James Deacon's new EP 'Renegade' is a shout out to anyone who feels like they don't belong whilst reinforcing his ability to lyrically and musically stand out from the crowd by being true to himself.
Single 'Shine' taken from the EP is a funkalicious feel-good banger, a bouncy clap-commanding pop anthem which is a disco infused big-band affair with nods to Jungle, Daft Punk & Stevie Wonder.
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' which is out now, is a 6 track offering that is brazen and brash, showing two solid middle fingers to conformity as James continues to blaze an authentic career path.
"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!”
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”
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 'Shine'.
The anticipation around 'Renegade' is palpable and warranted as James is poised to spread his musical message globally.