COSM Ableton Workshop in June!

Posted on April 6, 2015 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 March 11, 2015 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 February 11, 2015 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 January 21, 2015 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 January 7, 2015 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 December 10, 2014 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

D.V.S* Disco logo T shirts now available!!

Posted on December 8, 2014 by DVS* No Comments


D.V.S* Disco Logo T shirts are now in stock. It’s a limited run, and I’m doing a special of $20 shirts that INCLUDE Shipping!!!

Order one here via my bandcamp page.

Elbow From the Sky Single out now!

Posted on December 3, 2014 by DVS* No Comments
D.V.S* Comfort Zone ART

Thanks to “ElectroJam” for premiering the single off of Comfort Zone titled “Elbow From the Sky.”

“Naysayers who pigeonhole electronic production as a programmed, inorganic or contrived cousin to acoustic musical composition have to retract their bias when considering an artist like Derek Van Scoten (DVS), whose creative process and subsequent productions revolve around instrumentation. Since his earliest performances, DVS* has integrated instrumentation into his output; in 2010, he began as a solo act, lacing electronic tracking with live guitar. Since, he amassed a catalog of originals and toured alongside notable livetronica acts Big Gigantic, Beats Antique, and EOTO, among countless others.” READ MORE HERE

(NEW SINGLE) “We Could Be”

Posted on November 14, 2014 by DVS* No Comments


“There is something about a romantic endeavor that can move even the most hard-hearted person. The premiere release “We Could Be feat. Jayce” off of D.V.S’s upcoming Comfort Zone LP on Emancipator’s label Loci Records is just that, full of soul and secret longings. Jayce’s lovelorn stylings make this track along with the silky smooth synths and chilled out beat with an appropriate amount of distortion to keep things alternative. But Derek VanScoten has a well-known commitment to down tempo electronic music and using live instrumentation to create it.

Set to release on December 9th, his new album came at a special time, as he just became a father. Of the inspirations behind it VanScoten said, “I recently had a daughter, and since then I’ve taken a real close look at what does and does not work for me creatively. There’s only so much time when you become a parent, but that’s a blessing because every move is so much more intentional. It can be a very positive thing, because you’re only keeping what works.” And his new LP will be available for download on Loci Record’s Bandcamp, and select digital retailers come its due date.” -EARMILK

Bassnectar Remix OUT NOW!!!

Posted on November 2, 2014 by DVS* No Comments

On Tuesday 10.28.14, low end music king Bassnectar released his Noise vs. Beauty Remixes on his own label Amorphous.
I’m thrilled to be part of this release with a dowmtempo flip of “So Butterfly.”

In the words of Bassnectar himself:
“After finishing Noise vs Beauty last spring, I began working on alternate endings and special deluxe versions of each track, morphing the personality of each song with different faces and unexpected attitudes. I sent out files and sounds to various trusted producers and remixers to see what would happen… the goal was to reinvent the concept of the album and recharge it from every angle.

The result is a horde of new remixes – and today we release a 22-track NVSB Remixes compilation, which also includes some Bassnectar remixes and brand new material, as well as 5 album-only bonus tracks. (We also have various alternates still incoming including remixes from Beats Antique and Active Sun!)

If you’ve been out on the NVSB Tour you’ll already have some favorites on here. But even the most hardened veterans amongst you will find some brand new exclusives to enjoy, and a couple of nice surprises…”

Grab the whole album HERE, and thanks to EDM.COM for the Premiere.