The Verbrilli Sound - I started with The Verbrilli Sound in the late nineties, putting out an album called 'Many Coloured Butterflies' with a Seattle label called Sweet Mother. Since then The Verbrilli Sound has released songs through Upstairs Recordings, on the compilations 'Deep Down Tempos Vol. 1', 'Headlands: Deep Down Tempos Vol. 2', 'Blue Light One', and 'Upstairs Recordings Remixed'. The Verbrilli Sound has also released the full-length albums 'Leisure War', 'Caliph', 'Anunnaki', plus 'Swankz and Verbrilli: Lifesavers', with the one and only E.D. Swankz. You can read more about my discography here. The Verbrilli Sound played The Big Chill in 2006.
Telefuzz - Telefuzz was born in 1999 with the release of 'Deep Down Tempos Vol. 1'. It also appeared on 'Headlands: Deep Down Tempos Vol. 2', 'Blue Light One', and 'Upstairs Recordings Remixed'. Telefuzz has released the full-length albums 'Sleep', 'The Financiers of Samsara', and 'The Ovaltine Prophecies'. Telefuzz proudly appeared at The Big Chill in 2008. Check the discography on the Upstairs Recordings website as well, here. I am working on a Telefuzz release that should be ready in late 2016 or early 2017.
Portable Planets - Portable Planets is the result of a long term collaboration with Paul McNeill of New Channel. Paul and I have been working on songs for many years, and our playing appears often on each other's albums. In fact we both started our musical careers together in a band called Pull during the first half of the the 90's. Portable Planets is released a two-song ep in February 2015 and the full length album is due out on September 19th, 2016.
Drug Submarine - Drug Submarine is a revolving collaboration involving artists and friends at Upstairs Recordings. At its core are Buzz Rozwell, Paul McNeill, and myself. We first put a pair of songs on the Upstairs Recordings Soundcloud page: 'Where Is This Is' and 'Last Minute Riff'. We got our 6-song first album released and it's for sale on iTunes etc. Check the Upstairs site for details or look for the songs on youtube or soundcloud if you'd like a preview.
Silent Rooms - This is a project I'm working on with Mark Hjorthoy. I played a gig with him a while back and we decided to get together to make some music. We discovered a shared love of analog keyboards and drum machines- and evolving, techno and dub-influenced soundscapes. We hope to release some of the stuff we're working on soon! Here's 'Nearlight', a demo on soundcloud.
Blinking Things - Mark Hjorthoy played me some songs he'd been working on with Dan Handrabur, a pioneer of electronic music in Vancouver. I liked the songs and thought i might be able to add some stuff. So i joined the band, man! We're working on a bunch of songs, and we're looking forward to releasing some of them just as soon as they pop out of the oven!
Pull - Pull was formed in the early nineties, within a musical nebula facilitating the birth of shoegaze, house, and ambient music.. Pull featured E.D. Swankz on drums, Gavin Froome on guitar, Paul McNeill on bass, and Don Verbrilli on vocals and guitar. From these varied influences, Pull released two EPs and a full album, 'Ascender'. Pull played live, went on tour, and began to learn to write better songs... then the band took 20 years off. Time to play other music, to get jobs, to raise kids, to find a way in the world. Now we're back together... playing... looking for a new name. We have some songs... we have some ideas. I'll keep you posted!
The Don Verbrilli Effect - Part of the reason i started this website is to find a way to release songs I've written which don't seem to fit within the sonic, textural, or emotional parameters of any of my other projects. In some instances this material might consist of more traditional and organic types of songs, but not always. I write a lot of songs, in many genres. It's sometimes hard to know what's going to come out when you start playing something. That's kind of exciting. At some point I would like for the entire breadth of my material to be available to those who might be interested in listening- otherwise i wouldn't be spending my time fussing over these things! So I'll start getting some of this stuff out soon. As always, i'll keep you posted!