Dan Deacon on Scoring Francis Ford Coppola’s New Film
It wasn’t long ago that Dan Deacon was touring via Greyhound bus and living the unglamorous, underground art-collective lifestyle. Well, he still does. Mostly. But last week, it was announced that he’ll be scoring the new Francis Ford Coppola movie, Twixt Now and Sunrise, starring Val Kilmer. Late last week, City Paper caught up with Deacon briefly via e-mail to find out how exactly this opportunity came up and why it actually makes great sense.
City Paper: How did this come about?
Dan Deacon: I guess it came about when he heard me doing an interview on NPR. He contacted me after that and invited me out to his vineyard in Napa [Valley, Calif]. We hung out there and talked about the changes in each of our “industries” and how working outside the existing framework can be beneficial. We talked about a few ideas and concepts for a project and, late last summer, we began more serious talks about the project.
CP: How are you feeling about this?
DD: My thoughts are that I couldn’t be happier. I love performing music, but my main passion is composing it. Being able to work on a project of this scope that is SO different from what I am currently known for is an artistic dream. I can experiment freely with dissonance, atonality, and nonpulsed music without disenfranchising my current “dance music” fan base. It’ll give me an opportunity as a composer to really explore territory that otherwise would have seemed like a really severe aesthetic shift.
He’s also one of the nicest and humble people. Every time we talk I get so excited. At first I was really nervous around him, but he quickly made me feel comfortable enough to share my thoughts and ideas. It’s been a great experience so far and I can’t wait for the next few stages.