Légère Artist Feature | Derek Brown
Why did you choose the saxophone over other reed instruments?
In all honesty, I actually didn’t want to learn an instrument in the beginning. But since my parents forced me to pick one, I picked what I thought was the most expensive instrument: the saxophone! (What I’ve learned since: the saxophone is NOT the most expensive instrument, and a huge THANK YOU to my parents for making me do music!!!)
What keeps you motivated to practice and play?
The joy and possibilities of discovery on the saxophone are what keep me going. Sometimes I’ll admit I get a little jealous of chordal instruments like the piano and guitar since you can play multiple notes at the same time, you can sing and play together, etc. But it’s been such a rewarding (and challenging!) experience to see if I can actually do these things on the saxophone. And it turns out, the sky's the limit!
What advice would you give to intermediate musicians taking the leap to the advanced/professional tier?
Practice, practice, practice. Unfortunately there’s really no substitute. Now one thing that can make this seem less daunting is by making practicing FUN. Listen to lots of music and explore different styles and genres on the instrument. If you find things that you’re really excited to learn on the saxophone, practicing will also be exciting. Also, perform in front of others as much as possible. It motivates you to get your stuff down, and reminds you of the joy of playing for others.
How has your musical life changed since you started playing Légère reeds?
Things have been SO much simpler! These are the most consistent reeds you’ll ever find. No longer do I have to go through a box of 10 reeds and hope that at least 3 or 4 of them will be performable. I just pick up a reed and go! This is of course not to mention the plethora of other benefits, like their superior durability, not having to keep them wet, their consistency in any climate, etc. I love’em!
What’s next for you in your musical career?
Who knows exactly! It’s been a whirlwind of a career these last few years, and I’m extremely grateful for the exposure I’ve received, and that definitely includes the support from Legere. As an artist, my main goal is to keep improving and innovating on the saxophone. Traveling around the world and performing with other pros is always a nice perk, but hopefully I’ll continue to find new ways to inspire, entertain, and challenge other musicians throughout this crazy adventure we call music!