Interview: Dean England
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I actually was quite a gifted footballer and signed for Huddersfield town when I was 11.. I got I’ll and had bad lungs and had to stop. But I think would of made it if I hadn’t. Hopefully now one day I will fill a football stadium with my music!
What do you like to do when you're not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I write a lot of poetry to be honest it was a great coping mechanism for dealing with some of the darker and harder times in life.... I also meditate and focus on my goals. I am up at 5:30am sat in the garden focusing my attention on my dreams before the day starts.
How long has your band been around?
have been solo now for about 3 or 4 years. I stumbled around trying to find my sound and a year or so ago it really came together for me.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am from Wakefield or Wakey as we call it. My anew single is called “Back in Wakey” it was a brilliant music scene here growing up. I was playing live at 14 years old in Wakey and people love a great live band here.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
Its my name I was going to come up with a stage name however I think my surname is cool England it’s the place I live too. And love.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
I have driven to London to play for four people I have had mic stands slip down as I sing and people laugh I have forgotten the words when I was young in front of 900 people. Every failure I have made has been a step towards becoming a master of my art today. I truly believe I would not be where I am if we’re not for these failures
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
I think the crowd makes the Veune great it’s all about the energy for me. However I remember playing the Dublin castle in London with all these amazing bands on the wall that had played there before. That was really special.
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
Well that’s a great question, I would have to say Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton the eagles and guns and roses. Also Chris Cornell is one of my most admired singers of all time. The guy was a gift for the ears.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
Find People who want to play as badly as you do. There’s nothing worse then trying to convince someone of your dreams when they don’t want the same thing. You will know when you find it. You become in tune with each other and are able to read each others energy and passion like a book.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Party less in your 20’s I spent a lot of years absolutely smashed... Although it was fun I could of done more with my music had I been more soba.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Do my thing. This was the first song I wrote where I thought bloody heel that’s my sound.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Back in Wakey at the moment it’s so catching I love it and so does everyone else l. Its fun to play too and I really enjoy it.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I can be inspired by anything. Sometimes a line will pop in my head I like and then tenins later a full song is done. I find if I try to write about a topic it’s hard sometimes. It’s best to let the natural flow of music possess your would and let the song write itself.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I love to write stuff people can relate to. Sometimes it’s fun to just say it how it is. At the end of the day we all get pissed off with the same stuff.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
It’s just me although I still manage to argue with my own creative process in my own head and change my mind 100 times before I am happy with the end product.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up?
I just made a new music video and there’s some more coming out on YouTube soon. The new album release has just come out and if you want to hear some soulful well written bluesy guitar soloing rich harmonied vocals go buy it! It called feel think Do it’s on Amazon music Spotify and all major platforms. Its my best work yet and I can only get better from here. Peace and love people keep dreaming and may the music light a fire in your soul.