Dan Deacon (b. 1981) is a composer and performer renowned for his five studio albums of innovative electronic music, his live performances in both contemporary and classical settings, and his extensive body of work in film scores.
Deacon has premiered compositions at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and collaborated with artists and institutions including Kronos Quartet, Sō Percussion, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic, and Justin Peck with the New York City Ballet. Deacon recently performed alongside artists such as Sting and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s virtual concert Space Songs; his other national performances include Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Deacon has also toured internationally with popular recording artists including Arcade Fire, Miley Cyrus, Future Islands, and The Flaming Lips.
Deacon’s original film and television scores include Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola, 2011), Rat Film (Theo Anthony, 2016), Time Trial (Finlay Pretsell, 2017), Well Groomed (Rebecca Stern, 2019), And We Go Green (directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, 2019), and the ESPN 30 for 30 production Subject to Review (Theo Antony, 2019). His scores for Rat Film, Time Trial, and Well Groomed have all been released as original soundtrack albums.
Narrative features in which Deacon’s songs appear include the Greta Gerwig comedy Lola Versus, the Anne Hathaway musical drama Song One (in which he also appears as himself), and the 2020 Amazon Studios release Chemical Hearts. Deacon’s songs have also been licensed for series such as Dark, Limitless, Teen Wolf, and the Vice/HBO production The Future of Work, as well as commercials for Apple TV, Nokia, and Crayola.
Deacon’s most recent studio album is Mystic Familiar (2020, Domino Recording Company), featuring the lead single “Sat by a Tree,” the video for which stars comedian Aparna Nancherla. His albums Spiderman of the Rings and Bromst were both named Best New Music by Pitchfork, and his album Gliss Riffer received 4-star reviews from outlets such as AllMusic and The Guardian. The animated video for Deacon’s breakout song “When I Was Done Dying,” made in conjunction with Adult Swim, has recorded over five million views.