Devendra Banhart
American folk singer
Devendra Banhart
Devendra Obi Banhart is a singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he moved to California as a teenager. He began to study at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998, but dropped out to perform music in Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Biography
Devendra Banhart's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for Devendra Banhart
Show More Show Less
News
News abour Devendra Banhart from around the web
Devendra Banhart On The Moment He Became A Songwriter
NPR - 5 months
He was nine, and his song horrified his family when he sang it for them. But the experience also showed the songwriter and musician what performance could make him feel.
Article Link:
NPR article
15 Songs To Get You Through The Darkest Phase Of A Breakup
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
When I went through my first major breakup, I let myself go to a very dark, heartbroken place. Consolations like, "You'll get over it eventually" or "At least now you know what you want from a relationship," meant nothing to me. I just wanted to sit at home, lean into the pain and listen to the most depressing music I could find. The thing is, all of those miserable songs actually made me feel better. It was as if Karen Carpenter, Elliott Smith and Otis Redding were giving me permission to just feel sad. I didn't have to make intentionally distracting social plans or download Tinder or do anything resembling "moving on." I could just lie upside-down in my bed and let myself wallow in pure, musical catharsis. My playlist may not work for everyone, but hopefully the songs will give a few heartbroken people something to cling to until they reach the empowered, Gloria Gaynor phase of newfound singledom -- sort of like musical morphine for the pain. (Scroll down fo ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
T Magazine: Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, Amy Poehler and More Celebrate Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ in L.A.
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The event, an evening of “music, verse and funny people,” was put together by the music producer Hal Willner.
Article Link:
NYTimes article
The Good Listener: How Can I Conquer A Musical Blind Spot?
NPR - about 3 years
A reader discovers Devendra Banhart eight albums into his career. Where's a new fan supposed to begin? » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
Article Link:
NPR article
A Thanksgiving Playlist To Get You Through Cooking A Whole Meal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Imagine this: It's Thanksgiving morning and you've probably just embarked on what will be a marathon day of chopping, slicing, stuffing and basking until the sweet smells of roasted turkey (or tofurkey) float through your abode. It can be a daunting project, often taking three to five hours to create the perfect spread of mashed potatoes, green beans, yams and every other delicious side dish you can imagine. What's the perfect accompaniment to this day of food prep? A playlist. Enter "The Thanksgiving Playlist That Will Get You Through Hours of Cooking." That's right, we've put together a hefty list of songs that is guaranteed to last all the way through your turkey-cooking experience (as long as said turkey is roughly 12 pounds or less). It's hours of pure holiday entertainment -- Thanksgiving themed, of course -- that we hope will make waiting on that golden bird (or tofu and side dishes) that much more enjoyable. 1. "Cold Turkey" - John Lennon 2. "Mashed Potato Love" - Chubby ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Stephanie Keller: SXSW 2013 Recap: A Happy Parade of Magical and WTF Moments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's no secret that the South by Southwest festival has become a major go-to platform for all things music, spectacle and branding and every year Austin locals celebrate and brace for March when the city will be bum-rushed by 30,000 people on work/play vacation. It's a time when sponsored parties venues are hot as Super Bowl ad space, businesses bring their marketing A-game and nothing is too outrageous. Over 2000 bands fly in for the chance to play in anything from a bar to a church to a barnyard. To actively participate in the 10 days of festivities usually results in weariness and exhaustion from another dimension, but inside the mayhem are memorable sparks of genius that inspire my return every year. For 2013, noteworthy activity started off at the beginning of Interactive with a visit to the one and only Grumpy Cat, who was camped out and accepting visitors at the Mashable tent. The meme brought to life attracted some of the longest lines I saw throughout the entire ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Exclusive: Swans Expand U.S. Tour
Paste Magazine - over 4 years
After the critical acclaim that followed Swans’ most recent double-LP, The Seer, they’ve added two New York dates to their U.S. tour. The tour kicks off on Sept. 6 in Vancouver, B.C. and wraps up on Dec. 9 in Spain. The dates added include an Oct. 28 appearance at the Bowery Ballroom and another at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct. 29. Devendra Banhart is set to open both additional dates. September 6 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Venue* 7 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room* 8 – Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne Theater-MFNW Festival* 10 – San...
