Eight years into his critically-revered career and Deadboy has just released his debut album, Earth Body. The new album isn’t just the first full-length release from the artist, it’s also the first release to feature the quasi-mysterious producer singing. Up until now, Deadboy has been known for his ability to select the perfect vocal sample, but on Earth Body, he challenges himself to create those catchy melodies and infectious hooks from scratch. In many ways, Earth Body presents us with Deadboy 2.0.
Despite the popularity of his music and the extensive media coverage he’s had, no one is totally sure of his real name. You could find his picture online in a heartbeat, but I challenge you to even get a first name. These sorts of dualities – seen and yet unseen – are reflected in his music. Light, fragile melodies often sit atop gloomy atmospherics and dark, minimalist club beats. As we talked, Deadboy explained that – at least on Earth Body – there weren’t so much contrasts as transitions. The album was recorded during periods of flux for both the producer and the world: Britain was reeling from Brexit, America was reeling from Trump, and Deadboy had just uprooted himself from London and relocated all the way over in Montreal.
To try and probe a bit deeper, we sat down with Deadboy to discuss the new album and this period of transition we’re all facing together.