Wakefield singer-songwriter Dean England talks us through his musical origins, and what made him pick up the guitar at an early age. Check his story out below…
How long have you been performing?
I started at about 13/14. I have been in bands and played live on my own and done all sorts. But this last year or so I really came into my own with my sound. It’s full of soul, Bluesy licks, and all sorts of vocal harmonies.
How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?!
It’s was great. I was terrified… I was shaking I was almost sick. But the second I got on that stage and hit that first chord it all went away. I felt free I felt alive I felt like I was meant to be.
What should people expect when they check you out? How would you describe yourself?
I am an electric and acoustic guitarist. I mix both together. I play from the heart and I don’t f**k about. I play with soul, no half measures. And I want to connect with people. If I write something that makes people think God I love that. Then I have done my job.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
I think that blues-rock music needs a wake-up and I can do that for the scene. We have forgotten how beautifully soul-touching it can be and how that feel can grab you.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
So there’s always new content on my Facebook and Instagram and the new EP Feel Think Do is out now!! It’s 7 tracks and available on all major platforms. And it’s the start of a massive journey that will grow and grow as time goes on.
What band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
I actually like Joanne Shaw Taylor a lot. If we are talking mega stars then Guns N Roses.
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
I’ve just discovered Rival Black! Great band. Giving it their all and sounding absolutely fantastic.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
My Dad played me Woodstock and I saw Hendrix. That was it. I was hooked! I said to my Dad “I want to do that” he laughed and showed me a few chords. I was in it then and I will never get out haha.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
Joanne Shaw Taylor in Holm Firth.
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Vivaldi Four Seasons.
Although 2020 has been a year to forget for many reasons, there has been some incredible music released; what would be your album of the year?
Liam Gallagher s new album is cool.
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
Here’s the Facebook link.
I am also on Instagram: Dean England Music
Thanks for the interview guys! Peace and love to you all.