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The new video for “Guess It’s Alright (Live Session)” - Videography by Samuel Raymond Kinney at Foothold Films

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A lush, soulful live experience of dance-able indie-pop…

Born out of DIY ambitions, house venues, and a soft-spot for sappy pop songs, Derek Deon & the Vaughns is one of Southern Oregon's newest up-and-coming performing acts, providing audiences with a soulfully vibrant energy that aims to make you swoon. With sets comprised of mostly original music, and a few beloved pop-covers to taste, Derek Deon & the Vaughns put on a show that is sure to be lively, dance-able, and interactive, yet thoughtfully heartfelt, and appreciated by the keen observer. Deon’s studio recordings can be found on most major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, etc.), and at derekdeon.com, along with dates and information on upcoming performances.

Est. 2017


 
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF ORIGIN

Derek Deon & the Vaughns is a rotating lineup that typically performs as a six-piece band comprised of three vocals, two guitars, bass, drums, keys, and samples. While it’s members have been collaborating with one another for longer than the band’s official formation, the first performance under the name “Derek Deon & the Vaughns” was observed at O’ryan’s Irish Pub in Ashland, Oregon, In November of 2017, and featured Derek Deon on vocals and guitar, Dylan James Vaughn on vocals and bass, and Max Malcomb on drums. Shortly thereafter, John Johns became a regular addition to the lineup on lead guitar. In February of 2018, Ian McCarty (keyboards) and Morgan Graham (vocals) were recruited to record the live session: Guess It’s Alright/Say So, marking the band’s formation of it’s full six-piece composition.

A 2019 summer tour as the house band for a traveling musical theater project, Puppeteers For Fears, which showcased opening sets of original music to promote Deon’s upcoming debut LP, prompted him, Helen-Thea, and Dylan to do more with less; to fill out their sound in a stripped-down formation by implementing live-looped keys, guitar, and electronic percussion and samples. Upon returning from tour, and having embraced the new approach to their sound on the road, the band re-established itself as a six-piece lineup, re-introducing live drums atop the samples and 808s, a second guitar in addition to Deon’s filled-out, live-looped tones, and, for the first time, dual keyboards and synth.

 

 
DEREK DEON     GUITAR, VOCALS, MUSIC AND LYRICS     Derek Deon is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Outside of gigging with the Vaughns, he can occasionally be found performing solo sets, playing open mics with friends and collaborators, and playing guitar in the musical-theater productions of    Puppeteers For Fears   .     https://www.instagram.com/derek_deon/

DEREK DEON

GUITAR, VOCALS, MUSIC AND LYRICS

Derek Deon is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Outside of gigging with the Vaughns, he can occasionally be found performing solo sets, playing open mics with friends and collaborators, and playing guitar in the musical-theater productions of Puppeteers For Fears.

https://www.instagram.com/derek_deon/

DYLAN JAMES VAUGHN     BASS, VOCALS, MUSIC AND LYRICS     Dylan James vaughn is a bassist, singer, and songwriter whose original songs, and creative collaborations with Derek are often performed as part of the band’s unreleased material performed in their live sets. His bass performance can be heard on soon-to-be released music such as the title track of Floating in the Backseat While the World Goes By, and in addition to vocal performances on    Guess It’s Alright/Say So.

DYLAN JAMES VAUGHN

BASS, VOCALS, MUSIC AND LYRICS

Dylan James vaughn is a bassist, singer, and songwriter whose original songs, and creative collaborations with Derek are often performed as part of the band’s unreleased material performed in their live sets. His bass performance can be heard on soon-to-be released music such as the title track of Floating in the Backseat While the World Goes By, and in addition to vocal performances on Guess It’s Alright/Say So.

 
 
MAX MALCOMB     DRUMS     Max Malcomb is a drummer, visual artist, and art teacher, who’s drumming and auxiliary percussion can be heard on the live session:    Guess It’s Alright/Say So   .    Max’s visual art can be found on his instagram (   @maxmalcomb   ) or on his website:     https://www.maxmalcomb.com/about

MAX MALCOMB

DRUMS

Max Malcomb is a drummer, visual artist, and art teacher, who’s drumming and auxiliary percussion can be heard on the live session: Guess It’s Alright/Say So.

