ds|fečo: “Jihad du Jour”

By Logan P.

Oakland experimental artist ds|fečo has returned with his take on the current political climate, specifically focused on “jihadism.” Of the single

Of the single “Jihad du Jour,” ds|fečo, who’s real name is David Fetcho, explains, “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. 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.”

The song is true to ds|fečo’s style, complete with his signature style of rhythmic controlled chaos. He also calls this particular genre electro protest. The artist certainly knows how to break away from the pack and has made a career out of trying new approaches. “Jihad du Jour” is no exception.

“Jihad du Jour”

ds|fečo — Synth, electronics, lyrics, vocals
Production: ds|fečo
Mixed by Robert Vincs, Melbourne, Australia.
Mastered by Carl Saff, Saff Mastering, Chicago

“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 for the great mastering work.” — ds|fečo