Terry Derkach

Co-Founder, Hookist
Terry Derkach — Photo Credit: Shefik

Photo Credit: Shefik

Whether recording and producing multi-platinum artists, talented up and comers, composing music for film, working as a session guitarist, or performing on world stages, Terry Derkach has enjoyed the fruits of a diversified 20+ year career. Having worked under legendary names Bob Clearmountain, Kevin Killen, Michael Brauer, Lincoln Clapp, Derkach is also an accomplished recording and mix engineer.

The year 2006 brought the opening of VRTCL (pronounced "vertical") Entertainment, Derkach's recording and production facility located in New York City.

Recent music production and writing credits include 3x Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies); gospel vocalist Vernon Bush (Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles); Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Capt. Beefheart, Gods & Monsters); Manitou, including members of The Scissor Sisters, David Bowie, Brand New Heavies, David Byrne; Marco With Love; The Bros. Landreth; Danny Hyon; and Brendon Hamilton.

Derkach is the co-founder of Hookist, a music co-creation platform for celebrated artists/bands and their fans that revolves around a collaborative songwriting experience. It is a series of month-long songwriting events, where fans of artists and songwriting submit lyrics and engage with the artist, and together as a community, write a song. It is also an opportunity for the artist(s) to engage with their fans in a ground-breaking way that is actually relevant to their art and meaningful to their fans.

Recent film projects include "Amy Winehouse" (Interviews), "Kill Your Darlings" (ADR), "Stuck" (ADR, Sound Design, Mix), "Love Locks" (Composer/Mix), "La Redempcio dels Peixos" (Mix), "OXD" (Mix), "Tsuzuku" (Sound Design/Mix), "A Boy Called Boris" (Mix), and "Sharbat" (Composer).

A diverse roster of celebrity commercial clients include Donald Trump, Russell Simmons, Peter Guber, Tony Robbins, George Foreman, and Barry Levinson, to name a few, who have also sought out Derkach's expertise.

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Last Updated: May 31, 2021

About 'Shefik presents Invocation'

Aptly titled "Shefik presents Invocation", the nationally-syndicated radio show is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 23 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by media personality Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show's online hub at serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.