SONG BROKER ARTIST PROFILE: Q & A with Derek Solomon of The Solomon Cole Band
When did you realise you wanted to make music?
It kind came upon me in high school when a Samoan friend of mine at Mt Albert Grammar taught me three chords and I started jamming with him in the local music room. He was the only pacific islander into John Bonham and Led Zeppelin in the school and could drum those beats. Then I discovered I could sing also.
Name two major musical influences and why?
AC/DC for just raw power and the best guitar sound in the world and Nick Cave for the tales of darkness, sorrow and the downtrodden.
What do you find most challenging about the creative process?
It won't stop, even when we are at an age now where we are just meant to have mortgages and young children it gets worse. I have about 4 albums I am working on in 2016.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
For The Solomon Cole record we are aiming for what the live show is; simple, sexy, cool, and just a great album to put on while you are drinking.
What’s in the pipeline for 2016?
We have just forwarded our first single to be mixed by long time acquaintance Chris Van Der Geer whose work I've always been a fan of, and we have tracked our debut album for release mid 2016. Plus playing as many live shows as possible.