Three short years since signing with EMI imprint Credential Recordings,...
Three short years since signing with EMI imprint Credential Recordings, southern California rock band Dizmas has transformed its platform from local celebrity to nationally recognized artist, securing high-profile placements on popular television shows like prime time hit “CSI: NY,” reality phenomenon “Dancing with the Stars” as well as a major network campaign for ESPN.
Consequently, it’s no surprise that a band with such momentum would seize the opportunity to be named alongside legendary CCM recording artists Audio Adrenaline, tobyMac and Rebecca St. James. And it’s with that readiness Dizmas describes its new venture with Forefront Records.
“We’re stoked to be a part of the history that is Forefront Records,” shares frontman Zach Zegan. “The past few years have been spent learning and growing, and we now feel ready to step forward and begin a new day where anything can happen. Forefront is the place for that.”
And that growth is reflected on Dizmas’ third studio recording, a self-titled album produced by Steve Wilson (Juliana Theory, Hawk Nelson, Jonezetta). Guitarist Josh Zegan explains, “Before, we were pinpointing and defining the tensions in our lives that caused angst. The new record is a release of that tension, found in realizing the depths of God’s goodness.”
This realization easily shows throughout the record, especially on tracks like “Redemption, Passion, Glory,” which affirms God’s master plan for the salvation of mankind, and “Dance,” a song about rejoicing in what the Lord has done for those who love Him.
But Dizmas is by no means one-sided in its depiction of the Christian faith journey.
“It’s so easy to write only about love and grace,” admits Josh. “But there are so many different aspects of the character of God that we overlook. What about his judgment, his wrath, and his mercy? They also express his love and grace. If we look beyond the easy, comfortable parts, I think we’ll see even more about the love God has for us.”
Such a sentiment inspired songs including the pop/rock anthem “Play It Safe,” which urges listeners not to run away from God’s supremacy, and hook-laiden “This Is A Warning,” which similarly advises against testing God’s authority.
Yet since its last release, Dizmas’ spiritual and professional growth has prompted a newfound social awareness as well. The band now works alongside Cure International to help raise money for children with spinal deformities and crippling orthopedic conditions. The members are also intensely involved with Josiah Venture, an organization which aims to equip young leaders throughout Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission via the local church.
This sense of social responsibility made its way onto the record too, as Josh explains, “ ‘Worth Fighting For’ is a song that encourages others to push forward in a stagnant nation. Do not grow weary of doing what is right. There is hope in the horizon, and joy within the reach of perseverance.”
And Dizmas embraces that hope and joy for itself, reminding us with its music and mission that we’re all here to grow.
Sept. 29, 2008 – Members of Forefront Records rock band Dizmas have joined
Josiah Venture to bring music and evangelism to Eastern Europe. The band will
serve as team members with Josiah Venture for the “Exit 316 Tour” this October
and November in the Czech Republic.
Frontman Zach Zegan first
experienced the Czech Republic in March 2008. During his short trip to the
country, Zegan fell in love with the Czech culture and witnessed Josiah
Venture’s passion to reach Eastern Europe through music and evangelism.
“As you might imagine, we
have a huge opportunity to impact this country with the truth of the gospel,”
says frontman Zach Zegan. “In fact, we have been told that we are the first
Christian band to be allowed to play in Czech schools in the last 50 years. We
consider this opportunity an honor and would like to ask for your prayers as we
begin this new adventure.”
After much prayer, Zegan and
band mates Jonathan Howard, Nick Aranda, Clayton Hunt and Joshua Zegan accepted
the invitation of Josiah Venture to help reach the youth of Eastern Europe by
putting together an 8-city tour.
Fans around the world will
have the opportunity to follow the band’s journey at http://dizmasmusic.blogspot.com. The
blog will include video and blog updates from Dizmas while the band members
serve in the Czech Republic.
Josiah Venture is a movement
among the youth of Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and
transforms society. Josiah Venture’s mission and calling is to equip young
leaders to fulfill Christ’s commission by reaching and making disciples. More
than just conversion, the movement wants to see passionate followers of Jesus
Christ with a vision to reach and disciple their generation for him. For more
information visit www.josiahventure.com.
Three short years since
signing with EMI imprint Credential Recordings, southern California rock band
Dizmas has transformed its platform from local celebrity to nationally
recognized artist, securing high-profile placements on popular television shows
like prime time hit “CSI: NY,” reality phenomenon “Dancing with the Stars” as
well as a major network campaign for ESPN. Most recently the band released its
first album on Forefront Records, a self-titled project, to critical acclaim.
For more information on Dizmas, visit: www.dizmas.com
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