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• Dean, when did you realise you were a musician and wanted to be involved with music all your life?
It was from a very young age that I had a passion for music. I think it had something to do with being raised with both Indian and Hungarian grandparents who influenced my love of a range of music. From my earliest days in primary school I loved playing the saxophone and never really looked back. Music has provided me with some of the happiest moments in my life.
• How old were you when you started music lessons on your first instrument and what was it?
I began learning the saxophone when I was 10 years old. At the primary school I attended there was a fantastic music tutor and we still keep in contact. I consider her influence in my early years as a big factor in shaping the musician I am today.
• How many instruments do you play? What is your favourite? Why?
I play 4 instruments: saxophone, clarinet, guitar and piano. It is hard to pinpoint one instrument that I enjoy most but I would have to say I have always had a love for the saxophone. It is an instrument that can be so expressive and others love to hear it.
• What musical qualifications did you achieve and do you still study?
I studied modern saxaphone at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and enjoyed being surrounded by young talented musicians. The vibe was very positive and I have made life long friends that I still play with today.
• When did you start composing?
I actually started very young, messing around with sounds on my keyboard. At that stage it was creating something to call my own. I still perform some of the songs that I wrote from years ago and it is some of my purest work.
• Which instrument do you use when you compose?
I will usually begin with the piano or the guitar. I have found that composing with those instruments allows my mind to imagine the parts that follow soon after on the saxophone or clarinet.
• What have you composed and who have you composed for?
I enjoy composing for bands, friends and students. I have composed for several children's books, short films and a 90 minute feature film called 'The Rival' and for fashion designers, website developers and recently I started working with US company DragonPencil, making music for children’s eBooks and Apps which is exciting.
• How did you get involved in the DemiChat website and Toni Brisland’s books?
A family friend put me in touch with Antonette (Toni) with the idea of composing music for a new book. I really connected with the story and the music is a reflection and big reason why so many people have loved it.
• What style of music is your favourite?
Jazz has always been a favourite of mine. I have been to New York several times and have played in jazz clubs. In 2010 I played with seven-time grammy award winner Les Paul at a sold out show in New York City. The jazz in NY is amazing – there are guys playing in the street in NY who are absolutely mind blowing.
• What’s the name of your group? How many members? What type of music does the group play? Where do they play?
I play with funk band Five Coffees. They play upbeat songs that always have people dancing at live shows. Most recently they have had a lot of radio airplay and are always playing at the Opera Bar at the Sydney Opera House.
• Do you sing?
No. Haha. I have been blessed with musical talent, but unfortunately not with a good singing voice. I leave vocals to the fantastic singers I work with regularly.
• Have you made any recordings? If so, what are they and where can people buy them?
You can find songs that I composed for band Five Coffees on iTunes and Spotify. Soon the work I'm doing with DragonPencil will also be available through the iTunes App store.
• Do you have a website? How can people find out where you’re playing?
For details of where I'm playing checkout www.fivecoffees.com and all will be listed up there.
• What would you like to do in the future with your music?
I enjoy all aspects of the music I'm currently doing. I have ambition to tour the world and play to large audiences.
• Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
If you have a passion in life, follow it and you will lead a happy life.