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Garage band

Posted August 07, 2013 in Community Featured, Des Moines West
Greg Darrah moved to Des Moines from California and brought his musical skills with him.

Greg Darrah moved to Des Moines from California and brought his musical skills with him.

We’ve all heard of the term “garage band.” It might be the video game for some musical talents, but it’s the real deal for Greg Darrah.

“Back in the day when I lived in California, a group of friends and myself would get together to jam in one of our basements or garages,” explains Darrah, who has been showing off his skills on the guitar for about 10 years now. “When my girlfriend, Kaitlyn, and I moved to Iowa, I missed playing more than I thought I would and had the crazy idea to renovate our garage into a jam space again.”

These days, Darrah gets together with friends closer to home and messes around on his 12-string guitar, bass guitar and drum set. They play just about every genre of music, but specialize in “funk and punk rock mixed stuff.”

“Now it’s a couple of my buddies from work that gather up in my garage and kind of rotate through instruments. I started 10 years ago learning how to play on the bass guitar and my friend, Kelby, played the 12-string. We found another guy to play the drums and then realized that we could learn all of the instruments and switch it up a bit,” Darrah recalls. “To be honest, the song, ‘The Other Side’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers was the song that made me really get into the guitar. I was obsessed with the song so we started playing cover songs. Later we figured out that we could start playing and writing our own stuff.”

Back on the West Coast, Darrah extended his musical talents into freestyle rapping and beat boxing as well as his traditional instruments. Just like his skills on the guitar, he brought these vibes with him to Des Moines.

“Ever since I was young, I’ve been beat boxing and freestyle rapping along with playing the guitar and drums.” Darrah reminisces. “I find myself doing it when all of our friends gather to play in the garage and also at bars when the mood strikes me.”

These days, Darrah doesn’t get to play as much anymore, but every so often you’ll find him whipping out a couple tunes on his Pakamine acoustic 12-string or drop a couple beats at the local bar.”

“It’s going to be a blast going back to California and having a reunion with all of the guys where it all began.”

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