Real Name:
Derek P. Howell
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Downtempo/electronic/techno producer from Houston, Texas, US.

Derek Howell is a progressive house & breaks DJ/producer from Houston, Texas.Derek Howell grew up surrounded by music. His first encounters with music at close range were personified by the purchase of his first record player. A seemingly new world opened up as he was introduced to single after single of popular classics by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Who. Little time passed before cassette tapes, and eventually CD's boasting the sounds of Pink Floyd and Def Leppard filled his cluttered room. His mother, a Country Western singer, greatly encouraged his musical and vocal abilities at every turn, eventually resulting in the desire to create music of his own. This desire was realized when his father purchased what would become Derek's first musical instrument. The guitar consumed Derek's life for the better part of four years as he spent countless hours, day after day, picking away and experimenting with chaining every distortion and effect pedal he had on hand. When the underground dance bug hit southwestern America Derek quickly dropped his guitar and picked up turntables. After listening, fervently, to the sounds of the time in dance music (Sasha, John Digweed, Dave Seaman), Derek decided that he wanted to spread the good news. He strove to create something fueled by his musical roots, but driven by the future. To this day he has sought to invent a place where the products of others’ musical heydays and his visions of the future of music can come together and groove. At the start of his career he released records on such labels as Fade Records, Bedrock Records and 3 Beat Breaks. He has since had releases on Matthew Dekay’s DK Records, Randall Jones’s Mynt Music imprint, Proton Music and the ever present Global Underground. In addition, he has been featured on quite a few well known compilations including the infamous Nick Warren’s GU 028: Shanghai, Desyn Masiello’s Balance 08, GU’s Electric Calm v2 downtempo compilation as well as their Digitized 2 compilation and two of Hernan Cattaneo’s Renaissance compilations. Derek’s collaboration work with fellow producers Peter Martin and Joshua Michael has birthed the Pinkbox Special/Alley Qats and Lonestar projects respectively, under which releases on Armada Music, Maris Music, Proton Music and Fade Records have ensued. These things being all in the past but certainly never forgotten, Derek's goal for tomorrow and the years to come is to create dance and electronic music, not simply dance tracks. He strives to push himself in different directions and to never be content with settling on any one style, genre or subgenre of the music he chooses to create. Music has always remained a very important part of his life, and that trend shall continue. Hopefully, with a lot of hard work, and a boat load of faith, his music will become an important part of so many others' lives as well.
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Derek Howell - A State Of Trance 2005 album art Armin van Buuren Why (Derek Howell Mix) Armin van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2005 (Comp) Armada (4), BMG The Netherlands Hong Kong 2005 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Why album art Ahmet Ertenu Why (Derek Howell Mix) Ahmet Ertenu - Why Nascent Recordings UK 2005 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Balance 008 album art Desyn Masiello Can't Get Enough (Derek Howell Remix) Desyn Masiello - Balance 008 (Comp) EQ Recordings Russia 2005 Sell This Version
WW02DH Justin Timberlake / Derek Howell Like I Love You (Derek Howell Remix) Justin Timberlake / Derek Howell - Like I Love You / 28 Days(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Justin Timberlake), Not On Label (Derek Howell) WW02DH UK 2005 Sell This Version
Lazonby* Sacred Cycles (Derek Howell Mix) Lazonby* - Sacred Cycles (Single) Lost Language UK 2006 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Mephala album art Skooma Mephala (Derek Howell Remix) Skooma - Mephala Maris Music UK 2006 Sell This Version
Babylon009 Derek Howell - Silver Moon album art Joel Armstrong Silver Moon (Derek Howell Remix) Joel Armstrong - Silver Moon(12") Babylon Records Babylon009 France 2006 Sell This Version
1235023 Derek Howell - A State Of Trance 6 CD Box 2006 album art Armin Van Buuren Why (Derek Howell Mix) Armin Van Buuren - A State Of Trance 6 CD Box 2006(6xCD, Comp, Ltd, Mixed) Mucha Mas Música 1235023 Mexico 2006 Sell This Version
XMAG 87 (CD2) Derek Howell - Progressive Future album art Martin Gredner Mephala (Derek Howel Remix) Martin Gredner - Progressive Future(CD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) XMAG XMAG 87 (CD2) Czech Republic 2006 Sell This Version
LOSTCDLP08 Derek Howell - Exhibition 4 album art Various Sacred Cycles (Derek Howell Mix) Various - Exhibition 4(2xCD, Mixed) Lost Language LOSTCDLP08 UK 2006 Sell This Version
PARTICLE01B Various Next Chapter (Derek Howell Remix) Various - Next Chapter(3xFile, MP3) Proton Music PARTICLE01B US 2006
EQGLP12003 Derek Howell - Balance 008  (12" Sampler Part One) album art Desyn Masiello Can't Get Enough (Derek Howell Remix) Desyn Masiello - Balance 008 (12" Sampler Part One)(12", Smplr) EQ Recordings EQGLP12003 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
KLV006 Derek Howell - Missing You album art James Benitez Missing You (Derek Howell Remix) James Benitez - Missing You(12") Klik Records KLV006 Greece 2006 Sell This Version
PROTON0045 Derek Howell - Topaz (Part 1) album art Tarmo Vannas Topaz (Derek Howell Remix) Tarmo Vannas - Topaz (Part 1)(File, MP3) Proton Music PROTON0045 US 2007
OLARIS031 Derek Howell - San Francisco Love album art Royal Sapien San Francisco Love (Derek Howell Edit) and 1 more… Royal Sapien - San Francisco Love(File, MP3) Olaris Records OLARIS031 US 2007
PTR039 Derek Howell - Silly album art Faskil Feat. 3pm Silly (Derek Howell Remix) Faskil Feat. 3pm - Silly(4xFile, MP3) Polytechnic Recordings PTR039 US 2008
GUSIN042 Derek Howell - Shake It album art Dom Almond Shake It (Derek Howell Remix) Dom Almond - Shake It(3xFile, MP3, Single) GU Music GUSIN042 UK 2008
PSR0804 Micah / Benz & MD Alternate Ending (Derek Howell Remix) Micah / Benz & MD - Robot / Ending(2xFile, MP3) Proton Particles PSR0804 US 2008
PTR067 Derek Howell - Revolucion album art Felix Stone Revolucion (Derek Howell Remix) Felix Stone - Revolucion(3xFile, MP3, 320) Polytechnic Recordings PTR067 US 2009
OTB024 Derek Howell - Shadow Dance EP album art Soulfinder Colour Of Love (Derek Howell Remix) Soulfinder - Shadow Dance EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Outside The Box Music OTB024 Netherlands 2009
MORPH037 Derek Howell - Taurus album art DJ Shinobi Taurus (Derek Howell Remix) DJ Shinobi - Taurus(3xFile, MP3, 320) Morphosis Records MORPH037 Hungary 2009
PROTON0084 Derek Howell - Cosmopolite Remix EP album art Roger Martinez Cosmopolite (Derek Howell Remix) Roger Martinez - Cosmopolite Remix EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Proton Music PROTON0084 US 2009
MCSL001 Derek Howell - Secret Door album art Peter Martin Secret Door (Derek Howell Rub-a-Dub Club Mix) Peter Martin - Secret Door(6xFile, MP3, 320) microCastle Music MCSL001 Canada 2009
PTR055 Derek Howell - Diosa album art Ernest Luminor Diosa (Derek Howell Remix) Ernest Luminor - Diosa(5xFile, MP3, 320) Polytechnic Recordings PTR055 US 2009
BALKAN0039 Derek Howell - Romance Is Not For The Sensitive Guys album art Evren Ulusoy Theory Of Everything (Derek Howell Remix) Evren Ulusoy - Romance Is Not For The Sensitive Guys(10xFile, MP3, 320) Balkan Connection BALKAN0039 Serbia 2009