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

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?


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.