Interview: Bryan Deister
Trained in classical, jazz, blues, progressive rock, and modern music, artist Bryan Deister has released his dark and emotional experimental electronic fusion, “Spines of the Heart”. Remarkably creative, Bryan gathers his influences from the late Kurt Cobain.
This 2 disc Album of 23 songs is one of deep, despondent feelings and reflection. Louder Than War was able to get inside the mind of the man behind this tastefully composed music
What inspires the music you write?
I get inspired mostly from philosophy. Usually when all is quiet, I suddenly get an idea. And then most of my time is spent as a sculptor.
Your music is kind of dark, in a good way, why do you choose that particular type of sound?
Well I enjoy it. I’ve listened to many styles over the years and sonically I just prefer things that are dark and round. It gives room for the listener to come into the music.
Tell me a little about Bryan.
I started taking piano lessons at the age of 7. I’m a pretty shy person and if you met me I probably would avoid talking at all costs. I practice a minimum of 8 hours a day, and I’m always sleepy.
What are your musical influences?
My musical influences over the years have been Radiohead, Nirvana, and Pink Floyd just to name a few, but I usually perform classical and jazz. I am very influenced by folk music especially from the Middle East and the Far East.
Are you a student at Berkley?
Yes, I am a student at the Berkley College of Music in Boston majoring in piano performance and mostly focusing on the jazz idiom.
What is it that you plan to do when you finish with Berkley?
Already working on songs for my next album and I may go on tour after graduation this coming August.
Is there Specific message or messages that you are trying to share with the world in “Spines of the Heart”?
Yes, but if I wanted to be direct I wouldn’t write music. The lyrics are just a part of a song and without the music they don’t matter.
What’s the next project that you’re working on?
I am already writing and recording new songs for my next album and have been thinking of putting a band together and going out on tour to promote Spines of the Heart.
All words by Eileen Shapiro. More of Eileen’s writing can be found in her author’s archive.