Cloudchord, the genre-bender shares collaboration with Braxton Cook and ProbCause, “Cryin’ Heart,” new EP ‘Sundrop’ out September 30
August 26, 2022 BY Tamara Simons
Today, Cloudchord, known as the genre-bender and specialist augmenting musical possibility with remarkable technical skills on the guitar returns with his new single, “Cryin’ Heart” featuring ProbCause (a frequent collaborator with GRiZ) and beloved jazz artist, Braxton Cook who’s toured with Tom Mische in the past. “Cryin’ Heart” is a lush blend of Cloudchord’s signature guitar licks, combined with the beautiful wordsmithing of ProbCause, wrapped with Braxton’s atmospheric saxophone trills.
Along with the release of his new track, he’ll be bringing “Cryin’ Heart” on the road stopping at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco and The Get Down Music Venue in Portland OR.
“Cryin’ Heart” is the third single from Cloudchord following “Soul Major” feat. Adam Deitch and “Inner Luv” feat. Balkan Bump as previews of what’s to come on the newest EP, Sundrop out September 30. This EP is a collection of “opti-mystical” poolside summer sounds of the summer. These songs present a synergy of Cloudchord’s tropical guitars and breezy dance beat instrumentation, with Jeff Pierre’s Caribbean percussion and vocalisms.
Aug 26 Hartford, MI @ Joe Marcinek’s Dead Funk Summit 2022
Sept 9 San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom
Sept 11 Portland, OR @ The Get Down Music Venue
Dec 31 Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
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 EP, Sundrop, 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.”