Max’s visual art can be found on his instagram (@maxmalcomb) or on his website:

https://www.maxmalcomb.com/about

JOHN JOHNS     LEAD GUITAR, DRUMS     John Johns is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who frequently performs in a variety of live arrangements. His drumming can be heard in Derek Deon’s debut singles:    When We’re Older and Free   ,    Melted Wax   , and    My Car is a campfire   , as well as in currently-unreleased tracks off of the upcoming debut album: Floating in the Backseat While the World Goes By. For live performances, John has cycled between playing drums and lead guitar, depending on the gig, the temperature outside, and the cycle of the moon.    His songwriting can be heard in the music of his funk, hip-hop, and psych-rock inspired band,     The Bouray     .  Their debut EP,     Fragments    , can be listened to via most major streaming services:

JOHN JOHNS

LEAD GUITAR, DRUMS

John Johns is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who frequently performs in a variety of live arrangements. His drumming can be heard in Derek Deon’s debut singles: When We’re Older and Free, Melted Wax, and My Car is a campfire, as well as in currently-unreleased tracks off of the upcoming debut album: Floating in the Backseat While the World Goes By. For live performances, John has cycled between playing drums and lead guitar, depending on the gig, the temperature outside, and the cycle of the moon.

His songwriting can be heard in the music of his funk, hip-hop, and psych-rock inspired band, The Bouray. Their debut EP, Fragments, can be listened to via most major streaming services:

 
 
HELEN-THEA MARCUS     KEYBOARDS, SAMPLE PADS, VOCALS     Helen-Thea Marcus is a formally trained singer, pianist, and actress, who’s vibrant and theatrical presence is a naturally occurring phenomenon on stage. Her vocal and piano performance can be heard on Derek Deon’s debut single:    When We’re Older and Free   , and in occasional duet performances with Derek as well as in different musical theater projects.

HELEN-THEA MARCUS

KEYBOARDS, SAMPLE PADS, VOCALS

Helen-Thea Marcus is a formally trained singer, pianist, and actress, who’s vibrant and theatrical presence is a naturally occurring phenomenon on stage. Her vocal and piano performance can be heard on Derek Deon’s debut single: When We’re Older and Free, and in occasional duet performances with Derek as well as in different musical theater projects.

IAN MCCARTY     KEYBOARDS, SAMPLE PADS     Ian McCarty is a classically trained pianist with an inclination towards gospel, hip-hop, and neo-soul. Ian teaches piano and frequently provides accompaniment in musical theater productions as well as other rock, funk, and jazz bands. His original compositions, and a comprehensive list of his current projects and upcoming performances can be found on his website:     http://www.pianomanian.com/

IAN MCCARTY

KEYBOARDS, SAMPLE PADS

Ian McCarty is a classically trained pianist with an inclination towards gospel, hip-hop, and neo-soul. Ian teaches piano and frequently provides accompaniment in musical theater productions as well as other rock, funk, and jazz bands. His original compositions, and a comprehensive list of his current projects and upcoming performances can be found on his website:

http://www.pianomanian.com/

 

 
 

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 Press Coverage

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“[Derek Deon] has been really diligent about making the record he wants to make...and it really does sound *good*...they're doing this sweet, friendly, gentle Soul and Jazz-Pop - And gosh darn it, if it isn't the Punk-est thing I've ever heard...Punk isn't a sound and a haircut - it's an ever-evolving hostility to the status-quo...trying to find your way to do things...and sometimes that means making things as clean and polished andprecise as possible. It's trying to find your own sound and go your own way and I think he's done really well in doing that...” -

Josh Gross in ‘Rogue Sounds’ on Jefferson Public Radio

 

Post-Show Interview for The Odyssey, Eugene, OR    (Photographed and Published by Ashley McMurray)

Post-Show Interview for The Odyssey, Eugene, OR

(Photographed and Published by Ashley McMurray)

