Derek Daisey

Derek Daisey

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativePop

My music is a blend of rock, pop, and alternative music. I tend to use orchestral instruments such as piano, violins, and saxophone in my songs to add texture and depth. I sound like a combination of the Goo Goo Dolls, John Mayer, Lifehouse and Switchfoot.

Biography

Derek Daisey, a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has been touring and promoting his iconic music since 2007, when he worked with the dynamic production team at Hit Music, Inc., to release his debut album “All Behind Me.” The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, CDBaby, and Garageband to name a few.

Derek grew up in a rough household which included substance addiction, alcohol abuse and severe financial problems. During the turmoil Derek turned to music as an escape and outlet for his unexpressable emotions. He found special solace in the lyrics by John Rzeznik, whose childhood stories often mirrored Derek’s own experiences. At the age of 13 Derek, completely inspired by the Goo Goo Dolls decided to take a proactive role in music and began learning to sing and play the guitar. As he learned to master the guitar, his musical influences grew and now range from AC/DC to Missy Higgins. At the age of 18 Derek decided to pursue a degree in music and attended Catawaba Music School in North Carolina. He graduated with a degree in music business in 2010.

While in school, Derek’s music began receiving recognition. In 2006, he was a top finalist in the BMI John Lennon Songwriting contest. In 2007, he won second place in the same contest for his song “Where to Begin,” which is currently featured on his debut album. That same year, he also took home the singer/songwriter award for the Delaware Player’s Club Awards. Additionally he received the “Track of the Day” and “Track of the Week” honors at Garageband.com for his song “Josie.” In 2008 and 2009 he was hand-selected by the Goo Goo Dolls for “Best Cover of a Goo Goo Dolls Song” Contest sponsored by AbsoluteGoo.com. “He’s a talented guy for sure” raves Robby Takac, bass player of the Goo Goo Dolls. Additionally, in 2009 Derek’s band was selected to play at various music conferences and festivals across the nation including: Launch Music Converence, Dewey Beach Pop Festival, and SXSW. Lastly, in 2010 he was among the top finalists selected in three separate contests, each respectively providing the chance to open a show for John Mayer, Bon Jovi, and the Goo Goo Dolls. In 2011, Derek was interviewed ny KAFM 88.1 radio station. A follow up interview has been requested. Additionally, his demo "Branches and Vines" has been #1 on the Alternative channel on Ourstage.com.

Derek continues to promote his debut album “All Behind Me” by playing at venues across the nation. He has recently moved to New York City with the hopes of reaching a broader audience.

Lyrics

Words You Bleed

Written By: Derek Daisey

I met my match with all your lies
You lost yourself,
What’s wrong?
What’s right?

We’re not so different...you and I.
Let’s speak the language of your mind.

You don’t even care,
You don’t even look at me
Are you even there?
I know what I see.

You’ve been dying all your life
And all you want to know is how the world will end
Priceless memories is how we’ll die again
We’re the poison that we breathe,
We’re the souls who can’t believe,
That we are the things
Losing faith in all that surrounds me.

I’ve given up; I’ve broken down...
I saved you then, you kill me now,
I am so useless with these things,
You push me out with words you bleed.

But you’re never there,
You don’t even think of me.
I’m breathing the air...
With your make-believe.

I’ve been dying all my life
And all I want to know is how the world will end
Priceless memories is how we’ll die again
We’re the poison that we breathe,
We’re the souls who can’t believe,
That we are the things
Losing faith in all that surrounds me.

We’re not so different...you and I.
Let’s speak the language of your mind.

We’ve been dying all our lives
And all we want to know is how the world will end
Priceless memories is how we’ll die again
We’re the poison that we breathe,
We’re the souls who can’t believe,
That we are the things
Losing faith in all that surrounds me.

Where To Begin

Written By: Derek Daisey

I took a train to San Francisco
Where ever you are...
I found you outside of St. Francis Boulevard
And you were stunning in my eyes.

You’ve got your hair pulled back and a book in your hand
I haven’t seen you so long now,
Where to begin?
And I’m trapped in a daze in your eyes.

A firefly burns his way to a rainbow for that second try,
Given me looks and now I’m able to still get butterflies.

I took a flight to Cincinnati to see you again
And this time I surprised you
The New Year began
And it’s you...looking into my eyes.

We took a drive to the city
And had a good time.
This world was our heaven
And we were alive,
For once...together in our eyes.
And it’s time to go again...

Took the train back home and hopped into bed.
I opened my eyes...
And there, there you were,
Just as beautiful as I remembered.

I opened my arms,
And then pulled you in.
I promise;
I swear;
I won’t lose you again.
Just don’t,
(Just don’t!)
Please don’t (please don’t)
close your eyes.

Just don’t,
(Just don’t)
Please don’t,
(Please don’t!)
Close your eyes!

Just don’t...close your eyes.

Stay or Leave

Written By: Derek Daisey

I remember that place just a week ago
I held you so close, “I don’t wanna go!”
I don’t remember a time where I felt so high,
But here I am falling from the sky.

But you’re not there no more
It’s not like before,
When everything seemed perfect
It wasn’t the hand games,
Or the songs that you sang,
It was the way you looked at me...
And it set me free,
But alone
I’m colder than you’ll ever know,
I just want some light on our hopeful dreams.

