Derek Olds is Memphis, TN born, but Carolina raised. Oddly enough, he gave up music and singing at the age of 12, and did not really immerse himself again until he taught himself how to play the guitar at age 20. Ultimately, he fell in love with music all over again, and even studied Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill to improve his songwriting (among other reasons).Olds describes his songwriting style as very “organic,” he does not force it, and simply writes about life and his experiences; something he is certainly not short of. He has been on the road for the past ten years and consequently has lived in a number of musical hot spots such as Miami, Brazil, New York, and various cities in Europe. He claims Miami is where he had the opportunity to “really go to school” and learn the ins and outs of studio production (under a 12 time Grammy recording engineer, no less), and Brazil is where he learned how to truly become a solo singer/songwriter.All of these experiences have culminated into his upcoming album,Are You Ready? When discussing the overall genre of the album he laughs and says, “I’m a producer at heart ...so the record is like, 10 different genres. I say rock-soul. It’s not really a genre, but I’m gonna make it one!” Some of his biggest influences, particularly for the album, include Bjork, Peter Gabriel, Garth Brooks, Matchbox 20, and Radiohead, so the diversity is no surprise.With his eclectic genre-defying style, industry knowledge, and invitingly genial personality, Derek Olds is definitely one to keep an eye on. Between his sought-after production talents and his upcoming album, there is a lot to look forward to!