Deakin is one of Animal Collective’s founding members, but the talented electro artist decided to take time off from the best-selling group and strike out on his own.
The guitarist/vocalist, whose real name is Josh Dibb, creates his own signature blend of psychedelic, soul and dub sounds, and he’ll be making a special stop at the University of Colorado’s Club 156 on Friday.
Who: Animal Collective’s Deakin, with Prince Rama
When: 8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Club 156, University Memorial Center, CU campus, Boulder
While Animal Collective was touring behind its Merriweather Post Pavilion CD, Deakin was working on his own music and helping international and environmental causes.
“Animal Collective has always had different eras with different players,” Deakin said. “Each album had its own lineup. I sat out the Merriweather Post arc, so I was gone from late 2007 until the fall of 2009.
“That’s why we call the group a collective — that’s the way we like to work. We didn’t want to be a band that had set rules. We’ve all taken this year to do solo projects.”
Deakin said he likes running his solo career.
“This way, I’m responsible for everything. In the collective, I only work on one element at a time,” Deakin said. “I’ve really been working on my own songs now. I haven’t done that since high school.
“It’s challenging, but sonically it doesn’t differ a lot from Animal Collective. I play guitar a lot and sing. It fits into the Animal Collective world.”
The solo shows have given Deakin the chance to play smaller venues and re-connect with fans.
“Playing these spaces is a throwback to when Animal Collective played smaller shows from 2002 to 2004,” Deakin said. “I like playing smaller DYI spaces and art galleries. The energy in these spaces is always really vibrant.
“When you play a warehouse or an art event, it feels like a real environment where people have a vested interest. It’s a place where people can come and express themselves”
Deakin will be playing guitar and using a samples to show off his textured beats at Club 156. The performer will be joined by up-and-coming psych music act Prince Rama.
“I’ve sampled a lot of beats and loops, and I’ve created a bass structure and tone,” Deakin said. “I play guitar on top of those sounds and I sing.”
Deakin also believes in giving back to the world, so he’s been working to aid human rights in Mali. In addition, the musician’s raising awareness about shark killings and the effect the practice has on the environment.