About

About

I Quit My Job: A Canadian Songwriting Podcast is hosted by Derek Harrison & Travis Reitsma and is recorded on location in our respective apartments in Toronto and Windsor, Ontario. Every fortnight (or every two weeks for those of you not trapped in feudal Europe), Derek and Travis conduct an in-depth interview with a different songwriter with an eye toward finding out what makes them tick, and what makes a good song. The title of the podcast is inspired by the song "I Quit My Job" by Old Man Luedecke, part of which is played at the beginning of each episode courtesy of True North Records. To learn more about Old Man Luedecke, visit his website.

Photo by Cristina Naccarato (http://cristinacamilla.com)

Photo by Cristina Naccarato (http://cristinacamilla.com)

Derek Harrison grew up in Essex County, in the little town of Harrow, Ontario. He started playing electric bass in punk bands at the age of 12 until he discovered a love of Celtic music and began buying up acoustic instruments. While studying creative writing at the University of Windsor, music gradually took precedence until finally he moved to Montreal in 2009 to pursue it full-time, where he played mandolin, guitar and bass in a slew of (occasionally successful) bands and toured in Eastern Canada, the US and parts of Europe. Despite his experience as a band player, he still identifies himself more as a songwriter than as an instrumentalist. After 9 months of gigging in Melbourne, Australia, he returned to Canada in 2014 to release his first full-length album, Dead & Gone, with a month-long tour from Windsor, ON to St. John’s, NFLD and a cross-country stint on the train as part of the ViaRail Artists-On-Board program. Derek is now based in Toronto.

Photo by Bree Gaudette (http://lovebreephotography.com)

Photo by Bree Gaudette (http://lovebreephotography.com)

Travis Reitsma grew up in the Northumberland County town of Cobourg, Ontario, just east of the Greater Toronto Area where he spent his summers playing baseball and listening to bad country music. He began playing guitar at the age of 17 in the hallways of his high school and began writing songs at the age of 20 while attending university in Windsor, Ontario—which he still does today as he attempts to obtain a PhD in Sociology. In 2008, he released his first collection of songs, titled Bluebeard, produced by Eric Welton and in 2010, he released his second album, titled Outside the Factory Gates, produced by Johnny West. Nowadays, when he’s not studying and attempting to get published in stuffy, outdated academic journals, Travis co-fronts a band called Diane Motel which hopes to release its debut album late in 2015. His albums can be found in electronic form on iTunes and on Spotify, or by contacting him directly at travisreitsma@gmail.com.