Cloudchord Shares New Electric Single With Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic

December 9, 2022 BY Jason Currell

Derek VanScoten’s project Cloudchord shows no signs of slowing down. He returns with his moonlit new single “Dreamer,” a collaboration with Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli. The track is radiant with VanScoten’s signature kaleidoscopic guitar. Combining trippy oscillating melodies with Lalli’s trademark saxophone stylings. With moods on high display, we see this collab crystallizing their aesthetic into rolling grooves and dense thickets of melody in the soundful electronic landscape. “Dreamer” is the third single from Cloudchord’s upcoming full length which features his latest singles “Boi Next Door” and “Junior High Dance,” a collaboation with Emancipator.

“I thought it was neat that Dom sent the tune to me, because it’s more my speed than Big Gigantic’s. In some ways, it’s Dom nodding his hat to my style and mixing both of our approaches together,” shares Derek. 


December 17, 2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Pryes Brewing Company
December 31, 2022 – Austin, TX – w/ Sunsquabi
May 19, 2023 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Idno w/ The Disco Biscuits
May 20, 2023 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Eldborg Hall at Harpa Conference Center w/ The Disco Biscuits

Derek grew up coveting guitar gods like Jimi Hendrix. The game changed when his Dad took him to see George Benson, and his Mom paid for jazz guitar lessons. His college years saw him learning about high-level recording studios; a summer spent as an audio engineer intern at the Aspen Music Institute ignited his reverence for acoustic music. His inspirations grew to include jazz pianist and life mentor Art Lande, and hip hop acts like Jurassic 5 and The Roots. After several years as a Brooklyn-based touring act called D.V.S*, Derek moved to Austin and rebranded. The creative focus was on the chill sides of dance music (from chillhop to deep house) while featuring live guitar and lap steel. In his first year as Cloudchord, he scored 6 consecutive #1 tracks on Hype Machine. Shortly after, a call came to score the documentary In Football We Trust. The work premiered at Sundance and won an Emmy. Other scoring clients have grown to include Disney, Gatorade, Facebook & L’Oreal.

(Cloudchord: Photo Credit: Rachel Sink | Download HERE)