James Deacon’s career trajectory hasn’t always been the easiest but the multi-instrumentalist has continuously bounced back from his fair share of mishaps: from an accident that nearly ended his guitar playing, to his recent vocal cord surgery.
His second EP, Renegade, out on June 12th, is a 6-track offering that is brazen and brash and shows two solid middle fingers to conformity as Deacon continues to blaze an authentic career path. The EP includes the hit singles “Reason”, “HERO aka Rich” and the most recent radio single “Rain On Me”.
His next single, “Shine”, is a funkalicious feel-good banger oozing with sex appeal. The bouncy, clap-commanding pop anthem is a disco-infused big-band affair with nods to Jungle, Daft Punk, Justice and Stevie Wonder.
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“Shine” is all about good wishes and positivity. It’s the yin to Mr Misery’s yang. It’s all about letting go of the past and moving forward! I feel like a lot of the time we get caught up in the past and dwell on how things were better or worse and end up forgetting to appreciate the stuff right in-front of us. It’s also kind of a reminder to not hold grudges because they’re f**king useless!” James explains.
The EP’s title-track “Renegade” provides James with a chance to flex his rap muscles much more so than ever before, amplified by his passionate vocals willing him to become the person he talks about in the song.
“This track is a loud, angry f*%k you to all the haters. I never felt like I fit in at school, I never fit in working as a chef or a bartender and I never fit in selling insurance. This song expresses who I want to be,” James candidly explains when asked about the song’s intention.
Also included on the EP is “Mr Misery”, a broody, blues-infused tale that serves as a metaphor for James’ darker side and in turn becomes a resilient juxtaposition to latest single “Shine”. James explains that “as much as I believe that persistence and positivity are the keys to success, I think a healthy tolerance and understanding of the undesirable aspects of one’s mind is just as important.”
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With James’ previous singles receiving online support from lauded sites Complex, Record of The Day, Earmilk and CLASH, playlisting on Passport Approved, an independent internationally syndicated tastemaker import radio show that airs on over 70 radio stations and six continents worldwide, and HBO selecting his single “Son Of Apollo” to soundtrack an 8-week movie promo campaign in America, the anticipation around Renegade is palpable and warranted as James is poised to spread his musical message globally.