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"The new D.V.S. album, 'Before I Sing,' combines beautiful melodies, super fat beats, jazz guitar power, and lush horn harmonies into true, relevant psychedelic trip hop. The vocal samples are tasteful, emotional and spiritual colors that take the human voice into a melodic fragment world reminiscent of late Miles Davis trumpet work. The record tells a story from beginning to end, has a musical arc from first track to last track and employs real theme and development within each composition. Very positive sounds from a unique, new voice in modern music....highly recommended."
Brian Haas, pianist, JFJO
"Before I Sing" is the debut full length album by D.V.S* released on October 20th, 2009.
This electronica release is a collection of thoughts and feelings from all the Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, and Motown bands I've performed or recorded with over the past few years.
As time rolls on, every time I take a "guitar solo" on stage or in the studio, I find myself becoming much more preoccupied with creating a group "Musical Event," than "Shredding" ...although occasionally they are one in the same. This philosophy has filtered into my compositions.
A few years ago, I was in a jam session with music guru Art Lande. He made me take a solo over a tune, and every time he sensed I was playing from my head and not my heart, I had to start at the top all over again.
I try to take that nugget of wisdom and apply it to all my musical situations these days, no matter the style, hype, buzz, pressure, venue, band, crowd, or whatever....
The title of this release is dedicated to that idea....and named after the old gospel tune "Before I Sing (I Must Feel)."
Thanx for listenin' -DVS
released October 20, 2009
"Before I Sing" was created between May & October 2009.
Produced, written, sampled, cut, pasted, reversed, faded, rinsed, harmonized, engineered, & mastered by D.V.S* (aka Derek VanScoten) for dvsmusic Inc.
All guitar, bass, Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ, Moog Synthesizer, and drum programming performed by D.V.S* The rest is samples from the dvsmusic Inc. vinyl collection.
Album design, layout and vox on track 5 by my wonderful wife, by Chantel Mead (DVSandChantel.com