•Musician and composer headlines the Catacomb Party
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For Dan Deacon, music is theater.
The electronic musician and composer is known for his live shows, which are heavy on audience interaction. Deacon is on tour in support of his new album, “Gliss Riffer” He headlines the Catacomb Party with what should be a lively set.
Here are a few interesting factoids we picked up from the Baltimore-based musician in advance of the show.
• Yes, Deacon makes electronic music. Yes, the music is danceable. But it is by no means electronic dance music, he says. Deacon creates music in the post-punk vein. He is inspired more by Talking Heads, Dead Milkmen or Devo than house music.
“I am making dance music that’s not sexy,” he says.
• Deacon started out playing makeshift venues, where he would set up on the dance floor, right in the middle of the crowd. As his popularity has grown, he has moved into clubs and theaters and on to real stages. But his approach to performing is still the same.
“I still try to use every aspect of the venue,” he says.
• Life on the road was an afterthought. Deacon started playing live and touring, mostly because someone asked and he has a hard time saying “no.” In fact, his music career to this point wasn’t planned out much, he says.
“I thought I would move to Baltimore and start a chamber ensemble.”
• While this is his first time playing in Fresno, the city holds special meaning for Deacon.
In the middle of his first cross-country tour, his car died just outside Fresno’s city limits. His tour mate/driver flew back home and left Deacon stranded with just $400 to his name. He spent the night walking around the outskirts of town before deciding to finish the tour on his own, via Greyhound bus.
“That was a turning point,” Deacon says.