Derecho

1. How did you get your initial start in music?

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.

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

Well, if I were to aim big, lets say Wembley would be amazing to play!

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

For about 20 years!

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

I find it difficult to pinpoint artists as my influences tend to change. Performance-wise though I have always been a big Freddie Mercury fan – the passion he threw into his act and the presence he had on stage has a massive impact, aside from his amazing voice. Vocally, at the moment I’m enjoying a range of singers for their style, edginess and passion….Pat Benatar, Amy Lee, David Bowie, Skin (Skunk Anansie), Ozzy Osborne, Amy MacDonald, Thea Gilmore, I could go on…

5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

I think it does everything it says on the tin!

6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

We are based in and around Cambridge. Cambridge has a few venues…Portland Arms, Cornerhouse, The Emperor…all of which we’ve played and enjoyed. There is a pub called Grapes which we always love to play and thanks to a receptive and friendly audience!

7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

There are so many bands in Cambridge….we particularly enjoy Fred’s House, Venus Grove and Rattleshack.

8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

Try these:

https://www.facebook.com/DerechoRock

http://derecho-rock.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4YLrrs-PJY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osXiJgv49A0

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