When we did our first interview it was more about taking every interview I could, playing every show I could, playing open mics. I didn’t worry about the technical side or payment side, it was all about getting out in public to show people what I could do, to share my thoughts. But as that’s moved forward and progressed I’ve joined a network [the Asheville Beat Tape Collective]. Whereas before I didn’t know any of the BEATLIFE guys, I didn’t know Panther God [Paul Gaeta].
This is the busiest summer I have had in my life so far, but when news reached me that Derrick had passed it stopped me in my tracks. We had only met once but had been talking regularly the last couple months working on new music to share with everyone. He was humble and extremely skilled at his craft. Many of my close friends and collaborators knew him well and the name 'The Mighty DFLN' was always respected and praised. Today I reflected on his name 'DFLN' (Dreams From Last Night) and it made me think of the feeling you get waking up the morning after a performance. The way the night before can feel like a dream from a separate life. And in that thought I hope that Derrick has moved onto a dream in a life separate from this and can wake up to the feeling that comes after the night of a great performance. And in that way we are all forever chasing our Dreams From Last Night. RIP Derrick.