After getting scared of traveling alone he enlisted the live help of various instrumentalists and signed a record deal with Drive-Thru Records in 2009. His first release on the label was a split ep “Chicken Finger Fingers” with Allstar Weekend made exclusively to be sold while promoting at the parking lots of Jonas Brother concerts. The promotional tour was cut short when the van carrying both bands was crushed into a telephone pole by a semi-truck. Everyone escaped the crash with only minor injuries but all instruments were lost.
Immediately after the promotional tour he finished recording the album “Look Cat Meow” which would not be released for over 2 years after completion. He sited label issues and increased interest in outside projects as reasons for the delay. During this time SSDC released various singles and EPs on secret websites creating a scavenger hunt of .mp3’s for his most devoted fans.
In 2011 SSDC and Drive-Thru Records parted ways. In 2015 he returned with his art piece, an album of songs and vertical videos “Like Lebron Has His Ball” created on an iPhone.