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2002 FIN – Dudenhoeffer Adds Fasteners to Guitars

December 05
00:00 2012

2002 FIN – Dudenhoeffer Adds Fasteners to Guitars

October 8, 2002 FIN – Just because Matt Dudenhoeffer is part of a Top 40 rock band with a video on MTV, don’t assume his knowledge is limited to music.
The 34-year-old product manager for EFC International holds a bachelor’s in industrial engineering and a master’s in public administration.
The St. Louis native launched his fastener career in 1993 as an outside sales associate with EFC before he helped form the industrial rock band Gravity Kills the following year.
He left EFC in 1996 when Gravity Kills landed a record deal and their music attracted an audience.
Dudenhoeffer described the next six years as a blur of touring and recording music.
Their debut album sold nearly half a million copies and was released in Europe. In addition, Hollywood tapped Gravity Kills on movie soundtracks for Seven, Mortal Kombat, and Escape From L.A.
The band’s song “Last” was featured in the film Kissing A Fool.
In 1998 Gravity Kills recorded their second album, Perversion, which enjoyed Top 20 success. Their third album was released at the beginning of 2002, followed by plans for a nationwide tour to support the CD.
Gravity Kills had to cancel their 2002 tour in March after keyboardist Doug Firley broke his fingers when his hand was caught in a 300 lb. steel keyboard stand while performing live. Firley underwent surgery to fix his hand and has since healed.
Dudenhoeffer said the band won’t be touring anytime soon.
But Gravity Kills is still a band with a future. “Once you’ve been in music, it’s in your blood,” Dudenhoeffer mused.
Current plans include releasing some of the band’s B sides in the future.
For now, the band members are pursuing personal projects in music and film and enjoying life after a seven-year whirlwind road tour.
Dudenhoeffer acknowledged he likes being home for a change. Dudenhoeffer noted his fastener colleagues are intrigued by his career in music, and he loves to share stories of the road.
But do him a favor: The next time you see Dudenhoeffer, resist the urge to compare his music career with your brief sojourn in a garage band that’s more memorable for the garage than the band.
After all, your garage band probably never landed a record deal, let alone placed a single on Top 40 radio or produced a video that made it onto MTV.
Despite the current hiatus, Dudenhoeffer has a sense of humor about the whole affair. He says that even if Gravity Kills called it quits right now, they still had a good eight-year career.
“We were together as long as the Beatles,” he chuckled.
The difference being that Gravity Kills sold about 500 million fewer records than the boys from Liverpool. ©2002//2012 Fastener Industry News
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