The Band's Story
Forged through iterations of original bands in Berlin, Germany, and The US since 2016 BetterDucks are an Indie Alt Rock band fronted by German born vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Dirk Externest. Dirk is backed by stalwart Philly area musicians Nick Voutsakis,lead guitar and backing vocals vocals, Charlie Breuniger, bass and vocals, and James Evans on the drums and backing vocals. This is a musical exposé of the times, from the wide open to the intimate, with a bit of alt and vintage imagery.
BetterDucks continue to compose and rehearse new material for a forthcoming release while looking forward to rescheduling canceled 2020 shows later in 2021.
The Band Members
Dirk Externest ...(Guitar and Lead Vocals) Developed the ability to operate vocal chords in compliance with musical occurrences while operating mentioned chords in compliance with mentioned occurrences as a young teenager. Has exercised this ability in various bands ever since - of which none has made into in any hall, chamber or mudroom of fame. Speaks German fluently, sings English the same way. Treats 6-stringed instruments kindly, never calls them "axe". The fast track to his heart is to
prepare "Kohl & Pinkel," a traditional meal in northern Germany. Good luck with that.
Nick Voutsakis ... (lead guitar and backing vocals) has been playing in Philly based bands since his early teens and has been influenced by a variety of rock guitarists as well as classic and contemporary Alt/Indie bands. Nick released his debut instrumental album L2.X in 2016.
Charlie Breuniger ... (bass and vocals) has over 40 years of live and recording experience with projects in musical genres including classic and modern rock, rockabilly, classic country, blues, Cajun and zydeco, Americana, disco, funk, R&B, Christian contemporary, and jazz fusion. He has appeared in signature venues, festivals, community events, and fundraisers across the mid-Atlantic region, including Rodeo Bar, Hill Country, and Banjo Jim’s in New York City; JC Dobbs, the Khyber, and Tritone Bar in Philadelphia; World Café Live at the Queen, the Riverfront Blues Festival, and the DelTech Mardi Gras Gala in Wilmington, DE; the Stone Balloon in Newark, DE; Artscape in Baltimore; the Anglesea BBQ and Blues Festival in Wildwood, NJ; and the Village Nightclub, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and PA Warrior Dash in Lancaster, PA.
Jason Diliberto ... Jason started out playing drums in garage bands and graduated to playing in multiple Philly based bar bands, He most recently did a stint with Pawsnshop Roses before joining BetterDucks. When he's not running his Drum Store Skippack Drums or recording his own solo material Jason enjoys laying down rhythms for the blended musical styles, digs the chemistry between the band members and looks forward to a bright future with The Ducks.