Welcome to Season 2 of Alone with Peter
Our guest today is singer and songwriter Dean Nelson. In this episode, we talk about control versus collaboration. Dean's unconventional path to artistry, his upcoming album, the importance of writing really bad songs, and so much more.
Please enjoy this transcript of my interview with singer and songwriter Dean Nelson (@DeanNelsonMusic)
Transcripts may contain a few typos. With interviews ranging from 1-2 hours, it can be difficult to catch minor errors. Enjoy!
Peter Kersting: Welcome to Alone with Peter, I'm your host, and on this podcast, you're going to hear interviews with entrepreneurs, digital nomads, and people seeking personal growth. We'll dive deep into what set them on their journey where they are now and how their story can impact you, including helpful insights if you aspire to take a similar leap of faith
No matter where you are in the journey, thanks for spending some quality time Alone with Peter.
Our guest today is singer and songwriter Dean Nelson. Born and raised in Virginia, Dean's toured across the U.S. and parts of Europe in various bands since 2013, before settling in Chandler, Arizona. With the pulse on the local music scene,
Dean currently collaborates with several different rock groups in the metro area, including Erin Shea, Pablo Love Train and Juniper Ridge. He's working on his next studio album, Kiss Me First, which is co-written and produced by Garrett Bowers of Juniper Ridge.
Kiss Me First is set to release in December of 2021 and will be followed by a U.S. tour. If you want to stay up to date with Dean and support his music, you can find him on Spotify as Dean Nelson.
You can also find him on Instagram and Facebook. As DeanNelsonMusic. You can check him out and his show Music Theory Philosophy there, or on his YouTube and website CrazyLegsDean.com.
Control vs. Collaboration and the Importance of Writing Really Bad Songs
Peter Kersting: In this episode, we talk about control versus collaboration. Dean's unconventional path to artistry, his upcoming album, the importance of writing really bad songs, and so much more.
Stay with us for all the good stuff and join me in welcoming Dean Nelson to the show while we turn it up to eleven.
Meet Dean Nelson: Professional Musician
Peter Kersting: I am excited to have with me, Dean Nelson, who identifies as a musician. And I'm really excited to have Dean in the room with us today because Dean has been gigging for well over ten years, he's gigged in the US and in Europe and he’s somebody who has been in several different bands.
He’s collaborating with a bunch in the Phoenix area and he's kind of got the pulse on the Phoenix scene, so I think it's going to be interesting to hear from you Dean about what you’re working on right now, and as we go forward to go get a little into your backstory and, ultimately, what we can learn from your experience because I really do believe that everybody that we interview on the show has something to share that is really going to be having a takeaway for the listener.
I'm excited to dig into that, but first and foremost, I want to ask you the question, “Do you identify as a musician?” And I guess I want to ask you in the perspective of, “do you consider yourself a ‘professional’ musician?”
Dean Nelson: Oof. I feel I am professional because I get paid to do it? Maybe not great, but I do get paid to do it. I do identify as a musician, I really am trying to go from musician to feeling more like an artist.
And that would just be kind of just like defining expressions a little bit different, I guess. But that's kind of splitting hairs. So yeah, yeah, I guess I identify as a musician.
Peter Kersting: I mean, fair point. You're getting paid for it. You are doing it professionally.
Recently I talked to you about a book that I was reading that I really enjoyed called The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield