There used to be a time when I knew all the names of all the musicians I listened to. Then it all got to be too many so I am not familiar at all with the name CHRISTOPHER DEAN, until now that is. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands/artists to check out. What do you have that sets you apart? >
-Out of the millions of killer artists and groundbreaking bands in the world, I like to think that the one thing that truly sets me apart is my energy. I put every ounce I have behind everything I do. When you go to my show you will have to dodge my headstock and my mohawk guaranteed.
How hard was it for you to not pick a name?
-The name of my band is simple for me, it’s just my Name. It is the umbrella (looming over me) I have had since the first grade. when I grew up there were soooo many Christophers, so we all went by our last names….. then it just stuck, and over the years I’ve played in so many bands as “Dean”, it just seemed natural to use that as my main brand name for my solo stuff, instead of trying to bring some new name to the table, I just stuck with what you know me by, and I like that its personal as well.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I have been inspired from ALL of the greats of course, but to be honest, its the bands I’ve worked with that have molded me, the people like Zaki Ali, drummer of Darkness Descends and Etherius, and Carlos “Loki” Cofino, I played alongside him in Darrow Chemical Company and formerly in Michale Graves (ex-Misfits), both of them have molded me so well over the past few years, Zak in the studio, and Carlos on the road. To be honest the greatest inspiration, other than my son and wife, is playing the songs I’ve been lucky enough to play live and sharing them and so many memories with people. I really enjoy what I do, and I just wouldn’t have it any other way. Most of my solo songs are aimed at relationships.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-It all depends on your market, I see some bands selling vinyl hand over fist and others dragging their in boxes around the country, it’s really all about Youtube and making music you enjoy. it doesn’t matter what platform you print your music to, if they like you, they will buy it, they probably won’t even play it, they’ll prob just stream it somewhere and put the disk on a shelf.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Personally, I cant even play a cd or a vinyl in my house, the world is digital now. Don’t get me wrong, I love records and CDs and even cassette tapes, they’re all just packed in a box in the closet nowadays. Overall I would say CDs, are the advantage for bands because the overhead is low if you buy in bulk, and people can play it in their car. We as musicians didn’t die when we went from tape to cd or then to mp3, we adapt. With the digital age comes auto correct and editing professionals, so we did lose that raw feel, but that’s what shows are for. To be honest, I’m not too worried, I study the different platforms and put myself out there where ever I can. I think as a growing artist, it makes it easier to enter into the global economy. I also have to add that I much rather prefer to bring an iPhone or an iPad with all my songs I wanna hear instead of breaking all of my cd cases all day long in my backpack.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
– The artwork is so important, its the first thing people see most of the time, even before they hear your tunes. its gotta be eye-catching and look interesting, and it MUST be High Rez. Higher a graphic designer, they are everywhere, if you cant does it, then pay to get it done.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
– You have to both promote online and play/promote out at shows. The best form of promotion is a handshake and a funny story. Making lasting memories of good times in peoples minds is really the key to growing a following I think, social is just there to remind them of those good times and how they should do it again sometime.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
– Well, I’m not sure how to answer that, every time I’ve tried to be part of the punk/horror punk scene, I seem to get fired hahaha, but I am a rock and roller until the day I die and I’m always gonna rock. thanks to the internet I have intercontinental traffic from all over the world, but I’ve only ever toured in the united states (full us 4x) and in Canada, all in other people’s bands. I was scheduled to tour Europe with Graves, but last minute he felt otherwise.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
– Playing live is important but not necessary, Internet bands make way more money not even leaving their basement. The youth are catching on and reaching so many more fans on youtube then they would at any VFW hall show, but the connections they make aren’t the same.
What will the future bring?
-The future for me as an artist is going to bring so much more than I ever imagined, right now I’m working very closely with a studio and my producer to release a series of 3 EPs, 5 songs each under the album name “Ocean of Storms”. all 3 EPs will complete the album, and in-between part 2 and part 3, I will be releasing an acoustic version of my first album “Life Lessons” as well as growing my youtube channel and providing video content alongside each release.