JACOB DERAPS (DERAPS): “I Just Don’t Think That JOE [SATRIANI] Is The Guy To Do A VAN HALEN Thing”


DERAPS is a young, up-and-coming rock ‘n’ roll band consisting of guitarist/lead singer Jacob Deraps (winner of the 2016 Dweezil & Frank Zappa Fellowship Award), bassist  William Lachance from Canada, and Australian drummer Josh Gallagher. The band brings a breath of fresh air to the scene, with a sound, vibe, and style that echoes back to the 1980s.

DERAPS’ sound takes you right back to California’s Sunset Strip of the late ’70s, when a new generation of bands rocked the global scene, led by Van Halen, who heavily influenced Jacob Deraps.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten caught up with guitarist/vocalist Jacob Deraps. Jacob talks about their new debut album coming out on June 17th, titled Deraps, about playing on stage with Dweezil Zappa, about the possible new Van Halen lineup, and much more!

Check out Deraps in their new video!


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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