Dave Derby

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Dave Derby
Occupation(s)Songwriter, Producer, Composer
Associated actsThe Dambuilders
Gramercy Arms
Guided by Voices
Joan As Police Woman
A Girl Called Eddy

Dave Derby is an American songwriter, recording artist, producer, and composer.

Derby has composed and produced music for film and TV.[1] He was a founding member of The Dambuilders, Brilliantine, has released solo records, and played bass in Lloyd Cole's band The Negatives.[2][3]

His band Gramercy Arms released the album "The Seasons of Love" in August 2014 on Reveal Records. The album received a positive review in The Wall Street Journal.[1] A video was released on YouTube for the album's song "Beautiful Disguise" which featured Lloyd Cole and Joan Wasser on lead vocals.[4][5]

Derby serves as a songwriter and producer for Gramercy Arms, a New York City musical and artist collective with members including Luna, Elk City, The Dambuilders, Guided by Voices, Shudder to Think, Joan As Police Woman, Mascott, Sparklehorse and A Girl Called Eddy, and notable artists Lloyd Cole, Tanya Donelly, Matthew Caws, Doug Gillard and Kay Hanley.[6][7] Derby has also produced albums for Reveal Records.[8]

Derby wrote and performed the theme song for Pilot Season. While the show was not picked up by any television networks, the song eventually became the end theme for The Majority Report with Sam Seder.[9]


  1. ^ a b Fusilli, Jim; "With a Little Help from His Friends", The Wall Street Journal, 19 August 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2019
  2. ^ Perry, Jonathan (2007-08-17). "Dave Derby is still going strong - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Dave Derby: Even Further Behind". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  4. ^ "Beautiful Disguise", Folk Radio, YouTube. Retrieved 5 June 2019
  5. ^ Goldberg, Michael Alan (2003-09-04). "Dave Derby". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  6. ^ "Video Premiere: "Untogether" by Gramercy Arms". The Big Takeover. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  7. ^ "Rose again". 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  8. ^ Fusilli, Jim (2014-08-19). "With a Little Help from His Friends". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  9. ^ "Dave Derby is still going strong - The Boston Globe". archive.boston.com. Retrieved 2020-02-06.