The Band's Story
Forged through iterations of original bands in Berlin, Germany, 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, Mark Betterly, bass, and John Morgan 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 are headlining locally and opening for national touring bands at some of the area's most intimate music venues. Check out a show and their first release "And Then Some" or sign up for their mailing list.
The Band Members
Dirk Externest ...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 ... 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.
Mark Betterly ... Definitely flying to his own beat, Mark Betterly, lays the down the bottom end for the Ducks. Mark grew up in the 60's and 70's listening to the funky sounds of the Ohio Players, Mandrill, Earth Wind and Fire and The Isley Brothers. Mark started playing guitar in the 10th grade until one day someone asked him to play bass in a small 3 piece easy listening group. He was hooked. Through college, Mark played in a successful jazz group performing old time jazz standards mixed with quite a few originals. It was here that Mark learned to develop his own bass lines which pulled from his jazz knowledge and the need to groove. Influenced only by a groovy bass line, Mark never cared if the genre was rock, funk, jazz or country, "if it felt like it grooved, I liked it."
John Morgan ... At an early age, John went to a Philadelphia Mummers parade and was amazed by the drummers.John played in garage bands and then at 16 years of age, was invited to play with an up and coming Philly based band, Cafe Ole’. After several years in Café Ole’, John left the band to further his percussion studies at Berklee College of Music. While in Boston, John gigged around town with various jazz bands and eventually returned to the Philadelphia area where he taught drums and continued to play with a variety of bands. Currently, John loves playing with BetterDucks. He enjoys laying rhythms down for the blended musical styles, digs the chemistry between the band members and looks forward to a bright future.