Residence: Portsmouth.

Guilty associations: Lead vocals, rhythm guitar for the Woo Girls; DJ Derb with DJ Jodi Entertainment; manager of IT Service Management at the University of New Hampshire

Favorite Seacoast Spot: Vaughn Woods in South Berwick, Maine. Those woods are absolutely magical!

Average amount of sleep: 6.5 hours during the week and as much as I can get on the weekends.

Favorite color: Purple.

Here we go:

EDGE: Music. What is it good for? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it?

Derby: Iíve never known life without it! I donít think I really had a choice to love music or to explore all genres. Iím from a long lineage of musicians: bluegrass, classical, jazz, you name it. I guess I feel closer to my family when Iím playing and creating music.

I remember listening to my Dad play guitar and sing with friends. Campfire, cowboy songs were his specialty. I just spent a week with my brother, his family and friends at camp. Playing and singing around a campfire made me feel like I was doing my part to continue the tradition.

EDGE: Not only do you "play and sing," you also do some DJ'ing. What's your favorite mode of "delivery" as it pertains to music? What are the challenges associated with both?

Derby: Iím primarily a wedding DJ for DJ Jodi Entertainment and itís amazing how important you are to the entire event, from the pre-ceremony and ceremony to the cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. People remember their weddings for the rest of their lives, and my goal is to make sure everything runs on time and that the music creates the perfect atmosphere. Achieving that perfect balance is stressful but fulfilling. Thereís nothing more gratifying than the couple letting you know they had a blast and you helped to make their day unforgettable.

As for my favorite mode of delivering music, Iíd have to say itís still with an acoustic guitar and a folk song. True, authentic music without heavy bass, effects or processors is much more ... me. I prefer to perform with my Woo Girls partner, Annie Keazer. No matter how many times weíve played a song, itís different every time.

EDGE: You spend your days at the University of New Hampshire heading up communications for the IT department. Tell us about the day job. How'd you fall into this line of work?

Derby: Iíve been fortunate to work at UNH for almost 20 years. I started as an applications trainer. My boss knew I had a worked in communications and marketing, previously. Luckily for me, IT realized the need for strong communication both internally and externally with our customers that include faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and the community.

These days, I manage several groups within IT Client Services including IT Communications, ITSM Operations & Applications, and the IT Service Desk. I liken myself to a music conductor during the day. Youíre constantly listening to the hum of the groups and the beat of the work to know which area should come in or ease up at any given time. Thereís nothing better than to watch your teams working together to pull off a masterpiece and to applaud them at the end. I have the pleasure to work with talented, brilliant and dedicated colleagues.

EDGE: What's the importance of sound communication? How does a good story or content fuel life in a professional setting, but around the campfire as well? Where do you seek inspiration?

Derby: Communication is a lot like music; itís beautiful when itís done, correctly. If itís not written well for the intended audience and executed using the right communication channels, the result is dissonance. Thatís true no matter what youíre doing.

EDGE: What's your greatest fear? How do you combat said fear?

Derby: I guess Iíd have to say itís time, or the lack of it. When I was young, days seemed to last for weeks but now they race by in what seems like minutes. I made it through a health challenge this year and it forced me to slow done and prioritize how I spend my time, which is still a work in progress. I practice mindfulness with a goal to give my full attention when Iím with friends and family. I canít be in all places at once, but I can at least be present wherever I am and whatever Iím doing and enjoy every moment.