Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview
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BACKGROUND Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion: Did you live in a small town or big city?

Derrick Dennis:I grew up in a small town,population just under 800 people.
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Country Music Explosion: Did you attend church?

Derrick Dennis:Yes.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters?If so,are you the oldest?Middle?Youngest child?

Derrick Dennis:I am a middle child.I have one older brother,and two younger brothers.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Derrick Dennis:Yes.
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Country Music Explosion: What were your fondest memories in school?

Derrick Dennis:My fondest memory is playing under the Friday night lights.
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Country Music Explosion: What did you like to do growing up?

Derrick Dennis:I loved farming, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with my buddies.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to friends at school,do you still stay in contact with them? What kind of things did you all like to do together?

Derrick Dennis:Yes we do,we love to get together as a group and go fishing or go get a bite to eat,just live in the moment and have a great time.
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Country Music Explosion: What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now?

Derrick Dennis:I have always loved fishing,I'm sure if Brad Paisley heard how much I love fishing he would invite me to come along.
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Country Music Explosion: What is your biggest goal in life?

Derrick Dennis:To inspire as many people to chase their dreams as possible and to fulfill mine.
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Country Music Explosion: What is your favorite color?

Derrick Dennis:Blue.
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Country Music Explosion: What kind of music do you listen to today?

Derrick Dennis:Country.
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Country Music Explosion: What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Derrick Dennis:Taylor Swift - Our Song
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Country Music Explosion: Where would you most like to perform?

Derrick Dennis:The Country Music Awards.
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Derrick Dennis:Brad Paisley or Justin Moore.
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Country Music Explosion:If you weren't singing,what would you be doing?

Derrick Dennis:I’d probably still be an electrician!
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Country Music Explosion: If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Derrick Dennis:Rock.
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Country Music Explosion: What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Derrick Dennis:I love every genre.
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Country Music Explosion: What hidden talents do you have?

Derrick Dennis:I’m really great at playing football.I was a topped ranked running back in missouri my senior year.
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Country Music Explosion: When & where were you born? Did you grow up to adulthood there?

Derrick Dennis:I was born in Iowa, and spent most of my childhood in Kansas City until I moved to a small town called Orrick about 20 miles east of KC.
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Country Music Explosion: Did you grow up at this location?

Derrick Dennis:Yes.
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Country Music Explosion: Where have you lived? What section?

Derrick Dennis:Northeastern Iowa, and West Central Missouri.
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Country Music Explosion: What year were you born?

Derrick Dennis:1994
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Country Music Explosion: How far back can you trace your ancestors?

Derrick Dennis:I’m not sure.
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Country Music Explosion: Do you know if your parents, grand-parents, great-grandparents were the ones to migrate to the US?

Derrick Dennis:My Great-Great-Great-Grandparents.
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Country Music Explosion: Where did they come from?

Derrick Dennis:Germany.
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Country Music Explosion: Did they come with families or did they begin family in the US?

Derrick Dennis:They started a family in Parkersburg,IA.
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Country Music Explosion: What was a typical weekend like growing up?

Derrick Dennis:Studying football film and hanging with my family and friends.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you or your family members involved in the community? What kind of things?

Derrick Dennis:Yes,I was very involved in my small town.We all had to band together after we were hit by a tornado,and some bad flooding.
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Country Music Explosion: What role did your parents play in your education?

Derrick Dennis:My dad was always on me to stay in school and do my homework,and my Step Mom always made sure to help me if I ever had any questions.
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Country Music Explosion: What language do you speak?

Derrick Dennis:English.
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Country Music Explosion:How was your educational experience from K-12?

Derrick Dennis:Amazing!
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Country Music Explosion:What schools did you attend? Where located?

Derrick Dennis:I attended Linden West Elementary School in Gladstone,MO and Orrick R-XI High School in Orrick,MO
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Country Music Explosion:Compare your junior high to high school involvement?

Derrick Dennis:I was always involved in Football,Basketball,Track,and all of the plays and musicals.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of activities or organizations were you a part of?

Derrick Dennis:I was a member of the athletic clubs;football,basketball,and track.Also,I was a member of the chorus and drama club.
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MUSIC Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion: How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a singer? At the time did you know what Genre you wanted to sing ?

Derrick Dennis:At 3 y/o I knew that I wanted to be a singer,but it wasn’t until I was 12 that I knew I wanted to sing country music.
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Country Music Explosion: Tell us a bit about the selection process you go through when doing a gig? Or in the studio? How do you decide which song to perform or record first?

