Derek F. Smith

What/who are your musical influences?

My top musical influences are Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, Mumford and Sons, Damien Rice and Green Day

Favourite line from a song?

My favourite song line comes from the 1993 Counting Crows song Round Here which says “We talk just like lions, but we sacrifice like lambs”.

What instruments do you play?

Acoustic guitar is my main instrument other than my voice.

Do you write your own songs?

I have written and recorded many original songs. In the same way that Adam Duritz of Counting Crows tends to write my songs are very story driven in the lyrics.

If you could play any gig or venue, where would that be?

If I could play to a full house anywhere in the world it would have to be at Red Rocks which is an open-air amphitheatre built into the natural rock structure 16 km west of Denver in the United States.

Derek’s gig guide this month:
Sept 8th – Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg 5.30pm
Sept 9th – Hervey Bay Boat Club 5.30pm
Sept 10th – Post Office Hotel, Maryborough 6.30pm
Sept 11th – Beach House Hotel, Hervey Bay 2.00pm
Sept 13th – Beach House Hotel, Hervey Bay 5.30pm
Sept 16th – Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg 7.00pm
Sept 17th – Howard Food Markets 4.00pm
Sept 18th – Sublime Farm and Brewery 1.00pm
Sept 29th – Maryborough Markets 9.00am
Sept 29th – Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg 5.30pm
Sept 30th – Lamington Hotel, Maryborough 7.00pm