DERRICK BRUMLEY INTERVIEW
May 22, 2016
Derrick Brumley and his metal band, Conquest have been throwing down the hard and heavy sounds for over two decades. In this time he and his band have melted the faces of the fans with their brand of blistering metal. Derrick and the gang have seen the good, the bad and ugly of the music world, and now in this exclusive interview, Derrick talks about the evolution of music, his latest helping of tunes entitled, “Under the Influence”, which pays homage to many metal bands with renditions from Conquest, and touches on various musical topics.

Benny Henderson Jr.
You guys have been playing for a long time now, when did you start, the late eighties, early nineties?


Derrick Brumley
That is true, we started in the late eighties doing our trash metal thing. We went through all the various bands do and here we are still doing our thing in 2016.


BH
I have been interviewing bands for years now and I have come across some really great bands that only last a few years and then they are broken up and done. You guys have been doing this over twenty-six years. Talk a little about the ins and outs, ups and downs on living this musical lifestyle.

Derrick Brumley
That is really a good question, it is one of those things that it is either in your heart and you love it, or you don’t. Because even in the eighties and early nineties when we actually got paid to play and you made a dime off every record you sold, you could not blink your eyes, it changes so fast. Ever since I have been in the music business it has been an evolving wheel. It keeps reformulating and spitting our different variations of the same thing. We have just stuck to our guns, we have been blessed. I have had Tim with me since the beginning, he is such a great drummer and such a great guy. Mike came in, in the nineties, and we have worked hard, you have to love what you do.

BH
It is funny that you speak on making money playing your music, the internet has really changed the music business so much with all these music sites.

Derrick Brumley
It is true, you go back in time and we really got up and running and working hard. Everything was on cassette and you mailed it out to this guy and you waited to hear back, man, it was just a different world than what we are living in now.

BH
The way people get music these days have honestly changed, I have an iPod that holds tons of music, but I myself still like to hold the product in my hand. You were there then, and here now, how has social media affected bands today?

Derrick Brumley
I would say it is a double edged sword. You get good things out of it, so like bands like us can still spread our word at a low cost and not make any money. But then again if you did not have that instant grab for your Mp3 you would have to buy it and if you bought it then bands like us would be around more because then we could actually make a career out of it. You go out and play a tour, you come home and you have nothing in your pocket, you do sell some records but the rei snot enough capital there. So for me, check this out, for instance Pandora, you don’t even get a penny per stream, so it is pretty brutal. Coolness for letting us get into contact with people, cool for letting people know what is going on, but other than that, I don’t know.
 
BH
Talk about the new album, “Under the Influence”.

Derrick Brumley
It is available at all the music outlets, and I encourage everybody to go check it out, I am really proud of this CD. When we first started it I did not know how it was going to go, but when it was all wrapped up I felt pretty good about it.

BH
When you listen to an interview, you often hear bands talk about their influences, you took it a step further and made an album paying homage to your musical influences. How did you come up with this concept?

Derrick Brumley
Pretty much to survive, you hear tribute bands everywhere. So playing in the Midwest and the big tours and large venues, the tours are not there as much these days, so during our show I would say, hey, let’s do a segment of our show and honor these bands, we are not a tribute band by any stretch of imagination. So we decided to pick bands and their songs and play them. A lot of times people take someone else’s song and screws it up, I did not want to screw these songs up, but I feel we kept it true to form. I really enjoyed making this album and I believe the fans will like it as well.