Musician's new EP tells stories of love, life and happy times in his hometown of Wakefield
Musician, Dean England, conveys stories of love, life and happy times in his hometown of Wakefield on his latest EP, ‘Feel Think Do’.
‘Feel Think Do’ was released in September and is Dean’s first self written self produced solo outing.
Aside from being brimming with earworms, Dean's musical talent and experience are prominent throughout the 7-track EP.
He began writing at a very young age and has since performed more than 300 live sets, including gigs with former band ‘Inamba’.
His one man band approach has helped him find his solo sound, tying in well with the free spirited themes that run throughout tracks such as ‘Do My Thing’, a guitar driven belter with bluesy undertones.
Dean said: “I really enjoy writing and performing by myself, when I perform live, it’s usually me and my guitar, but obviously I’ve had more studio time so i’ve been able to play around with multiple guitar tracks.
“Writing this EP was a funny one, half of it was written a few years ago - but it didn’t piece together as well as I’d have liked, some songs didn’t match the sound I wanted to achieve.
“But within the last month, I wrote the last half of the EP, I think that’s because I’ve had much more time on my hands with lockdown, meaning more time to write and more emotions to channel, penning my emotions down and putting them into a song is my way of processing them.
“There are a few songs about love, not necessarily in a good way, and there are some about past experiences, people and places.
“One song on the EP is called ‘Back in Wakey’, tells the story about how I met my missus - and I wrote it in 10 minutes on the day before I went into the studio to record, it’s one of my favourites.”
There are also nods to Dean’s childhood favourites. His mother raised him on Tina Turner , which makes ‘Up and Down’ the perfect track to open the EP with - a guitar acoustic track, with soulful vocals reminiscent of Tina Turner's sound.
His father introduced him to rock legends, such as Eagles, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton - artists who have embedded themselves into Dean’s sound creating an easy-on-the-ear wash of rocky guitar rhymes and soulful vocals and harmonies.
Despite the hardships of lockdown facing the live performance industry, Dean has been sharing ‘Feel think Do’ across various social media platforms and performing his tracks over internet live streams to more than 500 fans.
He said: “I do have a few live shows coming up, but because of everything that's happening in the world right now regarding lockdown, it’s not been as easy.
“Gone are the days of filling out clubs, only a certain amount of pubs are still hosting live shows.
“Aside from live promotion, the EP’s reception has been really good, everyone’s been so supportive, I love sitting down with the kids and my missus, turning on the radio and listening to my songs with them. That's one of the most magical things about the experience.
“My motto is ‘may the music light a fire in our souls’, it doesn't matter what genre if it grabs you it grabs you - especially in these times, it’s a great way to connect with as many people as I can.
“‘Feel Think Do’, the title of the EP, reflects my thought process, I do everything by those three worlds. It's important for me to act on the feeling and carry it out so it can come to fruition.”