Dan Deacon is a highly prolific and relentlessly energetic creator/performer of electronic music. He started releasing records as a college student in 2003 and has since accumulated an impressive body of work, gradually broadening his scope to include contemporary classical elements, film scoring, and collaborations.
Deacon is a true oddball (in the best sense of the word), and his unwavering dedication to his own artistic direction has won him a large following and accolades from all over the indie/art music spectrum. He’s a strikingly un-self-conscious performer, as you can see in this utterly lo-fi performance on the morning show of Savannah GA’s local NBC affiliate in 2005 (though it would have been right at home in the 1980s):
These days Deacon’s stage performances are quite a bit grander (see this clip from the 2012 SXSW Festival), and his manic exuberance appears to have only increased.
His forthcoming album is Glass Riffer, due February 24th on Domino Records. The first single is “Feel The Lightning”, a relatively relaxed and ethereal song that’s full of nerdy charm and lushly layered production.
In a nice added touch, Deacon has also posted the song’s individual tracks, encouraging fans to re-mix, re-use, and otherwise incorporate them in new creations.
Russell discovered indie rock and Amy Seidenwurm at UCLA in the 1980s and has been a big fan of both ever since. He’s a veteran director of commercials, music videos, television, and documentaries, and you can follow his work at russellbates.com.