A Dan Deacon show is one of the most positive, jubilant experiences you can have in electronic music. That makes his latest single and video, “Change Your Life (You Can Do It)” perhaps the most Dan Deacon-ish thing he’s ever released.
The song is a high-energy mantra, a buzzy blast of encouragement to help you break free from whatever’s holding you down. “Sometime in late 2015 a good friend and long time collaborator, Dave Hughes, asked me to write a new song for the New Year’s Eve episode of his show Off The Air,” Deacon explained in a press release. “The theme for the show was ‘NEWNOW’ and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I was going through some pretty heavy shit at the time and was very depressed, confused and alone. The theme helped me realize I was in a transitional phase of my life and to try to pull myself together and remove the aspects of life that I was in conflict with. Writing the song became an opportunity to motivate myself to change myself.”
As a final product, “Change Your Life (You Can Do It)” is also an opportunity to see what it’s like at a Deacon show. Filmed during last summer’s tour behind Gliss Riffer, the clip shows the sort of wild, carefree dancing and bliss that goes on at one of the electronic musician’s concerts. There’s even a full venue high-five that is just about as affirmative an action as you’ll ever see at a live show. Check it out above.