Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop chart singer, Ed Roman who is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres,
Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. Visit http://www.edroman.net for more information.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
The Dream? Aboriginal communities consider the waking state actually a dream and when you are asleep… this is where we chase reality. Some believe that inside of our existence there is a theoretical construct or omnipotent program which predetermines despite the adage of yesteryear was “I think therefore I am” With that said I will ask you again…what is the dream?
The dream has always been to create something out of nothing that is bigger than myself. Other than moments that I have witnessed that are the exquisite manifestations of nature, I am continually humbled by my experience as a writer. The connections that I have made with people all over the world are the exact amplitude that I was hoping for as a human being. I find much of my existence extremely pedestrian and this allows my soul to cosmically connect to subtle energy that exists and flows through everything. It’s an eternal spring kind of thing.
E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?
I struggled immensely academically as a result of dyslexia. I was told at a very young age that I had a problem but I actually have come to understand and believe that it is actually a gift despite it creates social hindrances for me.
I receive the Music scholarship and award of achievement in high school and went on to college to study jazz performance and composition at Humber College. I spent a lot of time on the road which is a whole other kind of education. Things you don’t learn in school.
I also taught music for 25 years and was also head of music therapy at the Pine River Institute here in Canada for over four years. I know the things I was given as tools were nothing more than that. As a teacher I always considered myself a toolbox for my students. What was most important for me as a teacher was listening to what my students wanted to learn as far as mechanics were concerned. I would never tell them how to build their house but I would definitely show them the right tools. Those very same tools I use every day as far as construction is concerned when it comes to composition, lyric writing or just about anything that the musical moment dictates.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?
The relinquishment of the self. The abandoning of schedule and listening to what the music requires from me. This resource was not easy to come by as it is a result of many years of tenure and the ability to let go of my ego inside of the writing experience. When I was a young player so much of what I was concerned with was prowess. Being able to live up to the expectations of my idols. Those very same expectations also promoted the loss of self and the need to break away from what I love so much to find myself. When I am myself, it is when I pay attention to what’s happening in front of me in the very moment that it’s happening. It’s almost like captured improv that later is then fortified with conscious amendments. Being myself is the most difficult Hendrix said in an interview once.. ?? It’s hard enough just being myself every day.. This is what creates uniqueness. Usually it’s heavily criticized at first before it is excepted. It’s completely natural..
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
Fantastic question!! What’s absolutely amazing about this whole experience is that I’ve never been ready. The experience is what has been ready for me. It is in fact the experience that calls on me without my participation the experience is nothing and I am nothing. I do get ready for gigs. I get ready to practice. I get ready to perform.
I get ready to record and just about everything that I need to as far as the mechanics of things. But what I’m never ready for is how the experience is going to affect me or when it’s going to happen. For me, it is a profound and as I mentioned humbling experience which in many cases I still have trouble grasping and understanding its true gravity.
I know it’s there, I know it affects me and when I perform…people listen.. This all circumnavigates the same circular feature of the unprepared preparedness of this whole beautiful experience. Ready… steady… go!
I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?
Ed Roman. You didn’t say if it had to be musical so I’m gonna go with Animator Nelson Diaz. I worked with Nelson and his company based out of New York City There Be Dragons Creative Media on my latest project and video release “RED OMEN”. Nelson is a fantastic animator that borders lines on the fantasy of old World animation ideas and illustration that we fell in love with his children with a 21st century modern concept and flavour. If you’ve seen SpongeBob SquarePants, kung fu panda two, TED, things on Sesame Street and Teletoon that would be Nelson’s work. And absolutely fantastically creative mind.. it was a complete pleasure to be able to work with him and I will do so in the future.
C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?
Ed Roman. As I mentioned above I was labelled a dyslexic at a very young age. This was one of the worst things that could’ve happened to me. Not struggling with dyslexia but being labelled as such.. I had to work three and four times harder than most kids in grade school and high school in order to achieve a C average. I was still told by my teachers that I was lazy. At a very young age when I was diagnosed they wanted to put me on Ridellan. Thanks to my mother who said no to that…she spent countless hours with me working on word power pronunciation reading and most of all put a guitar in my hand at a very young age. That was the most powerful weapon I had at my disposal to overcome my hurdles.. Music..
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
Ed Roman. Listen to what the moment dictates. Force not your opinion but listen to those around you and things will grow stronger than you had predicted.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
I’d like to say thank you so kindly for having me today and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to speak with you.
Right now my main goal is to raise a great deal of money for facilitating programs for Dyslexia tutoring. Many of the tutoring programs that were developed in the United States have to be paid for out-of-pocket and are not endorsed by federal systems or integrated into early education. 56 nations around the world, other than Canada and the
United States, have adapted it into their programs with little to no effort. I’m hoping RED OMEN can open up a dialogue between ministries of education in order to foresee this simple step through.
When I reached out with my problem I found the very thing that I was labelled with, which was dyslexia, was my biggest gift of all. Sometimes we don’t realize that our greatest hindrances are our greatest strengths. The connection that I have made through the dyslexia society here in Canada “Whole Dyslexia” and the Davis dyslexia society in the United States are always looking for public support for these kinds of programs. I asked the public to follow along with the process over the next year as I will begin a public and corporate fundraising campaign. Along with the RED OMEN Video, Whole Dyslexia and the public’s help, I know we can bring about a positive change.