We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Dean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I would say making the decision to go to school was paramount in my music career. Being able to communicate using the language of music invaluable, especially when there is a language barrier between players. It is also important to know and understand the rules, if you intend to bend or break them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My music style and process is the culmination of all the musicians who came before me and influenced the world as a whole. I tend to take most of my influence from jazz and soul music when it comes to composition. The culmination of influences is what makes us all the same, the way we use those influences is what really separates us and makes everyone’s art unique. Currently what I am most excited about is my new music project “Golden Tongue” which was formed during the world wide shut down of 2020. It’s not easy to start a creative project from the ground up, let alone during a mandated stay at home order. Our group is comprised of three individuals with vastly differing backgrounds in music and style. But it is through our common goal to make music people want to tap a toe to or turn the volume up while listening that pushed us through the initial barrier of release. Patients is a big lesson that I have had to learn with music. From conception to final product can take time to get right, it’s not always a “one take” session or first draft that gets through to release day. Challenging ourselves as creatives is the only way to bring the best out of our art as we strive to put out best foot forward.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If it’s Los Angeles you have to go to a ramen bar!! Personally I’m a huge fan of Silver Lake Ramen. There is a great bar next door to get drinks while you wait for a table, so that’s definitely a must. Going LACMA or the Getty center would also be high priority considering the great collection of historical and contemporary art they house. I’m a big fan of the beach and what Los Angeles trip would be complete with our a trip to either Malibu (and the Malibu fish market) or Santa Monica. And of course a zip through Mulholland drive to cap the day is always a nice touch. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel that I owe credit to so many people along my journey who have indirectly and directly inspired me to make music. For the sack of keeping it short I will thank my parents for the unwavering support and encouragement they have provided over the years. They may never know how much I love them, though I strive to show this and honor their support every time I pick up a guitar or write a song. I definitely owe a shout out to my band mate Ben Havok who pushes and inspires me to be a better musician and person.
Other: My personal Instagram is @thepatrickdean
All photos either belong to myself or Golden Tongue