Derrick Dennis:I’ve never performed live in front of people, but whenever I post a video on Facebook I always make sure to ask my fans what they want to hear from me. Hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people weigh in on what they want to hear.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Derrick Dennis:I think that the value of music is as strong today as it has always been,I also think that with the advanced technology that we have available to us that the industry is growing as it is reaching out to different demographics.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Derrick Dennis:Acoustic guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Derrick Dennis:Dueling banjos and Every Rose Has It’s Thorn.
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Country Music Explosion: Is your family musical?

Derrick Dennis:Yes.
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Derrick Dennis:Bluegrass.My Grandfather and Father are both talented guitarists.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Derrick Dennis:I admire Brad Paisley,Blake Shelton,and George Strait because of their ability to connect with the fans and to adapt over the years and continue to produce amazing songs.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Derrick Dennis:I haven't learned from any yet.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Derrick Dennis:My greatest memories are of my Dad breaking out the guitar at night,while I just sat in amazement and watched him play.We used to get to together as a family,all of my Grandparents,Cousins,Aunt and Uncles,and we would play song after song.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Derrick Dennis:Yes.My Great-Grandfather used to send tapes to the whole family of him and my Great-Great Uncle Jack playing homemade bluegrass songs and that is what inspired me to write.Also,The Temptations song,My Girl was the first song that encouraged me to sing.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?

Derrick Dennis:Brad Paisley and George Strait as musicians,and Brooks and Dunn and Alabama as a group.
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Country Music Explosion: Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Derrick Dennis:I have been in school talent shows, but no prizes but won. I placed 3rd 2nd and 1st.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Derrick Dennis:I have only performed at little get togethers but really look forward to playing bigger and bigger concerts and venues.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your performing?

Derrick Dennis:About connecting with each word I sing and giving a great performance.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Derrick Dennis:Just play through them.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Derrick Dennis:Every time,it keeps you alive!
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Derrick Dennis:Just breathe!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Derrick Dennis:A practice session is good when you just have fun.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Derrick Dennis:I try to play every day for at least a few hours, and if I’m crunched for time at least half an hour. I just try to pick whenever I can.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Derrick Dennis:I look up new songs on YouTube and just sing and practice them until I feel like I got it right. I’m always looking for a new song to sing.
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Country Music Explosion: How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Derrick Dennis:Family is my number one priority, and of course second is my job because I have to take care of them. I’m lucky enough to have a song support system that allows me to turn the focus to music.
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Country Music Explosion :Are you currently looking to be signed to a label? If your signed,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Derrick Dennis:I would love to be signed to a label! I would that where I’m at has a family atmosphere, I always try to bring that homelike feeling with me wherever I go.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song,Album and is it available now for pre-order?

Derrick Dennis:I am currently working some stuff that should be released around late winter, or early spring.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Derrick Dennis:I’m hoping to get on iTunes, as well as a website where all of my merchandise can be found.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you released any albums,cd's..if so can you tell us about them and the process you did to complete it(length of time,favorite song)

Derrick Dennis:No.
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Derrick Dennis:You can expect lots and lots of music, as well as giving back to the community and working with some charities!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you and/or band have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Derrick Dennis:Yes!You can find me on the following

Facebook:www.facebook.com/derrickdennismusic

Twitter:@DerrickDMusic,

Instagram:@derrickdennismusic

Snapchat:@FarmStar24!
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SONGWRITING Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion: Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Derrick Dennis:Right now I’m writing all of my own songs, and I always try to pull from personal experiences and what is going on around me.
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Country Music Explosion: How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Derrick Dennis:I think that the music scene in Kansas City is very diverse and it’s constantly changing. I’m not sure that Kansas City itself is as important to my lyrics as the people who I’ve met in and around KC.
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Country Music Explosion: What are your main impulses to write music?

Derrick Dennis:I write by emotion, my songs change depending on if I’ve had a good or a bad day.
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Country Music Explosion: What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Derrick Dennis:Just thinking about how important music is to me, and what it could do for me and my family.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing,what are your criteria for quality?What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Derrick Dennis:How well the melody is and how will the lyrics connect with my fans.A big challenge is not letting my emotion control to much of a song because it needs to send a direct clear message.
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Country Music Explosion: What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Derrick Dennis:The lyrics in poem form and then a melody.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about,please.What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research,information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Derrick Dennis:Well every song i have written has been based on a personal experience so i have been lucky to be able to do that.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process?Should it amplify public taste,distinguish the good from the bad,inform,promote artists,or,“illuminate,educate and entertain”fans?Do you feel that,as part of your work,music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Derrick Dennis:I think both.I believe you need to have a heartfelt song,and then I believe you should have a“drinking song”.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to.. other artists or the fans, and how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Derrick Dennis:I think that my obligation is to both,and that you are only restricted by what you allow to hold you back.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Derrick Dennis:I started writing poems when I was 12,and the love for poetry formed into a love for country music and ever since I’ve taken my poems and try to put them to music.
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.