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BY DEREK ORSI
Montreal based singer/songwriter Derek Orsi pushes the boundaries of Alt Rock with his unique blend of melodic hooks, odd time signatures and daring soundscapes. His music is an eclectic movement of wild frequencies, drawing inspiration from artists like John Frusciante, Radiohead, Audioslave and Bjork.
Orsiʼs debut LP Fallen Angels was released in the summer of 2021, supported by the single Faire La Fenêtre. The record crosses the bridge of indulgence with instrumentation ranging from violas and pianos to distorted guitars and 808s. Fallen Angels was conceived as a studio project between Orsiʼs gigs as a producer, but quickly materialized into a powerful living organism.
Derek's musical journey began in the early 2000s. He launched his career playing guitar for the Nu Metal outfit The Shannon Index. The band released a self-titled EP in 2002 and built a strong grassroots following with radio play in the US and Canada. He later joined forces with funk rockers Kamikaze Baby and released an EP with the band in 2006 titled Identity Crisis.
After years on the road as a touring musician, Orsi shifted his focus and opened the Freq Shop recording studio in 2011 with partner Dave Traina. He went on to engineer, mix and produce records for The Damn Truth, We Are Monroe, John Jacob Magistery, Brittany Kennell and Juno nominated artist The Franklin Electric. He was an engineer on The Damn Truth's album Now Or Nowhere, produced by the legendary Bob Rock and earned an ADISQ nomination for Album of the Year in 2021 for his work on The Franklin Electric's LP Never Look Back.
Derek moonlighted for over a decade as an Alt Pop DJ on the Montreal club scene and his unique style landed him several performances at Osheaga's Artist World. These years proved very fruitful in his development as a songwriter/producer.
Derek will be releasing his sophomore LP ASTRAL YOUTH on September 1st 2023, supported by the singles XXX, Daydreamer, Light Mind and The Witness.
Music is the language of the soul and Orsi unapologetically strives for honesty, integrity and individuality in all his productions.