Author Musician Filmmaker Escape Artist

We say shalom! My name is Derek Vasconi. I’m best known as one of the founding guitar players in the band, FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW. I also am the author of KAI, a best selling fiction horror novel. Oh, and I produce idols and make music for them. And because I’m an over-achiever, I’ve created art concept photobooks based on working with several idols and artists, and I’ve made some documentary films and music videos too. But wait! There’s more! I’m also a blogger! In fact, you can read my blog entries and explore everything else about me and what I’m currently up to right here. Last but not least, if you want to support what I’m doing, please consider purchasing my music, movies, and books, and support me on Patreon. Welcome to my official website!

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Recent Blog Entries

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25 Best Horror Books

October 23rd, 2019|Essays|

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Istanbul Travel Guide

October 24th, 2019|Everything Else|

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What’s On Your Booklist

October 24th, 2019|Idols|

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20 Creativity Tips

October 24th, 2019|Music|

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July 29th, 2022|My Life in Japan|

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My Books

BELOW ARE CURRENTLY PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED WORKS

KAI

One innocent girl becomes the target of enormous rage living inside another girl-who is seemingly from another world…

POA

A Tokyo girl with a mysterious past spends all her time obsessing over an “Ikemen” adult movie star. When she finally meets the object of her worship, a frightening revelation is revealed, triggering a series of horrifying events that will make you question the importance of loyalty and family.

UNTITLED #1

A cryptozoologist aims to prove the existence of his imaginary childhood friend. A billionaire carries on his family tradition of hunting mysterious creatures who seemingly threaten all of of humanity. A girl who is the key to a new future for the world. This is an epic, multi-volume fantasy set in modern day times, filled with over 100 different characters. A modern day Game of Thrones.

Idol Production and Management

IDOLS THAT I CURRENTLY MANAGE/PRODUCE OR HAVE PRODUCED IN THE PAST

MIHO
Miho is known as a “Yasashii idol.” She specializes in being really kind to everybody she meets. Her music, however, is introspective and often deals with darker themes. Yet Miho’s overall message is hope and positivity will save us all from unhappiness.

HANA
Former member of Suzuriha, Hana (also Mi-II) is a dance performance idol. Her song style reflects a variety of edm genres, including future bass, kawaii, and drum and bass.

KOSAME
Perfectly mixing brutal death metal chaotic hardcore, rap, and idol choruses, sometimes all within a single song, Kosame’s music explores uncharted and often scary territory in the idol world.

My Photobooks

THESE ARE PHOTOBOOKS I’VE DESIGNED/CREATED/PUBLISHED

THE FLOWERS OF PASSION

“The Flowers of Passion: Stories from the Underground Japanese Idol Scene,” is a 5 episode mini-documentary series  that showcases the underground Japanese idol scene in Tokyo. To purchase the dvd set or watch online, click HERE

A LONG TIME AGO, IN MY MID-TWENTIES,  FAR, FAR AWAY…

FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW
A chaotic, ADHD band that hailed from “Ohiovania,” I was lucky enough to have played guitar and piano for this incredible group, which I was one of the founding members of the group. I helped in writing the guitar parts, all the piano parts, some drums, and also producing/arranging the tracks on the band’s first two albums, NOT ONE WORD HAS BEEN OMITTED and DELENDA. I was also fortunate enough to have toured all of America and Canada with the group, and to this day, FASSW lives on in the hearts of many fans all over the world. 

VIRGIN UNIVERSE
A duo project conceived and thought of by Kalin Sankey and myself, we released one album, THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF BEING ME, which consisted of songs that reflected a looooooot of heartache, sadness, depression, and looking back on the past with a mixture of regret and nostalgia. The gut-wrenching vocals, guitars and pianos were all Kalin, with me chiming in on some parts here and there, but once again, I helped mostly with arranging and producing each song to perfection.