Zipgig is a booking platform for artists and venues to book live gigs with each other, without a middleman or booking agent. We regularly feature our artists on our Spotlight series.
This week, we are featuring Deja Vibes, an Austin, TX based band that focuses on rock ‘n roll, blues, and funk music that makes a crowd want to dance. When they play live, their setlist includes works from the Allman Brothers to ZZ Top, with plenty in between (Creedence Clearwater Revival and Rolling Stones to name a couple). They love entertaining their audience all night.
Deja Vibes plays around Austin and Central Texas, in all kinds of venues, including breweries, clubs, farmer’s markets, and festivals.
Deja Vibes is booking on zipgig.io.
Spotlight answers courtesy of Dave Escamilla, Deja Vibes vocalist and guitarist.
What is your band’s background?
We’re a band made up of some individuals that really love to entertain people. We play melodic rock ‘n roll, a very high energy music that makes people want to dance.
What genre of music do you most identify with and what is your musical style?
We play mostly rock ‘n roll, blues, and some funk. We tend to like the older, more classic sound of music from the 60s and 70s, but we play newer stuff too.
Do you write your own music and lyrics or do primarily covers?
We do write a lot of songs and we play some original stuff live. Ultimately, we are crowd pleasers so we like playing cover songs that the audience knows and loves, but we are working in more of our original songs as long as we get good reactions from the audience.
What is your creative process?
Meet up, set up equipment, bass player starts riffing around, drummer starts up, then the guitars come in and start trying to find a groove on top of that. We ride it out. I will record jams like that and later on come up with some words to fit and a few chord changes and then we have a proper song.
How long has the band been together, what brought you together?
We’re newly formed as of February 2021. I was playing with another band, called the Nameless Farm Band. We were just a group of people that met and started jamming at the Nameless Farm farmers market every week in Leander, TX beginning in summer 2020. Eventually we formed a band and built a stage out of an old pontoon boat and started playing shows out there for the customers. We then needed a new drummer, which is when I found Marco. At that point, we sort of morphed into Deja Vibes, and since then we’ve had a couple line-up changes into the 4-piece act that we’re doing now.
Where are you based out of, where do you play, and in what type of venues?
We are based out of North Austin and we play all over Central Texas. We are sort of the resident band over at the Nameless Farm Farmers Market in Leander. Lately we are also a favorite act among the biker community and we are playing places where motorcyclists like to meet for a good time, like at the Cowboy Harley Davidson dealership, or at the Bentwood in Georgetown, TX.
What inspires you as a band/musician/artist?
Just expressing that part of ourselves that we don’t get to be the other 21 hours of the day — letting out that wild, outrageous side.
If you had to identify with a famous musician or band, who would it be?
I tend to be very partial towards Elvis, but as a band our style is probably more in line with The Allman Brothers Band.
Is Texas a good place for you to promote your unique sound?
I would say so. I’ve lived in New York and LA, and although those are good show business locations, Austin is a great music environment. There’s a lot of people who live here that like to get out and see live music, dance, party, and have a good time.
How do you connect with your audience?
After the show mostly.
When people leave your show, what is it that you hope they will say about you?
Hot damn! Those boys are en fuego!
Looking forward to experiencing some of that Deja Vibes fuego at one of their shows!