With technology growing at such a rapid pace lately there are tons of artists who are using that to their advantage and expanding the boundaries of what can be done with music. The idea of “diy” is looking to become something that’s gaining plenty of notoriety in the underground and even if you’re one of those people who don’t agree with it, you can’t deny that it’s steadily growing strong. As far as I’m concerned, age isn’t a huge factor in regards to music or ability and 17 year old British Columbia resident Brennan Henderson doesn’t seem to think so either. Although he hasn’t been on the scene for long, his first full length album Far Off Sights (released a few days ago) is sure to turn a few heads with it’s ambient, bedroom pop style and slightly odd nature. So enough with this intro, let me better acquaint you with James Deen.
CR: So first of all, here’s the question that I’m sure most of your fans or new listeners are wondering. How did you decide on the name James Deen?
JD: I pretty much wasn’t even making music yet, and would just think of funny or rad names for a band, and I got into like a phase of spelling celebrities names wrong. So when I first started James Deen it was between that, Rad Pitt, and James Franko. I figured James Deen was the best because he’s rad as hell. After I decided on it, I was told about a pornstar of the same name. I would always joke about people looking him up, and listening to me, and it actually happens. I’ve even got fan mail, but for the other James Deen.
CR: Lately it seems like younger artists are starting to break onto the scene and gain a good bit of recognition. With you being seventeen years old how do you feel about other people around your age like making music and do you think that people are starting to recognize that age has very little to do with ability?
JD: I guess it’s just so different now with all this technology at our fingertips. I have a couple other friends, even younger than me, who’re able to not only make and record the music they want, but, like me, draw influence from so many other places via the internet. It’s sick. I sure hope they do, man. Like there’s so many other kids out there, with the ability and the drive. Like look at King Krule, that dudes my age and so talented. Times are a’changing I guess.
CR: When did you start creating music and is this your first project?
JD: Sometime last year I think, and yeah it’s my first. I really have almost no music theory experience that stuck with me either. I really just wanted to try something that I haven’t before so I started messing around on Garageband for fun, and it didn’t turn out completely horrible, so I kept with it.
CR: Are you more of a gamer or a movie buff?
JD: More of a movie guy, for sure. I do play my fair amount ofSuper Smash and such, but more of a movie guy. Even at points got into film making itself. I just like letting films take me away. There’s not a whole lot of things that can do that. It amazes me sometimes.
CR: If you could tour with any three artists at the moment who would they be and why?
JD: I would have to say first off my friends Val And Judy Forever just because I’ve played with them before and they’re not only great, but super fun to watch. Secondly, Mac Demarco. That dude, again, is not only talented as hell, but hilarious. Just seems like he’d be rad to play with. Lastly, DES A BODA because I’m a huge fan of the guy, and like the others, fun, talented, etc. It’s a total coincidence that all of them are canadians as well. I guess I’m preferring artists from my country deep down or something.
CR: Your first full length album Far Off Sights is due out on the 29th. How do you feel your sound differs on the LP from your debut EP Relic?
JD: Anything on this new album is at least twice as better developed, and constructed as anything on my last one. The sounds on this one feel a lot less, corny, I guess the word would be. I think my progression has just been astronomical in every way. Be it song writing or whatever, I’ve just been learning new things every time. Also I believe I’ve gotten closer to finding like a set style for myself. It’s a nice feeling.
CR: What would you like to accomplish in the future with James Deen and is there anything you’d like listeners to take from your material?
JD: I’d just like to keep making music mostly, maybe play more shows. Just progress even more than I already have. In all honesty, I want them to take whatever they want from my material. All James Deen is, is a teenagers’ late nights, experiences and boredom rolled into some sounds. I would really just like them to enjoy mostly.
James Deen’s Far Off Sights LP is available on bandcamp for a “name your own” price along with some of other material (including a few remixes) as well. If you enjoy what you hear then don’t forget to drop by facebook and give him a like.