Deakin (musician)

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Dibb in 2009.
Background information
Birth nameJoshua Caleb Dibb
Also known asConrad Deacon, Sweet James
Born (1978-01-06) January 6, 1978 (age 41)
Orange, California, United States
Years active1995–present
Associated actsAnimal Collective, Automine

Joshua Caleb Dibb (born January 6, 1978), also known by his moniker Deakin, is an American musician who co-founded the experimental pop band Animal Collective. He is the most infrequent member of the collective appearing on only about half of all albums. In 2016, he made his solo debut with the album Sleep Cycle.


Dibb was born on January 6, 1978 in Orange, California to Jessica B Mendlovitz and David C Dibb, who married in 1977,[1] he began writing and recording music with childhood friend Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) in 1991. While at The Park School of Baltimore, Josh met David Portner (Avey Tare) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) when they asked him to join their band, Automine. Josh introduced Noah to Dave and Brian and over the next few years the four spent time playing music together and sharing tapes of music they made individually.[citation needed]

After high school, Panda Bear and Deakin went to Boston, where Deakin attended Brandeis University. Avey Tare and Geologist moved to New York City to attend NYU and Columbia University respectively. After months of playing the band finally settled on the name "Animal Collective". After touring with the group from 2004 to the end of 2006 and recording two albums, Feels and Strawberry Jam, the Water Curses EP and the visual album ODDSAC he decided to take a break from the increasingly rigorous touring schedule. After not participating in the recording of the album Merriweather Post Pavilion, he rejoined the band live on April 11, 2011 in Petaluma, California after a three-year absence.[2]

Performing a solo set in September 2010

On January 1, 2010, he played his first solo show as Deakin at The Ottobar in Baltimore, MD where he grew up.[3] In December 2009, Deakin raised $25,985 through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to travel to Mali to play at the music festival Festival au Désert outside of Tomboctou in January 2010 and to record an album in early 2010.[4] After playing the music festival, Deakin played five shows in Europe, including a few shows opening for Panda Bear.[5]

On January 7, 2016, Dibb sent backers of his Kickstarter campaign an announcement that his long awaited solo album was complete;[6] the album, titled Sleep Cycle, was released on Bandcamp on April 6, 2016.[7] "Just Am" was the first track shared from the album, accompanied by a music video.[8]



Solo album
Appearances as a member of Animal Collective




  • "In The City That Reads" on Arto Lindsay's album Invoke (June 25, 2002, Righteous Babe Records), credited as Avey Tare, Deaken, Geologist, Panda Bear
  • "Seeing Twinkles" on the sampler Music for Plants (June 2005, PerfectIfOn), under the name Deaken and Geologist
  • "Country Report" on the cassette tape Keep + Animal Collective (March 2011, Keep)


  1. ^ "Michael Mendlovitz Was World Traveler, Free Spirit". Vineyard Gazette. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  2. ^ "Deakin Back in Animal Collective | News". Pitchfork. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  3. ^ Music, Bmore (2010-01-02). "Deacon at the Ottobar | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  4. ^ "Deacon of Animal Collective and Music Fans Making a Difference in Mali, Africa by Deakin". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  5. ^ "tour info". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  6. ^ "Animal Collective's Deakin Reportedly Working on Solo Album". Spin. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  7. ^ "SLEEP CYCLE". Bandcamp. 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  8. ^ Murphy, Sarah (2016-04-06). "Animal Collective's Deakin Streams 'Sleep Cycle' Solo LP, Shares "Just Am" Video". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2016-04-06.

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