Article Link:
Paste Magazine article
Live: Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufeld, Gregory Rogove at Dilettante
LATimes - almost 5 years
Over two hours Saturday night on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles, a trio of solo musicians offered three wildly distinctive sets, played four instruments using six precision-made hands to create an infinite range of wordless sounds, structures and ideas. The three — Sarah Neufeld, Gregory Rogove and Colin Stetson — are better known for their work with prominent artists including Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Devendra Banhart, Feist and Tom Waits, but what they offered during their weekend performances was something much more expansive and experimental. The three landed at Dilettante, a production house and performance space with an acoustically exquisite sound room, as part of a six-date West Coast tour. Neufeld, the charismatic violinist for Grammy-winning Montreal band Arcade Fire, offered five new, as-yet-unnamed solo pieces; Rogove, a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer whose credits include working with Banhart, Megapuss, Liars and Medeski, Martin & Wood, sat befo ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Arcade Fire, Bon Iver players get a solo spotlight Saturday
LATimes - almost 5 years
Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Devendra Banhart are fronted by charismatic singers. But when they play live, much of the power of their sound comes from a large cast of inventive players who stand at the edge of the spotlight. Three of those instrumentalists are teaming up for a rare night of their experimental solo work this Saturday, showcasing the skill that goes into arranging for some of the biggest acts in indie rock. Colin Stetson is a baritone saxophonist who has won acclaim in jazz and rock circles as an opener for Arcade Fire and a collaborator with Bon Iver. His new album "New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges" was released on the acclaimed Montreal label Constellation, but he's also played esteemed jazz festivals like London Jazz and Moers. Sarah Neufeld is a full-time Arcade Fire member (she's the violinist with the punky haircut sawing and shouting at the front of the stage) and that band's side project Bell Orchestre, but she's recently been pursuing solo composing work for ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Dakota Johnson takes the plunge in Oliver Peoples' latest short
LATimes - almost 5 years
The Oliver Peoples boutique eyewear brand debuted the Lisa Eisner-directed short film at the center of its spring/summer 2012 advertising campaign during a celeb-studded cocktail party at the Chateau Marmont penthouse on April 20. The party -- a collaborative effort with Vanity Fair, Eisner and Jacqui Getty -- marked the debut of Eisner's short film "Float," starring Dakota Johnson and Thomas McDonnell (2011's "Prom" and the upcoming "Fun Size") spending a good deal of time plunging into, frolicking around -- and yes, floating in -- a pool. It also marked a reboot of the Oliver Peoples website, which went live Monday and where the video can currently be watched in its entirety.   The party was one of those intimate-feeling Hollywood soirees -- you know the kind, where a cigarette girl plies the crowd with cigarettes and a theater concession's worth of candy, and Ray Liotta and Val Kilmer can be seen laughing it up in one corner of the penthouse patio, while Getty and Gia Coppola ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Mary Epworth Album Details
Clash - almost 5 years
Mary Epworth has firmed up details of her forthcoming debut album 'Dream Life'. Mary Epworth was born into a musical family, but due to her ferocious independent streak the singer is only now finishing her debut album. 'Dream Life' will be released on June 18th, and marks the end of years of hard work. Working alone, Mary Epworth developed a sound which fuses a love of psychedelia with a homegrown, natural feel. Recorded in Norfolk, the singer worked alongside producer Will Twynam before flying out to Berlin in order to complete the album sessions. Mixed in Los Angeles with Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Beechwood Sparks) and Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, These New Puritans) at the desk, 'Dream Time' follows neatly on from recent single 'Black Doe'. Recently expanded in a remix EP, you can stream the initial radio edit of 'Black Doe' below. - - - Mary Epworth is set to release her debut album 'Dream Life' on June 18th. The singer has also confirmed the following ...
