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D.V.S* is now Cloudchord.

Posted on 11/04/15 by DVS* No Comments

Hi everyone. Yes, I’ve decided to change my producer name from D.V.S* to CLOUDCHORD.
I’m grateful for an abundance of wonderful experiences over the years, and am truly honored to have wrapped up this chapter at Art Outside. My intention was to give a heartfelt speech at the end of the set, and then post the video. However, mother nature is quite the disrupter.

-So, this change. Let’s talk about why.

Short answer: I want the music I participate in to leave a clear and colorful legacy.
The challenge with D.V.S* is that it might always be tethered to other names, creating confusion, and eventually indifference. How can one leave a legacy that way? Maybe with a couple huge hit songs. But even then, somebody would still be coming for you year after year with a name like that. It was also time for something with a little more character.

I am optimistic that the momentum I’ve carried with me over the past few years will continue to blossom as Cloudchord. I am confident that I’ve observed the signs clearly, and that I’m “On the Road” as Jack Kerouac would say.

My mind and spirit are overflowing with ideas for this new name, and I can’t wait to share them: songwriter collaborations, remixes, film scores, solo and ensemble shows, the future of guitar, installations, “artist at large” on festivals, video game music, an interactive phone app, and music education throughout the world.

I look forward to helping you dance, feel, and maybe even laugh or cry. Find me anywhere: @cloudchord

“Work smarter, not harder.” -my Dad

Long answer:
“DVS: easy to remember, hard to find.” That could’ve been my motto. In 2009, after playing in bands for years, I decided to release my first solo electronic album under initials. It was called “Before i Sing” and it was motown influenced trip hop. It was also nod to my former Colorado band 8traC. Everyone called me dvs around then, so it felt like fate.

I added the asterisk to my initials in an attempt to differentiate myself from other DVS brands (the shoe company, several rappers, a DMV in Minnesota, an electronic guitar VST, a bunch of tech companies, the list goes on and on). Honestly the Pretty Lights correlation wasn’t put together until after I was well into motion. It was always a unique talking point though. I used to joke with Michal Menert that I would change my name to “DJ Derek Michal” if they’d sign me to PLM. (my middle name is Michael)

In 2012 I started adding my full name, Derek VanScoten, on the bills in an attempt to differentiate. I was managed by Deathwaltz Media and Banjos to Beats at the time (love all you guys), and it seemed like a good idea to all of us. We had momentum, but again needed to differentiate.. We had some solid moves too: Lightning in a Bottle, and 3 week tour with Polish Ambassador, SF Bicycle Day. Camp Bisco, Catskill Chill, and the list goes on. Eventually it felt too wordy, almost too needy, and it was much easier for three letters to catch on than a full name. On top of that, my last name is commonly mis-pronounced. “It’s Van Scoten. Scot like Boat!” -my Dad

The asterisk took on a bit of a mysterious cult status, and I rarely ever told people of it’s true meaning:
The sheer diversity of situations that I pulled off with that name is kind of mind-boggling. I believe I’ve shared the bill with just about every kind of electronic artist out there, let alone live bands, singers, horns, strings, B3 organs, rappers, DJ’s, and a laundry list of special guests and genres. “You’re the only person I know that could open for literally anyone.” -Josh Smith Banjos to Beats

Releases and cameos included Soulection, 1320, Electronic Music Magazine, PLM, Dub Lab, Cantora, Daly City, and guest guitar spots with Random Rab, Emancipator, and an email of praise from Sony records after the Beatles remix. So mission accomplished I suppose. A special thank you to Gravitas, Loci, and Amorphous for the most recent opportunities as well.

(Fun fact: Computer coders call the asterisk a wild card character. “The most commonly used wildcard character is the asterisk (*), which typically represents zero or more characters in a string of characters, and the question mark (?).” This translated into poor search results on most search engines for several few years. Ooops!)

Last new years, my resolution was to coast in 2015. I was always over achieving, burning the candle at both ends, everywhere all the time. I asked myself, “What if I chill? Let it flow? Not push so hard this year? Just be myself and create wisely? Spend lots of time with my daughter? Witness the daily miracles of fatherhood? ”

Well, damn let me tell you, that was rewarding, and clarifying. Less struggle. Moving mountains with your mind kind of stuff. So why not have that kind of energy with a brand name? This was a question I had been asking myself everyday for the last 3 years.

A few weeks ago I was out with some of the Ableton crew explaining why I was gonna do the change. I said “Imagine if Ableton was also an Apple farm from Vermont, how would that affect you guys? How would it affect the ease of people finding you.”

I’m ready for this new name to pop. To be found or stumbled upon. To be remembered. Thanks for reading and listening.

