DMK (band)

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DMK, 2012.
Milah Schrader (left), Dicken Schrader (center), Korben Schrader (right).
Background information
Origin Bogotá, Colombia
Genres Synthpop
Years active 2010–present
Members Dicken Schrader
Milah Schrader
Korben Schrader

DMK is a Depeche Mode cover band formed in 2010 in Bogotá, Colombia, featuring Dicken Schrader (lead vocals, keyboard, xylophone, ukulele, percussion), his daughter Milah Schrader (background vocals, recorder, melodica, ukulele, percussion) and his son Korben Schrader (background vocals, toy keyboard, xylophone, toy accordion, percussion). DMK is noted for crudely emulating the sounds of Depeche Mode using an old keyboard and various toys and household items as instruments. The band became an instant internet sensation in January, 2012, following the release of their third cover video, "Everything Counts," and since then it has been featured in blog entries by Perez Hilton[1] and Oprah Winfrey [2] and in news reports worldwide by CBS News,[3] The Huffington Post,[4][5] SkyNews,[6] The Guardian,[7] Wired Magazine[8] and many more.[9][10][11][12][13][14] The band was featured in MTV Iggy's "10 Colombian bands on the rise" article,[15] by JetSet Magazine as the most famous Colombians in YouTube,[16] and their remake of “Everything Counts” has been selected by Electronic Beats magazine as one of the ten best Depeche Mode covers ever.[17] Since their online success, DMK has been invited to perform in front of live audiences in Colombia,[18][19][20] the United States,[21] Spain[22][23] and Poland.[24][25][26][27][28]


Formation (2010–2012)[edit]

DMK's origins date to September 2010, when Dicken Schrader decided to record himself performing "Shake The Disease" by Depeche Mode, his favorite group since he was in his teens. The song was released via YouTube with a video in which he appeared to play simultaneously a series of instruments, toys and recycled materials, recreating with them very crudely the industrial sounds of the 1985 classic. But the most outstanding feature of this video, and the one that would spark an unexpected viral phenomenon, was the inclusion of Schrader’s children, who reproduced alongside their father some of the sounds that make up the song. Back then Milah and Korben, who were just 7 and 4 years old respectively, already displayed not only great interest in music but also amazing talents in learning and performing it. This fact, on top of the positive feedback from the few people who saw the video, encouraged them to create not just one, but a series of Depeche Mode covers that would document the kids’ growth in stature and music virtuosity throughout the years. Something to entertain friends and family.[29] Their second cover, "Strangelove," was released in July, 2011.

Everything Counts (2012)[edit]

DMK performing "Everything Counts" in their viral YouTube video.

With the release of their third cover, “Everything Counts,” in December, 2011, the trio inadvertently attracted the attention of a much larger audience. The video was featured in popular blogs, newscasts, radio stations and media outlets all over the world, and in a matter of weeks it easily amassed a million hits on YouTube. This sudden popularity compelled the Schraders into forming DMK in February, 2012.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42] The name "DMK" comes from the initials of its members (Dicken, Milah and Korben) and also stands for "Depeche Mode Kids."[43] "Everything Counts" has become DMK’s most successful cover to date, collecting more hits in YouTube than the digitally re-mastered version of the original Depeche Mode song.[44]

Artistic Growth (2012–2015)[edit]

Since the release of "Everything Counts" the band has produced three more Depeche Mode covers: "Black Celebration," released in June, 2012, "Enjoy The Silence", released in December, 2012, and "Just Can't Get Enough", released only as a live version especially for the BAS 2013 festival in Basildon, UK in May, 2013. Since their online popularity exploded they have been invited to perform in front of live audiences, first in Colombia at events live the Festival Tecnológico Texun 2012 in Medellín [45] and the Fantástico! Festival Internacional de las Artes 2013 in Barranquilla,[46] and then abroad at events like the Échale Latino Music Estyles festival in San Antonio [47] and the ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival in Austin, Texas,[48] on May 9 and 10, 2014. They also headlined Sónar Kids in El Port de la Selva, Catalonia, on May 24 and 25, 2014, where they performed in front of a crowd of over 5000 people.[49][50][51] In December, 2014, DMK released their seventh cover video, "But Not Tonight," their first professionally made music video.[52] On March 13, 2015, DMK opened the second day of Festival Estéreo Picnic in their hometown of Bogotá.[53][54][55][56] The show was a success despite the fact that Korben broke his right elbow two days before the festival and had to play only with his left hand.[57][58] In May 2015, after 5 years of recording Depeche Mode covers, DMK releases their first original composition entitled "Pale Blue Dot," a homage to the famous photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe and, incidentally, by Carl Sagan's thoughts about it expressed on his book by the same name. They also announced that the kids would move with their mother to Miami, Florida, but that this separation would not break up the band.[59]


  • Shake The Disease – DMK (2010)
  • Strangelove – DMK (2011)
  • Everything Counts – DMK (2011)
  • Black Celebration – DMK (2012)
  • Enjoy The Silence – DMK (2012)
  • Just Can't Get Enough – DMK (2013)
  • But Not Tonight – DMK (2014)
  • Pale Blue Dot – DMK (2015)


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ CBS News
  4. ^ The Huffington Post
  5. ^ The Huffington Post UK
  6. ^ SkyNews
  7. ^ The Guardian
  8. ^ Wired news
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ Buzzsaw Magazine
  14. ^ El Confidencial, Spain
  15. ^ MTV Iggy
  16. ^ JetSet Magazine
  17. ^ Electronic Beats
  18. ^ Festival Tecnológico Texun
  19. ^ ¡Fantástico! Festival Internacional de las Artes
  20. ^ Caracol Televisión, Colombia
  21. ^ Telemundo, United States
  22. ^ Europapress, Spain
  23. ^ RTVE, Spain
  24. ^ Spex, Germany
  25. ^ Festivall, Poland
  26. ^ Onet, Poland
  27. ^ Now Ny Zabrzanskie, Poland
  28. ^ Elle, Poland
  29. ^ DMK Bio Page
  30. ^
  31. ^ Tiempo Real
  32. ^ La Voz, Argentina
  33. ^
  34. ^ Publimetro, Mexico
  35. ^ La Reppublica, Italy
  36. ^ Zero magazine, Sweden Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  37. ^ Diario La Nación, Costa Rica
  38. ^ En Tic Confío, Colombia Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  39. ^ eNCA News, South Africa
  40. ^ Revista Semana, Colombia
  41. ^ Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Germany
  42. ^ 20 Minuten, Switzerland
  43. ^ Latin Post, United States
  44. ^ SkyNews, UK
  45. ^ Festival Tecnológico Texun
  46. ^ Fantástico! Festival Internacional de las Artes
  47. ^ Échale Latino Music Estyles
  48. ^ ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival
  49. ^ La Vanguardia, Spain
  50. ^ El Diario, Spain
  51. ^ Empordà, Catalonia
  52. ^ Escena, Colombia Archived 2015-04-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  53. ^ Confidencial Colombia, Colombia
  54. ^ Club Social Music, Colombia
  55. ^ Página 12, Argentina
  56. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine, Colombia
  57. ^ Revista Metrónomo, Colombia
  58. ^ Escena Indie, Colombia
  59. ^ Designer Daddy, U.S.A.

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