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Joined The Band: July, 2009
Though he may not have been properly introduced, you may have noticed a fifth musician on stage with The Flaming Lips since July 2009. Derek Brown made his first appearance with the band at Chicago's Pitchfork Festival providing additions to the set on guitar and congos.
Derek's connection to the Lips dates back to 2001 when he began working for Scott Booker's Hellfire Marketing.
In addition to his performances with The Lips, Derek performs and records with his band, Crocodile, and is now the Executive Assistant to the CEO at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma which opened in August 2009.
Derek Brown has enjoyed a broad and successful musical career as a guitarist, bassist and keyboardist, performing and touring with Liz Phair, Steve Burns, the Starlight Mints, and the Chainsaw Kittens, among others. Derek has broad live performance experience appearing on such programs as Live with Regis and Kelly and the Ellen Degeneres Show as well as touring internationally and performing at such music festivals as Austin City Limits, SXSW, and Bonnaroo. As a music industry marketing professional, Derek has led marketing efforts for World’s Fair Label Group and Hellfire Enterprises Ltd., working with groups such as The Flaming Lips, British Sea Power, Snow Patrol, The Dandy Warhols, and many more. Derek also owns Jupiter Crash Productions, a concert promotion company that has brought concerts to Oklahoma by such well-known acts as Built To Spill, The Faint, and Band of Horses.