Following overwhelming success in 2021, leading independent festival promoter and producer Danny Wimmer Presents renewed their partnership with Twitch, the leading interactive livestreaming service, and are bringing even more programming to the platform. Since launching last June, the channel’s exclusive and unique content has brought in more than 10.3 million live views, 51.7 million+ minutes watched, 5.29 million unique views, over 1.41 million chat messages, and more than 25,000 followers for DWPresents on Twitch.
Praising the alignment of the two powerhouses, Forbes declared, “DWP & Twitch are paving the future for rock & metal music.”
DWPresents on Twitch (twitch.tv/dwpresents) now features original content streaming six days a week, with new programming and the return of fan favorite series. DWPresents on Twitch will bring back its flagship series That Space Zebra Show, with a brand-new set. After getting kicked out of Danny Wimmer’s basement, the hosts have now found a home on the moon where they host all of their shows.
Steered by Bobby Schubenski (Blackcraft Cult founder) and Josh Balz (Strange Kids, ex-Motionless In White), That Space Zebra Show is best known for its new music and unsigned band discovery, as well as its signature comic banter. Upcoming content will include the show’s popular Battle For The Big Stage competition series, giving bands a chance to play upcoming DWP festivals in 2022.
New programming that has debuted in 2022 includes The Pinfield Power Hour hosted by Matt Pinfield (music expert/radio & TV host) focusing on new music as well as a countdown of the Top 20 songs in rock, and The Gunz Club hosted by Shannon Gunz (SiriusXM) and Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies) with a late-night variety show format, featuring various rock and metal guests, news segments, skits and more.
Shannon Gunz described her enthusiasm for The Gunz Club, saying, “Excited is an understatement! My life has been super awesome for quite some time getting to be a host on SiriusXM seven days a week and that is not changing! Love my SXM fam! That being said, it has always been a dream of mine to also host my own TV show…this is that! Big bonus is that it is with one of my oldest and bestest friends, Heidi Shepherd! Danny Wimmer Presents has been family for years and having them support The Gunz Club means the world to me. We will talk life, music, sports and other entertainment along with having friends stop by for hangs!”
Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies commented, “Stemming from a 15+ year friendship bonded on rock and metal, Shannon and I are beyond excited to join forces for The Gunz Club. With both of our extensive hosting backgrounds, this show is a dream come true. We will take a deep dive into everything from music to sports to finding the biggest and baddest boneheads on the Internet. All while taking over Chad Gray‘s mancave. Linking with DWP always provides a fresh and forward thinking environment where entertainment thrives. I cannot wait for the chat and the world to see what we’ve been cooking!”
“We are deeply inspired by the ongoing support from our Twitch community, which has been part of the success story in growing the DWPresents channel since it launched in 2021. Adding The Gunz Club and Matt Pinfield’s Power Hour are the next natural extensions of developing new programming for our audience. We are thrilled to continue creating engaging content with expert rock and roll legends like Matt Pinfield, Shannon Gunz and Heidi Shepherd as we continue to build and grow the channel in 2022,” said Maureen Valker-Barlow,EVP of Partnerships for Danny Wimmer Presents.
Here are additional details about the exclusive DWPresents on Twitch programming running throughout 2022:
That Space Zebra Show – Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Thursday at 3:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM ET
● Battle For The Big Stage – Sunday & Thursday
Battle For The Big Stage is BACK and better than ever. The first competition, won by three bands so far – Post Profit, Young Other, and A River Runs Thru It – and a fourth to be announced, has awarded a spot on the Escape The Fate tour as well as playing at Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, Florida in May 2022. More competitions for various stage slots on DWP festivals will happen throughout the year. Unsigned bands are voted on by the viewers who decide which act will be lucky enough to gain a spot. Bands can enter here: https://bit.ly/3MJBfVh
● Monday Night Live, The Fan Club, and The Merch Show – Monday
Every Monday will feature a different type of show:
* Monday Night Live gives viewers a live performance and interview from amazing signed and unsigned bands.
* The Fan Club is an opportunity for viewers to engage with the hosts, play games, and get to know DWP and Space Zebra on a personal level.
* The Merch Show is a monthly exclusive look at some of the new DWP festival merch and other merchandise that the hosts are involved with. Viewers vote on the designs and even create some new looks during the stream. Viewers will also have the first opportunity to purchase these items.
● Build A Band – Tuesday
That Space Zebra Show on DWPresents Twitch will create the first ever Twitch band, with viewers’ input and votes involved in the decision-making process. This new program features livestreamed auditions from vocalists, guitarists, bassists and drummers vying to be chosen as a member of the band, which will have the support of That Space Zebra and Danny Wimmer Presents. Some of the biggest names in music will participate as mentors. Visit www.bit.ly/dwpbuildaband to apply for an audition.
The Pinfield Power Hour – Friday at 3:00 PM PT
The brand-new series The Pinfield Power Hour gives the audience a weekly dose of new music, with viewers voting on new music for inclusion on DWP’s new DWP Top Music Chart. Curated by TV host and rock music historian, Matt Pinfield, The Pinfield Power Hour gives the audience a weekly does of new music, along with a viewer voted Top 20 DWP Music Chart. Pinfield, who was the face of the alt rock genre on MTV’s 120 Minutes, will not only showcase the biggest songs each week, but welcome guests hosts and band interviews.
The Gunz Club – Monday/Wednesday/Thursday at 5:30 PM PT / 8:30 PM ET
New to the channel this year, The Gunz Club is hosted by Shannon Gunz of SiriusXM and Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies, with a late-night variety show format, featuring various rock and metal guests, news segments, skits and more.Covering all things rock, metal and more, Shannon and Heidi share some of the top headlines and music in their own Gunz Club way.
DWPresents on Twitch will also continue its charitable efforts in 2022. In December 2021, The Space Zebra crew hosted the “Slay The Bellz” relay raid charity fundraiser on the DWPresents on Twitch channel, featuring Dan Sugarman of Ice Nine Kills and a rare acoustic set from The Devil Wears Prada, among others. In total, viewers watched more than 100,000 minutes and raised $16,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
In addition, DWP’s Welcome To Rockville festival livestream on Twitch in November 2021 was seen by a worldwide at-home audience of 1.2 million unique viewers, who enjoyed select performances, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content. This groundbreaking moment marked the first time producers Danny Wimmer Presents have livestreamed one of their festivals.
Danny Wimmer Presents is one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America with events including Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, GoldenSky Country Music Festival, Hometown Rising, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.