Peasant (artist)

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Peasant is the work of Damien DeRose, an American songwriter, singer, and producer, born on September 23, 1985. Starting off in 2003 at the age of 18 as a DIY specialist,[magazine 1] his first album, “Fear Not, Distant Lover”, was entirely home-recorded and self-released. With Fear Not Distant Lover and his second album, On The Ground. DeRose sings of the hopes and fears associated with life and love like a more optimistic version of Elliott Smith.[1] Peasant has toured extensively in both Europe and the USA, sharing the stage with Cursive, Dr. Dog, Horse Feathers, Dan Mangan, Delta Spirit, Rocky Votolato, Sharon Van Etten, Chris Pureka, Hop Along, Illinois, Albert Hammond Jr., Liz Green and many others.

In late 2011, Peasant teamed up with the London, UK based Schnitzel Records Ltd. to release his latest album, "Bound For Glory" in the US, Canada and Europe.[2] Schnitzel Records Ltd. is a London-based independent record label set up by Oliver Geywitz in 2003. The label has worldwide distribution and is mainly orientated towards Indie rock music. Schnitzel Records first signed with the German band Ragazzi in 2003, a mix of pop and electronic rock influences. The label also releases music in Europe and Japan by Ween and the Moistboyz. Another project is the release of Dean Fertita's (Queens Of The Stone Age, The Dead Weather) solo album under the name of Hello=Fire.[3]


Damien Nicholas DeRose grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a small town where he began writing and recording in his bedroom in High School. Before he began to take his music seriously, Damien and a good friend dropped out of High School to buy a sailboat in California. When they arrived at the boat, they were told it had been sunk by Sea Lions earlier that year and was in quite bad shape. The boys returned home and after a breakup, and a falling out, the boat was resold and Damien began focusing full time on Peasant.[4] He first toured the greater part of the U.S. in 2005 with just a guitar and a few home recordings. The following year he self released his first collection of recordings and toured the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Upon returning home, Peasant toured the U.S. a second time, and ended in Canada for Montreal’s 2006 Popfest. Soon after the Popfest he signed his first official record deal with Paper Garden Records and began recording On The Ground with Paul and Ryan Cobb (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club et al.) ‘The Cobbs’.

On the Ground, was released in 2008 on Paper Garden Records.[5] The album was distributed through Conor Oberst’s label, Team Love, and is now available in stores nation wide. In 2009, Peasant recorded a Daytrotter Session and was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered blog "Second Stage" [magazine 2] In addition to being featured on Bones, two songs from On The Ground, “Fine is Fine” and “Those Days,” were featured on ABC’s Kyle XY and “Fine is Fine” was featured on Showtime’s The United States of Tara. In 2010, Peasant released his 3rd album, “Shady Retreat”, which was entirely recorded on his own and was also featured on a number of network shows including ABC's Private Practice.

In 2012 Peasant released Bound for Glory on Schnitzel Records. Shortly after, MTV featured Peasant’s ‘Amends’ on its Stop/Watch program, where DeRose debuted his band at MTVs Time Square Studio. The newly formed live band appeared on BBC Radio with Marc Riley while on tour in the UK and sold out shows across the continent from Zurich to London. Music from Bound for Glory has also been used by NBC’s Parenthood, CBS’s The Good Wife and ABC’s Private Practice.

In August 2013 Mr. Derose was arrested on multiple burglary and drug charges in connection with a string of home break ins on Martha's Vineyard, MA.[6] On September 27, 2013 he pled guilty in Edgartown district court to stealing more than $85,000 dollars worth of jewelry and other items. He was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration to be followed by four years of probation. Mr. Derose also pled guilty to possession of heroin and was sentenced to six months to be served concurrently with his other sentences.[7]

Peasant has been in the process of completing a new round of recordings and is represented by Greg Frey Management. This work continues with his team as he focuses on his recovery.


  • Fear Not Distant Lover (Self Released, September 2005)
  • On the Ground (Paper Garden Records, March 2008)
  • Shady Retreat (Paper Garden Records, March 2010)
  • Bound for Glory (Schnitzel Records, April 2012)


  1. ^ Prewitt, Catherine. "Getting to Know Peasant". Paste. Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  2. ^ Prewitt, Catherine. "Getting to Know Peasant". Paste. Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-26.