About the Band
In 2009, a falling out from a prior band brought together Tyler Heckman (lead vocals/guitar) and David Wynn (drums) to form Driftone. Early in 2020, they brought on Colton Alexander (keys) and Derek Denman (guitar). They then brought on Dylan Alms (bass/vocals) in 2023
The band describes their sound as Cali-Roots; a product of roots reggae rhythm section and the upbeat musically rich sound of California Reggae. They feature passionate guitar work, tasteful harmonies, and complimentary rhythm riffs.
Driftone released 5 singles in 2020 totaling over 30,000 streams on major platforms. They have released a total of 9 singles to date and are working on their first full-length album.
The band takes inspiration from reggae groups such as Toots & The Maytals, Rebelution, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, and Tribal Seeds; as well as many personal inspirations like Jimi Hendrix, Pepper, Bad Religion, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Tyler Heckman (lead vocals, guitar)
Mostly growing up on Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, and Laurel Canyon folk rock, Tyler prides his musical influence to be rich and catchy, with strong meanings and emotional ties. He was raised around the country, but spent most time in Cleveland watching his favorite sports teams lose, in Las Vegas skating and being arrested, and in Los Angeles surfing, skating, and playing hacky-sack.
David Wynn (drums)
We think his name is David. He doesn't really speak and just keeps showing up to practice. None of us really know where he came from.
Dylan Alms (bass/vocals)
He's blonde and he wears glasses. You practically know him already.
Colton Alexander (keys/vocals)
Hailing from a rocky background, he believes that music is both a stitch and a vile of salt for his deepest wounds. Focusing heavily on incorporating a balance of glamour, foundation, and sensation into his playing, he strives to entertain his audience before he's even on stage.
Derek Denman (percussion/vocals)
He works for the government, so he DEFINITELY doesn't do drugs or anything.