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.
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.