Whibley performing in 2019
Deryck Jason Whibley
March 21, 1980
|Associated acts||Sum 41|
Deryck Jason Whibley (born March 21, 1980), nicknamed Bizzy D, is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his work as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, main songwriter, producer, and only constant member of the rock band Sum 41.
He lived with his mother, who moved from one place to another during his childhood. They later settled in Ajax, Ontario, where he spent his adolescence with his mother and stepfather.
Whibley formed Sum 41 with drummer Steve Jocz, bassist Richard Roy and vocalist Jon Marshall. They were originally called Kaspir, and were a NOFX cover band. In 1999, the band signed an international record deal with Island Records. The band released their debut album, "Half Hour of Power" in 2000, then All Killer No Filler in 2001. The band achieved mainstream success with their first single from the album, "Fat Lip", which reached number-one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remains the band's most successful single to date. All Killer No Filler was certified platinum in the United States, Canada and in the UK. The band has since released six more studio albums: Does This Look Infected? (2002), Chuck (2004), Underclass Hero (2007), Screaming Bloody Murder (2011), 13 Voices (2016), and Order in Decline (2019). The three albums before Screaming Bloody Murder have been certified platinum in Canada.
The band often performs more than 300 times each year and holds long global tours, most of which last more than a year. They have been nominated for seven Juno Awards and have won twice (Group of the Year in 2002 and Rock Album of the Year for Chuck in 2005). Their fifth studio album, Screaming Bloody Murder, was released on March 29, 2011. During the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour, the band added Deryck Whibley's cousin Matt Whibley on keyboard.
Besides Sum 41, Whibley developed a professional career in the music industry as producer and manager. Deryck was part of Bunk Rock Music, a music management and production company. He produced for No Warning with the company as well. Since parting ways with Greig Nori, he sold his part of the company in early 2005.
He worked as the producer of We Have an Emergency, the debut album by Sum 41 co-member Jason McCaslin's side project The Operation M.D.. In 2007, he mixed the debut album of the band Permanent Me. He was also involved with the Avril Lavigne album, The Best Damn Thing, where he produced and played guitar.
In November 2007, Whibley suffered a herniated disc while drumming on the song "Pain for Pleasure". This happened while Sum 41 was on tour with Finger Eleven, and the remainder of the Strength in Numbers Tour was canceled although Finger Eleven did travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba to play the show with Die Mannequin and Inward Eye in replacement of Sum 41.
On the Operation M.D.'s second album Birds + Bee Stings, which was released on June 29, 2010, Deryck mixed one track entitled "Sick + Twisted". He also played keyboard and piano on the same track. Deryck has also joined the band live, playing guitar on this song, on December 21, 2010, at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.
Whibley uses a black customized '72 Fender Telecaster Deluxe live with his well-known red X's for decoration and good luck. He has also put out a signature guitar with Squier, a sub-brand of Fender. The signature Squier comes in black and Olympic white, sports the two red X's and has one humbucking pickup in the bridge position, which is a Seymour Duncan Designed HB-102. It also has his signature "Deryck" written on the headstock. In the past Deryck has used many Gibson guitars such as the Flying V, Les Paul, SG and a Gibson Marauder, which was his first guitar given to him by his mother and has been used in some of the band's videos such as "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep". According to October 2007's issue of Rock Sound magazine, Deryck also uses '59 Les Paul Reissues, '52 Telecaster Reissues, Telefunken and Neumann mics, Plexi 100 watt Marshall Heads and Cabinets and Spectraflex cables.
Whibley lived in Ajax, Ontario, and attended Southwood Park Public School. As a teenager, he attended Exeter High School. It was there that he and his bandmates were discovered while playing at their War of the Bands.
Whibley married fellow singer Avril Lavigne in 2006. The couple occasionally performed together and have spoken about their relationship in interviews. Whibley and Avril Lavigne began dating when she was 19 years old, after being friends since she was 17.
The marriage lasted a little more than three years. In September 2009, Lavigne and Whibley split up, and the divorce was finalised on November 16, 2009.
On August 5, 2010, Whibley was hospitalized after he was attacked in a bar in Japan late at night by 3 unknown individuals. After an MRI scan, it was revealed that Deryck herniated a disc in his back for the fourteenth time. Although advised against playing, Whibley rejoined the band on August 8 in Osaka for the Summer Sonic Festival.
On May 17, 2014, Whibley was hospitalized for alcoholism.
With Sum 41
- Half Hour of Power (2000)
- All Killer No Filler (2001)
- Does This Look Infected? (2002)
- Chuck (2004)
- Underclass Hero (2007)
- Screaming Bloody Murder (2011)
- 13 Voices (2016)
- Order in Decline (2019)
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