I met Dean Risko a few years ago through some mutual friends and became instantly impressed by him as a person. He’s intelligent, quick-witted and genuinely one of the nicest guys I have ever come in contact with. The Johannesburg, South Africa born, Salt Lake City, Utah raised and now Echo Park, Los Angeles residing has released his “Trouble” EP. Throughout the three songs, Dean weaves together soulful, quasi electro-pop melodies with clever and on point lyricism. The result is like Motown Records being involved in a head on crash with Def Jam.
One thing that has always resonated with me about Dean is his undeniable hunger for the masses to hear and enjoy his music. His talent resides in his balance. Dean is able to stabilize the sing-songy flow without making it sound corny (I’m looking at you Flo-rida, Nelly and Drake) while staying on topic and remaining captivating.
If I had to compare Dean to other artists, it would be a blend of Andre 3000 (circa The Love Below), Justin Timberlake and Mike Posner (only with a better persona and emcee skills). Plus, he has fantastic taste in production which only helps to elevate his music (the whole EP has a jazzy, electro bounce feel to it)- making it that much more commercially viable.
The first two songs off the Trouble EP were produced by Wesley Thompson (twitter.com/wesismore), another good friend of mine, and a production genius in the making. I was talking to Wes the other day at a Wale show and he was explaining to me how they spent the better part of a year perfecting this project. This type of meticulous dedication and hard work has certainly paid off.
Dean’s best attribute is that he has found his own style and voice – an accomplishment 99% of musicians never achieve. His songwriting is top notch and he has the “it” factor in regards to being able to create a hit song. Trouble is filled with stories of love, heartbreak, and the roller coaster that is relationships and the chase of that desired woman. With his aforementioned hunger to succeed and an incredible EP under his belt, it’s only a matter of time until Dean Risko makes that happen.
I’m proud to be able to call Dean my friend; few things make me happier than seeing my friends succeed.
Here is the video for Dean’s lead single “Trouble.”
You can download the Trouble EP at http://deanrisko.bandcamp.com/
Follow Dean Risko on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/DeanRisko
Dean Risko on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DeanRisko