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Derek VanScoten is the producer, guitarist, educator, and Emmy-winning musician behind Cloudchord. Performing live with high-energy guitar since childhood, he mixes electronic with organic, and explores the sensual and angelic slide of the lap steel guitar.
With a motto of Energy without Abrasion, Cloudchord specializes in augmented possibility. His live show swells from downtempo to crowd-feeding vibes, complimented by live guitars and the soulful foundation Derek’s two musical degrees provide.
Derek is regularly invited to sit in with Emancipator, Space Jesus, and Random Rab, and has done official remixes for Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, and Big Gigantic. With good friends across genres, he is at home everywhere, including on the stages of Camp Bisco, Insomniac’s Middlelands, Costa Rica’s Envision Festival, and at the Sundance Film Festival, where he scored an official selection. As a musical mentor, he is sought for workshops at Alex and Allyson Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, and at official Ableton events around the country.
At home, Derek’s creative expression is grounded in daily musical meditation — exploring riffs and melodies without a set goal. Music is a love that gives him belonging in the world.
Follow Cloudchord for a well of new music, collaborations, and guitar videos with an occasional cameo from his daughter, Xyla.