Performance: Deantoni Parks (Technoself)
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Organizations: Deantoni Parks (Technoself)
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
Time: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
General Admission Tickets: $15.00
Students with ID and Youth 18 & Under: $10.00

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents a performance by Deantoni Parks (aka Technoself) on Thursday, November 30, 2023 with shows at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

This is a love story about acoustic drums and dynamic samples melding in real time. There is no easy introduction to Deantoni’s resume. He’s provided the backbeat for luminaries like Lenny Kravitz, Mars Volta, and Sade, all of whom defined their musical moment via stringent personnel and signature sounds. However, Deantoni’s constant metamorphosis propels him towards a bold, defiant fusion of acoustic and electric percussive components. He invented a lane for his own musings as a creator of the technoself method (Technoself is also the title of his awe-inspiring debut album). Equal parts cosmic percussionist and mad scientist, Deantoni crafts real time remixes in a one-man, mind blowing experience that merges sampling and live drumming. As a result, no two performances are ever the same.

Using the creative moniker "Technoself", experimental composer and percussionist Deantoni Parks blends technology, hip-hop, sampling, and electronica to create fascinating sonic experiences covering a variety of progressive styles.

Parks has been a member of new wave contortionists Kudu and art rockers Bosnian Rainbows. As a recording and performing drummer, he has worked with a broad scope of artists, including Yohimbe Brothers, Alice Smith, Meshell Ndegeocello, the Mars Volta, John Cale, and Flying Lotus. Parks has also found time to produce material under his own name, from high-powered synth pop instrumentals to chopped-up beatscapes. Touch But Don't Look was released in 2012 through RLP, operated by frequent collaborator Omar Rodríguez-López. Technoself arrived three years later on the Stones Throw-affiliated Leaving label.

Georgia-born Parks grew up in a family with musical preferences leaning towards funk, Southern soul, and gospel. With their full support, he began playing drums at age two and was put in the national spotlight before the age of five for a performance with the Newnan High School band.

He later explored jazz as a teen with Delbert Felix and chose to enroll at Berklee College of Music, where study with Lenny Nelson and exposure to Photek, Squarepusher, and Hidden Agenda turned his focus to the mechanistic beats of electronic music.

Currently based in Brooklyn, New York he is a vested partner in a developing audio/visual communications agency. In between writing and performances he serves as part-time faculty at Stanford Jazz Workshop, Berklee College of Music, and New York City’s Drummers Collective.


Programmed by guest curator Shirlette Ammons.

General admission tickets are $15.00 and tickets for Virginia Tech student tickets with ID and youth ages 18 & under are $10.00 each.

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The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is located at 330 Turner Street NW in Blacksburg, VA.

For more information, visit: or or or call 540-231-5300.
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