Published on March 17th, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby0
Dean Ford Has a Magic Single with ‘CRZMKR’
The story of Dean Ford is that of someone who was making records by 15 — he didn’t want to do anything else. He was enthralled with the likes of David Bowie, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Madonna, and James Brown, artists who were bigger than their music, personas, and cultural markers all unto themselves.
With his upcoming EP, Dream Fever, Dean builds on the dance-pop and effervescent rock of “CTRL” and “Get Messy” thanks to a new collaboration with Bleu, a songwriting and production genius behind the likes of Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, and Selena Gomez. These are synth rock rave-ups, built for the radio, the club, and wherever you’re looking to move your ass.
Dean Ford is Driven
A veteran of Portland, Maine’s vibrant music scene, Ford has gone from up-and-coming sensation with his Goodnight Process project of alt-rock anthems to seasoned bandleader, someone who knows exactly what he wants from every instrument. Whether he’s piecing together another banger in the home studio or bouncing tracks back and forth with hitmakers, top of mind is just how it’s going to hit when he brings it to the stage.
Ford’s live show is electric, with a charisma and style formed by countless cross-country gigs and his “Beautiful Ones” side project, where he brings the very essence of Prince to the stage in a tribute act that is as much devotional as performance. A showman in the classic sense, Ford is one of those rare few who seem more comfortable on the stage than off it, backed by a powerhouse band that knows how to make him look good.
Inspired by the isolation of the pandemic, which kept him from the stage where he feels most at home, Ford has written a slew of new music that builds on “Dream Fever”, and with that, he leads with the infectious dance-pop of “CRZMKR”, and then tears everything down and introduces him to the world anew. The fuse is lit and Ford is ready to explode.
This joint “CRZMKR” touches on all the fun parts of music, from the production to the vocal rhythm…brought back memories of Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio sonically…definitely a celebration and refreshing with a Big sound!!! 4/5 for me.
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