Derek Lee Goodreid

Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues.

Embracing the Shadows: The Journey of a Neurospicy Introvert Musician

If you’ve been following my musical journey, you know that creating music is not just what I do – it’s part of who I am. However, what many might not realise is that being an artist and an introvert comes with its own unique set of challenges. Today, I want to share a bit about my experience navigating these waters, embracing my shadows and how I’ve managed to stay social while honouring my need for solitude. Some of the strategies that have worked for me include joining Australian Songwriting Retreats and reaching out to fellow songwriters and guitarists in the rockabilly community including Adrian Whyte, Pat Capocci and Ry Bradley for tips on improving my guitar playing and songwriting, which have helped me grow and been a great way to connect with other creatives who are enjoying the journey of making music. I’m also excited to give you some sneak peek insights into my upcoming rockabilly/psychobilly album!

As someone who is neurospicy (a term I dig that highlights the beautiful spectrum of neurodiversity), sometimes the world feels overwhelming. Large crowds and social gatherings can be draining, and sometimes, even small talk feels like a Herculean task. This can make being a musician—a role that often demands public interaction—particularly isolating.

Creating music is a deeply personal and often solitary activity. It’s in those quiet moments alone, with just my thoughts and my instruments, that the magic happens. Yet the paradox lies in the fact that music is meant to be shared. How do we, as introverted artists, bridge this gap?

Firstly, it’s crucial to acknowledge that it’s perfectly okay to create in solitude. Embrace those quiet, introspective times. They are the crucibles where creativity is forged. But remember, sharing your art with the world doesn’t always mean stepping into the spotlight. Here are some tips that have helped me find balance:

1. Leverage Technology: Use social media and online platforms to share your music. It allows you to connect with your audience from the comfort of your space.

2. Collaborate Virtually: Work with other artists through virtual meetings and file sharing. This is a powerful tool that allows us to connect and create, without the need for constant in-person interactions. It’s a way for us to stay true to our introverted nature while still being part of a vibrant artistic community.

3. Set Boundaries: When feeling overwhelmed, saying no to events or gigs is okay. This is not a sign of weakness but of strength in knowing yourself and a way to protect our energy and creativity. Choose the ones that you’re genuinely excited about and that align with your energy levels. Remember, your well-being is just as important as your art.

4. Find Your Tribe: Surround yourself with people who understand and respect your need for solitude. Having a supportive network makes a huge difference.

While I cherish my quiet, creative space, I also believe in the power of collaboration and sharing. I’m thrilled to be working on a new rockabilly album that will be released next year. I am keeping the title under my hat for the moment but it is a doozy. This project is a labour of love and a testament to the incredible collaborations that have shaped my music and the intense songwriting in the last year, thanks to the encouraging sessions with fellow songwriters in the Australian Songwriting Retreats. 

I’m once again teaming up with the incredibly talented Adrian Whyte. Our previous collaborations on “Devil’s Due,” “Racing Against Death,” and “Bulletproof Underwear” have been nothing short of magical. This upcoming album embodies the same raw energy and authenticity, drawing inspiration from legends like Zombie Ghost Train, Adrian Whyte, The Vaudevillians, The Misfits, Danzig, Pat Cappoci, Ry Bradley, Devil Doll, The Cramps, and Tiger Army. These bands have influenced my music and guitar playing a lot when I am writing rockabilly and psychobilly tunes, and they are paying off to the point where my unique voice and sound are breaking through.

Visual storytelling is a crucial part of my artistic expression, and for this, I’m collaborating with the brilliant Ming Johanson. Ming’s artistry is unmatched – she designed my iconic snake wrapped around a mic tattoo and brought “Devil’s Due” to life through her stunning video work. We plan to create a dark, gothic, country vibe with a splash of humour and horror for the new album. Her visuals perfectly complement the music, creating an immersive experience for the audience.

Being introverted, neurotic artists, we can learn to embrace our shadows. By “shadows,” I mean the parts of ourselves we conceal from everyone, including ourselves. I’m reading a fascinating book exploring this topic, and I highly recommend it: “Meeting the Shadow.” It’s in the quiet and the solitude that your authentic voice emerges. Feel free to create in those spaces. When you’re ready, share your art in ways that feel authentic to you. Your music, art, and voice deserve to be heard, and there are countless ways to bring them into the light without compromising who you are.

Thank you for joining me on this journey embracing the shadows. Stay tuned for more updates on the new album, and remember – it’s okay to be exactly who you are. If you enjoyed this here is another piece that is related, embracing self worth shaking off the dust and moving forward.

Rock on.

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Derek Lee Goodreid began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences.

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Derek Lee Goodreid

Perth blues, rockabilly and country musician, Derek Lee Goodreid, began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences. After moving to Norway for love Derek’s music and lyrics evolved influenced now by Jeff Buckley, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, and Robert Johnson. Derek’s blues-inspired rockabilly won his newly formed band, Howling Light, a place to compete at Notodden Blues Festival and several festival gigs in Norway and established venues such as Cafe Mono and Buckley’s Blues and Roots Bar. Since then Derek has released four solo albums and has returned to his home town of Perth Western Australia. He continues to write, record, and perform his own special brand of Americana, Delta Blues, and Rock with his howling vocals red, hot rocking guitar, and heart of gold. Follow Me On Facebook

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