Artist of the day: Dean Tidey
For years, the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has offered Rock School to all people, mostly kids, who are curious about music. Hundreds have learned instruments, picked wild band names and played under the guidance of beloved teachers like Lee Ahlin and Paul Stoddart.
Dean Tidey is the new guy, on staff since 2011. He came in an expert musician who’d spent years producing, getting bands to gel, teaching friends. He played live guitar for a decade with acclaimed British band Feeder. He got a publishing deal with Beatles guru Sir George Martin and had access to the best music studios in the world. He once played in a Beatles super group to honor Martin, wielding his guitar in front of Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Page and Prince.
In 2012, he joined Taka Hirose from Feeder and some Japanese rockers to form Muddy Apes. They recorded an album, Crush It. Some lyrics are in English, some in Japanese. It all somehow works, Tidey said, because they’re doing it their way. But his day job is teaching the Rock School workshops at the Straz.