Posted by: Jay
Today I have the great pleasure to present “Optera”, the first official release from Derek Ryan. If you don’t know, Derek is a San Francisco based trance DJ/producer, friend of ours and all around great guy. He’s done two podcasts for us here at The Beatery, the first as our first ever guest DJ and more recently “Setagaya Snow”.
I’m a fan of Derek’s sound behind the decks, it’s not easy to find that right blend of trance that has driving energy while not sounding cheesy or dated, so I was super excited to hear how he translated that ear to his own tracks. The answer? Well I’ve got the tracks here so you can judge for yourself, but in this humble blogger’s (extremely biased) opinion: fantastic stuff for a first release.
You ever see something that looks super simple but upon trying it yourself you realize “Wait a minute, this is impossible! How did it ever look so easy?” I think baseball is like this. Stand up comedy. And as I discovered myself producing electronic dance music is like this too. We hear guys churning out the hits like The Plumps, Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner and we assume it’s easy, but trust me on this one, it’s not. I’d post some of my “tracks” here for comparison but then we’d all be embarrassed. The point is, this is a fantastic accomplishment for Derek and we all here at The Beatery couldn’t be prouder.
Congratulations Derek! Here are three of the tracks off the Optera EP for the rest of you to check out:
Derek Ryan - “Optera”
Derek Ryan - “Optera” - POL Remix
Derek Ryan - “Resonance”