Since forming in the fall of 2000, Particle has enjoyed a successful ride that has taken them to eight countries for over 850 shows including Europe and Japan. After a whimsical San Francisco boat cruise, a musical bond was surged that was would take core Particle members Eric Gould, Steve Molitz, and Darren Pujalet on a sonic adventure that’s strong to this day.
Particle forged their signature sound playing late night parties and high profile festivals across the country including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Coachella, and New Orleans Jazzfest to name a few. The band has also appeared at Bonnaroo three times where they played a legendary five plus hour set beginning at 3am. Once dubbed the 'late night kings', Particle has garnered a lot of hype for creating a series of out of the box special events across the country.
In 2004, the band released their debut album Launchpad produced by Tom Rothrock to critical praise from fans and media alike. Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and URB ran glowing features on the band and the Associated Press named the album among the year’s Top Ten. The album’s title track was remixed by Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay and released as an EP later that same year.
Shortly thereafter, Particle formed a percussive driven electronic side project with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart called Hydra and created an entire new repertoire for the tour. A sonic shift happened, allowing the band to add new directions to their already diverse style.
With the addition of Ben Combe on guitar and vocals, the band released a DVD and Live CD featuring special guests Joe Satriani, Robbie Krieger, Blackalicious, and DJ Logic. They also recorded a song for the Scarface: The World Is Yours Video Game entitled American Dream. Particle is currently recording their sophomore studio effort with producer Steve Goldman and engineer Marc Johnson to be released in 2007.
Brooklyn based producer D.V.S* (aka Derek VanScoten) creates that elevated feeling in the listener’s chest with his guitar-soaked experimental dance beats.
He currently has music released on Soulection, 1320 Records, Electronic Musician Magazine, and his own label, Octave Memory Tapes.
Over the past few years, D.V.S* has spent considerable time on the road with electronic acts Random Rab, Bluetech, Tipper, FreQnasty, Big Gigantic, Lotus, MartyParty, emancipator, Ana Sia, Beats Antique, and EOTO.
No stranger to the live band scene, he has also performed as a respected multi-instrumentalist with acts as diverse as DJ Logic, Devotchka, The Motet, and the Boulder Philharmonic.
While his current beatsmithing pushes the boundaries of futuristic rhythms and timbres, D.V.S* hasn’t always experienced music via a laptop. Influences include 19th century romantic music, motown, swing, bossa nova, afrobeat, traditional folk music from multiple cultures, hip hop, and of course, rock n’ roll.