Derek Lee Goodreid

Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues.

Struck By Lightning Again, Voodoo, Blues & Roots & Reviving My Inner Engine.

Much like restoring a vintage car to its former glory, my journey as a blues and roots musician from Perth, Western Australia, involved bringing life back to the core of my being this year. I’ve grappled with PTSD, social anxiety, and clinical depression. I’ll walk you through the parallel process of crafting my latest rockabilly […]

Creativity and Trauma, A Double Edged Sword.

This week I accomplished something that I thought was beyond me, being accredited for a mental health first aid certificate. Something so simple, yet it felt symbolic, a level up in life’s video game. As most artists know creativity is a gift and a burden, a double-edged sword that cuts through the depths of human […]

How Songwriting and Creativity Illuminate the Path Beyond Depression

It’s 3am and I have been struggling with insomnia all this week and feeling low. In the symphony of life, we often find ourselves entangled in the discordant notes of depression. The weight of this emotional struggle can be overwhelming, leaving us searching for a lifeline. One such lifeline that has proven to be remarkably […]

The Power of Learning an Instrument: Unleashing Your Creative Potential in Songwriting and Music Production

In an era dominated by technological advancements and AI-driven tools, the importance of learning a musical instrument in songwriting and music production cannot be overstated. While technology undoubtedly offers convenience and possibilities, there is irreplaceable magic that comes from connecting with a physical instrument. I believe there is significant and numerous benefits of embracing learning […]

The Pros and Cons of Using AI in Songwriting: Harnessing the Power of Artificial Creativity

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as some perceive a game-changer in the ever-evolving landscape of music production. With its ability to analyse vast amounts of data, generate melodies, and even write lyrics, AI has found its way into songwriting. While some embrace this technological advancement with open arms, others remain sceptical. The choice to use […]