Derek Bloom

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Derek Bloom
Birth name Derek Bloom
Born (1983-01-30) January 30, 1983 (age 31)
Origin South Pasadena, California USA
Genres Post-hardcore, experimental rock, grindcore
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, programming, electronics, synthesizers
Years active 2001–present
Labels Rise, Suretone, Interscope, Capitol, Epitaph, Four Leaf
Associated acts From First to Last, The Color of Violence, Memories of Lenoir

Derek Bloom (born January 30, 1983 in South Pasadena, California), is an American drummer, known for drumming in metalcore band From First to Last for all of their time as a band until their revival. He left From First to Last in November 2013 and has since been replaced by Ernie Slenkovich. He is also the drummer for his grindcore side-project with Travis Richter, known as The Color of Violence.

Musical career[edit]

From First to Last (2002–2010)[edit]

Bloom was the second drummer, although technically the first official drummer of post-hardcore band From First to Last.[1] He was featured in every release by the band, up until their indefinite hiatus, which was announced on July 28, 2010. Lead vocalist Matt Good release this statement about the hiatus:

"Hey guys, just wanted to take a minute to update you all with the current status of FFTL. As of now right now we are basically going on hiatus. Now before everyone starts jumping to conclusions I just want to make sure everyone knows me and the other members of the band are all still very, very close. We have been best friends for years and will continue to be for as long as I can possibly foresee, so I don't want anyone to think this is a result of animosity between them and I. There is nothing but love between us.

This is mostly a decisions based off a changing of times and the desire to start pursuing new things in our lives. This band has been the center of our lives for our entire adulthood to date. Four full length albums and almost 8 years of solid touring later, the urge to see what else we are capable of achieving is almost overwhelming and I feel like there is no better time than now to go ahead and take a leap of faith and see what happens. Just know From First To Last is responsible for everything I have in my life, good and bad, and as far as I'm concerned it will probably continue to exist until I am too old to do it anymore or dead. We love every single person that has ever helped make our dream of being musicians and traveling the world come true. I know without the people who supported us, we would be nothing and I am eternally grateful for everything. Just know we aren't going to let you guys down and we still plan on making music at some point in the future when it makes sense for all of us. For now just keep a lookout for new projects and future endeavors from all of us. Thanks for an incredible 8 years!"


The Color of Violence (2002–2003, 2006–present)[edit]

Bloom formed grindcore band The Color of Violence with future members of From First to Last, including current guitarist and vocalist Matt Good, as well as former bassist Joe Antillion and former guitarist Travis Richter, as well as Richter's friend Chad Crews on guitar. The band started out full-time from 2002 to 2003, but the all of the members, except for Crews, decided to focus on the now-defunct From First to Last. But in 2006, Richter and Bloom decided to remake the project as a two-man duo, with Richter. The two released their debut full-length album, Youthanize, on April 7, 2009.[3] The band said that "[Youthanize] may not be groundbreaking, and it may not sell any copies, but we tried to be ourselves and experiment, and we're all really happy with the way it turned out, so fuck it."[4] The album did not chart on any of Billboard's music charts.


with From First to Last
with The Color of Violence


with From First to Last


  1. ^ "Biography". All Music. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Karan, Tim (21 July 2010). "Alt Press - Exclusive: From First To Last going on hiatus". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  3. ^ DeAndrea, Joe (22 February 2009). "The Color of Violence Release Info". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Epitaph Records: The Color of Violence - Youthanize". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 2014-03-12.