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Dibb in 2009.
|Born||January 6, 1978|
|Genres||Experimental rock, neo-psychedelia, freak folk|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, synthesizer, percussion, drum machine|
|Labels||Paw Tracks, FatCat, Domino, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, UAAR|
|Associated acts||Animal Collective|
Josh Dibb began writing and recording music with childhood friend Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) in 1991. While at The Park School in Baltimore, Josh met David Portner (Avey Tare) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) when they asked him to join their band, Automine. Josh introduced Noah to Dave and Brian and over the next few years the four spent time playing music together and sharing tapes of music they made individually.
After high school, Panda Bear and Deakin went to Boston, where Deakin attended Brandeis University. Avey Tare and Geologist moved to New York City to attend NYU and Columbia University respectively. After months of playing the band finally settled on the name "Animal Collective". After touring with the group from 2004 to the end of 2006 and recording two albums, Feels and Strawberry Jam, the Water Curses EP and the visual album ODDSAC he decided to take a break from the increasingly rigorous touring schedule. After not participating in the recording of the album Merriweather Post Pavilion, he rejoined the band live on April 11, 2011 in Petaluma, California after a three year absence.
Other musical projects
On January 1, 2010, he played his first solo show as Deakin at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD where he grew up.
In December 2009, Deakin raised $25,985 through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to travel to Mali to play at the music festival, Festival au Désert, outside of Tomboctou in January 2010 and to record an album in early 2010. After playing the music festival, Deakin played five shows in Europe, including a few shows opening for Panda Bear. To date, Deakin has failed to deliver any of the photographs, CDs, art books or other material promised to Kickstarter project supporters.
In January 2010 LAS Magazine posted an article on "a cash-strapped music industry, unable to rely on record label financing, [that] is positioning its own quid pro quo: fan dollars to fund projects in exchange for exclusive material and a sense of involvement" that points out Dibb's initiative to have fans pay for his trip to perform at Festival au Désert.
In September 2012, Pitchfork posted the article "Animal Collective's Deakin Apologizes for Kickstarter Controversy, Explains Delayed Solo Material". "Whether or not people can be sympathetic to this or not, it's just been a much slower process to do things on my own than with the band." Deakin explains as he promises to pull through for everyone who has helped his kickstarter program, and ensuring you have not been forgotten.
Deakin toured throughout 2010 as a solo artist, playing original material. Paw Tracks Records planned to release his debut solo album in 2011, however by June this was pushed back to 2012 due to his renewed commitment with the group.
Discography with Animal Collective
- Campfire Songs (March 2003) - Catsup Plate
- Here Comes the Indian (June 17, 2003) - Paw Tracks
- Feels (October 18, 2005) - FatCat
- Strawberry Jam (September 10, 2007) - Domino Records - US #72, UK Indie #13
- ODDSAC (August 10, 2010) - Plexifilm
- Centipede Hz (September 2012)
- Prospect Hummer (May 24, 2005) - FatCat Records
- People (October 23, 2006) - FatCat Records
- Water Curses (May 6, 2008) - Domino Records
- Animal Crack Box (May 11, 2009) - Catsup Plate
- "Grass" (September 26, 2005) - FatCat Records
- "The Purple Bottle" (July 4, 2006) - White label
- "Peacebone" (August 21, 2007) - Domino Records
- "Fireworks" (November 5, 2007) - Domino Records
- ODDSAC (August 9, 2010)
- "Little Bird" (Remix of Goldfrapp), released on "Caravan Girl" UK 7-inch Picture disk and on Digital EP (June 30, 2008, Mute Records)
- "Mirando" (Remix of Ratatat), released on "Mirando" Single (February 3, 2009, XL Recordings)
- "Boundary Waters" (Remix of Palms), released on "Boundary Waters Remixed" 12" (September 2009, Rare Book Room Records)
- "Love Like A Sunset (Deakins Jam)" (Remix of Phoenix), released digitally in 2009 (V2 Records)"
- "Welt Am Draht" (Remix of Pantha du Prince), released digitally in 2010 (Rough Trade Records)
- "In The City That Reads" on Arto Lindsay's album Invoke (June 25, 2002, Righteous Babe Records), credited as Avey Tare, Deaken, Geologist, Panda Bear
- "Seeing Twinkles" on the sampler Music for Plants (June 2005, PerfectIfOn), under the name Deaken and Geologist
- "Country Report" on the cassette tape Keep + Animal Collective (March 2011, Keep)
- LAS Kickstart My Art article
- Bmore Musically Informed - photos and mp3's of New Years show.