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January 24, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford

Dan Deacon

The start of the new year means more films and more soundtracks.  The biggest shock of the year so far has to be that electronic musician Dan Deacon caught the eye of the great Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola, of ‘Godfather’ fame, has employed the electro-party musician Dan Deacon to score his latest film.

The film, Twixt Now and Sunrise, is said to be a gothic horror tale starring Elle Fanning and Val Kilmer. With such a strange combination of genres, it should be exciting to see what Coppola has in store for his audience. Deacon, who was also surprised by the contact, told Pitchfork that he almost didn’t believe it was real when he received an e-mail from the director:

“I Googled the e-mail address and found his assistant’s number and that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, this is happening.’ But, as the plane was landing from Baltimore into Oakland, I started thinking, ‘What if this is one of those insane kidnapping scams?! What if this is just the new ‘You inherited a million dollars!’?’ But the driver that picked me up wasn’t an insane kidnapping person.”

Before even knowing that Coppola was interested in him for the soundtrack, Deacon spent a weekend with the legend for a meet and greet.

“I didn’t have any expectations. And he didn’t talk about [the movie] when I visited. A few months later, he sent me a script and told me to start thinking about music. When he described the movie as a ‘gothic romance’ — in line with Hawthorne or Poe — I thought it was so weird that he picked me to do the music.”

It should be interesting to see what Dan Deacon has in store for ‘Twixt Now and Sunrise’, due out later this year.  Click to hear a sample of the soundtrack: “Wet Wings.”  Aside from the movie project, Deacon is keeping busy with his latest tour.

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