Derek ‘DJA’ Allen is a music producer, sound designer & DJ in Los Angeles.
Louisville native Derek Allen started making music as a teenager, eventually relocating to Philadelphia where he began working with Diplo and Mad Decent as a producer and engineer. As part of the Mad Decent crew and one of Diplo’s co-producers, he co-wrote Major Lazer’s “Lazer Theme” and “Come On” with Diplo and Tiesto; as well as engineering and additional production on MIA’s albums Kala and MAYA, Robyn’s Body Talk, and Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do, while also remixing Rusko, Passion Pit, Diplo, Santigold, Mansions On The Moon, Amanda Blank, Black Gold, Of Montreal, 3OH!3, and countless others.
July 2011 brings his first self produced solo record, the DJA EP on Mad Decent.
Allen is a highly sought after writer and producer whose work ranges from the underground to the mainstream. His Blood Bros mixtapes (in conjunction with DJ Dirty South Joe) have over 50,000 streams and have been downloaded over 20,000 times.
Derek has also contributed to high profile commercial work including co-producing two songs for DJ Hero 2, original music for Forum Snowboards, EA Sports NBA 2k9, Turkcell, General Motors and others.