Please email Derek
Q : Will
Derek play on anything?
Derek has to like the music first and foremost.
He will listen to an
MP3 of your music before he decides to get involved.
Q : Will
Derek accept pre-arranged music to play / and or will he improvise
the keyboard parts to my music?
main goal is the satisfaction of the artist.
If you have specific
parts or sounds that you want played he will play them,
of the people that hire Derek want him to "do his thing" and add his
sound and style to their tracks.
Q : Can
tablature be provided so that I can hire a local keyboardist
to play the part live?
tablature or transcriptions are offered.
Q : Can MIDI
files be provided so that I can use the actual
written music in a live setting?
No Midi files are
Q : What are
the costs associated with hiring Derek as a session player?
Please inquire for rates to John Calabasas at BeachwoodManor@aol.com
The more songs Derek plays on, the better deal you will get.
Q : Will
Derek require any additional fees / royalties for his work on my
music or is this included in the price of the session work?
the fee is a flat rate "buy out" for Derek's performance. He will
sign a "sign off" document if requested.
we use a picture of Derek on our CD artwork, website or
No. Derek's likeness
may not be used in any capacity. Regarding the CD artwork, he can be
credited on the song(s) he played on. His name must not appear on
the front cover artwork, but it is ok on the sticker over the
plastic. Any mention of Derek's name on advertisements or website
must read "Special Guest: Derek Sherinian - Keyboards". Any
reference to Dream Theater must read "Ex-Dream Theater"
Q : How can I
send my music to Derek / File formats accepted / Size limits / etc.
files can either be uploaded to a Mac account, or sent on a DVD to
the studio. Derek works is ProTools HD.
Please send a stereo
MP3 bounce with a 4 count click to count off the song(s). Also
please send the BPM for each song.
Q : Who are
some of the independent artists Derek has performed session work for
that may not be listed in the discography?
Lucassen/Areyon, Marja Roxx, All Too Human, Sandalinas,
Theodore Ziras, Todd Grubbs, Chris Buck,
Mind Key, Lindsey Boullt, Frank Stephens Project, Apehlion, Tony
Smotherman, and many others!