Recently signed with Sterling Songs publishing
Born and raised in Texas. Singing since the age of six. Writing and playing shows since the age of fourteen. Further developed songwriting skills while playing the club circuit from Texas and Louisiana to New York and Los Angeles. Never learned to read music or took any classes. I compose everything in my head before I ever reach for an instrument, so I tend to jump from one to another. I see them more as tools, there to serve the song. Similar to the way a carpenter uses a band saw or belt sander to make a cabinet. The end result as a whole is all that matters. I compose these songs with the idea of having a band playing them. So, when playing live gigs, I have a full group that accompanies me.
Big thanks to Jason Gossman, engineer extraordinaire, for remixing 3 of the songs and engineering the basic tracks for 1 of them. Much appreciation brother.
Vocals, guitars, bass, piano, synths, and drums for all songs written and played by Pete Derek.
"Writing, arranging, and recording all his own songs and performing each instrument himself, Pete Derek makes "his presence known" with a unique and powerful sound all his own. Utilizing a passionate (yet unusually haunting) baritone voice, Mr. Derek invokes a sonic landscape that is both primal and sophisticated. Ultimately, what we have here are a collection of
grand, sing-along anthems with lyrics that depict rebellion, sexuality, and a raw defiance." -S.R.
"Pete Derek is futuristically psychedelic. A hybrid of electro, alternative and pop. Great production and instrumentation coupled with eerie vocals. Lyrical content is haunting. It's almost as if someone put a pinch of the 70's in a bowl with a dash of modern day house. Voila! Cinematic music for the new age. This artist's creativity, innovation, marketability and talent has landed them a spot on our 360 Watch List."-360 Mag
"Love the tunes! Really dark, cool stuff! I get asked to listen to a lot of bands but I rarely hear new stuff I like these days. I was really impressed!"
-Piggy D. (bassist-Rob Zombie/songwriter)
"I totally get what you are doing and would love to work with you! I like the songs and I think you have a striking image...things that spell success!!!"
-Sylvia Massy (producer-Tool, Johnny Cash, System of a Down, Tom Petty, Danzig)
"Holy sh*t dude! Your voice is f**king amazing!"
-Dave Pino (guitarist-Powerman 5000, Andrew W.K.)
"Colorful and creative songwriting."
-Scott Yanow (music journalist and author)
"Very cool music and voice Pete! Well crafted!
-David Coury (vocal coach and voice analyst-Prince, Michael McDonald, Patti Labelle, American Idol, and many others)
Pete Derek participated in the Spin Magazine/Music Nation Hot Pursuit of the Next Great Band Contest. Ranking in the top ten and peaking at #2 out of 4,322 bands.
Also selected into the final 100 out of over 5,000 band entries in Ditto Music's 2013 SXSW Showcase Search.