Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Pop


Website

soundcloud.com/deermelb

Bio

Melbourne producer Deer, née Tom Hitchcock, is perhaps the most pronounced example of a quiet achiever on the current Australian electronic music landscape.
Early forays into production saw release on labels from Perth’s Pilerats through to NYC’s Mishka, off the back of fortuitously timed collaborations with rising stars such as UV boi فوق بنفسجي and remix prowess such as his take on MssingNo’s single ‘XE2’, which featured in the majority of RL Grime’s 2015 live sets. Consolidated buzz in quality corners of the electronic community gave way to coveted support slots for the likes of Metro Boomin, Ryan Hemsworth, Shlohmo and Alison Wonderland to name just a few.
Deer is now putting his stamp on 2019 — not with a bang, but with a banger. His new single “Let Me Know” is a bright, infectious pop tune that tells a tale of a romance diminishing quickly. Melbourne songstress Genes takes us on a journey of heartache— the passion in her voice peaking on the hook as she sings “Why won’t you let me know”. Deer’s synth melodies are ear-catching and bubbly, with every build up to the bass drop having the potential to rumble even the largest festival floors. It’s club music, with a melancholic undertone.
“I love the final product of “Let Me Know” because the vocals have an underlying sense of darkness but it’s presented in a way anyone can enjoy,” Tom says speaking on the track, “I love making happy sad songs.”
Deer’s output has always been sophisticated and diverse in a way that separates him from his compatriots. Past singles like “Cry For Help”, “All Alone”, and “Patience” straddle the intersection between bass, pop, and trap, garnering praise from publications like I-D, Pilerats, and Stoney Roads. His 2018 release “Lost” is a spacious, bellowing anthem with UK vocalist Beth Duck — exploring introspective themes of identity and self-evaluation in a trunk rattling manner.
“Lost is an abrasive and vivacious electro-pop tune, with Beth Duck’s soothing vocals layered over warm and comforting synth chords that quickly rupture into something more substantial and heavier for much of the single’s duration.” - Pilerats
2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for Deer, as he’s preparing a number of singles for release, and is in the early stages of developing a new live show. With “Let Me Know” foreshadowing his next move, there’s no doubt it’s going to be big.

Review

Hold Me Down (feat. Marcus ...

Deer

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

26 Jul 2019

Triple J
40

marcus' vocal never doesn't rip straight through to the core and deer has let it shine on this curious wonder.

marcus' vocal never doesn't rip straight through to the core and deer has let it shine on this curious wonder.

Review

Hold Me Down (feat. Marcus ...

Deer

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

09 Jul 2019

Triple J
40

Deer and Marcus Whale. On paper that's a collaboration that promises class and substance. The finished product does not disappoint.

Deer and Marcus Whale. On paper that's a collaboration that promises class and substance. The finished product does not disappoint.

Review

Hold Me Down (feat. Marcus ...

Deer

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

09 Jul 2019

Triple J
40

Deer, squinting at the newest trends in the distance, hand shading his eyes: Nope, won't be following any of those.

Deer, squinting at the newest trends in the distance, hand shading his eyes: Nope, won't be following any of those.