I’m feeling her laughter in my veins
And I can’t sleep my heart’s in sleepless pain
Just give me a sigh to stay or leave.

I remember that kiss just a week ago.
I drove away not knowing what to do...
I haven’t heard a word about where we stand.
I guess you’ll never know who I am...

But you’re not there no more
It’s not like before,
When everything seemed perfect
It wasn’t the hand games,
Or the songs that you sang,
It was the way you looked at me...
And it set me free,
But alone
I’m colder than you’ll ever know,
I just want some light on our hopeful dreams.

I’m feeling her laughter in my veins
And I can’t sleep my heart’s in sleepless pain
Just give me a sigh to stay or leave.

Stay or leave?

And it set me free,
But alone
I’m colder than you’ll ever know,
I just want some light on our hopeful dreams

I’m feeling her laughter in my veins
And I can’t sleep my heart’s in sleepless pain
Just give me a sigh to stay or leave.

Just give me a sigh to stay or leave!
To stay or leave?
To stay or leave...

Branches and Vines

Written By: Derek Daisey

The fire's alive in disguise
I don't know how I can make it tonight
Breaking the silence is all I can do
I can't help myself when I look at you.. in you

I want to start again, I want to lose control
I want to find myself before I lose my soul
I want to bring you in, I want to change your mind

We put ourselves on the line
Tangled from branches and vines
Our roots are buried and gone
But somehow I know this is wrong, cuz when I look at you

I want to start again, I want to lose control
I want to find myself before I lose my soul
I want to bring you in, I want to change your mind
I want to let you know, this isn't all I am
But I could be someone, if you gave me that chance
I want to change the world, I want to change your mind

Yeah I feel the storm
But it won't tear me down
I am here to stay, from here now on
And the past is lost
With regrets unsaid

I want to start again, I want to lose control
I want to find myself, when I'm lost in you
I want to bring you in, I want to love your life
I want to let you know, this isn't all I am
But I could be someone, if you could understand
I want to change the world, I want to love your life

Day-Dreaming

Written By: Derek Daisey

Make out in the dark
I don’t want to, but we have to part
May the moment never end
Everything we are
Give it time and be what will become
I’ll never let the memory fade

Day-dreaming…Is all we have
I am searching; I am looking for a way into your life
To prove that we are still alive
I’m not broken; you’re not cracked
Take my heart cuz I do not want it back
Just to know we’re still alive

Every word that spoken
And every night that we have spent alone
Is in a shadow left behind
Everything I am
Everything that brings us here again; just to keep you in my arms

Day-dreaming…Is almost gone
I am searching; I am looking for a way into your life
To prove that we are still alive
I’m not broken; you’re not cracked
Take my heart cuz I do not want it back
Just to know we’re still alive
Day-dreaming…day-dreaming…is finally done

I am searching; I am looking for a way into your life
To prove that we are still alive
I’m not broken; I’m not cracked
Take my heart cuz I do not want it back
Just to know we’re still alive
Day-dreaming…Day-dreaming…

Discography

My EP includes:
1. Words You Bleed
2. Where to Begin
3. Stay or Leave
4. Couldn't Be More

2011: My Demo "Branches annd Vines" is #1 on the Alternative Channel at Ourstage.com. I was also interviewed at KAFM 881 in January. So many faans streamed in that their system crashed and the stationon requested a follow up interview in late February. The station plays my songs "Stay or Leave," "Where to Begin," "Josie," and "Could Be More" on a recurring basis.

2010:
My song "Stay or Leave" is playing on KCDZ, Z107.7FM. My album is playing on college radio stations across the nation. I also won a contest and was in the running to open for Bon Jovi. I also graduated from Catawaba Music School and launched my first east coast tour.

2009:
My songs began to launch: “Stay or Leave” was featured on The Today Show, “Words You Bleed” played on the Food Network and, “Where to Begin” was used in a televised photography commercial. Later, “How I Roll” was used in a Paul Walker film shoot. I was also interviewed by WSIA College Radio Station in New York. I was hand-selected for the second time by the Goo Goo Dolls for the best cover of a Goo Goo Dolls song.

2008:
My song “Couldn’t Be More” was used in a televised commercial for Catawaba Music School. I was hand-selected for the first time by the Goo Goo Dolls for the best cover of a Goo Goo Dolls song through a fan website. I spent the summer playing my music on a cruise ship.

2007:
My debut album “All Behind Me” was released. I placed second in the BMI John Lennon Songwriter contest for my song “Where to Begin.” I won the Singer/Songwriter Award for the Delaware Players Club Awards. Additionally, I received the “Track of the Day” and “Track of the Week” honors at Garageband.com for my song “Josie.”

2006:
I was a finalist in the BMI John Lennon Songwriter Contest.

Set List

A typical set list includes:

1. Words You Bleed
2. Not Myself
3. Josie
4. One Last Time
5. Stay or Leave
6. How I Roll
7. All You Know (The Mom Song)
8. Couldn't Be More
9. Where to Begin
10. Daydreaming
11. Branches and Vines
13. Slide- Goo Goo Dolls Cover