I'm Derek. I'm incredibly fortunate to be able make music at my home studio The Helm House and all around Florida. I make live cover videos, write original music and love collaborating with other musicians.
This is my son Admiral.
Derek is a south Florida native. He was born in Miami and grew up in a small but steadily growing town called Jupiter in Palm Beach county Florida. Jupiter is still the place he calls home.
After college Derek worked for about a year as a touring sound engineer and hired musician based out of PA. For Derek this short stint was formative. However it evoked a longing to be back in the tropical south Florida climate. In the meantime, while still in PA Derek would listen to radio Margaritaville and Jimmy Buffett as a warm remedy for being homesick. This is some of the music he grew up wit. It reminded him of home.
Playing music back in Florida with family and friends would finally convince Derek to move home to Florida. Derek with his cousin and his best friend from first grade quickly formed a band called the Helmsmen. This was the beginning of his journey as a south Florida based musician. A big part if this journey was the establishment of the bands home studio and rehearsal space called the Helm House. Shortly after its conception Derek opened the Helm House up to local musicians as an audio/video recording and media production site.
While playing in bands and working from his home studio Derek began to perform solo gigs. His primary residency has been at a beachside resort. This consistent gig has played a big part in developing Dereks style. He pulls from legends like the Drifters, Harry Belafonte, Hermans Hermits, the Beatles, Jimmy Buffett and Paul Simon. He found a natural place as a poolside musician by the ocean playing for tourists and locals alike.
Now years later, Derek is branching out into a solo original music adventure. His music is inspired by his life as a south Florida native and his affinity to the tropical south Florida environment. His music Stylistically sounds like a mix of John Mayer and Jimmy Buffet. While Jimmy Buffet is not a Florida native he is certainly a household name there and was equally inspired by the Caribbean and south Florida . Derek gratefully gains inspiration from him. Along with his music, Derek takes encouragement from his message to follow your passions, dreams and live a life of adventure and curiosity.
His maiden voyage into original music is his single "Gone to the Sea”. Derek is releasing new music each year.