Birthday: August 18, 1964
Former band: Pink Cream 69
Musical Influences: Sweet, Kiss, Deep Purple, Aerosmith
ANDREAS DERIS was born in Karlsruhe on 18 August 1964. He is the current vocalist and one of the main songwriters for Helloween. Additionally, he co-founded the German melodic metal band Pink Cream 69, in which he was the lead singer. He also has an active solo career, as well as his own recording studio in Tenerife called Mi Sueño. Deris started to sing in his first band, Paranoid, when he was 15 years old, changing the band’s name to Nameless some years later. He stayed in this band along with his school friend and drummer Ralf Maurer. In late 1984 Andi Deris joined a band called Dragon with the two brothers Bruno and Oscar Di Blasio (Di Blasio Bros) on guitar and Bernd and Stefan Lüddemann on bass and drums. After playing live concerts in the Karlsruhe area, they went to Edo Zanki’s Studio in Karlsdorf and to Arco Studio, Munich to record their first demo with producer Tony Monn. In 1986, Bruno and Oscar Di Blasio, together with Andi Deris, met the Italian bass player Daniel De Niro and... Kymera was born! Ralf Maurer alias “Ralph Mason” was “again” recruited as the band’s new drummer. After a few concerts, the drummer Ralf quit Kymera and was replaced by the talented young drummer Kosta Zafiriou. That early friendship between Andi Deris and Kosta led to the formation of Pink Cream 69 early in 1987. The original line-up was Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou, Alfred Koffler and Deris. They became popular enough to attract interest from numerous record companies, ultimately choosing to sign with CBS (now known as Sony Music) and toured in Europe, America and Japan, recording 3 successful albums.
In 1993 Michael Kiske left Helloween and was replaced by Deris. The new Helloween line-up recorded Master of the Rings, a departure from the progressive rock sound of Chameleon and a return to their classic power metal sound. Deris immediately became the primary songwriter for the band together with Weikath. Deris then recorded his first solo album Come in from the Rain. The album contained some power metal material such as The King of 7 Eyes, but the album is remembered for its experimental side with more mellow and mid-tempo material. Deris sang and played guitar, accompanied by Peter Idera, Ralph Maison and Gisbert Royder. Besides Helloween, Deris is a very active collaborator in parallel projects. He provided the lead vocals for some songs in Ayreon and Rage’s albums and he sang with an ensemble of singers in the 20 Years Anniversary Song by the band Axxis. He appeared together with Uli in the Tribute to Rainbow album with the song Catch the Rainbow, and he sings with Angry Anderson and Lemmy Kilmister on the Saxon anthem I’ve Got to Rock to Stay Alive.
In 2010 he recorded guest vocals with the band Wicked Sensation for a duet in My Turn to Fly. In 2011 he appeared in the duet Black Widow with the vocalist of Eden’s Curse on their Trinity album. In addition, he worked on the charity project “Help! For Japan EP” where he sang along with other well-known metal players such as former Helloween singer Michael Kiske. He also works as a producer in his own studio, producing Tenerife-based band Meridian Zero’s first album Doors of Creation and Esclavitud’s album Condenados Al Paraíso.