Article Link:
Clash article
Owl Eyes cancels Byron Bay gig - Lismore Northern Star
Google News - over 5 years
“It's a Devendra Banhart song,” she explains. “Also, I think owls represent my music quite nicely. Owls are mysterious. I feel like my music is primarily pop, but it has that substance and mysteri- ousness behind it which I think is really cool,
Article Link:
Google News article
The Louvin Brothers Compiled - ClashMusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
The Louvin Brothers are set to be the subject of a new compilation selected by Mark Lanegan, Devendra Banhart and more. Country music is littered with stars who attempted to chose to between the Bible and the bottle. Two siblings from the deep South,
Article Link:
Google News article
Viking Moses at Valentines - Albany Times Union
Google News - over 5 years
Formed in 2003, Viking Moses revolves around Missourian Brendon Massei, who has gotten a modicum of attention from Devendra Banhart's "Golden Apples ..." compilation. He then signed with Alan McGee (Oasis, Jesus & Mary Chain) and found himself in the
Article Link:
Google News article
Returning folk hero, pal of Neil Young and Devendra Banhart - The List
Google News - over 5 years
Jansch's 2006 album Black Swan saw him work with the likes of Devendra Banhart and Espers. He's glad to see younger generations discovering folk and acoustic music. 'It proves this music has a value, a worth,' he says. 'All music is basically folk
Article Link:
Google News article
MAJOR MINOR: My Morning Jacket, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Columbus Other Paper
Google News - over 5 years
Does James smoke Devendra Banhart for breakfast and knock out Mountain Goats for elevensies? MMJ versus Flaming Lips-guess who'd go down in flames? Monday night at the LC Pavilion, this wild-haired boy from the Bluegrass State subtly overwhelmed this
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Devendra Banhart
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 34
    In August 2016, Banhart released the second track of his ninth studio album, titled 'Saturday Night'.
    More Details Hide Details Drawings by Banhart were featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and in the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels. Banhart's drawings have also been featured in the Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, FL, the Mazzoli Gallery in Modena, Italy, Spain's ARCOmadrid. and the Andrew Roth Gallery in New York. His drawings were featured in MOCA's exhibit "The Artist's Museum", in which the works of influential Los Angeles based artists from the last 30 years were presented. As part of the exhibition Banhart collaborated with artist Doug Aitken and musicians Beck and Caetano Veloso for a musical and visual performance piece. Banhart was a participant in Yoko Ono's second Water Piece project. He read Joan Miró's poem "A Star Caresses the Breasts of a Negress" for the recorded guided tour of Tate Modern. In June 2015, Banhart released a collection of drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces, titled "I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street," published by Prestel Publishing.
    In June 2016, Banhart released the first track of his ninth studio album, Ape In Pink Marble, titled 'Middle Names'.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2013
    Age 31
    The album was released on March 12, 2013, and was Banhart's debut album for Nonesuch.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2012
    Age 30
    On December 3, 2012 Banhart announced his new album, Mala.
    More Details Hide Details
    In April 2012, Banhart took place in artist Doug Aitken's audiovisual project "Song 1" at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington D.C. Banhart joined Beck and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem in performing "I Only Have Eyes For You" for the project that uses eleven high-definition video projectors working in tandem to blanket the museum's entire surface with a video of the performance.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 29
    In 2011, he collaborated with Marisa Monte and Rodrigo Amarante on a version of the song "Nú Com a Minha Música" for the Red Hot Organization's most recent charitable album "Red Hot+Rio 2."
    More Details Hide Details The album is a follow-up to the 1996 "Red Hot + Rio." Proceeds from the sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.
    Banhart and Jon Beasley, who were credited as art directors for the album's artwork and packaging, were nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Recording Package.
    More Details Hide Details The film Life During Wartime, directed by Todd Solondz, features a musical collaboration between Banhart and Beck. The song plays over the film's end credits. Banhart sings lead vocals while Beck adds backing vocals and also recorded the track. The lyrics were written by Solondz and the music by composer Marc Shaiman.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    Banhart is an avid skateboarder, and in March 2010 broke a bone in his right leg while skating, only hours before a concert in Phoenix, resulting in the cancelation of future shows in Utah and Colorado.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2009
    Age 27
    On October 27, 2009, Banhart released What Will We Be, his first record on Warner/Reprise.
