Categories - remixes

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.

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!