So often in life things come full circle. The same can be said for the creative arc of a songwriter and Mitch Dean is at that point of his life as a musician. Early musical explorations playing acoustic guitar with his dad in the shed of their Mornington Peninsula home led to the realisation that he could write and primitively record his own songwriting attempts. From there the world opened up as he dove headfirst into the heady rush of rock ’n’ roll, initially with garage-rock band The Marzies and then, in 2005, a swing down the dusty road of country-rock with The Distance – the band in which Mitch would find his feet and gain his alt-country bearings over the ensuing decade.
“It was due to a build up of material that wasn’t looking like seeing the light of day anytime soon,” explains Mitch. “The Distance had started to slow down, as bands do after 10 years, and the guys suggested I should do something with those songs rather than let them go to waste. I thought I’d dip my toe in the water and try to record a few songs on my own. Making a little EP to call my own was something I’d always wanted to try for a long time but never really had the reason to do so.”
An admiration for singular acts such as Bob Dylan, Kevin Bennett (The Flood), Tom Petty, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) and Neil Young encouraged Mitch to step out on his own and now. Mitch’s debut EP (released Feb 3rd, 2017) will herald the arrival of the solo artist. In many ways it’s a symbolic return to those nights in front of the 4-track recorder but now with many years of experience, a richer set of influences and a deeper well of ideas and stories to draw from, Mitch is able to fully realise his own alt-country and Americana-styled songs.
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