“I’ll let the dishes pile up until I need to get a bucket to keep them in. I can’t let my music pile up.” Dan Deacon (Baltimore musician)
Exactly how I feel about personal creative projects. And dishes.
We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Dan Deacon makes inventive, playful electronic music, and leads crowds through silly group exercises. He tells us about how he finds time to make new music, how he first began his famous crowd participation games at his shows, and his relationship with the city of Baltimore.
Listen to the Working Podcast from Slate: In Baltimore: How Does Dan Deacon Work? from Slate’s Working
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