(Ricktopia Interviews formerly seen on www.ricktopia.com)
Derek, the shy and quiet one on the Rick Springfield Karma
Tour (although, we have heard he's quite the comedian)... soothed
us with his backing vocals and his keyboard styles. Here's some
truly informative and thought provoking answers from Derek (from
the mouth of Derek)!
made you want to be involved in a musical career?
want to sit behind a desk for the next 30 years. I've played
piano since I was four so it seemed like the natural choice!
do you do for fun when you aren't working?
the beach so I go to the beach, go hiking in the canyons around
me, play with my cats and torture Matty.
is your favorite city that you have visited (on this tour or
Austria and Prague, Czech. Rep. are two of my favorites. Oh yes,
I forgot anywhere in Switzerland!
is an average work day like for Derek?
see, I wake up at 3:30am, be at the airport by 5:00am, fly, drive,
rest for an hour, go to sound check, eat, shower, try to play
and sing with no sleep without yawning during show! (I got caught
yawning a few weeks ago by one of the Springfield faithful!)
is your favorite kind of music? Artist(s)?
I like everything
from Rachmaninoff to AC/DC as long as it inspires me. My tastes
have changed from more complicated music such as ELP, YES etc.
to simpler music with a nice melody and a good lyric.
have you been working in the music industry?
I moved to
LA when I was 21 and got my first tour about 6 months later with
Iron Butterfly going to Europe. So, I guess I won't count the
rock and jazz clubs I played in New Mexico for 4 years and I
will answer...11 years.
you come to be a part of the Karma tour?
I was called
by Matty an hour after STP called me and two days before Leah
Andreone (sp?) called and I ended up landing here with all of
you nice people! It started off a little slow, but it's become
a very fun tour.
is the best/worst thing about your job?
the envelope that comes in the mail I love to here the sound
of the crowd. I was hooked from the first time I heard the sound
of thousands of people screaming about 11 years ago...and I had
to keep hearing it! The worst part is no sleep and airplanes.
I've been on around a thousand airplanes and I dread it more
and more every year! I think I need to become a cushy studio
musician and stay home! HAHA
is the most interesting event/thing you have witnessed on this
Rick's song "My Father's Chair" has affected so many
of you and how many say that it helped them get through their
own loss of their father. I think that's the greatest gift a
song writer can ever get...affecting someone's life in such a
motivates you? Frustrates you?
of doing 3 or 4 things at once playing with Rick. When I mess
what has been your greatest challenge?
with a guy named Vince DiCola who recommended me for this job.
We did his sound track music in New York and it was really difficult
music, but it went really well. I think he has faster fingers
than Keith Emerson!
was the last CD you bought?
of Memphis Slim (blues).
was your first impression of Rick?
How can he
look so good at that god-awful age!!
other artists have you performed with?
I toured the world with Whitesnake and before that I toured with
Iron Butterfly for 8 years. I've done lots of short stints live/studio
with lots of people. I just sang background vocals on the new
Motley Crue stuff (thanks to Matty), Katey Sagal (thanks to Jack!),
Gary Wright, Robert Tepper, Scott Page, Jim Keltner, etc. etc.
any unique challenges about playing on this tour?
routing: Sacramento, Kansas City and New Jersey all back to back!
I used to try to figure out ways to fill my days on tour, now
I try to figure out when I'm going to sleep so that I can sing!
tour has been long and played many different venues. Which
do you prefer a large theatre or a smaller venue?
place to play is a medium size theater (2000 or 3000). They sound
best for me on stage.
are your plans for after this tour?
airplanes and traveling from city to city, hotel to hotel with
some crazy rock band.
do you see yourself in the next 10 - 20 years?
I hope to
get into TV and movie music so that I can stay at home!
do you think of the music of today versus the music of the past?
so many more bands today compared to say 1970 that there's bound
to be more crap than there was then! There are plenty of new
bands that are good too, but I have to say most of my favorites
are old bands.
could chose any "other" career than the one you have
now, what would it be?
like my dad!
could change anything, we mean anything... what would it be and
the human brain to make peace a possibility rather than just