Vancouver guitarist – multi-instrumentalist Derek Mason lived and breathed music. This website is maintained by his estate to share some of the highlights of Derek’s work as a music producer, composer and arranger. We start here with a short feature from his many original compositions, spanning different genres. Browse this site fully to listen to several playlists of Derek’s productions for emerging artists, as well as his Jazz, blues, progressive rock and Dramatic compositions.  Visit the blog to learn more about the music legacy of Derek J. Mason.

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Derek Mason first became renowned as progressive rock guitarist, and then earned recognition as an accomplished musician in many genres. His music career spanned from the early 1980’s through to late December 2014. Derek started performing in Vancouver and throughout BC with the prog-rock band First Aid in 1986, and subsequently recorded and produced with them and with other bands. In his last twelve years, Derek evolved into a creative music producer of his own original works and of emerging Canadian singer-songwriters. He also played solo nylon string classical-jazz guitar on international cruise ship lines. Through hard times, perseverance and dedication, he became a world class multi-genre musician.

Derek Mason’s natural gifts for improvisation and edgy artistry were notable in his live performances and are apparent in his music productions, some of them which we share here.

Derek J.F. Mason passed away on February 15, 2015, leaving behind his loving wife, Anthea, his family, friends and his many music associates. We will always miss Derek, feel his personal and musical presence, and know he is alive with us in spirit.

** For the song production playlists, scroll down on your mobile device or find the sidebar on a computer or large tablet. The main playlist on this page is focused on vocal artists backed up with Derek’s instrumental artistry. Find more playlists via the menu links. Latest media posts are on our Blog. Scroll to bottom of this homepage to find the rest of Derek’s short bio, and find more information about Derek J. Mason and his music, visit the Biography page.

Photo - music producer Derek Mason smiling in his Beach Avenue studio December 11, 2014

Derek Mason in his Beach Avenue Vancouver BC studio, December 11, 2014

Image - Derek Mason recording the viola performances of Thomas Beckman for the "Colours of Edziza"film, Oct. 2014

Derek recording Thomas Beckman’s viola performances for “Colours of Edziza” soundtrack