Devendra Banhart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk singer-songwriter indie freak folk new weird america indie folk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 2000s
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Biography

30 May 1981, Houston, Texas, USA. Psych-folk artist Banhart was born to a Venezuelan mother and American father, and was given his Hindu first name (meaning ‘King of Gods’ by his parents’ guru. He was raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and spent some time in Paris, France. After completing his formal education at the San Francisco Art Institute, Banhart moved from California to New York where he began writing his own songs. He recorded several hours of this material on cheap cassette recorders, and originally these extremely lo-fi tapes were meant for his private use only. However, he eventually mailed out some of them as demos, through which means he came to the attention of Michael Gira and his Young God Records label. Gira compiled Banhart’s lo-fi material on two separate releases in 2002/2003, Oh Me Oh My … (full title Oh Me Oh My … The Way The Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs Of The Christmas Spirit) and The...

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