Dan Deacon attended the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in Purchase, New York, where he played in many bands, including tuba for Langhorne Slim and guitar in the improvisational grindcore band Rated R. He completed his graduate studies in electro-acoustic and computer music composition. He studied under composer/conductor Joel Thome. He is a member of Wham City, an art collective in Baltimore, Maryland. Deacon's compositional style is best classified in the future shock genre along with other bands in the growing Baltimore music scene. In February 2008 Deacon performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Having recently announced his forthcoming album, America, out August 27th on Domino, Dan Deacon is set to head out on a European tour this autumn, performing with his streamlined ensemble of two drummers - Jeremy Hyman of Boredoms, Ponytail; Kevin O'Meara of Videohippos - with America producer Chester Endersby Gwazda joining Dan on electronics.