The Real World: Bryan Dean

Home base San Francisco, California
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Home base San Francisco, California
Occupation Bassist
Main gigs Felsen (Indie rock) Jesse Brewster Band (Americana)
Main basses Lakland Deluxe 55-94, Bass Mods 535, Xotic XJ-1T5
Rig TC Electronic RH 750 heads with RS 2x10 and 2x12 cabs
Effects MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe, MXR Bass Octave, DigiTech Bass Synth Wah
Strings Dunlop Super Brights (.045–.125)
Heroes and inspirations As far as bassists go, there’s a gang of them, but the cats who stick out the most are George Porter Jr., Doug Wimbish, John Paul Jones, and Meshell Ndegeocello. I was also inspired by movements like the Black Rock Coalition and 2 Tone. Speaking of the BRC, Fishbone was a huge influence, and a couple years back, I was in an eclectic project called the Madd Vibe Orchestra, led by the one and only Angelo Moore. Working with him was a dream come true!

How did you come to play bass?

A few days before the start of my junior year in college, I mentioned to a high school friend that I always wanted to play bass. He was kind enough to give me one, and just like that, I went from finance major to bass player. (Thank you, Mike Weiss!)

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Be prepared, be dependable, be nice, and never stop learning. If I were to do it all over again, I would have hit the books harder and sooner.

What are your musical goals?

I’ve been a bandleader, but for the last 15 years, I’ve been more or less a sideman. I’m getting the hankering to bring my own tunes to life again. I’ve been in projects ranging from country to metal, and I would like to tap into that diverse talent pool to manifest some unique beauty!