Listen for free here to various genres of music productions by Derek J. Mason, who was known in Canadian music communities as Derek Mason. Derek was a world class multi-genre guitarist, and a gifted multi-instrumentalist. He worked mainly in and around Vancouver, BC, as well as playing solo nylon string guitar for the cruise ship industry. For the last twelve years of his career, Derek applied his extensive gifts passionately as a music producer, composer and arranger, producing for independent artists as well as for his own creative expression. He is deeply missed by his band-mates, family and friends. Yet, we feel Derek’s presence, and affirm he is very much alive in spirit.

Read the rest of the short bio about Derek Mason below his photo.

Derek J. Mason, Guitarist, Vancouver Music Producer

Derek J. Mason (November 19, 1955 – February 15, 2015, Guitarist, Multi-instrumentalist, Music Producer

A short bio: In the 1990’s through 1990’s, Derek Mason was known within his closer music circles for his Progressive Rock guitar. That said, he was remarkably skilled in several genres of guitar — New Flamenco, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Roots — on nylon string, electric and acoustic instruments. Derek was also remarkably good on 5-string bass groove. He was deeply involved with virtual orchestration and had a remarkable gift for musical arrangements. He worked with meticulous detail at drum programming when it was needed in productions. Derek was known for having a great ear and was very strong at improvisation. His overall instrumental brilliance is abundantly evident here in the Song Productions playlist* and in the Blues, Jazz & Progressive and Composition collections.


* To select from the song production playlists, find the music player by scrolling down on your mobile device or via the sidebar on a computer or large tablet. The playlist on this page is focused on vocal artists backed up with Derek’s instrumental artistry. Find more playlists in the menu links.

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Latest media posts are on our Blog page. Eventually we may re-publish our Artists and Music page with information on some of the recording artists who worked with Derek Mason, as well as a biography on Derek as an artistic music producer and a friend.

** Re – Barry Ross song. The original recordings were done offsite at a musical retreat. Barry brought the raw sessions to Derek for compilation and mastering. This was the start of a musical partnership that include some memorable live duo performances that featured some highly artistic comping of Barry Ross and Derek Mason in Barry’s original compositions.