Born in Pennsylvania in 1985, Derek Hurst has played piano since he was very young, starting his life of music by banging incoherently on a plastic chime piano. He has been composing since high school, where he played a version of "Vestige" for a junior recital. He studied German and Music and at the University of Northern Colorado, and after graduating in December 2007, headed to Japan to teach English at a public junior high school in northern Nagano Prefecture. He is currently still teaching in Nagano but is also working very hard to develop his music career. "in my sky" is his debut EP, produced by recording artist and eminent Japanese guitarist KOHKI.