The former drummer for experimental rock group the Mars Volta, and John Cale collaborator, invites us in to his evolving musical world.
Deantoni Parks is a percussionist whose work has demonstrated a ferocious appetite for cross-genre experimentation. After studying at the Berklee College of Music, where he was exposed to electronic artists like Squarepusher and Photek, Parks’ drumming began to merge rock, jazz and more avant-garde styles. This has inspired his work throughout the ’00s, particularly with the sound of KUDU, his Boston-based band, and his work with John Cale, founding member of the Velvet Underground. Parks’ most fruitful and long-lasting collaboration, though, has been with Omar Rodríguez-López, the multi-instrumentalist cofounder of avant-garde US rock bands the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In. As well as playing drums for the Mars Volta, Parks has written and performed music on dozens of records with López, and formed their own band, Bosnian Rainbows. He’s also taught at Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Drummer’s Collective NYC and his alma mater; collaborated with artists like Sade, Thundercat, Lenny Kravitz and Moby; and released three solo albums, the most recent being 2016’s Deanthoven on Leaving Records. In 2017, he and Nicci Kasper, as the duo WE ARE DARK ANGELS, scored Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog, and released their ninth record, Nat King Turner.