Derek Sherinian Interview 2011!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

We interview Derek Sherinian about his new album called "Oceana", thanks for the interview Derek!!

Derek, I'm Luis from in Mexico, first of all, thanks for your music, and your time to answer this questions for us!! YEAH! I..I,

1. In Oceana, this 7th forthcoming album, you're working with long time partners, what can you tell us about the pr.production and production of the album?

Derek: Simon Phillips and I began writing for ‘Oceana’ right the beginning of January 2011. We c.wrote 5 songs together and recorded tracked scratch drum tracks. Then I c.wrote 2 more songs with Steve Stevens, and one each with Joe Bonamassa and Doug Aldrich. Simon then laid his final drum tracks and the rest of the Musicians completed the overdubs. The record was mastered in June 2011.

2. You're recently ending a very awesome tour with the BCC, what's next for promoting Oceana?

Derek: I will be doing a lot of press all over to world to get as much coverage as possible to get The word out. There is talk about a possible European tour in February 2011.

3. You've played with great musicians through your entire career, what is the most amazing lesson you've learned so far as a musician and as a human being?

Derek: The biggest lesson is that your hard work never ends, and that there is always room for improvement. The minute that you think that you know it all, you are done.

4. Recently the metal, progmetal, fusion, hard rock genres have been taking some kind of "new breath" worldwide. What can you tell us about the industry nowadays?

Derek: I am not sure about the industry now days, it has changed so drastically with all of the downloading of records. As far as a "new breath", I hope that you are right!

5. As a man that works with technology all the time, how have you been benefited?

Derek: I have a pretty loaded ProTools studio on my property. I have benefitted by being able to make records on my own clock and in my own environment.

6. Finally Derek, what advice can you share with your Mexican fans and with all the bands that are beginning their journeys into the music industry?

Derek: It is very difficult to break into the business. All I can say, is make sure you are playing the music that you love, And always surround yourself with people that can elevate your career.

Monday September 5th sees the UK release of Derek Sherinian’s new solo album ‘Oceana’ – released on the Music Theories Recordings label via the Mascot Label Group.

If this were the 1970's, the heyday of such keyboard titans as Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Jon Lord, he would be among that elite circle of players whom were superstars. back in a time when such talent was not only appreciated, but celebrated in popular music. This is, however, 2011, and in this age, Derek Sherinian is the premiere rock keyboardist of his generation, a member of the supergroup Black Country Communion, a core member of Dream Theater, and a prolific solo artist.

Derek has played with a diverse range of artists including Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen and KISS. In addition to being a part of Dream Theater, Derek was also a member of the prog rock band Platypus, and the founder of the progressive fusion/metal band Planet X.

Oceana is mixed by the legendary drummer Simon Phillips (whose drumming credentials include Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck, 10CC, Roxy Music, Mick Jagger, Mike Oldfield).

The new album features contributions from Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion), Tony MacAlpine (Planet X), Simon Phillips (Toto), Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Jimmy Johnson and Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder).

Album Tracklisting:
  1. Five Elements (4:37)
  2. Mercury 7 (4:29)
  3. Mulholland (5:56)
  4. Euphoria (5:34)
  5. Ghost Runner (4:54)
  6. El Camino Diablo (5:06)
  7. I Heard That (4:53)
  8. Seven Sins (5:56)
  9. Oceana (5:38)

Sherinian has carved out a niche for himself within the progressive metal scene. His solo albums have featured the best technically proficient and creative musicians, including luminaries as diverse as Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, John Petrucci, John Sykes and Zakk Wylde.

With Oceana, the album is yet again an assemblage featuring some of the most talented players to ever strap on a guitar, all of whom have joined Sherinian in the studio.

Steve Lukather once again collaborated with the keyboardist on the tracks Mulholland, Euphoria and Seven Sins, and former Planet X guitarist and fusion legend Tony MacAlpine performed on Five Elements and Mercury 7. Acclaimed session musician Steve Stevens is featured on Ghost Runner and the title track Oceana, while Black Country Communion ban.mate Joe Bonamassa makes an appearance on I Heard That. Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake) performs on El Camino Diablo, and Jimmy Johnson plays the bass on all tracks with the exception of Ghost Runner and Oceana, which both feature Tony Franklin. Toto’s Simon Phillips performs drums across the whole album.

Favouring a guitar heavy rock based approach to fusion ala Jeff Beck, Sherinian’s music creates a certain energy that comes through the recordings, setting him apart from other jazz fusion artists. His music also appeals to fans of technical heavy metal.

Thanks to his relentless touring schedule with a wide range of wel.known artists, Sherinian easily adapts to ever changing musical genres, while always maintaining his signature style.

Earlier this year record producer Kevin Shirley opened the door for the keyboardist to join Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa in the rock supergroup Black Country Communion.

BCC’s two acclaimed album releases have set the stage for ‘Oceana’ to reach a more mainstream audience, a move which will surely continue to cement Derek’s legacy as one of the premiere rock keyboardists of the 21st century.

To promote the release of ‘Oceana’, Derek will embark on a solo tour in early 2012.


Keyboardist Derek Sherinian is a man out of time. Raised in Santa Cruz, California, he began playing piano at the age of five, then came under the spell of Elton John’s music, and the early influences of The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

While still a junior in high school his, Derek was offered a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After three semesters he was introduced to Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys), who was putting together a touring band. After an ultimately impressing audition, he earned his spot.

After leaving Miles, he landed a gig with rock legend Alice Cooper. He toured with Alice and performed over 250 shows in support of his ‘Trash’ album. Alice nicknamed Sherinian, “The Caligula of the Keyboards.”

After another tour, in 1991 he became offstage keyboardist for hard rockers KISS. However, it was with him joining prog metal superstars Dream Theater that his profile began to rise. More technically challenging musically than anything he had previously been a part of, he was named the band’s keyboardist just prior to the tour in support of the album Awake. After spending four years with the band, Sherinian went solo in 1999 and released his first solo album Planet X.

Between 2000 and 2009, Sherinian released several albums including Universe (2000), Inertia (2001), Moonbabies (2002), Black Utopia (2003), Mythology (2004), Blood of the Snake (2006) and Molecular Heinosity (2009).

In 2010 he toured extensively with Billy Idol. In the same year, he joined the rock supergroup Black Country Communion alongside Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. BCC’s first two albums went to No.1 in the Official UK Rock Album Chart. The band is currently in the midst of a European tour which includes London’s High Voltage Festival.

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