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Derek is the Manager of the Business Development Center at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) and was part of the original staff that helped open its doors in the fall of 2009. It is here that Derek works to connect the music industry to ACM@UCO's student body by advocating on behalf of the students to the industry at large.
In 2001, Derek reconnected with ACM@UCO CEO Scott Booker and began working at Hellfire Marketing, helping market records by the likes of Sigur Ros, Mercury Rev and Vincent Gallo, among others. Additionally, he assisted on the management side of things. Later, Scott brought Derek on to be part of the World's Fair Label Group that provided label services for record labels like Daptone, Fabric, and Bella Union.
Derek has had a dual-career as a multi-instrumentalist performing and recording with the Flaming Lips, Liz Phair, Steve Burns, the Starlight Mints, the Chainsaw Kittens and his own project, Crocodile. In the summer of 2009, Derek began supplementing the Flaming Lips' live lineup, which has brought him to performing with the band for over 200 shows on five continents.UCO DIRECTORY Business Development Center