The Pace Report: “Introducing Derrick Hodge” The Derrick Hodge Interview
At age 30, bassist, composer, and producer Derrick Hodge is a modern “jack of all trades.” His depth and knowledge of hip-hop, jazz, soul, and gospel has allowed him to excel in the record industry. Derrick’s many accomplishments have made him one of the most requested musicians as of date. The Philadelphia native was playing the bass in church at age 7. While attending middle school, he was learning and mastering both the upright acoustic and electric bass. Because he didn’t have formal training for the bass, Derrick learned and played the bass by watching his peers play the violin in concert band and orchestra. After completing high school Derrick attended Temple University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Throughout his career he’s worn many shoes in the business. He’s contributed music score’s for Spike Lee’s “When The Levee’s Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” and his “Miracle At St. Anna.” Derrick also scored the movies “The Recruiter” and “The Black Candle.” In addition to scoring music, he’s played and backed with the likes of Jill Scott, Common, Q-Tip, Musiq Soulchild, Terell Stafford, Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, and Kanye West. Derrick is currently the musical director for Grammy-Award winning soul vocalist Maxwell. Look out for Derrick’s upcoming debut cd set to be released in Spring of 2011. For upcoming tour dates visit him on the web at derrickhodge.com
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