While Mod Sun raps ecstatic about riding high in Holland (“Went to Amsterdam”), his search for the perfect hippie chick (“Stoner Girl”) and busting a mellow groove on his autobiography/philosophical manifesto (“Take the Credit, Imma Keep the Change”), his slinky soundtrack power tokes the best bits of Indie Rock, Reggae, Dub and melodic Pop and blows out a thick cloud of musical love.
Not long ago, Derek Smith left Bloomington, Minn., in the rearview mirror and headed out as a touring drummer at the tender age of 17.
The following year, Rolling Stone cited Mod Sun among the Top 16 unsigned artists in the world, putting him in the running to become the first independent act to grace the magazine’s cover. Since his launch, Mod Sun has played a pretty impressive numbers game; he’s written more than 100 songs, 90 percent of which have been distributed for free, his YouTube video “Same Way” (fave line: “I got so many bright ideas my forehead got a suntan”) has notched more than 600,000 views and his latest mixtape, Blazed By the Bell, countered 40,000 downloads in its first month of availability.Forget Facebook; Mod Sun’s slogan is “No fans, just friends.”
MOD SUN performs Tuesday, Feb. 19 with Tayyib Ali, Choo Jackson and Pat Brown at 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.