If I had to find a synonym for Dan Deacon, it would definitely be FUN. Seriously, he seems like the kind of person you would never get bored of, the fun factor just sticks with him. Mr. Deacon finished his studies of electro-acoustic and computer music composition at Purchase College in New York, which shaped him into a brilliant laptop composer. He issued quite a few recordings while he was still a student (Meetle Mice, Green Cobra Is Awesome vs. the Sun, Silly Hat vs. Egale Hat, Goose on the Loose – all released in 2003) and became some kind of a figurehead of the electronic music community when he moved to Baltimore. He produced numerous albums stuffed with hyperactive and challenging electronic elements, derived from various ordinary or unusual sounds. Deacon's production is caught between experimental, indie and pop, and it could be characterized as some kind of mainstream avant-garde. He released his latest buoyant album Gliss Riffer earlier this year, which is full of manipulated, lengthened sounds and absolutely mesmerizing compositions. He describes Gliss Riffer as him "trying to relax", and he surely sounds comfortable in his most recent musical journey.

Hey Dan, how are you doing? I'm so happy to have you over on my blog *exciting times*! What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I had a rice cake with peanut butter and grapes and also a little cheese.

Let's kick it off with a pretty basic question: what was your first contact with the electro beats?

In the mid 90s I was a kid exploring my family computer. It had a program on it called Midisoft Studio. I fell in love with it and have been writing computer music ever since.

The music that you make is so uplifting, compelling and very hypnotizing. Do you ever feel hypnotized by your tunes?

When I'm writing I try to get lost in the loop and listen for hidden sounds and patterns that aren't there on the surface. It's sort of how I try to live my entire life.

I was watching the "In The Studio" episode that you did with Pitchfork about the Bromst album. You said that you don't prescribe a theme to a record while making it, but when looking back to the whole product you can see the overall theme and shape. Is it the same with Gliss Riffer?

Yes, I'd say the theme is stress addition, lack of time and dealing with anxiety. It also has to do with life before life and shifting consciousness. 

Press materials for Gliss Riffer state that you went back to fully electronic work but also used some analogue instruments. Does that mean that you did the work on this album without any MIDI programming?

There is a world of midi. I love midi.

Your production often fluctuates between experimental and indie, so some critics decided to label your music as avant-garde. What are your feelings towards such categorizations?

Everyone hears music differently, and everyone sees the world differently, so if people want to call me something that's fine with me :).

I really admire your creativity. For instance, you could build a tent out of a Bromst vinyl record cover and the Gliss Riffer comes with an inflatable Gliss Riffer hand in it! Amazing! How do you come up with these ideas?

I'm not sure. I like thinking about the album as an object, because music, as we all know, isn't physical. But when you get a CD or LP it is enclosed in these objects. I like to think of ways for the objects to be as fun as possible.

You often perform in galleries. I've read somewhere that you choose to do so because there's something about those "raging parties in a very sterile and calm environment". Is that the only reason?

It's also nice to have your work included in those places. Live time-based art is something that is hard to place in the proper context, so it's nice to play in as many places as possible.

So many talented and well-known artists are coming from Baltimore (Animal Collective, Future Islands, Beach House, Lower Dens), so it's seems like it's becoming quite a music Mecca! What's the secret behind such success? Do we all need to move to Baltimore?!

It's just a great place full of wonderful people. Yes, move to Baltimore!

Your opinion: is music the biggest mind altering drug of them all?

That's up to you and your mind. Your mind is the biggest mind altering drug of them all if you let it be.

I'm always interested in what people have been listening to recently – what's been on your playlist lately?


Thanks for your time and answers. I really appreciate it!


You can catch Dan on 10th of June live at Kino Šiška, or spy on him on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.


  1. My boyfriend was just telling me the other day that, for him, making music is the biggest mind altering drug of all :p

    Giveaway -

  2. he sounds like such a cool guy:)


  4. Faaajn, mojim možganom so všeč njegovi odgovori. Fin intervju!