In addition to performing at the sold out Splendour In The Grass this July, today Darwin Deez announces headline shows to take place at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne and The Standard in Sydney. Having previously toured in 2010 with Parklife and 2011 with Groovin’ The Moo, this will be Darwin’s third trip to Australia.
Born in North Carolina to Maher Baba disciples, Darwin studied and performed as a tap dancer from age 8 to 18. His first compositions were guitar pop songs that he wrote aged 11, and by age 13 he was listening to electronic music – Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy and jungle/drum ‘n bass and indie hip hop such as Dr. Octagon, composing mostly epic instrumental jungle throughout his teens.
Darwin moved to NYC’s East Village where he worked as a waiter at a vegan restaurant whilst picking up his guitar in spare moments, this time with less strings and a less traditional approach to composition. Inspired by Animal Collective and The Strokes, he composed noise pop that no one ever heard, then got serious about music and started attending open mic nights. Having discovered the joy of lyric writing and becoming “Darwin Deez”, he created his successful eponymous debut, which featured future hit singles ‘Constellations’, ‘Up In the Clouds‘ and ‘Radar Detector’.
Forming a band, member by member until there were four, they signed to UK independent label Lucky Number in late 2009 and spent the next 2 years touring the world. When time came to make album two in the fall of 2012, Darwin relocated from the chaotic hustle and flow of New York City to Asheville, North Carolina so he could work and record free of distractions. The result is 2013’s ‘Songs For Imaginative People’, which was released in February and features the single ‘Free (The Editorial Me)’.
Singularly a brilliant, hilarious, complex, entertaining individual, Darwin writes songs that will make you want to bust out your dancing shoes while also cutting to that raw, emotional nerve. Don’t miss your chance to witness a rare insight into everything a pop star should be, and yet so rarely is, as Darwin Deez plays headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney this July.
Darwin Deez Splendour 2013 Sideshows
Tuesday 30th – The Standard, Sydney
Wednesday 31st – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Darwin Deez will also perform at Splendour In The Grass (sold out) – www.splendourinthegrass.com
Tickets on sale now through www.handsometours.com