Real Name:
Derek P. Howell
Profile:
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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Albums

Derek Howell - The Sound album art Various Western High Various - The Sound (Comp) Proton Music US 2004 Sell This Version
GUSAM6CD Derek Howell - Global Underground: Synchronised album art Various Your Touch Various - Global Underground: Synchronised(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Global Underground (3) GUSAM6CD UK 2005
Derek Howell - Trousy album art Matthew Dekay Yah Yah Matthew Dekay - Trousy Armada (4) Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - 3 Beat Label Management Presents DK Music album art Jerry* Yah Yah (Remy Remix) Jerry* - 3 Beat Label Management Presents DK Music (Comp) Diamond Records (6) Russia 2006 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Sequential album art Hernán Cattáneo Cram It Up Your Cram Hole Hernán Cattáneo - Sequential (Comp) Renaissance US 2006 Sell This Version
PARTICLE01C Various Strung Up (Austin Azua Mix) Various - Strung Up(3xFile, MP3, P/Mixed) Proton Music PARTICLE01C US 2006
Derek Howell - Global Underground Afterhours 5 album art Various Stretch These Legs Various - Global Underground Afterhours 5 (Comp) Global Underground (3) UK 2008 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Balance 026 album art Hernan Cattaneo* Happy To Be Sad (Derek’s Happy Again Mix) Hernan Cattaneo* - Balance 026 (Comp) Balance Music (3) Australia 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

541416 501350, N01.1350.023 Derek Howell - Heaven ‎– Deep Trance Essentials 3 album art Various Happy To Be Sad Various - Heaven ‎– Deep Trance Essentials 3(2xCD, Comp) 541, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] 541416 501350, N01.1350.023 Belgium 2005 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Shanghai #028 album art Nick Warren Your Touch Nick Warren - Shanghai #028 (Comp) Global Underground (3) UK, Europe & Japan 2005 Sell This Version
none Derek Howell - Remixes album art ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓* Stride (Torley BFF Remix) ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓* - Remixes(2xFile, WAV, EP) Not On Label (Torley Wong Self-released) none 2010

Compilations

POUUB1104 Derek Howell - Promo Only UK Underground Beats: November 2004 album art Various Happy To Be Sad Various - Promo Only UK Underground Beats: November 2004(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Promo Only POUUB1104 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - The Masters Series Part 6 Volume 2 album art Hernán Cattáneo Happy To Be Sad Hernán Cattáneo - The Masters Series Part 6 Volume 2 (Comp) Renaissance UK 2005 Sell This Version
mr-2594 Derek Howell - Renaissance (The Masters Series) album art Hernán Cattáneo Happy To Be Sad Hernán Cattáneo - Renaissance (The Masters Series)(CDr, CD-ROM, Comp, Unofficial, MP3) MPTREE MUSIC mr-2594 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
541416 501507, N01.1507.023 Derek Howell - Heaven ‎– Deep Trance Essentials 4 album art Various Yah Yah (Original Mix) Various - Heaven ‎– Deep Trance Essentials 4(2xCD, Comp) 541, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] 541416 501507, N01.1507.023 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Electric Calm V.3 album art Various Frijoles Frescos Various - Electric Calm V.3 (Comp) Global Underground (3) Russia 2006 Sell This Version
PARTICLE01 Derek Howell - Mono No Aware album art Various Strung Up Various - Mono No Aware(7xFile, MP3, Comp, P/Mixed) Proton Music PARTICLE01 US 2006
88697012202 Derek Howell - History Of Dance - 11 - The Progressive Edition album art Various Yah Yah Various - History Of Dance - 11 - The Progressive Edition(5xCD, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, High Fashion Music 88697012202 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
Derek Howell - Global Underground Afterhours Ibiza 2 album art Various Totally unSquare Various - Global Underground Afterhours Ibiza 2 (Comp) Global Underground (3) UK 2008 Sell This Version
SKW013 Derek Howell - Avangardians Volume II album art Various Sam She Am Various - Avangardians Volume II(10xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Sick Watona SKW013 Argentina 2008
SKW012 Various Sam She Am (RR Edit) Various - Discomaniacs IV(File, MP3, Comp) Sick Watona SKW012 Argentina 2008
none Derek Howell - Top Dj's 4 -  Nick Warren Plays For Θέμα album art Nick Warren Throwback and 1 more… Nick Warren - Top Dj's 4 - Nick Warren Plays For Θέμα(CD, Comp) Πρώτο ΘΕΜΑ none Greece 2008 Sell This Version
PSE0801 Derek Howell - Spring Particles '08 album art Various Ambiguous Venture Various - Spring Particles '08(8xFile, MP3, Comp) Proton Particles PSE0801 US 2008
SILKFREE001 Derek Howell - Retrospective album art Mango (6) We're Gonna Be Ok (Mango Remix) Mango (6) - Retrospective(8xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Silk Digital Records SILKFREE001 Russia 2008
MCSL001LP Derek Howell - microCastle Volume One album art Various Weightless (Derek's microClub Dub Mix) and 3 more… Various - microCastle Volume One(20xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) microCastle Music MCSL001LP Canada 2009