For these 3 Young Men from Imperial Beach, DAB / Dogol and the Berrys, Music Runs in the Families
May 23, 2017 06:45PM
By Paul Spear
DAB, a Local Rock Band, is making the Most of Opportunities and its 5th Generation Imperial Beach Roots
Dogol and the Berrys, a three-piece rock band from Imperial Beach, is making the most of its opportunities and its 5th Generation Imperial Beach Roots. Dogol and the Berry's also known as DAB are made up of three young men Erik Dogol Jr, Steven Berry Jr, and Noah Berry who all grew up here in Imperial Beach and attended Mar Vista High School.
For these young men, music runs in their families. Erik Dogol, Jr's father plays in very well-known local punk band, Systematic Abuse and Steve Jr remembers his grandmother playing the piano and he said his mom and dad always had something musical going on in their house.
Although they are still very young, they have been playing together for almost 10 years now. Noah, their drummer, is the youngest member of the group at 18 and will be graduating from Mar Vista this year. Steve Jr, is the lead singer, plays guitar and Erik Jr. plays bass. They got there first gig playing in front of people in 2008/2009 when they played around Christmas time at their cousins and a week later, a neighbor who had heard them playing, invited them to play at their block party for New Years. They were formerly known as INDISCRETION. They played in the San Diego Punk Scene for a few years from 2011 – 2013.
Now almost 10 years later, school almost behind them, they are venturing out and entering the professional world of music. They've recently played locally at the Salty Frog with recent shows at The Merrow, The Casbah and last month opened up for Pato Banton at a benefit show. This weekend they will be playing an all-ages show here in San Diego on Saturday May 27th at the House of Blues in the Voodoo Lounge and play again at the Salty Frog on June 3rd. They have been featured on San Diego's Rock 105.3 "Local Spotlight Artist" segment and were also recently interviewed on 91X loudspeaker with Tim Pyles on January 8th. They just played in Phoenix at Alice Cooperstown and have an upcoming show up in Long Beach just south of Los Angeles. They have just finished recording a full length with Jeff Forest at Double Time Studios and over the next couple of months will be releasing some singles that will lead to an album release and music videos to go with it.
Per Steve Jr., their main influences off the top would have to be bands like Rush, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and Metallica but now play their own creations that are heavily influenced by a plethora of different genres and artists ranging from various forms of jazz music and classical, all the way up to modern day rap and pop and owe that in large part to their parent’s appreciation for music and hearing that playing in the house growing up.
When talking about their music and what's behind the creation of their music, Steve Jr. said, "We love it all! We try to throw in as many different key ingredients and flavors influenced from a multitude of different cultures to create what we hear as our music." Steve went on to say that the music they create and the influences on it come from the relationships that the band has formed between each other and relationships, life lessons and sacrifices. Steve Jr. said, “We are heavily influenced by our parents, loved ones and friends and what they have brought into their lives as well. We could not be the same band without these elements being present especially the unforgettable bond between us three as brothers and the unconditional love and support we continue to get each day from those who continue to support us day in, day out.”
As fast as things seem to be moving for DAB, thanks to have parents with successful businesses have taught them to take things slow and do things right. Steven & Noah's parents run the very successful IB Printing and Deb's Cookie Jar and handles the business side for DAB. The band manager is Allen Camp from ARC Productions and the local Imperial Beach band, Fuzz Huzzi. Allen is quickly moving into the management side of music as well as playing with his own band.
As for the future and their music, Steve Jr. said, “We have been a band for nearly a decade... just like a marriage... Till death do us part! We aren't going anywhere! We will always and forever be DAB “Dogol and the Berrys”
For more on the band, you can follow them at the following:
Sound cloud: https://soundcloud.com/dogolandtheberrys
Email address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to Marty's 105.3 interview with Dogol and The Berrys (DAB) and song "SOMETIMES"