Josh Deu

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Josh Deu
Birth nameJoshua Deu
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Singer, producer, VFX producer
Years active1999-2003
Associated actsArcade Fire

Josh Deu is a co-founder of Arcade Fire VFX and animation house known as Declare Productions LLC. Declare Productions partnered with Miscellaneous Ent. in 2018. Josh and Win Butler co-founded Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire in late 1999. Deu left the band in late 2003.[1] Since 2007, Deu has been a producer for Miscellaneous ent/Declare Productions. Deu is slated as a producer on 10 films 2018 - 2021, including Ghosts of War, Pipe Dream, Waterman (Duke Kahanamoku biopic).


Arcade Fire (1999–2003)[edit]

Josh Deu and Win Butler began to work on both visual and musical collaborations.[1] They formed Arcade Fire, with Deu and Butler initially sneaking into a practice space at McGill University to write and rehearse.[1] While practicing there, they met music student Régine Chassagne, whom Butler had previously seen performing. Deu noted, "Win and I played guitar. Everyone played guitar. We had no music to show her, but she ended up saying yes to joining us, and I don’t know why. Maybe there was a little spark with Win."[1] Deu subsequently designed the band's initial website alongside Win's brother and future band member, William Butler.[2]

After a "profound spiritual experience," Deu began to prioritize filmmaking and visual - interactive projects and collaborations, and left the band in late 2003, stating: "It just didn’t feel like it fit me anymore." Deu, however, continued to collaborate with the band on promotional materials, web content and music videos, noting in 2010: "Not everyone gets to have these experiences with a famous rock band. I’m so blessed to have been part of who the band was at the beginning, and who they’ve become now."[1]

Regarding his friendship with Deu, Butler noted in 2004, "In the beginning, I started a band called The Arcade Fire with my best friend Josh Deu (who was the best man at my wedding this last summer, and who designed the website with my little brother Will). He was also the reason I moved to Montreal (because he had gone to school up here, and had great things to say about it). He still adds little bits to a bunch of the songs and helped write the music to "Headlights" from our demo EP and other songs off [Funeral]".[2]


Animation projects Include Captain Universe, The Treehouse, The Gift of the Dolphin.

He co-wrote the tracks, "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" and "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)", on the band's debut studio album, Funeral (2004), and the song, "Headlights Look Like Diamonds", from the band's debut EP, Arcade Fire (2003). Deu and Butler co-wrote over 50 songs that remain largely unreleased.

VFX Declare Productions (Operating under the secondary title "Deep Water") West World Season 2, Counterpart, Magicians, Lethal Weapon, Training Day, The Get, MacGyver 2017/2018, Magicians Animated Sequences, Graphic Novel For Scott Free Productions, The Emperor, Queen America.

Miscellaneous / Declare Productions LLC: Ghosts of War, Pipe Dream

Personal life[edit]

Deu studied Film-making and Studio Art at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, in Montreal, Harvard University Extension School in Boston. [1] He was Win Butler's best man at his wedding to Régine Chassagne, in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Madeline (13 November 2010). "Deu discusses past with Arcade Fire". The Ultra Violet. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Wyatt (29 January 2004). "The Arcade Fire Interview". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 26 November 2013.