|Born||October 4, 1972|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Origin||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Chamber pop, indie pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Tinker, Granted Passage Cassettes, Merge, Endearing, Jagjaguwar, Locust Records, Rough Trade, Misra Records|
|Associated acts||Destroyer, The New Pornographers, Sandro Perri, Swan Lake, Hello, Blue Roses|
Daniel Bejar (//; born October 4, 1972) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the frontman of Destroyer, and was a member of indie rock band the New Pornographers.
In 2006, he joined with Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes and Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade as part of indie supergroup Swan Lake. He has also collaborated with his girlfriend Sydney Hermant as the duo Hello, Blue Roses, whose debut album was released in 2008.
Bejar was born in 1972 to a Spanish father and an American mother at Vancouver General Hospital. Bejar's father was a physicist who grew up in Spain during the Francoist dictatorship and his mother was a teacher who taught the Spanish language. His father died when he was 13 years old. Growing up Bejar moved frequently and in adulthood has resided in Southern California, Canada and Spain. Bejar attended University of British Columbia for three years: "To my credit, I eventually dropped out; to my discredit, I waited three years to do it. I was taking mostly English and Philosophy classes, fooling myself into thinking I might be an academic." He has one daughter and currently lives in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver.
In March 2010, an article in The New Yorker touched on visual artist Dan Bejar's elaborate efforts at impersonating the singer of the same name, resulting in confusion and numerous errors in coverage by the media.
- Matt LaMay "Pitchfork Interviews: Destroyer", Pitchforkmedia.com, June 12, 2006
- Matthew Solarski, "Exclusive: Mercer, Bejar, Krug Join Forces as Swan Lake" Archived March 16, 2008[Date mismatch], at the Wayback Machine, PitchforkMedia.com, March 28, 2006.
- Hello Blue Roses' Bandcamp page , Bandcamp.com.
- Dombal, Ryan (January 14, 2020). "Destroyer's Dan Bejar Serenades the Apocalypse". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
- "5-10-15-20: Destroyer | Features". Pitchfork. July 2, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
- "An Interview with Destroyer's Dan Bejar". Freewilliamsburg.com. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
- James Keast, "The New Pornographers: Mutual Appreciation Pop Society". Exclaim!, November 1, 2000.
- "Two Bejars". The New Yorker. March 2, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2015.