Cloudchord, The Genre Bending Emmy-Winning Musician Signs To Nettwerk; Shares “Sundays;” Currently On Tour With The Main Squeeze
April 8, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of Cloudchord, a specialist in augmenting musical possibility with remarkable technical skills on the guitar that give a refreshing take on dance music. Over the years, Derek VanScoten, the producer, guitarist, and Emmy-winning musician behind Cloudchord has given signature guitar riffs and uplifting sounds that have solidified his place in the world of psychedelic chill hop beats. His latest single, “Sundays,” is the sound of Neo-Soul Gospel guitar accompanied with wondrous Jazzy Hip Hops beats created for a perfect Sunday. VanScoten shares, “A classic chill hop vibe, with a touch of swagger.”
For his Nettwerk debut EP, Cloudchord joined forces with fellow multi-instrumentalist and producer Ian Ewing for the four-song Tulips EP. With Cloudchord being a master of the guitar and Ian Ewing being a master of the drums, the results are organic, upbeat, and uplifting. The short and sweet project blends lofi instrumentals with soulful hip-hop and jazzy breakdowns. A melting pot of genres, the EP is a project to play as springtime seeds blossom and bloom. Tulips EP is due May 20th.
“I see no reason ever to stop because music is 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.”
Cloudchord joins Nettwerk’s expanding label roster, which also includes Anomalie, The Album Leaf, Nathan Kawanishi, LEISURE and others. Stay tuned for more music and info.
“Sundays” is available at all digital retailers here: https://cloudchord.ffm.to/sundays.
Tour Dates w/ The Main Squeeze:
April 14 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
April 15 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
April 21 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
April 22 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 23 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
April 24 Washington D.C. @ Union Stage
April 26 Charleston Heights, SC @ Charleston Pour House – Main Stage
April 28 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
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
ABOUT CLOUDCHORD: 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.”
ABOUT IAN EWING: 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.