We had the good fortune of connecting with Peyton Dean and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Peyton, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Bringing a vision to life looks different for everyone. I have an innate desire to create, regardless of whether I’m in front of a microphone, behind a camera, standing on stage, writing in my bedroom, etc. My passions lie in a multitude of areas, but I knew from an extremely young age that music was my lifeline. However, I don’t believe that artistic careers have to be stationary. I have always found great fulfillment in photography because of how connected I feel to each moment in time. Cameras capture intimacy, reactions, existence, euphoria, life, and all that we are so blessed to experience.

Music is a universal language that illustrates just how connected we are with one another. It provides us with the reassurance of feeling seen, heard, and protected. Singing is truly the art of storytelling. The lessons we learn, the consequences we face, the good, the bad, and the core memories we endure transform into melodies that bind us to those who listen. Eternally.

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.
Throughout my time at Berklee College of Music, I spent the majority of my time in the behind the scenes areas such as creative marketing and photography, rather than developing my own personal artistry. I continued songwriting and singing nonstop, but I focused my time primarily on helping promote other local bands and artists. After spending a year at home in Atlanta, I realized the only person stopping me was me. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but I can’t allow the fear of failure keep me from living out my purpose. I moved to Los Angeles this past Labor Day, and I’ve never been happier. This new chapter has brought upon new obstacles, but building an artistic career has never felt like a job. It’s within me to create, and I am looking forward to sharing my story with life, heartbreak, empowerment, and love.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Coming from Atlanta, I truly thought I’d spend all my time at the beach, but I have found so much peace staying over the hill in the Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. I personally recommend making your way to Manhattan Beach for a night or two, and trying The Strand House, Love & Salt, or The Kettle. For brunch, definitely visit Daily Dose Cafe or The Rooftop at The Wayfarer Downtown LA. A secret dinner spot I’ve enjoyed is Osteria Venice, as its in a pretty modest building right off the boardwalk. Also, a fan favorite for me is finding a good night to find your way to the Laugh Factory; it never disappoints.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my mom, Heather, and my dad, Kevin, for showing me endless love and support regardless of the unprecedented paths I’ve taken.

Website: https://peypixx.squarespace.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peydean/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peyton-propst

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpccAmx97-o

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