Dean Tartaglia

Dean Tartaglia


November 5, 2012


The Sights, Mind Fish, Silent Lions


Creative Native Dean Tartaglia is living the dream. Fresh off the road, Dean just wrapped up a 3-week tour playing saxophone with The Sights and opening for Tenacious D (Jack Black & Kyle Gass) in venues across Europe and the UK. Back home in Toledo, Dean is the frontman for Mind Fish and a brand new two-piece, Silent Lions, playing their first show later this month. When he's not playing music, Dean can be found dabbling in construction paper artwork and writing on his blog:

What current projects are you working on?
The two bands I front are Mind Fish and Silent Lions. Mind Fish is taking a break, writing and recording our follow up LP. Silent Lions is my brand new, two piece, weirdo side project. We just recorded an EP in Detroit this past August and it is my most favorite album I’ve ever worked on. Our first show is on 11/24 at the Ottawa Tavern and the album comes out 12/18.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
Really any artist who puts their reputation on the line, on and off the stage is an inspiration. I look up to great performers, but only if they are extraordinary people in their day to day lives. The bands and/or artists who have most influenced me are The Hard Lessons, Max Bemis, Jack Black, Nirvana, Foxy Shazam, Walk The Moon, OK GO, Blithe Field and The Strong Talk.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?
“I’m still the optimist, though it is hard, when all you want to be is in a dream”.
-Max Bemis

Describe your studio/workspace?
Currently, I’ve been doing most of my rehearsing at 6010 Studio in Northwood. Mike Pierce, who plays bass in some local bands, owns it, and I have been doing some collaborating with him. It is perfect; it’s this huge recording studio in the middle of a cornfield, and we’ve been using this giant live room with all these different amps (and even a grand piano) to practice. It’s far enough away from the city that it feels like a retreat every time I’m there. Take a look for yourself!

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
The small town feel with big city amenities, constant in flux of music, art, entertainment, good food, affordable living space, location to major cities (Detroit, Chicago and NYC are all a day trip); for where I am at in my life right now, Toledo can’t be beat.

Choose 3 words that best describe your work.
-Multi genre/ The point has always been to take two or more common sounds and create something new
-Song Based/ When you strip a song down to simply chords and lyrics, it has to work or it’s not worth playing

Tell us something you would like to see happen creatively in the Toledo area.
More collaboration between musicians and other artists! Bands working with local artists for album covers and flyers would be amazing. More bands need to do promotional videos, exclusive posters, anything other than just saying you have a show. All bands in town need to put a great deal more effort into promotion, because hard work will foster new creative ideas. That’s what keeps a band fresh and exciting.

What steps could be taken to enhance creativity in our city?
People abuse the patio at the Ottawa Tavern when there is live music (don’t worry, I am guilty of this more often than not). Even if a band sucks, if you are there when a band is playing, give them your time and give them respect. For musicians looking to create something and use it to better our city you need to look everywhere to find inspiration… I guess I’m just saying, stay open minded and respectful.

What would you like your last meal to be?
Pizza. Just, lots of pizza. And if this is my last meal because I’m on trial and I’m facing the death penalty, I pray the pizza clogs my arteries and kills me first.


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