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As all good stories begin, this one started with a breakup, Dereks first serious musical project, Set on Black, a post-hardcore band based out of Tipperary town.
Feeling dilapidated and having nothing to keep him in Ireland, he hoped to forge new ground with a fresh start in Barcelona, Spain. Although he continued to write and record on his trusty Tascam 4 track recorder, It just wasn't to be. Derek stumbled back to Ireland after almost 3 years... worse off than when he left but with a book full of songs.
Derek then moved to Galway and found himself surrounded by like minded musicians and artists in a vibrant and engaging environment. Immediately getting to work, Derek began gigging his new songs relentlessly, one hundred gigs in the first year alone, somehow finding the time record and release an EP entitled 'Candour' to critical acclaim.
It was here that Derek became infatuated with all things production and would later release another song called 'To each their own'. This was to be his creative tipping point. Growing weary of his previous releases, decision had to be made. The tumultuous artistic development of Derek had not run its course just yet
For people who like artists such as Band of horses, Frightened rabbit, Frank Turner, grizzly bear, Ben Howard and TTNG. Describing himself as an Indie folk rock artist, two years ago, Derek decided to remove all his previous musical releases from all platforms. A decision not taken lightly, feeling he had developed beyond their sound.
Returning to form, after completing his music degree (BIMM), he is now accompanied by a full band called 'The Future Business Model'. Obsessed with the human condition, the bands songwriter, Derek, delves head first into the woes of our current climate with his emotionally charged rhetoric, reinforced by their distinct use of vocal harmonies and metrical sleight of hand. As deliberately challenging as it is intoxicating. Often hysterical, invariably restless but principally honest. Pushing folk rock in new and challenging directions. Blurring the lines of genre definition, stealing pages from math rock, jazz and electronica. Produced, recorded and released, in conjunction with Joseph Padfield under the Umbrella records collective.
Derek has been lucky enough to support the likes of Gavin James, Admiral Fallow, Wallis Bird, The riptide Movement and The Unthanks.
The future business model are:
Joseph Padfield: Guitar/keys/vox
Kyle Dee: Bass/vox
Dylan Murphy: Drums
"while having a definite folk basis similar to that of Frank Turner and The Frames, also feature plenty of variety with nods to the math rock happiness of Enemies or TTNG. The trio incorporate plenty of tasteful, raspy vocal harmonies reminiscent of Dry the River or Bear’s Den"
The Thin Air
"an undeniable way with an acoustic guitar, his fingerpicking style gels beautifully with his husky rasp as he uses a rather unusual technique to create memorable songs"
Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times
"an intoxicating brew of folk and post rock that’s peppered with a little bit of prog and it should see the four-piece’s stock soar over the months ahead.” Hotpress, Edwin McFee
"he has begun to shake and stir the foundations of conventional acoustic singer song writing with harmonies,poly-rythms,and beautiful guitar based syncopation, presented in a digestible manner that even the least experienced listener can enjoy right up to the most knowledgeable amateur musicologists"
"a complex song of many moving parts and yet never sounds rushed or crowded. It is the sound of an artist who has honed his craft and got his shit together, which is always something to celebrate"
Dave Boland - Not Bad.ie
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