    More Details Hide Details
    On September 4, 2009, Beck announced his second Record Club covers album, Songs of Leonard Cohen.
    More Details Hide Details Banhart contributed, alongside MGMT, Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother and Binki Shapiro of Little Joy. He is a collector of music artifacts. Banhart wrote the foreword for and appears in his friend Lauren Dukoff's book Family: Photographs by Lauren Dukoff. He has also written the introduction to a selection of poems by Kenneth Patchen.
    In 2009, he signed to Warner/Reprise and released, What Will We Be.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, at the band's request, he produced a remix of Oasis' "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady". Along with "Neighbors", Devendra remixed the Phoenix song "Rome" from their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    Banhart released an album in 2008 entitled, Surfing, with Megapuss – a collaborative project with Gregory Rogove and Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes and Little Joy.
    More Details Hide Details Comedian Aziz Ansari is featured on the album's track "Duck People Duck Man" under the alias "Grandpa P Darwish".
  • 2007
    Age 25
    In 2007, he signed with Neil Young's manager Elliot Roberts, who also contributed vocals to Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.
    More Details Hide Details
    In 2007, he started a relationship with actress Natalie Portman.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2005
    Age 23
    He founded a record label, Gnomonsong, with Andy Cabic of Vetiver, in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details
    Banhart changed to XL Recordings in 2005 and released Cripple Crow, which was recorded in Bearsville Studios, New York and had a more elaborate sound.
    More Details Hide Details Banhart’s albums offer a variety of musical sounds, and he is often called the leader of the musical movement termed “Freak Folk.” His lyrics are fantastical, idealistic, and poetic with the occasional trace of innuendos. Additionally in 2005 Devendra collaborated with Antony and the Johnsons on the award-winning album I Am a Bird Now. Banhart sings the introduction to the song "Spiraling" and plays guitar on "You Are My Sister" in which Boy George also appears. Devendra was the first artist to design a t-shirt for the Yellow Bird Project, back in 2006. He chose to donate the profits from the sale of his T-shirt to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • 2002
    Age 20
    Banhart and Gira compiled an album from Banhart's recordings, and in 2002, Oh Me Oh My, which was made up of short fragments, was published by Young God Records and received favorable reviews.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded two other albums and an EP for the label: Rejoicing in the Hands, Niño Rojo, and The Black Babies; the releases had a simple acoustic sound.
    Banhart released his debut album in 2002, continuing to record his material on the Young God and XL labels, as well as other work on compilations and collaborations.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 18
    Banhart returned to the United States in the fall of 2000 and played music in San Francisco and Los Angeles, until he was discovered by Michael Gira, owner of Young God Records, after Siobhan Duffy, Gira's wife, bought a copy of Banhart's demo CD The Charles C. Leary and gave it to Gira.
    More Details Hide Details
    Banhart dropped out of art school in 2000 and left San Francisco after the dot-com bust worsened the city's economy.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to Paris over the summer and opened shows for indie rock bands such as Sonic Youth.
  • 1998
    Age 16
    In 1998, Banhart began studying at the San Francisco Art Institute on a scholarship while living in The Castro, San Francisco's gay neighborhood.
    More Details Hide Details He began to busk instead of attending classes and played his first show in a church at a gay wedding, performing Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" and the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Born
    Banhart was born May 30, 1981 in Houston, Texas, to a Venezuelan mother and an American father, Robert Gary Banhart.
    More Details Hide Details His given name is a synonym for Indra, the king of Gods (Hindu), which was suggested by Prem Rawat, an Indian religious leader whom Banhart's parents followed. Banhart's middle name Obi was modeled after Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Star Wars character. Banhart's parents divorced two years after his birth and he moved with his mother to Caracas, Venezuela. His mother later remarried and Banhart's stepfather moved the family to Los Angeles, when Banhart was 14 years old. Banhart cites Axl Rose, Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Ali Farka Toure as his inspirations to begin singing. When he found that he could not match their singing styles, he found success in singing in a “feminine style.”
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)