Derek Holley has been successfully creating his own eclectic-electro for over a decade as Dress Code – Examining, dissecting, and getting to the heart of what’s most important to his own ears in music have led Derek to play his music with humble confidence and intense conviction.
Based in Dayton, Ohio – Derek originally co-founded Dress Code; at inception the band was a duo steeped in musical experimentation. With their clever infusion and combinations of rock/pop/dance/funk, they quickly formed their debut album. The instant critical-acclaim & success put Dress Code in line for opportunities to showcase their music, including having their tunes featured in indie-film projects and involved with big-name-players of the music-industry, MTV and VH1.
With a break-up of the two occurring shortly after, Derek Holley all of a sudden found himself on his own, but more creatively-inspired and free to truly express his musical-vision through the music of Dress Code. Returning as a ‘virtual band’ – Holley now writes, creates and performs the atmospheres, tones & sonic-textures in this second-incarnation of his band with a much more intertwined combination of electronic, dance & rhythmic beats meeting dynamic bass-lines, rock guitars and innovative funk.
Since confirming his solo-status, Holley has experienced success with his music & dedication to Dress Code. His music has been featured in indie-films & on music-compilations; his determination to succeed knows no limits as he writes, refines & readies new material with vibrant, dynamically-charged rhythms, beats & electro-sounds – Derek Holley is here to play & here to stay in Dress Code.
Why the name, Dress Code? Derek explains, "The name is sort of an irony, since a dress code is a rule about style or appearance. I want to do the opposite of that in a musical sense--to mix different styles and influences."