JOLIET – OUTDrejas won first place at Bicentennial Park’s second annual Battle of the Bands competition July 30, its second time in a row winning first place.
Bands were watched by judges and given points based off of different categories. Points were added up at the end of the night to determine the winner. Each band also had a jar, where audiences could donate money.
Whichever group had the most money at the end was awarded two extra points in addition to their score from the judges. The musical group that came in second place was awarded one extra point.
“It was a really humbling experience, a lot of the best local talent in the area came out, and it was really cool to go up there and play our hearts out. It definitely made us feel good,” said David Drejas, lead singer and bass player of OUTDrejas.
The second place band was The Selectones, and in third place was Lettuce Head, who actually had the highest amount of donations in their jar.
According to Drejas, parts of the band’s songs are made up on the spot.
OUTDrejas got its start about three years ago, after Drejas signed up an essentially fake band at Mojoe’s for a competition.
“That gave me a month to find a band,” Drejas said. “So I got one of my best friends, a violin player, to learn how to play the drums. And I got his brother, who never played bass before, to play bass.”
They won second place that night, and they started playing more gigs afterwards.
“Your live show just needs to be entertaining no matter what. Try to have perfection when it comes to the studio, and have fun when performing live,” Drejas said.
It’s also important for bands to have a good one sheet, Drejas said. A one sheet is the equivalent of a resume for a band.
Drejas also is a guitar pick rep for Mick’s Picks when he’s not performing on stage or practicing with his band.
MUSIC: The new single titled “Promise” is on Spotify. The band recently shot a music video for it, which will be live this upcoming week on their Facebook page and website.
WORDS OF WISDOM: “When you’re in a band, you want to try and be professional when off stage.”