About DS Music
Don Shearer is a songwriter, drummer and keyboardist specializing in composing piano-based instrumental music. He also plays drums, percussion and piano for other artists. He performs solo keyboards at art events, spiritual centers, cafes, senior centers and concerts.
Don has played percussion for singer/songwriter Anna Rudolph; has played keyboards for the Albuquerque-based duo Illustrious Q; has toured regionally as a drummer for new age/classical composer Hiko; has been the drummer for the progressive/electronic group Elu (with Jeff Mettling, Dee Gonzales and Ginny Olivas); and was a member of the Japanese drumming group New Mexico Taiko.
In 2019, Don won the New Mexico Music Award in the Contemporary Instrumental category for the song Deep Woodsy Walk, from the Strange Terrain album. Also in 2019, the album's final cut, Looking Way Up, received a NMMA nomination in the Best Arrangement of an Original Recording category.
In 2016, Don won the New Mexico Music Award in the Novelty/Humorous category for his song I'm Flotsam, which tells the oddball tale of a person who unexpectedly transitions from normal terrestrial life to that of floating waste out on the ocean.
In 2015, Don won the New Mexico Music Award in the Novelty/Humorous category for his song Cone of Shame. In this Don's Wacko Tunes piece, a dog is the first-person narrator complaining about being sentenced to spend time in a silly Victorian collar, as prescribed by a veterinarian. Woof!
In 2014 Don won three New Mexico Music Awards - in the categories of Pop, New Age Contemporary and Best Vocal Performance - for his keyboard work with Jeff Mettling in Illustrious Q and Elu.