Published on September 8th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


The Verve Pipe’s Brian Vander Ark On Future Plans, His Success As An Entrepreneur & His Giving Back

As the frontman of The Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark had his first taste of mainstream success with the mid-1990s studio album Villains. Yielding prominent charting radio hits with “The Freshmen,” “Photograph,” “Cup Of Tea” and the title track of Villains, The Verve Pipe became a proper headlining act in the late 1990s. Two more major label efforts (1999’s The Verve Pipe and 2001’s Underneath) would hit stores before The Verve Pipe went on hiatus; the West Michigan band returned in 2009.

However, The Verve Pipe is only one facet of Vander Ark’s long and still-thriving career. He has recorded a bunch of solo albums (most recently 2016’s Simple Truths alongside actor/musician Jeff Daniels) and acted in a variety of film projects (including 2001’s Rock Star). Meanwhile, The Verve Pipe is back, having released two children-friendly albums (the first was 2009’s A Family Album) and several “adult” albums (most recently 2017’s Parachute). All the while, Vander Ark was one of the major artists to perform “house concerts,” having performed over 700 of them over the last concerts.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Vander Ark by phone about all of the above-mentioned matters, in addition to his success as an in-demand motivational speaker. The full chat is embedded and beyond the topics mentioned above, it included discussion of Vander Ark’s years in the military, growing up in Michigan, his non-profit The We Effort, and his first encounter with David Lee Roth.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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