Better known by his moniker D at Sea, Doyle Perez became a YouTube sensation after his acoustic cover of Parkway Drive’s “Carrion” went viral in late 2011. Since the Parkway Drive video D at Sea has released a host of other reworked renditions of songs from the hardcore genre including tracks by The Amity Affliction, Bring Me the Horizon and Of Mice and Men among others, garnishing more than 3.5million views on his YouTube channel and attracting almost 28,000 Facebook likes.
Despite his growing fan base and notoriety, music wasn’t always front and center for Doyle, who had not initially considered it a career option. Before an injury at the age of 19 his relationship with music was that of a fan, simply enjoying listening to other bands and, like most kids of the 90s, taping his favorite songs from the radio onto cassette tapes that would be played back later and copied onto mixed tapes to share with friends.
However injury forced him to reassess his priorities. Playing and writing music became a way to cope with rehab and changes to his everyday activity, as well as providing an outlet for his creativity.
For someone who took to music much later than most his acoustic renditions of songs from the hardcore illustrate his natural ability and keen ear for music. The self taught musician only discovered he was able to sing acoustically after meeting his girlfriend and fellow musician Millie Tizzard, who encouraged him to branch out from the more metal-focused music he was playing in bands Confession, Lemon Smashle and All My Friends at Sea.