Dance Floor Riot (DFR) was founded in early 2009 while at a local watering hole. Mike, Brandon, Dan and Joe noticed that throughout the music scene there were several cover bands that all seemed to have similar playlists… classic rock. Sure, there were a few bands that had a gimmick of hair metal, 80’s music, and even the rock bands tossed a few current hits in their repertoire from time to time, but the one thing that was consistent is that when the band took a break and the DJ took over, the masses consumed the dance floor. The idea was brought up to start a band that simply played everything the DJ played, “club music” per say, and that maybe the crowd would dance to us, and take a rest when at the same time that the band did.
Mike and Brandon have been singing together since Jr. High so they thought having 2 lead singers would make for a slight gimmick and that between the two of them, they could cover almost anything. Mike and Dan are cousins, and Dan had been playing bass in the original music scene throughout St. Louis for quite some time, so the decision to use him came easy. Joe was asked originally to play drums (because he had a background as a drumline instructor) but he declined and offered his services as pianist instead. All they needed was a guitar player and a drummer, so they went to the next logical place to find one… Craigslist. They posted one ad for a drummer, got one response. This lead to an audition, and the quick decision to add Seth as the drummer. Since no guitarists answered the Craigslist ad, the band then turned to the next obvious place to find a guitarist… MySpace. Again… one post, one reply, one audition. With the addition of Brandon M, the band was complete.
(The original band name was “Ten Dollar Mic” which was loosely named after what we were practicing with. The name “Dance Floor Riot” was created after a few shows, and was not only 100% suitable to what/how we played, but was catchy as well.)
A year or so in, Brandon M had started traveling more and decided to take a position with a company based in NY which makes, and sells musical instruments and accessories. We were now faced with the need to fill the guitarist void once again. Seth brought in a very quiet and humble friend of his named Eddie to audition, and we immediately fell in love with his blues-style take on our song list and added him to the band. We started playing out more and more, gaining more and more fans, playing bigger venues, booking weddings, etc. The rest is not history, because our history is still being written!
Josh Ramsey has been playing piano since the 3rd grade, and shows no signs of stopping. When DFR first approached him about filling in on keys and vocals occasionally, he was too busy touring and doing motivational speeches and book signings for his new book, the Delaware Best-Seller, “Kama Sutra of the Keyboard”. After the tour ended, he joined the band and turned his focus to Digital Music Performance and Production. He practices his skills in various casinos and gentlemen’s clubs across the United States… at least until their janitor kicks him out of the bathroom. His hard-nosed attitude and overwhelming amount of dedication has been welcomed by the band with open arms.