Derek Close

I cut my teeth on ’80’s Metal when upon my hearing of Scorpion’s Blackout I got sucked into the world of music. From that point I no longer wanted to just listen to music. I wanted to hear music. I wanted to feel music. Most importantly, I wanted to play music. The late ’80’s came and I started to learn guitar and picked up the bass. Throughout the early ’90’s I played in a few bands that played a few gigs but never did any recording. That changed when I joined My Cat Puddinhead and we recorded our first demo tape in ’94. From there I went on to help form the band Judah (WA). We played a number of gigs and also recorded a demo tape called “One Step From The Basement”. While in Judah I got asked to record the bass tracks for About This Big’s album “Chaos Theory”. After that, life got in the way forcing me into a bit of a hiatus. During that time I did have the opportunity to record a few tracks for the band Nathan Creek. Come late 2006 Dan Johnson from Sanctyfied got in touch with me and I recorded the bass tracks for their 2nd album Flying High. I even got the privilege of writing the album’s Title Track. It was during this time that I started really working on my own music again. I had several songs that had never been recorded and some that had never been finished. In 2011 I released my first album, a Christmas instrumental rock album called “In the Christmas Groove”. 2014 has seen the release of my 2nd album, “The Beta Sessions”. 2016 we released the debut album from the recording project Joshua’s Creed. More to come!

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

The typical answers are: My life, my passion, my everything, blah, blah, blah. Music is expression. Music is art. Music is communication. Music is an emotional roller coaster ride. Music is infinite combinations and complexity brought into simple order where even the smallest child will give in to the impulse to dance.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Wow. I remember my mom playing Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love before I was in school. I really liked the song Popcorn that was on one of my sister's LP's. I still like instrumental music. My childhood soundtrack is a blur of music. I remember my sister playing Bohemian Rhapsody and I liked the song because I thought it was funny. What do you expect? I was 6 when it came out. I now see it for the masterpiece it really is. I was totally impressed with 2112 by Rush. That was the first album that I had the lyrics memorized. The song that got under my skin was Blackout by Scorpions. The way the rhythm and lead guitars play in and out of each other just set me on fire. I had to play music!

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Favorite bands/artists over the years: Joe Satriani, Bloodgood, Scorpions, Stryper, Tony MacAlpine, Rush.

What inspires you to make music?

It's my creative outlet.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Anxiety, exhilaration, adrenaline.

What do you think of Drooble?

I like it a lot!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Trying to be heard in a sea of noise.