Dirt Empire is a band that helps lead Sunday morning gatherings for the church. The band is led by Brian Haitz, an FDC Worship Intern, and is comprised of 5 musicians who are all members of the church. Dirt Empire loves leading the church in songs that are gospel-centered and spirit filled. Their passionate original songwriting is honest about the Christian experience and points the listener to the power of the Gospel to transform lives. Dirt Empire loves leading the listener through intentional times of meditation on God’s promises and uses folk arrangements to convey a sound that is organic, sincere, and transparent.
Dirt Empire takes their name from a line in a Nine Inch Nails song called “Hurt” from their 1994 album The Downward Spiral. The song was brought back into popularity in the spring of 2003 when it was covered by Johnny Cash for his “American” album series. The line from the song is “you can have it all, my empire of dirt” which is a creative way of saying in the end the physical things we own, the things of this world, are not the things that matter. The inspiration is spun into a reference that points the listener to the eternal matters of the soul.