This week we are crushing on Noah Derksen!
A native of Winnipeg, MB, Noah actually spent the majority his adult life in Vancouver, BC. This singer/songwriter describes his music as “contemplative folk”, using his guitar and heartfelt lyrics to convey his thoughts, experiences, and emotions. His debut album Man that I am, released in early 2015, was an aural journey of self discovery, somewhat expected for the first works of a young musician.
His sophomore album In Search of the Way is a snapshot of Noah’s musical and personal progression. Characterized by a longing for direction and purpose, the album weaves its way through matters emotional, spiritual, and all things in between. While the first album chronicled a journey of profound self discovery, In Search of the Way goes outside the self, asking “What happens next?” in a mission of contemplation.
“In Search of the Way depicts a snapshot of my personal and musical progression. In this album I was blessed to work with remarkable musicians, and greatly broaden my scope of musical understanding. Arranging an ensemble of cello, trumpet, piano, violin, percussion, and more was a wonderful challenge, and through it I was able to explore matters emotional, spiritual, and all things in between. Although the arrangement is still humble, this album emits a more “full”sound in comparison to my debut,”said Noah.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Eye contact. If they can withstand my piercing gaze staring deep into their soul, we probably have similar interests.
What is your ideal first date?
A first date that involves adventures in the dark is perfect for me; anybody that can jump fences and climb rooftops very quickly becomes the person of my dreams.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Smoking? Although I firmly stand behind the artistic merit of the occasional cigarette/cigar, chain-smoking tends to be a turn off for me. There’s a balance to be had here, for sure.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
My grandfather once told me, “Noah, find a woman like your mother.” As a 15-year old boy, I was shocked and appalled at this prospect; I still haven’t quite recovered.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
A slightly-beyond-casual amount of research on my personal details, including (but not limited to) birth weight, home address, car license plate number, and so on. I was quite flattered, to say the least.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Never wear a glove. And don’t take advice from me. (Is that a funny joke…?)