Derek Lee Goodreid is an Australia, Perth based musician and composer who is well versed in the arts of indie rock and blues melodies. Derek has just released an original single titled “Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues”. We had a few questions and answers with him. Below are exclusive details on Derek Lee Goodreid and his new release.
Photo credits: Ming Johanson
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
When I first got offered a paid gig to perform at one of my favourite music bars in Oslo, Buckleys Roots & Blues joint. Unfortunately, it has closed down but I am really happy I had the opportunity to perform there and be part of a venue with a rich history of music and bands that I love.
How would you describe the music you typically create?
Music from the heart and the soul. It has to move me in the chest and in my feet, a physical impact. I know I am on a winner when I hear people, I have shown my song to hum it or tap their foot when I’m performing.
Who (living or dead) inspires you as an artist and why?
I am inspired by a lot of artists from the past such as Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, BB King, Roy Orbison (mainly the Sun Studio recording artists) just to name a few as I love the atmosphere from those studio recordings a lot. I also dig artists like Nathaniel Rateliff, The Delta Bombers and Pat Capocci who have a high energy retro sound that has a lot of grit that you don’t always hear on the radio nowadays.
What’s your creative process like?
Sometimes I crank up EZDrummer 3 and play along to loops or sit around the house on my acoustic and just hum to blues and rockabilly riffs and licks until something sparks inside my brain. It’s very organic and a lot of the time it is like catching lightning in a bottle. Just gotta be there in the moment for it to happen.
What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music? Are you surprised by the reactions you get?
I generally want people to feel the music in their gut, to have a visceral reaction to it. The last thing I want to hear is the nice background music. My biggest surprise was performing an upbeat set while solo on my acoustic and people got up and danced, that made me very happy and I felt I had kicked a goal musically speaking because people were smiling and enjoying themselves and I could see it as I was playing and it encouraged me to just have fun. Gave me goosebumps and a warm feeling in my heart.
What is the best advice you’ve been given in relation to music?
Play to as many people as possible and to back yourself as an artist. I have had a lot of well meaning ‘musicians’ give me ‘good’ advice wrapped up in jealousy, pettiness and small mindedness. Best advice I got was to keep going and leave the haters in the dust. The people who give encouragement, constructive feedback and show you the way are the people to respect and connect with.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
Being a dad to my wonderful son Benjamin Phoenix, I also love gaming – currently in the middle of AC Valhalla, love my two ginger kittens – Loki and Setzer though my music room is off limits to the destructively cute bastards, reading fantasy novels halfway through the fall of the Malazan Empire and even getting into meditation to help with my struggles with depression, cPTSD and social anxiety.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
Working with my guitar hero Adrian Whyte. He has been a great mentor to me and helped push me (in a good way) to become a better musician and a better human. Also lending vocals for my friend Bard Holand for his EP it was so awesome to collaborate with such a great songwriter.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with and why?
I would love to work with Jack White and do an LP on Thirdman records. The man has so much talent and good energy. Definitely could learn a lot spending time following in his shadow.
What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to ten years?
Well, I have a new album planned for next year, Breakthru Hardtimes which will feature Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues. Hopefully gig more now that things are slowly getting back to normal and would love to write a soundtrack to a movie. I generally don’t look too far ahead as I have plenty going for me now but hopefully more collaborations with other artists as I am really open to it.
What is this new release about?
This song is an anthem for everyone who just needs a good anthem to sing out their worries and cares. The chorus of this song is like a mantra I have been singing the last couple of years to break through my depression and it was really tough to sing with the gusto and grit I have today because at the time I felt defeated and ready to give up on life and follow my passions. The story isn’t a literal story it is like a legend, a legend of the blues singer, something magical.
Who and how many people worked on it?
I wrote this song, guitar vocals and drum programming (using ezdrummer) and sent it to my friend Steven Donnelly to add bass. It sounded great but there was an element missing and it was harmonica. Which makes sense because the inspiration of the song is Howlin’ Wolf and he had an amazing blues harp sound. I reached out to the legendary blues harmonica Hector Ruana (from Venezuela) and his track was the perfect piece that was missing from the puzzle. Then I mixed and mastered it in my home studio, Howling Light Recordings and magic was made.
If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
I love you and I love hearing from you. Keep dancing at my shows and I will continue to make music to move your hearts and your feet.