Mod Sun photographed by Conner Evert (2014)
|Born||March 10, 1987|
Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
|Genres||Alternative, hip hop, post-hardcore, emo|
|Musician, songwriter, author, poet|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano, drums|
|Labels||Rostrum 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.
Mod Sun was formerly a member of the post-hardcore band Four Letter Lie, in which he played drums from 2004 to 2009. He left them to become drummer for the post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids from 2009 until their disbandment in 2010.
Mod Sun has released five mixtapes and three EPs throughout his solo career. His style of music has been 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"