Q&A with Bryan Dean

by Odell Hussey

My name is Bryan Louis Bixby Dean from Saint Louis, Missouri and I'm a musician, bass player specifically.

What does your work mean to you?

My work means everything to me. It's my language of sanity in this crazy ass world. It's how I connect with myself, others and my surroundings. Its a direct connection with magic.

What is your biggest dream for your work?

Biggest dream for my work. The answer to that has changed over the years for sure. As a younger man, the rock star dream was coveted but now however, its about the respect of my peers as a bassist and being hired regularly because of such. Staying employed and making a good living. A by product of that would be to have my personal compositions respected and looked upon as quality by the community at large.

What is the best thing about the work you do?

Alluding to question #2, the entity of music its magical properties. Universal language for real. Music can take me through all of the emotions like nothing else. It's an extremely powerful medium and I'm blessed to be able to participate from the inside.

What is the most challenging thing about what you do?

The most challenging thing about it. That answer is two fold. One is the practical aspect of putting bread on the table from the art form. Not easy. The second is facing the honesty the craft demands. Facing the shortcomings, hitting the shed and staying focused until breakthroughs occur. There can be a long time in between said breakthroughs so diligence is tested.

What has been the biggest choice you’ve had to make in your life?

Biggest choice concerning my art is moving away from my family to pursue this beautiful madness.

What has been the biggest lesson you've learned in your life?

Biggest lesson I've learned is that you never stop studying. Always have a teacher/mentor that is one step above you. It will keep you inspired, on track, challenged and much better at your chosen craft. Learn all that you can.

What is best advice you would offer to another creative?

See answer #7!! Also, just be prepared to walk the tightrope and do whatever you can as a younger cat to neutralize the fear associated with that. Not addressing fears = many wasted days.