Dirty Honey's John Notto: "I was never going to be a jazzer… or a teacher. No backups! Victory or death!"

John Notto of Dirty Honey performs at St. Andrews Hall on February 10, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan
(Image credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Dirty Honey had no label and had never released a full-length - but that didn’t stop them from making rock history. In early 2019, the Los Angeles band self-released their self-titled EP, which contained the powerhouse, classic-rock-inspired single When I’m Gone. And in October, Billboard announced that the track hit Number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs Chart - the first time that’s ever been achieved by an unsigned band.

The accomplishment was the culmination of a whirlwind couple of years for Dirty Honey, whose music channels the heavy '70s-era rock of Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. Since 2017, the quartet signed on with a big-time management team, recorded with a hotshot producer in Australia and landed coveted spots opening for Slash, The Who, Alter Bridge and Guns N’ Roses.

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Brad Angle

Brad is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and video producer. He is the former content director of Revolver magazine and executive editor of Guitar World. His work has appeared in Vice, Guitar Aficionado, Inked and more. He’s also a die-hard Les Paul player who wishes he never sold his 1987 Marshall Silver Jubilee half stack.