From Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Derek Downham is an accomplished songwriter/producer that possesses an inspired voice with both power and dexterity. A formidable multi-instrumentalist, Derek has recorded and played live/toured with many of Canada's finest bands and artists.
Derek Downham the Musician
Photo by Bailey Northcott
He has also performed/recorded with (in no particular order): The Beauties, Don Felder (The Eagles), Broken Social Scene, Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently, Sugar Sugar), James Burton (Elvis Presley's guitarist), Albert Lee (Eric Clapton, George Harrison), July Talk, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Serena Ryder, Gracie, Sarah Slean, Boots Electric (Eagles Of Death Metal), F. Scott & The Nighthawks, Nels Cline (Wilco), Redd Volkert (Merle Haggard), Cindy Cashdollar, Junior Brown, Kellie Loder, Jenn Fiorentino, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Whitehorse, Sam Roberts, Lights, Paul Quarrington (Whale Music, RIP), Hugh Dillon, Kyle Riabko (Columbia), Colin Cripps, Paul Pigat, Amos Garrett, Brent Mason, Trophy, The Beautiful Unknown, By Divine Right, Hayden Neale (Jacksoul), Sloan, Jason Collett, Kim Stockwood, Jully Black, Tomi Swick, Treasa Lavasseur, Dru, Graph Nobel, Jeen O'Brien, Amy Millan (Stars), Ron Sexsmith, Shaye, Samantha Martin, Esthero, Kurt Swinghammer, Justin Rutledge, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Blair Packham, Arlene Bishop, Sebastian Grainger (Death From Above 1979), Revival Dear, Ivana Santilli, Matthew Barber, Jeff Healey (RIP), Emm Gryner, Scott Anderson (Finger 11), Damhnait Doyle, Stratochief, Holy F*ck, Beans (Warp), Elliott BROOD, The New Kings, Micheal O'Grady, Andy Stochansky, Danny Michel and many more.
He's played on The Late Show with David Letterman, he's got a Juno (Canada's Grammy), he's shared stages with Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Tragically Hip, The Four Tops, Alejandro Escovedo, Drive-By Truckers, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sarah Harmer, The Stills, The Weakerthans, Metric, Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers), The Sadies, Squeeze (UK), Matthew Good, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Big Sugar, Andrew Bird and Billy Talent, just to drop a few notables.
The Beauties were voted Best Roots Band in Toronto by NOW Magazine.
"Derek Downham is the Kevin Bacon of Canadian Rock" - Craig Northey (The Odds)
Derek Downham with Broken Social Scene & producer Joe Chiccarelli
"I make records I am proud of. Period. No bullshit. The record isn’t done until we are all satisfied.
Let’s make a history we are proud of. A legacy." - dd
So, What is a Music Producer?
I’ll try to keep it brief…
Simply put, the producer acts as the visionary for where the overall sound of the music will go. They overlook the recording, mixing and mastering. Producers are generally musicians, but some are engineers, and some are dj’s.
What do I bring to the table?
- A vast knowledge of gear, analog and digital. You could call me a “tone pig”… but please, no other names. :)
- I bring an honest approach in vocalizing ideas for the music at hand. Anything other than the truth is doing you a disservice.
- Time is money, but stress is a killer. I like work fast, but staying focused is a must, both for myself and the artist.
- Quality and satisfaction are paramount.
- A frank and fully-formed understanding of many musical genres.
- A deep appreciation and knowledge of many instruments and the techniques for optimal performance therein.