I was ‘made’ to take piano lessons from the age of nine! I’m glad I did! I had an elderly music teacher – Miss Wilson – who I will never forget; although she was a very ‘by the book’ teacher, she was incredibly encouraging. However, when I discovered that you didn’t always have to follow the music books I withdrew a little from the theory and worked on composing and writing. I was inspired by things happening around me, my friends, the way people made me feel, the way life made me feel. There was no particular artist I was drawn to but while I was growing up I was ‘subjected’ to a great deal of music including The Beatles, Queen, Bowie, the Stones, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac. I eventually learnt to realise I was drawn to rock music, particularly that which was melodic.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
As answered above…in many ways it does impact on my writing now but perhaps more because I still listen to a lot of music from those eras and appreciate them more fully as being artistic creations rather than simply ‘songs’.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve played piano since I was nine. I took singing lessons for about a year when I was 21 or so – my singer, Adrienne Ellis was a professional opera singer and pianist who I have a lot to be grateful to for; she allowed me to participate in concerts she held for her students and I was inspired my her manner, motivation and teaching. I have been writing songs since I was about 14.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We love to play as much as possible. We are gigging in a local pub next weekend and have a few more lined up. At the busiest times of year we can often be gigging once a week.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I really enjoyed playing the 100 Club and the Willow Festival in 2012. Those are two massive highlights for me.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DerechoRock