With love and gratitude- Derek VanScoten

P.S. Will I miss the asterisk? Romantically speaking, yes. Practically speaking, no.
P.P.S. The website will remain alive as a legacy page, as will all the D.V.S* releases.


Emancipator Remixes out now

Posted on 08/05/15 by DVS* No Comments

My good friend Emancipator, continues to build on an ambitious 2015 with the release of his second remix album, Dusk to Dawn Remixes.
Curated entirely by Appling himself, Dusk to Dawn Remixes picks up where the original album left off, offering a gorgeous and engaging listening experience through the juxtaposition of a variety of differing styles.

Dusk To Dawn Remixes features remixes from ODESZA, Little People, Eliot Lipp, Tor, D.V.S*, Lapa, 9 Theory, Erothyme, Frameworks, saQi, and remix contest winner NKLA.
Dusk To Dawn Remixes is out now via Emancipator’s own Loci Records. LISTEN BELOW!

Sirius Jam On Exclusive Mix

Posted on 06/23/15 by DVS* No Comments

Last week, while passing through NYC, I stopped by the SIRIUS XM Radio studios, and dropped this exclusive mix. The running theme to this mix is electronica with live instruments.

SOULULAR- Untitled

LIB Festival Video Recap

Posted on 06/01/15 by DVS* No Comments

Here’s a short recap from my set at Lightning in a Bottle 2015 in Bradley, CA.
Thanks to my friend Erinn Bone for joining the set on Trumpet! Big ups to all the crazies dancing too! <3

COSM Ableton Workshop in June!

Posted on 04/06/15 by DVS* No Comments

Producing and Performing Electronic Music with D.V.S.*

Join us for a 3-day workshop (June 17-19), exploring the vast territories of producing and performing electronic music with Ableton Live. The class will be hosted by advanced Ableton producer and guitarist/ educator D.V.S* (aka Derek VanScoten).

Lesson formats will vary between group activity and one-on-one attention with D.V.S*

Material requirements: Ableton Lite or higher installed on a CPU, headphones. Midi controller is helpful but not required.

Tickets and COSM Event Page:

June 17th – 19th, 2015
Registration Price – $250
Full Workshop Price – $315 (includes meals)
Early Bird Price – $215

*Class comes with a Flash drive containing lesson materials, presets, samples, templates and more.*

Production topics producing include:
Various approaches to electronic sub-genres
Sequencing drums
Creating powerful bass lines
The art of sampling and sound design
Mixing and mastering (making your tracks pop!)
Creating racks and presets
Understanding the harmonic spectrums

Performance topics include:
The art of improvisation
Midi controllers and their uses
Live sets vs. DJ sets
The use of dummy clips
Using templates
Setting up hot keys
The zen of looping

Creative exercises include:
The art of remixing
Collaboration games
Scoring to video
Shadowing song forms

Life lesson topics include:
Uncovering your style/ sound
Listening Walks
Daily practices for cultivating creativity
Finding work in a saturated market

About D.V.S*
D.V.S* (aka Derek VanScoten) is a guitarist, producer, and educator based in Austin, TX. D.V.S* is an active Ableton artist in the production, performance, and educational fields.
He has presented throughout the United States, including official Ableton events in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami. D.V.S* was one of 3 initial artists in the world to debut the Popular Science Award Winning “Guitar Wing” by Livid Instruments.

Recent career highlights include an official remix of Bassnectar’s “So Butterfly”, the scoring of a Sundance documentary, an EP release on Emancipator’s Loci Records (Comfort Zone), and a collaboration with Random Rab on the track “Blast Off.”

In 2009, the guitarist/ producer began releasing solo material and touring nationally. In 2013 his remix of The Beatles’ “Because” broke the top 5 on Hype Machine, and finally gained the producer international attention.

As a diverse performer, D.V.S* has spent considerable time on the road with electronic acts Big Gigantic, Tipper, Beats Antique, Emancipator, Tycho, EOTO, and Lotus.

Label releases include Amorphous, Soulection, Loci, 1320 records, Pretty Lights Music, Gravitas Recordings, Cantora Records, Yoshi Toshi, Daly City, Electronic Music Magazine, and Dub Lab.

There are nine guest rooms in Grey House, singles and dorms. Fine hotels in a range of prices are also located minutes from CoSM.

Hospitality Coordinator, Maggie Keller, can help with accommodations.; 845-297-2323 x 104; M-F 10-6

Sitars, Violins, and Asterisms

Posted on 03/11/15 by DVS* No Comments

"Silence is the potential from which music can arise." —Keith Jarrett

I came up as a guitarist wanting to learn every style possible…classical, jazz, bluegrass, funk, latin, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, metal…no stone unturned. When I entered the world of electronic music, I quickly discovered that this trait is sometimes seen as a set back, like an overly wandering spirit with no sense of identity. "Where's your brand, I don't know where to put you," is something that I've heard a lot.

