Since the age of 12, Dakota Malinowski knew that the guitar would be his tool of choice for the rest of his life. Being one of the founders of Killing Rapunzel back in 2012, Dakota pulled together the members of the group to create a band that would go down in history in central Wisconsin.
With a burning passion for music, Dakota wishes to pursue a career in the music industry, and do what he loves for a living. "Being surrounded by friends and family who love music is much more than you need in life. It is an art that doesn't have any boundaries."
Dakota has also had the honor to open up for multiple national acts such as Smile Empty Soul, along with opening for WARRANT on his eighteenth birthday (talk about one hell of a birthday present). He has also played in other local bands such as Vallhalla, Accused, and Relentless.
Being surrounded by family that listened to 1980's rock, Dakota's style is heavily influenced by Iron Maiden, Metallica, Motley Crue, and Savatage.
Dakota currently uses Ibanez, Epiphone, and LTD guitars, Marshall amplification and cabinetry and Boss, Electro Harmonix, and Dunlop effects pedals.