Guitars, Lead Vocals
Has been playing guitar since age 7
He has a creative edge to his music
Early influences were Elton John,
Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Beach Boys
The pivotal turn happened while on a camping trip with childhood friend and bandmate Dave De Ranieri at a rec room jukebox. “There was an album cover that looked like a comic book... and caught our eye immediately.. it was kiss destroyer... we listened to God of Thunder and the transformation begun
From softer rock to hard rock... Derek started taking guitar lessons and in Dave’s attic
Writing and jamming for hours. Recording on an old tape deck..
One of the first songs written was “Young Love”.
Most of the songs were written based on life experiences. Meaning is left up to the listeners interpretation. Main thing is the feeing we get from creating music.
The connection from playing in front of a live audience. Always searching, The Journey continues with our first studio Album “The Big Game” recorded at Dreamland studios in NY. Produced by the legendary Jerry Marotta.
Rush, Queen, KISS, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, Journey, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Starz, Earth Wind and Fire, P-Funk... and many more
We have played many venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn... standouts were CBGB's and Lamours
Neal Schon, Brian May, Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Lindsey Buckingham
PRS guitars,Gibson Guitars,Ibanez guitars