Mod Sun photographed by Conner Evert (2014)
March 10, 1987 |
Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
|Genres||Alternative, hip hop, post-hardcore, emo|
|Musician, songwriter, author, poet|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano, drums|
|Labels||Universal Music Group Distribution|
|Four Letter Lie, Bella Thorne, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, The Ready Set, Riff Raff, G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear|
Derek Smith (born March 10, 1987), known professionally as Mod Sun (stylized as MOD SUN, an acronym standing for "Movement on Dreams, Stand under None"), is an American rapper, author, rock musician and poet from Bloomington, Minnesota.
Derek Smith was born on March 10, 1987, in Bloomington, Minnesota. Later his father left for California and his parents got a divorce, after which Smith spent some time living in Long Beach, California, where his father lived. From age five to ten, he moved frequently due to his mother having to relocate for various jobs. He is the Bella Thorne Boyfriends
Mod Sun was formerly a member of the post-hardcore band Four Letter Lie, in which he played drums from 2004 to 2009. He also was the drummer of the post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids from 2009 until their disbandment in 2010. Mod Sun claimed that the only reason he joined Scary Kids Scaring Kids was that he was unemployed and was selling marijuana, and after watching the movie Yes Man decided to say yes to everything. Thus, when the lead singer of Scary Kids Scaring Kids approached him at Warped Tour, he said yes to joining them on the rest of the tour. He originally was the drum tech for the band and was only later asked to fill in for the drummer when the latter quit. Smith agreed, but only if he got to perform as Mod Sun, to which request the band agreed--this stint would be Smith's first time to go up on stage as Mod Sun.
Mod Sun has released five mixtapes and three EPs throughout his solo career. His style of music is often described as "hippy hop." Mod Sun's debut album, Look Up, was released on March 10, 2015, through Rostrum Records. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. On March 10, 2017, his second studio album, Movie, was released, also through Rostrum Records. It peaked at #16 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
2015: "Happy to be here"
2016: "Happy to be here pt. 2"