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Dean Madonia
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play hi-fi  The Light Of Reason
play hi-fi  Let It Heal
play hi-fi  What Do You Feel
play hi-fi  Walking the Solitude
play hi-fi  The War Came Home To Me
play hi-fi  On the Way Home
play hi-fi  The Falling Of Our Love
play hi-fi  Without A Net
play hi-fi  Deep Sky
play hi-fi  The Big Crunch
70's and 80's influenced music informed by 90's alt. Often compared to Elton John, Toad the Wet Sprocket, David Silvan, Kevin Gilbert, Toy Matinee, Tonic, Coldplay, Radiohead, Blind Melon.
Why this name?
I was in a Prog-rock band with guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg called "Third Wish," who had to change their name due to a conflict with another band. We changed to "Wyscan," which means wish in olde english. The band didn't last long after the name change. I decided to choose a name that couldn't be stolen - my own!
Do you play live?
I play all over the country as a solo act. The Dean Madonia Band has mostly performed between Miami and Nashvile. I relocated to Nashville in 2002 to write for a living. I still perform as a solo or with my band and at writers nights. I play covers for a living right now.

Here are a couple videos from my recent gig at the Bluebird:

How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
So far it has only hurt the industry as we have known it, causing some labels to close and others to merge and all of them to cut back their rosters. I initially blame the labels for this - being too slow to get online and not offering choices for listeners, ie: releasing lame CDs with only one good song....I also blame the FCC and large radio conglomerates like the evil Clearchannel for restricting the variety of music. The industry will change. I think that mp3's are great for unsigned artists. I have had a lot of bookings because of a person hearing my music online. I think that the internet is a great equalizer, it doesn't really level the playing field, but it puts us no-names out there, and though the web is cluttered with a lot of "disposable" music, hopefully the good songs will live on. I think that the "music like water"theory will prove to be correct, but there will always be some people who want to hold some sort of product in their hands.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes, if the deal was right for me. I would like to focus mostly on internet promotion, occasional live internet concerts, and SMALL tours in my region, solo and with the band. I am also especially interested in having other groups record my songs.
Band History:
From the Bio:

Dean Madonia has been playing since age 6 and performing for crowds since age 8. Dean has been in over 40 bands and opened for diverse acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Dottie West, New Grass Revival, Company B, and Dee Dee Ramone.
He has performed with artists: Jeff Cook (of Alabama), Nicole, Stevie B, Billy Currington, Julie Roberts, Jay Demarcus (from Rascal Flatts), and Bret Michaels (from Poison).
Dean's newest CDs, "The Light Of Reason," and "Madness And Desire, One Night In America, (Dean Madonia Sings Scott Avery Songs)" is available at shows, CD Baby, and at many digital distributors like iTunes and Napster.
Your influences?
I was first influenced by Folk - Simon and Garfunkle, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, (even Peter Paul and Mary)etc. In college, I had two room-mates who were active music fans. One of them, Dan Luytjes, was a DJ on the college radio station. I was introduced then to what is now considered clasic rock (especially the Beatles) and English Prog-rock (Genesis, Yes, UK, King Crimson). My most recent influences are Coldplay, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and Tori Amos. I also love songwriters like Carole King, Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Tom Waites, John Prine.
Some of my favorite voices in rock are: Sting, Elton John, Felix Cavaliere (of the Rascals), Burton Cummings (of the Guess Who), Steve Perry (of Journey), Lou Gramm (of Foreigner), Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company), Chris Robinson (The Black Crows), Peter Ham (of Badfinger) and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket).
Favorite spot?
Every few years I travel to the boundary waters canoe area (located on the border of Canada and Minnessota). It is the best, most pristine and peaceful place I have been. Other than that - Home - with my family...
Equipment used:
I have about 15 keyboards, some vintage (like my poly six and yamaha cs-10), some new (I love my emu orbit), some virtual (sample tank and Meta synth) and a Yamaha grand pianoI have a guitar and bass collection, a violin, an accordion, a drum set and a small amp collection as well as a Pod pro. I record with Pro-tools...
Anything else...?
I am trying to concentrate mostly on my songwriting. I am living in Music City USA, where many of the best writers live. It is a pleasure to be able to drive 10 minutes and see them perform at the Bluebird. I am focusing on writing country music, but I still write and record Rock. I am interested in having other people record my pop/rock and country material. I feel fortunate to have met many graet performers and song-writers here who have inspired or out-right help my career.

Listen to and purchase one of Dean's CDs at!

CDBABY link for DEAN MADONIA: The Light Of Reason
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CDBABY link for DEAN MADONIA: Madness And Desire, One Night In America -->
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CDBABY link for DEAN MADONIA: Deep Sky
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Or you can download individual tracks at Apple's iTunes!

DEAN MADONIA: The Light Of Reason @ Apple iTunes

DEAN MADONIA: Deep Sky @ Apple iTunes

DEAN MADONIA: Madness And Desire, One Night In America - Apple iTunes

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