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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, new EP, The Bathtime Tapes, was written after Dean Stacy battled against procrastination by locking himself away in a bathroom for a week.
Dean Stacy has not lived a typical life. Born in Las Vegas to a working class single mother, his environment was constantly changing. While his mother for a man who sold Ukrainian brides to American businessmen as a nanny, they lived in a spacious manor house with carpeted stairs, but when she fell on hard times, they lived in a car in a Walmart parking lot.
Despite these humble beginnings and the challenges he faced, Dean Stacy never let his circumstances define him. Instead, he used those experiences to fuel his creativity and create something he now describes as, “sloppy, sweet, and all-around disturbed.”
The Bathtime Tapes
Dean Stacy’s new seven-track EP, The Bathtime Tapes, is testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft. Having always struggled with procrastination and a tendency to seek out distractions, he decided to take drastic measures to for himself to focus, so he locked himself away in a bathroom for a week. With no phone, no friends, and no entertainment, he poured all of his energy and
creativity into the music, with nothing to distract him from his goal of writing the new EP.
The Bathtime Tapes demonstrates Stacy’s innovative songwriting style with a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek approach to lyrics, which instill a lofi-ness to his sound, while colliding different sonic worlds. Providing an outlet for listeners when they feel alone, isolated and just no good, this EP reflects the power music can have to take complex emotions and relate them to others in a way that is beyond language.
There’s a creature in me that will stop at nothing to prevent me from being productive. I look for distractions all the time. YouTube videos, video games, pornography. I’ve probably spent more than half my life looking at screens. And even when I could focus for half a second, some insecurity or anxiety would stop me from creating. I would write day in and day out, but could never put in the effort to get something properly recorded. I became so frustrated with myself that I decided the only solution was solitude.
I paid a friend to bring me meals so that I wouldn’t die in there. I slept on the floor in a sleeping bag. I showered surprisingly little.”
My writing is cynical, almost brutally so. All of these songs attack something whether it be myself, my audience, or modern America as a whole. The goal is to drag in all the cynics and misanthropes and convert them into emotionally intelligent, caring people. This is just the first step. It’s rough, it’s rowdy, and it’s uniquely mine. It’s my baby and no matter how ugly it is at times, I’m proud of it. I hope listeners might be inspired to know that all it takes to make an EP is a room, a laptop, and a week of self-administered solitary confinement.
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