play it well. Mike provides music education for various communities through private instruction. Mike provides the jam and groove for DDAT and is excited to share and explore hidden territories of music!
Christopher Bidtah (Def-i)
Through hard work and perseverance, Def-i stands as one of the indefectible factors of Hip-Hop in the Southwest, continuing to provide listeners with quality music/sound. This triple threat mc/producer/sound engineer holds the experience and essential aptitude to be classified amongst any top-quality Hip-Hop artist, worldwide. In a profession that is highly competitive and ever-progressive throughout our times, it is safe to say that Def-i represents living proof of Hip-Hop flourishing over the Southwest and beyond.
Born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Southern Colorado - Nicholas has had the opportunity to play with several great jazz artists. Playing music since he was 5 - Nicholas played Tenor Sax, Piano and Marimba but eventually found his voice on the drums. Focusing mostly on Jazz and being heavily influenced by artists such as Chick Corea and John Coltrane - Nicholas has used his playing as a vehicle to perform across the US, Canada, and Europe. Nicholas is focused on bringing DDAT's musical perspective to the scene and constantly pushing the envelope with DDAT's playing.
Delbert Anderson began his music career in 2010 after attending Eastern New Mexico University. Anderson studied and performed with many of today’s jazz greats. Anderson is a composer and arranger with many successful national music projects. Delbert created DAT (Delbert Anderson Trio) in 2013 which later developed into DDAT. Anderson’s schedule consists of music education and active performing/touring. Anderson's music is highly influenced by Diné music fused with jazz/funk. Anderson continues to push the limits of fusion music and be an ambassador of Navajo Cultural Music.