The ukulele is a unique instrument that can take any song to a whole new level...STOP. UKE. LISTEN!
Through faith and hard work, Maui born local sensation Derick Sebastian continues to live his dream as an accomplished international ‘ukulele virtuoso. Derick’s critically-acclaimed instrumental album, From His Heart, earned a Na Hoku Hanohano 2010 nomination, has shared the stage with singer/songwriter pop star Jason Mraz, the melodic Raining Jane, powerhouse Trombone Shorty, country star icons Thompson Square and Sara Evans, fellow ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro and R&B sensations, Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight, and a highlighted private performance and ukulele lesson with Oprah Winfrey. Derick has notable performances at Staples Center Los Angeles, TEDx Santa Cruz, PIXAR Animation Studios, ABC’s Greys Anatomy, and professional sports industry’s MLB, NBA, PGA, NCAA, ESPN and EA SPORTS. He’s also toured full-fledge around the globe to Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, China, Germany, Finland and Estonia. While garnering these many accomplishments, Derick is humbled and stays true to himself, and continues his dedication to inspire lives through his music and impact the world through the pure sounds he evokes through the ukulele.
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Interview with Derick Sebastian
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love what I do...and I get to create some amazing relationships along the way.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work hard, and put my entire heart and soul into every project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The ukulele is a tiny toy-like instrument.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing the ukulele for 26 plus years and beyond fortunate to share this humble instrument around the world on different stages and platforms.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jason Mraz. I love his organic approach in songwriting and style of music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's now what you do, it's how you do it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Acoustic, Pop, Island-Reggae, Hawaiian and Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is being easy to work with.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Through my ukulele, I bring heart and soul to a song.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a performing and recording ukulele artist, singer-songwriter, composer and instructor