Brooklyn based producer Derek VanScoten (aka D.V.S*) creates that elevated feeling in the listener's chest with his guitar-soaked experimental dance beats.
He currently has music released on Soulection, 1320 Records, Gravitas Recordings, Daly City, Electronic Musician Magazine, and his own label, Octave Memory Tapes.
Over the past few years, D.V.S* has spent considerable time on the road with electronic acts Random Rab, Tycho, Bluetech, Tipper, FreQnasty, Big Gigantic, Lotus, MartyParty, emancipator, Ana Sia, Beats Antique, and EOTO.
No stranger to the live band scene, he has also performed as a respected multi-instrumentalist with acts as diverse as DJ Logic, Devotchka, The Motet, and the Boulder Philharmonic.
While his current beatsmithing pushes the boundaries of futuristic rhythms and timbres, D.V.S* hasn't always experienced music via a laptop. Influences include 19th century romantic music, motown, swing, bossa nova, afrobeat, traditional folk music from multiple cultures, hip hop, and of course, rock n' roll.
...and yes, the * is intentional.
Recent Press:::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::
"A shift in where the electronic frontiers are headed." TheUntz.com
"The vitality of the New York City / Brooklyn lifestyle can be felt in every track." Earmilk.com
"The consummate working example of future music." 507projex.com
"It's as though he crossed sound waves with Bon Iver, only to then meet Flying Lotus, all the while running alongside Thom Yorke." DigBoston
"D.V.S* combines beautiful melodies, super fat beats, and jazz guitar power. Very positive sounds from a unique, new voice in modern music...highly recommended." Brian Haas, Pianist JFJO
"Amon Tobin and Nina Simone would be proud to embrace his style as their own." Lost in Sound (NYC/ Boston)
"Downtempo Track of the Year for 2010 and 2011." Welcome Hohme (NYC)