Derek Olds’ talent has been shared with some of today's hottest national acts such as Prince, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, John Legend, NeYo, Common, Robin Thicke, Janelle Monáe & Maroon 5 - to name a few. In Sept. 2014, he Co-Founded Elation Entertainment, LLC - The CA based Recording Studio and full service entertainment company. Also, in July 2014 & 2015, he was chosen by NARAS (The Grammy Association) to lead the ‘Music Production Workshop: Creation to Elation’ event for Grammy Camp LA. His open-mindedness and extreme influences, crossing the arc from Bjork and Radiohead, to Garth Brooks, Peter Gabriel and Tiësto have both new and established artists fighting for his time to produce/mix/master their current projects.
Hailing from the historic musical air of Memphis, Derek started composing as soon as he could write, and wasted no time starting a band and touring independently. His intense itinerary on the road and in the studio has developed a loyal and motivated fan base. With each set, he breaks the barrier between artist and audience, with a voice that is haunting and stirring. "I want to tell the whole story, the entire world I am experiencing, every word, every note.” - a sensibility reaching the ears with roots in timeless rock, but surprising with electronic rhythms and modern soundscapes.
Derek is heavily involved in the Audio Engineering/Tech world. In 2014 & 2015, he was honored to run the Celemony: Melodyne booths at NAMM, AES, IMSTA, and the Grammy P&E party. We often hear him mention the 'computer' as just another instrument - another tool to convey emotion. As a result, he has strived and excelled in every aspect of modern music from writing, to performing, to production and sound engineering, resulting in truly individual records.