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
Here’s a short recap from my set at Lightning in a Bottle 2015 in Bradley, CA.
"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.
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
TICKET INFO AT TOURDATES PAGE
Dropped a new remix today! Disclosure’s “Help me Lose My Mind!”
peep it now!
California based Producer Minnesota has become one of my favorite artists in the electronic scene over the past year or so. His “Eternal Frequencies” ep dropped earlier this year, and the 2 song masterpiece has been on repeat for me regularly.
Fast forward to mid-July. Gravitas Recordings hit me up to do an official remix, but the timing couldn’t have been more awkward. I was in the process of moving out of our Brooklyn apt (on the 3rd story nonetheless), and was spending a lot of time with my new baby girl Xyla. Well 3 weeks after my move, they hit me up and said we are releasing the Minnesota remix ep this next week, you want in?
I was about to hit the road again, so I had exactly one day to make something happen. “Why not?” I said. “Nothing like a quick deadline to help make some magic happen.”
So here you go. Nothing quite like a deadline. Pick up the full ep via Gravitas too via the DL button. It’s got a full spectrum of remixes from a lot of great artists like Ill-Esha, Psymbionic, CryWolf and more.
Big ups to Do Androids Dance for the awesome write up on this.
“D.V.S* is one of those producers that can dip into a genre that I don’t usually touch and make me like it. This starts off as a heady house record, then drops to halftime and loops in some trap hats. It’s an incredibly fun record, and pulls emotion from a tempo that I don’t often look to for inspiration.
The musical ability of D.V.S* is absolutely mind-blowing. SImilar to his live performance, you will be met with unique tunes backed with live guitar in a form that very few producers can effectively pull off. ”Bloom” fits this ever-evolving mold perfectly. It’s a bit different, and we love it.”
Happy new year all,
I’ve been hunkered down in the the studio since my last show at Lights All Nights on NYE.
I’m honored that I will be one of nine artists performing at the that Ableton NAMM party this year in Hollywood, CA. I’ll be joining a super size roster including Beats Antique, Nosaj Thing, 6 more! I’ll also be performing my entire set on the new PUSH controller, which is exciting, as it hasn’t even gone into mass production yet.
Look for a new full length album this spring. In the meantime, here’s some upcoming gigs….
Friday, 1/25/2013 at 5:00 PM
Ableton NAMM Clinic- Push for Guitarists
Anaheim Convention Center
Saturday, 1/26/2013 at 9:00 PM
Ableton Artist showcase w/ Beats Antique, Nosaj Thing and more.
Dim Mak Studios
Thursday, 2/07/2013 at 11:30 PM
Princeton, New Jersey
Friday, 2/08/2013 at 8:00 PM
w/ EOTO and Crizzly
Theatre of the Living Arts
Thursday, 2/14/2013 at 11:50 PM
Big Gigantic/ Kill Paris Afterparty w/ Psymbionic
Port City Music Hall
Portland, Maine – map
Friday, 2/22/2013 at 9:00 PM
Radiate 2013- Neon Wasteland
December 2012- Brooklyn, NY
END OF YEAR TOURDATES!!!
Fri 12.07 Atlanta, GA @East Asylum w/ Govinda
Thu 12.13 Breckenridge, CO @Three20South w/ Govinda
Fri 12.14 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO w/ Govinda
Sun 12.16 Belly Up Aspen, CO with Cherub
Fri 12.21 New York City- Dreamtime Solstice
Thu 12.23 Jacksonville, FL @Club Tsi
Sun 12.29 Boston, MA @Paradise Rock Club w/ Break Science/Michal Menert
Mon 12.31 Dallas, TX @Lights All Night
*Bonus: Thu 12.6 Atlanta, GA @Atlanta Pro Audio (7p Ableton Workshop)
Dearest Friends, Fans, and Musical Family,
It is with great pleasure that I present to you the D.V.S* 2009-2012 Discography, in a single place, FOR FREE. It feels fitting to hand this over as a Holiday present to you all.
This compilation is over 100 songs deep so enjoy it thoroughly, and please COME AND SEE ME LIVE.
Lastly, PLEASE share with your friends via the buttons below. Let’s blow this page up!!
So we’ve broken it into 3 links to make your life a little easier.
THESE LINKS ARE NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR ALL THE INTEREST ON THIS!!!! (WE BROKE 2 SERVERS!!!)
LOOK FOR A NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM THIS SPRING.
With gratitude, D.V.S*
Last week I dropped my dubstep/chillstep rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them.” It’s clocked in around 4,000 plays in the first week. Thanks for the love!
After 5 weeks of touring the northeast and south, I’m chilin’ in NYC for a bit. On Thurs Nov 1st, I’ll be participating in an Ableton seminar at Tekserve. It will be streaming live on the net. For more info visit: http://shocklee.com/2012/09/nyc-save-the-date-next-ableton-advanced-users-meetup-is-thursday-november-1st/
Here’s an infomercial for my new ep “The Code,” out May 1st. Check it!
Happy Belated new year. I bring you a new Facebook Page , a new remix, and new tour.
Like a jazz musician (or house DJ), this year I am beginning to release music and perform under my full name, Derek VanScoten. It seemed appropriate to start a new Facebook page so that people could find me more easily. Throughout the year, this page will containing exclusive access to my new remixes, and originals. This month I give you my remix of the “Rocky Theme.” In case you missed last months remix of Brooklyn’s own Break Science/ Talib Kweli, you can also find it on the new page.
My Winter Tour 2012 brings me to several new spots in the South, Northeast and West. It includes dates with Ott, The Polish Ambassador, Eliot Lipp, Nit Grit, the SnowMont Festival, and a co-headlining tour in the Northeast with Philly’s Sonic Spank and Silo Effect. Boo-yah!
Winter Tour 2012
Thu Feb 16 The Canal Club- Richmond, VA w/ Sonic Spank and Silo Effect
Fri Feb 17 Martin’s Downtown- Roanoke, VA w/ SS & SE
Sat Feb 18 Jewish Mother Hilltop- Virginia Beach, VA w/ SS & SE
Wed Feb 22 Arch Street Tavern- Hartford, CT w/ SS
Thu Feb 23 Castaways, Ithaca, NY w/ SS
Friday Feb 24 Snow Barn @ Mount Snow -West Dover, VT w/ SS
Sat Feb 25 Nectars-Burlington, VT w/ SS
Wed Feb 29 The Blockley Pourhouse – Philadelphia, PA w/ Sonic Spank and Elliot Lipp
Thu March 1 River Street Jazz Cafe- Plains, PA w/ SS
Fri March 2 Sullivan Hall- NewYork, NY w/ SS & SE
Wed March 14 Three20South- Breckenridge, CO w/ The Polish Ambassador
Thu March 15 Aggie Theatre- Ft Collins, CO w/ OTT
Fri March 16 Summit Music Hall- Denver w/ OTT and Govinda
Sat March 17 Fox Theatre w/ Polish Ambassador
Sun March 18 Trees- Dallas TX w/ Nit Grit and Two Fresh
Sun April 1 SnowMont- Killington, VT w/ Snoop Dog, Gramatik and tons of others.