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Ripples (ft. Melissa R Kaplan) now available everywhere

This release is a breath of fresh air, and really makes me miss the days when quality vocal trance was the norm and not the rare treat it seems to be today – and that both mixes of this track are!

– iDJ Magazine

Now available worldwide:

Sutro now available on Beatport exclusive!

Latest instrumental track SUTRO is now out on Beatport exclusive from local SF Bay Area powerhouse Adrenalin Room Records!

Bout time for an instrumental from yours truly, and this one should be pretty versatile at 128 with lots of dark textures plus some melodic flow.

Find it here on Beatport!

Here’s what the blurb says:

Something is brewing in the San Francisco electronic music scene, and Derek Ryan is one of the producers at the forefront of this creative movement. We’re happy to officially welcome him into our label family with his latest creation called SUTRO. A tasteful balance of brooding bass and soaring melodies, this track creates quite a unique soundscape which is easy to get lost in.

Release Date: November 19, 2013

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Alekzander & Sky 9 – Chimera (Derek Ryan Remix) out now


Got another remix out, and this one is a bit of a fusion. A combination of my signature electro basslines and trippy melodics, but this time fused with a whole bunch of space and some creamy vocal chops. It’s a bit different, but alot of fun. Hope you guys like it!

Out now on Sorcery Records – click here to view on Beatport!

Vintage & Morelli – Moontech (Derek Ryan remix) on the way…


New on the remix front is a fairly epic prog trance mix I just put together for Vintage & Morelli‘s awesome MOONTECH, forthcoming on local powerhouse Adrenalin Room records.

The original mix was already an amazing tune – great movement, great chords, and a great vibe, and it blew me away when I first heard it. The vibe was on.

So I figured that for a remix, the best thing to do would be to go for something pretty different than the original, while still maintaining the essence of the melody. A first consideration was finding the what that essence was – there’s a melody stab line and a legato countermelody after the break in the original, and either could be considered the “main” melody depending on your viewpoint. I ended up choosing the former, as it to me was the most memorable element of the original.

Folks who know me know that I love fracking with chord progressions, so I ended up changing Vintage & Morelli’s original progression into a whole new direction, then using that as a starting point to redesign the track. I envisioned a strong all-in “chorus”, so big stabs were the word of the day, but also wanted to do it in a way that wasn’t cheesy or overdone. One bit that really helped that was taking Vintage & Morelli’s original piano line and turning it into a countermelody of its own – the dreamy tonality of that really helps the mix achieve more of an otherworldly feel.

I knew I wanted some tougher sounds in there too, so after getting the progression and basic lead melody sound nailed down I started playing with some more aggressive bass sounds and patterns, and stressing the frack out of some percussion elements to get a sort of “tribal-meets-electro-meets-trance” feel. It’s always fun to work on percussion in remixes like this because you have a wide play for sonics so long as you emphasize the underlying rhythm properly.

Also, I wanted to have some sort of chops/stops in the melody, as I both thought that would sound good as part of Adrenalin Room’s sonic palette, and also be a great compliment/counterpoint to the flowy nature of the melody in the original.

The results are up here – so hope you dig it!

Would be curious to hear any and all thoughts on it, and stay tuned for the official release coming on March 7th!

//Derek Ryan


Jason Knight – Deep Forest (Derek Ryan remix) featured on Paul Oakenfold’s Four Seasons compilation


I have the honor of having my latest remix featured on luminaryPaul Oakenfold’s latest mix compilation, Four Seasons (iTunes link), due out November 2nd 2012.

Deep Forest will be on the forthcoming Autumn segment, for some solid fall vibes this November!

Check it out…

New Remix: Jason Knight ft. Jiin Christou – Deep Forest (Derek Ryan Remix), out soon

Local legend Jason Knight has a new single coming out next week, and it’s gonna be a banging package.

Jason’s original was already an amazing track, hands down – incredible production, solid vibes, and just the right amount of creepy.

I took the vibe in a different direction for my remix on this – keeping the atmosphere but going for a slightly unsettling, yet melodic interpretation and upping the big room boom by a few notches…

Front and center are some etherial vocals by one of the most inspiring and out there (in the best way) individuals I’ve met in quite a while – Jiin Christou. She adds the secret sauce to the EP that takes it over the edge.

Look for the release of the Deep Forest EP next week on Drizzly Records imprint Bootcamp Records – stay tuned.

Swallowtail now on Beatport Exclusive

Big boshing stabby progressive trance coming atcha – the latest Derek Ryan single is now out exclusively on Beatport, with other portals to follow soon.

Check it out on Beatport!

From the blurb:

San Francisco based producer and DJ Derek Ryan returns to Noys Music with his latest masterpiece Swallowtail, a groove filled production featuring epic chord stabs, gritty basslines and lush atmospheric synths

RND() – Akuma H23 (Derek Ryan Remix)

I’ve had the honor of remixing the legendary RND()‘s (caned by Sasha among others) latest track Akuma H23 out on Looq Records today, and it gave a great opportunity to do something different.

Kept it mainroom, but much proggier, and a little organic, but still melodic and driving.

The results sit somewhere between Gabriel & Dresden and Alucard, with hints of some Koglin-esque melodics.

See what you think in the preview vid here – my mix starts at 2:38 – and if you dig it, you can find it on Beatport!

Reborn ft. Charmy out on Dirt, Lies & Audio

Got a new vocal trancer featuring an emotional maelstrom of vocals from Charmy out today!

This journey has been really personal for her, and she’s translated it into a powerful, emotional vocal. Pair that with some serious drive, add a pinch of epic, and stir well…

From the blurb:

Derek Ryan has released yet another super tight production here at Dirt, Lies & Audio Recordings… with a stand out vocal from Charmy, tech fused bass lines and big room riffs… This will carry you on the music route throughout the land filled with emotional quality trance… THIS IS A MUST FOR YOUR TRANCE COLLECTIONS!!

Out now: 
iTunes | Amazon | Beatport | Audiojelly | Juno | Trackitdown

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Azure on Echelon White

Another banger out on Echelon Records!
Pretty different feel on this one, with a seriously driving electro inspired bassline, and a sunny feeling uplifting melody. Fellow San Francisco luminary Ryan Mendoza brings the noise in his epic remix as well!

Find it here:
Derek Ryan – Azure on Beatport

Here’s what the blurb says:

American producer Derek Ryan returns on Echelon with his delightfully fresh single “Azure”. His debut EP Optera in 2010 had a progressive emphasis with a slight tech twist and was well received by the audience. The new single boosts things up with a striking drive and a wild bass line, not forgetting pungent melodies and rich textures. The original mix flows with ease, adding different elements throughout the development. The package comes with a remix by Ryan Mendoza who builds his interpretation of Azure on a steady bass gallop while the melodic side has a more classical trance approach. — 1. Azure (Original Mix) 2. Azure (Ryan Mendoza Remix)

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