How long have you been playing?
All right, I'm 42. I officially started studying piano when I was 10 but I played and would work out patterns into songs as soon as I was able to climb onto the piano bench.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I think my first concert was Alabama at the Checker Dome. I was probably 12 or so. Some of my dad's co-workers offered to take me, so I went. Charlie Daniels opened up. That was something I'll never forget.
What gear do you use?
I've had a ton of gear flow through my possession. But now, in an effort to reinvent myself, I am using a laptop with Native Instruments Komplete 8 and Kore 2 software. I use a Kore 1 controller as the interface. The sounds are the best and most abundant I have ever had. I use four different controllers all painted sparkle blue. I use a Casio PX 330 for piano action. I use a Fatar TMK-100 for 88 key synth feel sounds and I have two M-Audio 61 key controllers that I can toss around and not worry about breaking. I mean, they break, but they're cheap to replace. I then use a MIDI Merge 4 into 1 merger to get it all into the Kore 1. That's it! I might buy a Korg Triton LE just to have one regular keyboard on hand. We'll see.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
I would have to say Elton John and Bruce Hornsby. Friends got me into everything from Depeche Mode to Poison but I always wanted to learn Elton John tunes and there were so many. Then Bruce Hornsby came along, the first piano driven pop singer/songwriter with a jazz influence that I had heard, and I was really into it.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am not in a band. A big part of what I am doing right now is seeing what I can do solo or with small groups. The next few years I'd like to spend progressing, playing more jazz, music reading situations, writing some tunes, I dunno. I might join a band.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I think the biggest crowd I've ever played in front of was 10,000 or so when I was playing with my good friend Rick Recht and we opened up for Super Tramp at the River Port Ampitheater. The Super Tramp crew was really nice to us. They set us up with mics and DI's down center stage in front of all the band's stuff and we played our tunes to the crowd. It was just Rick on acoustic and me on piano playing his tunes. It was cool because with a crowd that large you don't hear any individual cheers or clapping, it's just a wave of crowd response. I remember feeling so small in this huge place that it gave me the chills. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I remember thinking to myself, "what the hell am I doing here?", playing in a five piece band to nobody several different times throughout my little career.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
You know, I hate the desert island question. So unrealistic and there's no frickin' way I could pick just ONE. Furthermore, should it be one from my personal collection or from anywhere in the universe? Did I have time to pack for this excursion or was this a random happening, I was totally unprepared and someone was asking me what album I would like while I was stuck here? Was there power on this island? Maybe I would want some Brian Eno New Age recording to try and keep myself in a trance while I dream about Sara Bareillis and Imogen Heap.
Darin Pierce hasn't uploaded any music yet. Sup with that.