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Solstik: The Force of Light

The Solstik Project is a globally-focused, connected-culture initiative that supports civic, economic, and cultural development efforts. 

Solstik Founder Derran Eaddy has a life-long history of creative expressionism and social advocacy that has found him riding for Element Skateboards, performing music at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and taking documentary photographs on each of our planet's seven continents.

As an education advocate, he was appointed by the Governor of New Mexico to serve on the state Commission on Higher Education. Derran currently lives in Washington, DC, where he works as a strategic communications consultant.

As the Sun illuminates our world and sustains life, Solstik radiates the force of light into today's modern and connected culture.


Derran has been a part of the skateboard scene since the 1980s. He rode for Element Skateboards and several skatepark teams, created to chronicle his experiences, and began manufacturing Solstik skateboard products following his time on Element.

He regularly partnered Solstik on skateboarding and music events along the U.S. East Coast. In 2014, he became the first person over 40 years of age known to have kickfliped a 10 stair/3 block.

He covered skate events, such as Tony Hawk riding during an MTV Sports and Music Festival, competed in Vans Warped Tour contests, and produced countless short videos and articles —including interviews with top professional riders Jamie Thomas, Steve Steadham, Kenny Hughes, Peter Ramondetta, Mike Vallely and Elissa Steamer.


As a musician, Derran performed at the Kennedy Center's Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media festival in Washington, DC; the Vans shoes skateboard and music venue in Brooklyn, NY; and other industry events. He’s opened several times for Pro Skateboard Legend Ron Allen at DC’s Velvet Lounge and performed with Pro Skateboard Legend Steve Steadham at the 1st Legends Alliance: Pro Spyder Cup skateboard event in Atlanta, GA. He was the featured DJ at Washington, DC’s SkateFest fundraiser for the Children’s Medical Center, and hosted several skateboard and music sessions at DC area skateboard parks.

Derran DJed house music sessions at the 9:30 Club and Zeba and at NGO and nonprofit events for the World Bank/IMF, National Cathedral, French Embassy, Narcotics Anonymous, and DC's Art All Night activation in Dupont Circle. He established himself in the DC music scene by performing regularly at Busboys and Poets open mic nights.

He's performed his original acoustic piano compositions on college campuses. In 2011, he published those works on the Solstik Project titled, Water, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. 

Derran was the lead singer in a rock/rap band that performed regularly on the world renowned 6th St. corridor in Austin, TX. He also produces the music you'll find in the Solstik videos and on the website's music page. 



Derran traveled around the world during the last 10 years taking photos on all seven continents. Thousands of his photos are posted to his Flickr page, including images from an African safari in Kenya, a tour through Southeast Asia, visits to a variety of European countries, a South American excursion to the Amazon River and Machu Picchu, and a voyage to Antarctica. He's been throughout the United States taking photos of renowned landmarks and hidden treasures. His photos have been featured in Mashable’s Photo Challenge and have been shown at the Touchstone Gallery and other spaces in Washington, DC.


Some might think of Derran as a jack of all trades, but his degree says Master of Arts — plural. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Communications from Eastern New Mexico University. While in college, Governor Bruce King appointed Derran to serve as a New Mexico Commissioner on Higher Education. He was twice elected Student Government President and went on to serve as a Washington Center Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.

Derran received ENMU’s inaugural Award of Excellence for overall collegiate achievement and was the 1995 Outstanding Public Relations Student of the Year. He received the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity National Besser Lindsey Award, which recognizes achievement in scholarship, athletics and fraternity. Derran was an NCAA football linebacker and team captain. His team won the Lone Star Conference Championship in 1991.

Public Relations Consulting

Derran has applied his masters-level education throughout his 20+ year career in the communications and Public Relations (PR) industry. He has extensive experience as a consultant to Federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He worked in the education field for the National Education Association and Guilford County Schools in North Carolina. Projects he worked on received awards from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the Public Relations Society of America, and the National School Public Relations Association. Visit his consulting services website for more information. 


Derran is a Charter Member and Smithsonian Ambassador at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He also serves as a professional development mentor at The Washington Center. He contributed music, video, and photography production to SkateFest of Fairfax, VA, which raised funds for the Children’s National Medical Center. In addition, he was a regular contributor to Child Fund and Bread for the City. Derran served on the Boards of the North Carolina School Public Relations Association, Reading Connections adult literacy non-profit, and the Action Greensboro economic development group. 


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