"The expressive electronic beats and hair-raising synths pulsing from RZN8R strike a spiritual nerve." - DoTheBay
RZN8R, pronounced “resonator,” is the moniker of Oakland-raised producer/singer Derek Buckwalter. Derek draws from a wide array of influences, fusing his passions for singing, new thought spirituality, and beats, to craft deep, lush, hypnotic grooves.
From early childhood, music and creativity pulsed through Derek’s veins. He involved himself in pursuits including piano, and the Oakland-based, Grammy-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy, whom he stayed with for nine years. Derek channeled his interest in spirituality into an extensive involvement with the Centers for Spiritual Living, a faith organization that sees love and connection in all things. He discovered that music production was the middle-man between his singing and spirituality. Learning music production opened Derek’s sound to whole new avenues of expression and elevated his singing into the 21st century. Derek devoted his pursuit into fusing acoustic music with electronic music and seeking out ways of playing electronic music live. By playing live, he believed that a performer fosters a deeper connection with their audience.
RZN8R is the culmination of Derek’s experiences: his experiences with singing, with music production, his desire to seek out ways of making electronic music more live, as and his spiritual background. So far, Derek has played many venues and festivals in the Bay Area including 1015 Folsom, Mezzanine, Neck of the Woods, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, The Knockout, Piano Fight, Warehouse 416, Sofar Sounds, Oakland Drops Beats, GlowCon, Now Music SF, Madrone, 20 Mission, as well as SXSW in Austin.
He has opened for artists including A-Trak. Chromeo, ARMNHMR, Duckwrth, Manics, ATTLAS, Martin Luther, Anamanaguchi, Monster Rally, TV Girl, Moldover, and Krystyn Pixton. Hope you vibe with his sounds as well.