ds|fečo – “Jihad du Jour”
Experimental and following his gut feeling, is Oakland artist ds|fečo. ds|fečo moves his talents through arts such as theater, dance, video, and broadcast. His heart will always be in composing work for himself, which began with his high school and college bands—his love for song writing. It eventually turned into him performing in small venues as he merged into adulthood.
There’s no set genre to even place what ds|fečo has done with his single. In the span of the first 30 seconds, you’re left figuring out which way the song may take you. Taking you through many loops, we finally get to hear the vocal work of fečo. It’s dark and almost an anxious cry as the soundboard tunes him up.
From the song, I get a sense of destruction and frustration; it’s unorganized sanity. I can hear the lyrics speaking to a lost soul who’s “dreams are confiscated.”
Music sparks emotion. After listening to this single, I get many emotions that range through. It’s insane sanity, euphoric guidance and metal-filled rage.
ds|fečo had this to say about his release:
“In light of the recent spate of deadly attacks by lone wolf, “self-radicalized” extremists—Egypt, Sweden, London, Manchester, London again, Iran, etc., etc.—and all past attacks perpetrated by self-radicalized religious ideologues (the Orlando club attack being one of the worst), I started thinking about how to investigate and interrogate the psychic vulnerabilities of a would be jihadist recruit,” fečo stated. “As a response, I wrote and recorded this song.
At one level it is a song of rage against every sexually repressed, self-styled jihadist willing to kill and maim for a twisted ideology and in hope of a pleasure paradise of 72 virgins to rape at will. It expresses what all of us feel who are fed up with their perversion of religion. It is the only thing I’ve ever written, the tone of which I’d characterize as “vicious.” But this is in no way a derogation of Islam, nor its millions of devout followers. I can only hope that my expression of abhorrence toward violent extremism mirrors theirs.
Some might argue that any artistic response to international jihadism is like throwing feathers at dinosaurs. Maybe so. But it’s also the legitimate role of art to express our collective, pleading outrage toward those who’ve been infected by this ideology. It’s in that spirit that I’ve put out this song.
I want to thank Robert Vincs of Melbourne, Australia for taking time from his stunning work as a world-class saxophonist to do a beautiful mix on this song, and to Carl Saff (https://www.facebook.com/SaffMastering/) for the great mastering work.”