Derek Buddemeyer is a hard rock guitarist/instrumental musician born in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 5, he moved to San Jose, California. Early influences were The Beach Boys, Hall & Oats, and Barbara Streisand...some of the only music in the house growing up. At age 14, a new discovery was made....Van Halen, Def Leppard, and Stryper. The music was driving and raw...inspiring him to buy his first guitar at age 15. A short while later, he moved to Southern California, where his main musical influences included George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob), RATT, Warrant, White Lion, Scorpions, Steve Vai, Skid Row, just to name a few. He also began filling his head with the likes of Jason Becker/Mart Friedman from Cacophony, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax, and other heavier artists.
Through the years, Derek has developed his own style of melodic hard rock, filled with edgy, pop-metal guitar rhythms, emotional soloing, and the occasional piano/synth-based ballads. The result being a rich, full sound with enough variety to please just about anyone.
Derek Buddemeyer was signed to Down Boys Records (owned by Jerry Dixon and Erik Turner of the band Warrant) in March of 2012 and released his debut album "Afterthoughts". Song titles include:
Wicked Little Sister
Breathing In The New
A New Dawn
A Change Of Heart
Derek is now concentrating his efforts on writing music for television and film, although a sophomore album is in the works, and promises to be a fast ride with loud guitars and lots of attitude....