ICYMI: Derek Schmidt debuts the complete ‘Major Arcana’

This may not be news to those of you that keep better tabs on local music than even me, but for those of you that rely on us to bring you the best Bay Area acts: I present to you Derek Schmidt's Major Arcana. We presented him to you once before in 2016, while he was in the midst of completing Major Arcana, released at the beginning of the month. I've mentioned my love for "big" ideas in music in the past, and since it doesn't get much bigger than composing an album based on the traditional tarot deck, I [...]

By |March 28, 2019|Tags: |

Meet Derek Schmidt, the musician who transfoms tarot cards into dreamy compositions

Meet Derek Schmidt.  He has been in the Bay Area for 17 years, and his last three have been dedicated to taking tarot cards and transforming them into dreamy musical compositions in a project he calls Major Arcana. Really cool, right? But how did this all begin? It all started with The Moon, the first tarot card he wrote music about. He says he's been using tarot for 15 years, but didn't truly realize how much it meant to him until it suddenly "just clicked" that he could use them to challenge his songwriting. He admits, "I just really enjoyed delving into the symbolism of the [...]

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