If you've ever wondered about what the * (asterisk) in D.V.S* means, well, it's my dedication to the joyful wandering of sound. I envision myself as an artist that could DJ at a festival one night, and then play acoustic guitar with a celtic band the next.

With all of this in mind, I've been on a funky nu disco kick over the past year. I find it very warm and welcoming for my guitar playing in live settings.
However, yesterday I broke the mold and dropped a new original tune called "Burst." It's laced with sitar, violins, harmony guitars and some trap beats from outer space, all at a new and different tempo for me. Stream the tune at the below, and download it as part of the new amazing 'Virtus in Sonus III' compilation by my home label Gravitas Recordings.

Stayed tuned to my FACEBOOK PAGE or YOU TUBE CHANNEL over the next month. I'm going to start posting videos of Ableton tutorials as well as "Lick of the Week." ***Aw yeah***


March 18 SXSW- Gravitas Showcase- Austin, TX RSVP
March 20 SXSW-The Air Up There- Austin, TX RSVP
April 12 Euphoria Festival- Austin, TX
May 20-21 Lightening in a Bottle- Bradley CA

thanks! D.V.S*

New Four Tet and Odesza remixes out now!

Posted on 02/11/15 by DVS* No Comments
save my valentine

Hi Everyone! Every year I drop a Valentine's Day bootleg remix. In past we've seen Disclosure, Paul McCartney, and Cherub. This year I'm focusing on sensual beats more than overtly romantic lyrics… oh and I also decided to drop 2 remixes this time around.

The first is my afro-disco rework of "Say My Name" by Odesza. I designed this funky, fun and minimal track exclusively for my live set (because it's been remixed like 1 million times). However, since so many friends and fans have requested it, I've decided to put it out. Here ya go!


Next up is my flip of Angel Echoes, by the jazzy UK producer Four Tet. Upon initial listen, this beautifully simple piece struck me to the core . I've been tinkering with it for over a year (this is the 7th version), as I really wanted to do justice to such an inspirational piece.


Feb 13 Museum Bar, Atlanta, GA
March 19-21 SXSW Austin, TX
May 21-15 Lightning in a Bottle Bradley, CA

thanks! D.V.S*

P.S. The Sundance film fest single "Piece that Shines," is now available on iTunes

New Sundance Single out now!

Posted on 01/21/15 by DVS* No Comments

My new single “Piece That Shines” is out today! This smokey downtempo piece was written for the movie “In Football We Trust.” The documentary premieres over the next 2 weekends at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Listen to the single here:

Daybreak Disco

Posted on 01/07/15 by DVS* No Comments
DVS daybreak

I’m starting off 2015 with a 50 minute mix called “Daybreak Disco.” It’s a collection of new tracks from the past several months, including new originals, and remixes of Fourtet, INXS, Odesza, Ratatat and more.

D.V.S* -Daybreak
INXS- Need U Tonight (D.V.S* Remix)
Janet Jackson- If (Kaytranada Remix)
Sound Stream- Makin Love (D.V.S* Edit)
The Temptations- Cloudnine (FKJ Remix)
FourTet -Angel Echoes (D.V.S* Remix)
Psymbionic and Govinda- How am I Not Myself (D.V.S* Remix)
D.V.S* and Jayce- Glider
Panoramic- City Lights (D.V.S* GuitaRemix)
D.V.S* -Sidewalk Spirits
Henri Texier -Les LeBas (Bonobo remix)
Ayla Nereo- Life Bound Friend (D.V.S* Remix)
D.V.S* and Mestre Accordeon- Axe Baba (slight return)
D.V.S* – Elbow From the Sky
Kill Paris- The Walk (D.V.S* GuitaRemix)
Bassnectar- So Butterfly (D.V.S* Remix)
Ratatat- Shiller (D.V.S* Remix)
Odesza- Say My Name (D.V.S* Remix)
D.V.S* -Daybreak Reprise

Comfort Zone album out now!

Posted on 12/10/14 by DVS* No Comments
D.V.S* Comfort Zone ART

Emancipator’s Loci Records is pleased to release my new 9 track project titled “Comfort Zone!” You can stream and download the project on Bandcamp, which includes an exclusive D.V.S* remix of Emancipator’s “Merlion”.

“The tracks here represent his most wholehearted commitment to downtempo. Using a golden combination of calculated synth work, guitars, banjos and mandolins, coupled with expert electronic programing, the melodies shine through as plush soundscapes for an extraterrestrial sunset. Loci label head Emancipator says about the project, “Each song on this album is an imaginative story told through sound. D.V.S* has created a most satisfying balance of beats, atmosphere, and leads, both familiar and boundary pushing.” -Live for Live Music