Destroyer; the Tale of Two Bejars

Daniel Bejar is a musician and an artist. No, not Daniel Bejar: artist and musician, but Daniel Bejar: artist; Daniel Bejar: musician.

Four years ago, Bejar received an effusive e-mail from a man in southern Ontario, a self-described “musical enthusiast”; apparently, the man had meant to reach a different Daniel Bejar, a singer and songwriter from Vancouver who leads a band called Destroyer. Bejar studied up on Bejar. “I was, like, all right—we’re going to share this for the rest of our lives,” Bejar said. “He’s not going to stop making music, and I’m not going to stop making art. But it took a while for me to figure out what to do.”

This is what Bejar did: He grew his hair into a frizzy mane, and he grew a beard, and then he set about re-creating some of the most widely circulated images of Bejar the musician, who has frizzy hair and a beard.

{From this week’s New Yorker}

Destroyer — “Savage Night at the Opera”

{From the new album Kaputt}