Designer Disguise: Growth through Pain and Music

Designer Disguise: Growth through Pain and Music


Designer Disguise is a rock band based out of Seattle, WA that has been recently bringing the heat to the local scene and beyond since the debut of Hearts and minds and their Surface Ep released back in 2017. Their signature sound features powerful vocals that resonate well with its heavy instrumentation infused with electronic flavors, while also delivering a music experience that is both emotional and interesting lyrically. It is without a doubt that this band to make waves within years to come. Designer Disguise’s music is available on Itunes, Spotify, and all major streaming platforms. If you live in the Seattle area attend their next show on Sweatfest 2k18 at EL Corazon June 30th with Ostatia! Deep down the the group is just a bunch of proudly sensitive guys that want to share their music and hearts with the world and to make a better place, Support the band if you dig what you hear on Facebook and Instagram.

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What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?

We are called Designer Disguise. In 2015 Keegan Chapman, Josh Wildhorn, and Jackson Bengtsson created the band. During the time Josh and Jackson were both still attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Tell me a little bit about yourselves?

Designer Disguise consists of Jackson Bengtsson (vocals), Josh Wildhorn (guitar), Nick Powell (guitar), Chris Allen (drums), and Justin White (guitar/ vocals). Since the inception of the band we have had several line-up changes, but we are finally happy to be set on a wonderful group of musicians/people.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

We are a pop influenced metalcore band. We all have different musical backgrounds, but some major influences include Bring me the Horizon, Linkin Park, Of Mice and Men, Slaves, Amaranthe, Our Last Night, and Hands Like Houses.

What or who would you say your music sounds like, just to give a rough idea to our readers here?

Our sound varies some between songs but if you like Linkin Park or Bring me the Horizon you will probably like us.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

Josh and Jackson met each other in an audio class at Western Washington University in 2013 or 2014. They have been making music together since that day. They had a band previous to Designer Disguise called Dorsia. Since then new members have joined. So we have really known each other for a few years, but we have a deep connection.

When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

Band formed in 2015. Josh and Jackson saw each other’s musical drive and wanted to create together since the beginning.

Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?

We are not signed or a part of any other groups.

What can you tell me about your instruments? What made you choose the instruments you have now?

All of DD’s guitars are Jericho guitars. Dave Muselman makes beautiful guitars that sound wonderful. We all recommend Jericho guitars heavily.

Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

We have played most of the West Coast. We did a West Coast tour with I Am Infamy in September 2017, though we missed our SF and LA dates due to van difficulties. We have played Seattle a lot, of course El Corazon will always have a special place in our heart, as we played our first show there. Our next big show is Sweatfest 2K18 @ El Corazon on June 30th.

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

To date Josh has written most of the music, Jackson has written most of the lyrics. The music is mostly about emotions, it’s starting to be more about triumphing in life despite hardships. The topics will change as the landscapes of our lives change and we grow.

Could you briefly describe your music-making process?

Josh writes song sends to Jackson he writes lyrics then the whole band picks it all apart and we spend time fine tuning. Another way is we all write together at practice or in the studio. Jackson is also an electronic music producer so sometimes he sends songs to Josh who then ‘metalifies’ them.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

We rehearse depending on shows coming up. We jam our set and the fine tune.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together? Can we talk about your latest music you have out now? what can you tell us about that?

Since the band formed a lot has happened. Most notably guitarist Josh Wildhorn battled cancer. That experience really changed everyone. There was a lot of pain and growing and that is what our music is about right now. Our latest single ‘Lost Inside’ is about the pain and confusion we all felt during Josh’s journey. By the way, Josh kicked cancer’s ass and is back playing with us. At our last show ‘Cancer is Cancelled’ we raised over 5000 dollars for cancer research.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Our biggest challenge as a band is just continuing despite life throwing all it has at us. We are a really dedicated group though, so nothing has been able to stop us.

What's your ultimate direction for your band? What would you want people to take away from your new music?

We want people to take solace in our music. When people relate to your music you’ve done something right.

If you had the chance to work with another band or artist, who would that be and why?

Each member would say something different, but I know we would all love to work with BMTH or Linkin Park (RIP Chester).

Any band stories you feel like sharing with our readers?

Nick is an avid fly fisher and he would want everyone to know that.

Where do you guys see yourselves in the next six months?

On tour, grinding in the same way we are now.

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Do it with people you care about and who care about you, don’t give up.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

We are on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and all streaming platforms.






Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering support over the years as you continue with on with your success as a band?

We love our families!

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.


Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

    Cardi B be careful

    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake


    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj

    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"

    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

    1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.


    Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

    In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

    These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

    I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

    In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

    The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

    In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

    Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

    Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

    But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

    At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

    For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

    GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

    After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

    The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

    I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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