DegreeZero aka Derek Lefholz [degreezero]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
Electronic Music Production, Remixes and Music Supervision for Embark Music. Director of A&R and Radio In Retail for MusicSupervisor.com
My engineering & production skills are in studio recording and live engineering. My knowledge of Electronic Music genres include, House, Deep House, Trance, Electro, Breaks, DubStep, Glitch Hop, Etc.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Both. I work with Dustin Lefholz on areas of Writing, Production and Engineering with Embark Music. And with MusicSupervisor.com I work with Barry Coffing, Julius Robinson, Wendy Marmo, Darby Frey, Whit Waggoner, etc.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
2011 Hollywood In Media Awards Double Nominee for Best Dance Song, Kady Z "Beautiful Disaster (Hash Headz Remix)" and Best Techno/Elelctronic Song, "The Fly" by DegreeZero.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
Father is a Vocalist and musician. Was raised on the stairs during rehearsals and the stage for shows.
What was your musical education?
Have always been engrossed in music from childhood. I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from the University of Missouri and attended the Recording Workshop during a summer. I think jumped into live sound engineering and studio engineering by working at a music store. I have ran sound for churches, bands, events, worked as a publicist and now as a Music Supervisor, Director of A&R all while building my own artist career and always creating music.. My passion.. Never stop...Keep it going. As long as your giving effort you'll see the fruits.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
8 or 9 years old.
What is your creative process?
1. Get Inspired.
2. Realize Objective.
3. Write, Engineer, Produce, Hone, Mix, Master...
4. Or if Supervising - Dig to find the right tunes to sync with picture
5. Always remain creative and original
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Afternoon or Midnight on..
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Yes, however not that often..
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
This is the hardest part of the process to realize and takes the most practice. It's kind of like telling a story as long as it has a beginning middle and end and is interesting and takes the listener on a journey it should be complete.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
My Dad and his bands, Allman Brothers, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Chemical Brothers, Motley Crue, Ratt, Tiesto, Sascha, Armin Van Buuren, DJ Rip, DJ Venom, Mixin' Marc, Enya, Trentemoller and the list goes on and on....
What should be done to stop piracy?
The internet providers should charge a monthly music royalty fee that is distributed to artists through the Performing Rights Societies - ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc.
What other things have you done to make a living?
Cooked Chicken, washed cars, mowed lawns but since college I always tried to do something that would further my learning or knowledge in my end goal of music. Even if it didn't seems to pertain at the time, I made it pertain. There is usually a common thread throughout all businesses.
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Not the street or subway
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Don't expect to make any money. Only one way to go from there...
DegreeZero aka Derek Lefholz
Los Angeles, K.C.