1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Born in Chapel Hill, 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 after his father, an amateur songwriter and a professional psychologist taught him his first chords. By age 13 Darwin 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.
After attending and promptly dropping out of Wesleyan University, Connecticut Darwin moved to NYC's East Village. Here he worked as a waiter at a vegan restaurant whilst picking up his guitar in spare moments, but 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 self-titled debut, which featured future hit singles 'Constellations', 'Radar Detector' and 'Up In the Clouds'.
Forming a band, member by member until there were four, they signed to UK based independent label Lucky Number in early 2010. He then spent the next 2 years touring the world playing raucously received live shows that featured spontaneous, synchronized dances on stage and added much needed verve and colour to the, sometimes dreary, indie landscape.
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 results? 2013's sophomore album 'Songs For Imaginative People', which featured amped up production values, his newfound love for guitar shredding, and the singles 'Free (The Editorial Me)' and 'You Can't Be My Girl'.
2015 brought a new album, 'Double Down', recorded back 'home' in NYC and once again produced by Darwin himself. Singularly a brilliant, hilarious, complex, entertaining individual, Darwin Deez 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.
Joy Again is a lo-fi recording project initially started by Sachi DiSerafino and Arthur Shea, from Philadelphia, turned full band with the addition of Sean Henry, Blaise O'Brien and Logan Burke.
After catching Shamir's eye, the XL Recordings artist decided he had to get involved and he now manages the band. Shamir describes the guys as "Extremely aware of the world around them, dangerously smart and super mature without leaving behind that playfulness that a lot of people lose once they start to enter adult life."
Joy Again recorded their debut AA single 'Looking Out for You / How You Feel' in the Red Bull Studios in New York with producer Caleb Laven this summer. The 7" Vinyl is limited to 300 copies and is set for release on Lucky Number/Mermaid Avenue on 15th January 2016.