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Joe Deere: a versatile autodidact

my heart started to beat with a rock ‘n’ roll song …

… today Joe’s style is at home in different music genres: singer-songwriter alternative, pop/jazz/rock-progressive.
Pretty versatile and sounds like: old school meets digital engineering- pop song and symphonic progressive.

Sometimes he’s choosing songwriting techniques like: simple four chord arrangements.

He’s also making (story) videos from the scratch. This includes camera work, audio, cut / editing, storyboard writing.

 

If you google the name Joe Deere, it will be suggested to you immediately «John Deere», but Joe has nothing in common with the big farm machinery. His last name comes from his «Deere»-family who lived in a small town near Cardiff/Wales, where he spent a part of a happy childhood.

 

As the offspring of a musician family (mom and dad were also singer, doing records and live concerts) he was born in Hamburg in the mids of the sixties, where his parents gave him a scandinavian first name, but way to too difficult to pronounce for his friends in the UK, and soon everybody called him Joe – that was  for two reasons: he was highly addicted to ketchup plus the fact he was a huge fan of Michael Landon, the actor who played «Little Joe» in Bonanza.

Joe’s first guitar was an acoustic which was smashed in a fight with some music haters in the neighborhood. When one year later his whole family moved to Spain, packed with a new acoustic and an electric-guitar. He decided to practice it in solitude, early in the morning at the empty beach, so nobody could harm him and his instrument once again. Joe sees himself more of a singer than a guitarist in the first place, but in terms of his instrumental skills, Jan Akkerman was his “Guitar Hero” and has definitely influenced his guitar style.

Two years later, back in Germany he founded «Trailstone» with some college buddies; a blues and hard rock combo. One year later Joe performed in southern Germany with the high school band «Friday 13» as a singer. After that he became the singer and acoustic guitarist for the famous local progressive band «Wetzstein» for about four years.

While Joe Deere was working on his songwriting skills in the progressive rock genre, he switched over to some early electronic experimental music, close to the style of «Tangerine Dream» and Klaus Schulze. Joe then went on to become an engineer / programmer and arranger at dmp-studio, technology-center Constance. A film director who was a fan of his band wanted him for a leading role in one of his movies, which was later shown in cinemas all over Germany.

Several jobs in music studios of Munich, Cologne, Berlin and Hamburg followed, as a singer, vocal coach, arranger, guitarist / bassist. Joe also played some beneficial concerts with different bands for «amnesty-international» and others. One hot summer while he was playing on the streets of Cologne (he had a studio project among other jobs as an actor in German TV soaps and a job at a local theatre in Cologne at the same time), he lost his hearing in one ear completely, and had to change his business direction for a few years.

After practicing yoga and meditation, a healing process started and he recovered his hearing completely, which meant he was able to start over with music again, and play all the songs which were written during the years between.

In 2016 he launched supporting campaigns for «Girls Not Brides» – human rights, «Peta» – animal rights organizations and for homeless people.

Since 2017 Joe Deere is living and traveling in an oldtimer studio-van from 1974. Inspired by the spirit and culture from various countries, he’s creating songs and videos on the road. Through the different styles and genres he came through his job as a studio musician, he became versatile and developed an own style in writing songs, authenthic in all the different styles he follows by heart.

(Extract from the interview with Rick Jamm on jamsphere.com)

 

Joe Deere’s Discography | Bands

Carry the World – SINGLE
Whistles & Blinders – SINGLE
Gazlight – SINGLE
Redeem – SINGLE
Hari Bol – SINGLE
Venetian Blinds – SINGLE
Las Paredes De La Casa – BENEFIT SINGLE
Once – BENEFIT SINGLE
Wishful Thinking – CHRISTMAS SINGLE
Animals Are Not Commodities – SINGLE
Long Way Same Shoes – SINGLE
Joe Jeremias, Medissage; band
Ghost In A Can; band
Unsigned Artists; Jazz combo; band
Techno-CAN – SINGLE
Thomas Bauer – Berlin; band
Lorbas – ALBUM / EP co.prod. / M. Schumacher Cologne
Das Mädchen Mit Den Schwefelhölzern – SINGLE
Rene Engel; band Cologne
Camelot ALBUM – Klang & Hammer studios
Wer – SINGLE
Murat E. – drummer Kran
Holger Dimter & Band
Wetzstein; band
Friday 13; band
Handmade; band
Trailstone; band

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