We’re here with Derrival today, an amazing band hailing from Langley, BC. Having just released their new single “Victoria Day,” complete with an amazing video, I’ve got to say I’m truly excited for where this band is going, both artistically and professionally. Having opened for big local acts such as The Zolas, Good For Grapes, The Archers and more, these guys are moving on up on the local scene and they are a band you should definitely give a listen to and tell your friends about. Check out their Bandcamp here: http://derrival.bandcamp.com/ They are also probably one of the nicest bands I’ve had the pleasure of working with. So read onward, because these guys are ready to spill all their juicy secrets to Red On Black Music.
Who is Derrival? Introduce yourselves one-by-one. Tell us your name, what instruments you play in the band, and one thing you couldn’t live without.
Adam: My name is Adam, I sing lead vocals and play rhythm guitar and I couldn’t live without film.
Shane: Hey there, I’m Shane and I play keys and sing in the band, and I don’t know how long I could live this life without spaghetti, oh and I guess music too.
Glen: My name is Glen I play lead guitar and I couldn’t live without music.
Dan: My name is Daniel, and I play drums. I couldn’t live without writing. as writing is a creative outlet for myself. Writing songs and poems grounds me. It allows me to come to terms with different situations that are going on around myself.
Deven: My name is Deven, I play bass, and I couldn’t live without the music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
How did the band get together? What is it like “growing up” with the band. Does the dynamic of the band change as you guys get older and more mature?
Adam: I met Deven in grade 6 and then we started a band in grade 8. We knew Dan from school, met Glen through Deven, and Shane through Glen. Things came together and we’ve had this band for about 3 years now. Growing up with the band, as cliché as it sounds, is like a family. We’ve learned so much about each other and how we think. The dynamic hasn’t really changed other than some of us can now drink and drive. But not at the same time of course.
Glen: As Adam said, but a major difference I found is when we started playing music together we hardly knew each other and we only got together to record an album that Adam and Deven were working. After the album, we started to rehearse and it was always extremely awkward but we all felt drawn to continuing with the band. Somewhere along the way in these past years we’ve grown to be a sort of family and Derrival has become a major part of my life.
Dan: As aforementioned, we all met during high school. I think in growing up through our adolescent years together, we’ve become a very tight knit group. I feel very fortunate that I can share my passion for music with people that I feel so close with.