“Frontman Derek Deon is a singer-songwriter aiming to make his dreamy, melodic songs into a danceable experience with his band…” -

Emily Goodykoontz for The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR

“When you play music a lot in a small town,” Deon explained, “I feel like you have some of that acknowledgement and bond with other people who are also doing it…We’re young and there’s no blueprint…We’re just kind of figuring this shit out.” -

Connor Thompson for the Siskiyou, Ashland, OR


 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

 
 

@ The Dip (Redding, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - August 3rd, 2019

@ The El Rey Theater (Chico, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - August 2nd, 2019

@ Blue Lamp (Sacramento, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - August 1st, 2019

@ North Coast Repertory Theater (Eureka, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 31st, 2019

@ The Roaring Donkey (Petaluma, CA) - July 29th, 2019

@ Hotel Utah (San Francisco, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 28th, 2019

@ The Blue Lagoon (Santa Cruz, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 27th, 2019

@ Blacktop Comedy (Rocklin, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 26th, 2019

@ Reno Little Theater (Reno, NV) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 24th, 2019

@ Visual Arts Collective (Boise, ID) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 23rd, 2019

@ Death Proof Coffee (Boise, ID) w/ The Warfair & the Cantains - July 21st, 2019

@ The Capitol Club (Bend, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 20th, 2019

@ Le Voyeur (Olympia, WA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 19th, 2019

@ Columbia City Theater (Seattle, WA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 17th & 18th, 2019

@ Mississippi Pizza (Portland, OR) w/ Green Mountain Guild & Jame Doe - July 16th, 2019

@ Holocene (Portland, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 14th, 2019

@ The Majestic Theater (Corvallis, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 13th, 2019

@ Dolphin Theater (Coos Bay, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 12th, 2019

@ Chetco Pelican Playhouse (Brookings, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - July 11th, 2019

@ Schoolhaus Brewhaus (Jacksonville, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - May 19th, 2019

@ Randall Theater (Medford, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - May 17th & 18th, 2019

@ Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - May 12th, 2019

 

@ The Summit Music Hall (Yreka, CA) w/ Puppeteers For Fears -  May 11th 2019

@ O’Ryan’s Irish Pub (Ashland, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears -  May 10th, 2019

@ The Haul (Grants Pass, OR), w/ Puppeteers For Fears - May 4th, 2019

@ Oregon Fringe Festival (Ashland, OR) w/ Puppeteers For Fears - April 24th, 26th, and 28th, 2019

@ The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant (Ashland, OR) w/ Sleepy Jay + Slow Corpse + The Juniper Berries - Mar 8, 2019

@ Habaneros Mexican Restaurant (Medford, OR) - Jan 19th, 2019

@ The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant (Ashland, OR) - Dec 31st, 2018

@ O’Ryan’s Irish Pub (Ashland, OR) w/ Slow Corpse + Spiller - Dec 13th, 2018

@ Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene, OR) w/ Novacane + The Dimly Lit - Nov 24th, 2018

@ The Central Saloon (Seattle, WA) w/ Hi Crime + All the Real Girls - Nov 23rd, 2018

@ The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant (Ashland, OR) w/ The Juniper Berries - Aug 25th, 2018

@ Three Penny Mercantile (Ashland, OR) w/ The Bouray - Oct 5th, 2018

@ Roxy Ann Winery (Medford, OR) - May 2nd, 2018

@ The Bella Union (Jacksonville, OR) - Apr 5th, 2018

@ Smithfields Pub & Pies (Ashland, OR) - Mar 3rd, 2018

@ Kindred Spirits Art, Ales, and Wine (Talent, OR) w/ Cole Zollinger - Feb 23th, 2018

@ Kindred Spirits Art, Ales, and Wine (Talent, OR) w/ The Kindred Souls - Jan 12th, 2018

@ Three Penny Mercantile(Ashland, OR) w/ The Bouray - Jan 5th, 2018

@ O’ryan’s Irish Pub (Ashland, OR) w/ Iconoplasty + The Rogue Underground  - Nov 24th, 2017