In short, I put my all into everything I do, I love every genre of music, and I have really big dreams.
Welcome to my brain.
Dean Tyler K was born on Long Island, New York.
Growing up, while there were no musicians in my immediate family, there was always music in and around me. My dad exposed me to KISS, Guns 'n' Roses, and Judas Priest, my mom was always listening to disco queens like Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer, and my sister constantly had the radio on, listening to whatever was popular. So, from a young age, my soul was raised on a mindset to love music from all walks of life.
After spending years trying to find my place in life, I decided that my calling was musical theatre. I was good at it, and it was a really fun outlet for creativity. Thespian Troupe #132 at Oceanside High School is where most of my friends for life came from. I grew to be the crazy, curious diehard I am now in part thanks to that school and those people.
After graduating High School, I committed to the BFA Musical Theatre program at Rider University.
After spending three semesters in the BFA MT program, I switched to the BA in Musical Theatre so I could add a Double Major in Popular Music Performance. Though I have devoted most of my life to theatre, I always knew deep down that I had a true passion for popular music. I quickly realized that my place is really in music. I wrote my first song in 2015 at the age of 16 entitled "Here I Am, Who I Am", which was my own personal way of fighting my internalized heteronormativity and coming out to myself, and the world.
I knew that I wanted my music to mean something. I wasn't just going to sing nonsense on top of a meaningless beat. I focused on making sure it had substance... enough to get people to think. My most recent project, "Juxtaposition", is fully produced, written, and performed by me to show the world just what I have to offer. My first live performance of my album was at the acclaimed Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar in NYC.
So yeah, I'm a nerd, a nut, and a little lost at times, but I will stop at nothing to make my voice heard.
"Nothing comes to you if you just sit right there and wait." - Dean Tyler K