Derek Roy was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up he and his father spent countless hours listening to classic rock n' roll albums from beginning to end. Derek picked up his first instrument, the guitar, after hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time.
At age 18 he joined the Air Force, and set off across the globe to find himself. Derek continued to play music, practicing the Guitar, Keys, and Bass. He was inspired to sing by the voices of: Mike Patton (Faith No More), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Gary Cherone (Extreme), Terry Kath (Chicago), and Greg Allman (The Allman Brother's Band). As well as the harmonies of: Yes, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Extreme, Styx, and Queen.
Derek is passionately "at home" performing with his friends in Pilot Error, and with their amazing audience. He has always felt that the crowd is the most important element of the show, and enjoys the unique relationship the band shares with its audience. He prefers Shure Beta 58A microphones, and a 30º-below-zero shot of Jägermeister before the show.