Derek McLaughlin began his career in the music industry playing in bands at the age of 10. A drummer, with a great love of music and a curiosity for the business side, Derek played in many bands until his early 20’s when he co-founded the band “Since August”, which was signed to Loggerhead Records/Universal Music Canada in September of 2000.
“Since August” recorded their debut record at the world famous “Le Studio” in Morin Heights, QC, with legendary producer Paul Northfield. (Marilyn Manson, Rush, I Mother Earth, Moist, & Ozzy Osborne)
Co-managed by McLaughlin “Since August” went on to have success in the Canadian Music scene with 3 singles on the Canadian Top 100 charts, and a video in rotation on Much Music, Much Loud, & MTV Canada. The band received an ECMA nomination for rock group of the year, and has supported such great acts as Kid Rock, Big Sugar, & Staggered Crossing.
In 2004 Derek joined the band “Age of Daze” who in October 2005 went into the studio to record with producer Mike Turner, formally of mega Canadian recording artists Our Lady Peace. The debut release from “Age of Daze” was released in May 2006 and the band has had much radio success in North American. “Age of Daze” has supported such great acts as Wide Mouth Mason, Collective Soul and many other.
McLaughlin left the band in 2007 when his mother became terminally ill.
For the past 5 years Derek has been doing freelance marketing/design work with various musicians & small businesses and volunteering with several non profit organizations.
“Anyone can be a musician”
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