In the world of modern electronic music, one artist is doing things in a completely original way, which in turn makes him stand out from what you might consider EDM. While he’s unlikely to embrace that tag, Baltimore’s Dan Deacon has been making fun filled, yet compelling music for over a decade now, and with his newest record, “Gliss Riffer,” he’s going back to the more free spirited roots of his earlier records, such as 2007’s “Spiderman of the Rings.” In short he’s one of the most important artists out right now, and he’s a composer of electronic beats that you don’t want to miss.
His live shows are a ton of fun, and they see Dan incorporating games into his set to bring the crowd closer together. Dance contests, dance circles and even human tunnels are just some of the tricks he’s been known to pull off, and if you want a good time and an incredible production, he’s your man. He’s in New Orleans, tomorrow April 21st at Republic. I suggest going.
Your music makes me want to celebrate life. Was that a conscious decision, or are you just letting things naturally flow?
DD:Its a natural flow for sure. when I write music its a really meditative process of getting lost in a loop or listening to a single part until it sounds totally differently from when i began making it. Its a good way for me to get out of my own mind and not only escape reality but to work through things and come out feeling much more at peace.
To follow up the previous question, before you sit down to write a song or record, how many ideas do you already have going in?
DD: Sometimes the whole song is formed and I'm trying to get it out of my head and into the air but other times its totally empty, just like stretching on a sketchpad and I'm just improvising and experimenting blindly.
What’s your frame of mind when you begin any new project? What mood for you makes the best finished songs, if there is one.
DD: I think the best mood one can be in is always relaxed but its also the rarest of moods for me. My projects tend to have a lot of overlap and never really isolated dedicated time so that also colors my mood and the direction of the work flow.
If your music had to exist in a fantasized world, such as an already existing book, movie, or television show, what would it be and why?
DD: Total recall (1990). I'd love to tour mars.
Do you try to stay connected to the world of music around you, or do you prefer to perfect your own brand?
DD: Its always important to stay connected to the world around me. There is endless influence in everything, even in music I dislike there might be an interesting production technique or an odd turn of phrase that will stick in my head. I mainly discover new music by seeing live but as I get more into soundcloud i'm finding these whole other worlds of amazing sounds that have me really excited.
Baltimore at this point is becoming known for quite a few different but equally great bands. Beach House, Animal Collective and Future Islands are all doing pretty well. What do you think happens in Baltimore that makes it so awesome for up and coming bands? Is it in fact the water?
DD: Its just a great city to be an artist. its a rad community of people thats large enough to be very diverse but small enough to still feel like an actual community.
You come home late one night and you’re a bit drunk. What kind of sandwich do you make?
DD: Hamburger with hash brown patties instead of buns or cheese fries with a burger on top cut up with ketchup and mayo and eaten with a knife and fork. I know this from experience to be the best thing for a drunk person
You could play with any living band or bands, who would they be and why?
DD: I'd play with the early humans that discovered the concept of rhythm. It would be amazing to see people who have never heard pulse before be introduced to it. I often wonder what was the first music concept, rhythm or harmony. My money is on rhythm, but I often wonder if pitch came before works as a form of communication but I don't know anything about this stuff and I love speculating.
I own the “Bromst” vinyl record, which contains a type of art project in the form of attempting to build the tent from the album cover, and I know the “Gliss Riffer” record comes with a blowup extra in it. What makes you want to do little things like that?
DD: So much of the act of buying a record is obtaining a physical object so we might as well make it as special as possible.
Thanks for reading, see you Wednesday! Go to the show tomorrow!!
Landon Murray is a published writer and an avid lover of music, books and films. He's also a lover of the New Orleans Saints. He was born in 1982 and has a chainsaw tattoo on his arm.
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