Cloudchord Shares “Step By Step”; A Lush, Ethereal, Instrumental Lofi Track from the Emmy-Winning Musician

April 29, 2022 BY Jason Currell

Cloudchord, a specialist in augmenting musical possibility with remarkable technical skills on the guitar shares a new single, “Step By Step.” The duo (Cloudchord and Ian Ewing) continues the sonic journey with “Step by Step,” a guitar-driven blend of relaxation and tranquility. “With the added water sounds, it feels like a day spa or a meditation retreat” shares Cloudchord aka Derek VanScoten. “Consider this a self-care single.” “Step By Step” showcases depth within simplicity with just three chords layered with electric bass, lush percussion, and a rhodes creating a mystical and ethereal atmosphere.


“Step By Step” is available at all digital retailers here:

Tour Dates
May 12             Live Oak, FL @ Resonate Festival 2022
June 5              Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern *w/ STS9
August 8          The Caverns, TN @ Subterranea Festival
August 18        Thornville, OH @ Secret Dreams 2022

“Step By Step” Single Art HERE


A specialist in augmenting music possibility, Derek VanScoten is the producer, guitarist, and Emmy-winning musician behind Cloudchord. His remarkable technical skills on the guitar give a refreshing take on dance music, solidifying his place in the world of psychedelic soulful chillhop beats. 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. His latest work Tulips EP (to be released via Nettwerk) is a continued exploration of his signature guitar riffs and a sonic reflection of living a creative, playful gratitude-filled life. “I see no reason ever to stop because music is absolutely my favorite thing to do in the world. Music is my spirituality and my quest for truth. It’s always right there if you’re willing to listen for it.”


Ian Ewing is a self-taught instrumentalist, producer and artist who blends a smooth mix of hip hop, electronica, and R&B to create the sound that has been supported and showcased by SiriusXM, BBC One Extra, Soulection, DJ Complexion, Nest HQ, Indie Shuffle, and much more. From a young age, he thoroughly fell in love with hip hop and the history behind it. This was his gateway into electronic beat production where he finds himself today, as he strives to create ambient compositions of sample-based sounds blended with his own instrumentation. Ewing has headlined various shows across the US, and has both collaborated and toured with artists including Flamingosis, Louis Futon, Joey Pecoraro, Anomolie, and Cautious Clay. Other notable performances took place on his hometown’s Summerfest stages alongside headlining acts Diplo and Marshmello.