Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Deron Daum learned piano at age 6 and started writing songs at 14. He played live in many bands around Vegas before moving to Seattle, WA in 1997 and forming Bendt. Bendt put out one album, including the single “She Feels” which was #1 on MP3.com’s Adult Alternative chart for 6 weeks. Daum worked at Microsoft as an Engineering Manager for 23 years while he continued to write and produce songs. He started MagicMix Studio in 2007 and has mixed songs for hundreds of artists around the world. In 2020 he quit Microsoft to focus full time on music. He released his first solo album “Too Much Music In Me” in February 2021 and the single “Login:” in August 2022.
Daum’s early influences were the progressive rock artists of the 70s such as Rush and Yes. As a keyboard player, new-wave artists such as New Order and The Cure swayed his musical style. The bass became his new infatuation and slowly became a feature instrument in his compositions. Daum’s current music infuses the craft of prog rock with the suburban sensibilities of new-wave and adds just a touch of Seattle grunge. These ingredients blend perfectly in the vintage inspired sounds of today’s indie music. Daum’s music hits you sounding simultaneously unique yet familiar.
Deron is a self-proclaimed Nerd who is more likely to be found watching movies at home than out at a club. He is an avid hiker and an Avid Pro Tools user. He is a J.R.R. Tolkien fan and incorporates themes from Tolkien into several of his songs. His lyrics are often dark in contrast to the upbeat music. Themes such as despair, death or loneliness are prevalent, and even his “happy” songs are tinged with irony and dark humor.