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Hey there, and welcome to my site! I'm Derek Joel. You can learn more about my virtual self by perusing through the website. Simply click on the tabs to view whats inside.
I just completed the Bike and Thrive ORCO Tour, peddling from Portland, Or, to Boulder, CO. You can read more about the story in the article, 'Findeing stillness in motion', written by Peyton Clarkston for the Lake County Record Bee - record-bee.com/ci_21522383/finding-stillness-motion. Read about the whole journey on the journal I kept on tumblr - bikeandthrive.tumblr.com
I lieved in Pedregosito, Costa Rica, from January to June '12. I studied bamboo, sustainable living, spanish, permaculture, medicinal plants, and many other fascinating lessons in life.
I enjoy playing the banjo, keyboard, and any other instrument I can get my hands on. I am learning and exploring the knowledge and love around me and do my best to share my lessons with others as soon as possible.
I breathe music. Life and Music, LifeMusic. I love playing any and all instruments, but especially the kind with keys. I love learing music as it relates to recording, capturing, enhancing, blending, and polishing songs. In the states, I ran a successful studio, Serenity Music Studio; a progressive record label, naked roots, and taught lessons privately and with an afterschool program.
Raised in Lower Lake, CA, I lived in SE Portland, Oregon, with my lovely sister, Michaela. Some of my previous stops were Lower Lake, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento, California. I am a musician, producer, teacher, romantic, and entrepreneur.
I am continually learning and experiencing the beauty and depths of knowledge, wisdom, music, philosophy, nature, love, psycology, and life. Forever finding my footing in the loose, discovering the balance in every sunrise, and breathing blessings and renewal of spirit.
quote of the moment: "We'll never be ready. So we might as well now."
Framing Music is a song-a-day music journal of original expression, in which I played snippets, covers, recordings, productions, finished songs, ditties and oddities - whatever the daily source of musical inspiration may be.
Check out the links to the right to follow, like, subscribe, share, listen, and enjoy.
I teach piano lessons to young and old, beginner and intermediate. I believe everyone should share what they love with others. I love music and the keyboard and do my best to share and inspire others. One way is to teach piano lessons.
Please visit my piano website here at www.derekjoel.com/pianolessons for more info.
Copy Left Scores is a website I created to encourage the open source community, a place to share musical transcriptions in the hope that others will learn, grow, and be inspired. All works are published under Creative Commons licensing, which allows anyone to access the work, share it, and remix it, as long as they do not try to sell it for personal profit.
Naked Roots. I started NR when I was composing a project and came across the advice on-line (forget where now) to start a record label when releasing your own music. The idea grew from there, and continues to incorporate more ideas. Currently, it is a record label and music consulting service, providing an honest solution to the current corrupt 'industry'. I've recorded four artists and will officially release their EPs very soon. Please visit the site for more information - www.nrsolution.com.
Last.fm is one of my favorite online radio stations. I actually pay for the monthly subscription ($3), which comes with a bunch of cool feature (including no commercial interruptions). Check out my library. It's connected to my iTunes library and shows my listening patterns over the last year or so.
Last.fm username: calm_bomb
Pandora is ok. They aren't as good as they once were in my opinion. True story: my friend Michael actually listened to Pandora so much that one of their admins emailed him and told him that he was required to pay the subscription fees or else they would block him from the site — no joke. They sold out in my opinion, but still I will try them out once in a while. My Pandora userpage click here
I like using Jango. It is friendly to the unsigned artist. Lets anyone add their music to the site. It also has great features for an online radio site. Check out my profile — here.
I love this site for their progressive approach. It is 100 percent copyleft music! Nuf said. I know major labels and the RIAA are burning in their seats seeing sites like this. It means they can't dig their hooks and rip off their peice. Anyway, I highly suggest it. Check me out here.
Background and Influences
I believe that everyone has a 'voice', a means by which to express their inner emotions outwardly. Whether it be art, music, acting, writing, or dancing, everyone has the potential to employ their voice. For me, I play the piano, keyboard, organ, melodica, harmonica, guitar, bass, percussions, drums, bongos, and anything that can be utilized as music.
I enjoy listening to literally every type, style, and genre of music (and no, I'm not just saying it to be cool or enhance the chances of you liking me more). I believe I can connect with any genre as long as it has a basis for musical talent, emotional connection with the listener (me), or other interesting, influential elements.
The musicians, bands, or groups I find inspiration are rather diverse. The main ones are as follows:
- Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) — Trent is one of the main influences to starting Naked Roots. He exposed me to the major label enslavement tactics and got me asking the question: Why? He also has several songs that inspire me, and his production work is just as amazing.
- Oscar Peterson — One of the first performers I was in utter awe listening to. My dearest piano instructor / mentor, Easy Andrews, introduced me to what is the magnificence known commonly as Oscar Peterson. I think I fell in–love with the piano when listening his performance of 'Tenderly' - his genuine joy while playing is infectious. Check out this vid - greatest piano solo ever.
- The Mars Volta — Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's guitar, production, and song-writing skills are truly amazing. Ikey Owens is a mastermind on the keyboards (he also played for Sublime btw).
- Red Hot Chili Peppers — Though they don't have a permanent keyboardist, this band has been my long-standing favorite. They live through music. I try to incorporate that everyday.
- B.B. King — Don't need to play guitar to know the KING! I had the pleasure of watching his performance at Konocti Harbor Inn and Resort at the age of 81. If you have blues in your blood, have to love the King.
- Fear the Fiasco — Though this band is not renowned as the others, they are the first artists I helped promote. "This is one of the best bands I have ever watched. Why aren't they crazy popular?" I thought being one of six people in the crowd. Another inspiration to start Naked Roots.
- Spoon — I love that Spoon has never compromised. Their latest album — Transference — was self-produced by the band (very rare for a popular band these days). They even have a couple songs that were written in resentment to one of their former Producers. Check out The Agony of Laffitte on youTube, written about his devient producer.
- Others — Tony Banks (Keyboardist, Genesis), Richard Wright (Keyboardist, Pink Floyd), Rick Wakeman (Keyboardist, Yes), Rage Against the Machine, The Fall of Troy.
I enjoying playing a number of syles, methods, and genres. Classical, Contemporary, Gospel, Experimental, Progressive, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Folk, Math Rock / Indie, Indie, and so on.
* All references and links to wikipedia.org
The resumes on the right are downloadable in .PDF format. If you wish to view them in any other format please contact me.
Personal Resume — an overall summary of my work history and accomplishments.
Piano Resume — my history, training, goals, and approach with music and the piano.
Recording Resume — my education, training, experience, and aspiritions with recording, producing, and engineering music.
Volunteer Resume — Listing of my volunteer work.