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Derek (aka The Rhythmist, Number 8, Boxbanga ) has been making electronic music since 1987. His deep and shuffled grooves layered with abstract textures and funky, disjointed melodies have a futuristic quality that gets your body moving.
Inspired by groups like Art Of Noise, Kraftwerk, and Mantronix he started an all-synth band in high school with some friends. The band broke up shortly after graduating, so he started working on music solo. His first official release on a label was in 1994 on Flask (a subdivision of the now defunkt Silent Records) under the alias ‘Number 8. He teamed up with local veteran producer Mattski and Solid Trax label manager Lucas Rodenbush to launch the Trax Cafe project in 1997. Their EP helped Derek to land apperances on two compilations and to get his own EP on Resource Records in 2000. Since then he has also done releases for labels such as Random Access Recordings, SIXONESIX, Drugaci Exhibitions, Diggarama, and Audio Abuse. Derek launched the DoBox Recordings netlabel in 2003 to promote his sound and other like-minded producers from around the world.
Lately you can find him doing live PAs around the SF Bay Area solo, and live jam performances as part of the group Haptic Synapses (along with label mates Steve Cooley and Qorser).