In the summer of 2014, Derek and Oliver decided to join forces once again and started writing what would become the first few Traitor Joe songs. However, it wasn't until nearly a year later, when Derek ran into Jason at a party, that Traitor Joe was born. From the first few moments of the first rehearsal with Jason, the trio knew they had stumbled upon something special.
They recorded and produced their first demo in late 2016 completely independently and with entirely their own equipment. They continued that DIY trend with their recent release, Wowabunga!, once again recording at each other's residences and mixing in Oliver's laundry room.
Now based out of Riverside, CA, Traitor Joe loves playing to a few dozen people in places like hole-in-the-wall bars just as much as to a few thousand people at college festivals.