Dean Ford's music journey began young, with a deep-seated passion for iconic artists such as David Bowie, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Madonna, and James Brown.
Now, with his newest EP, 'Dream Fever,' he has taken his love for music to new heights. Collaborating with songwriting and production extraordinaire Bleu, known for his work with Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, and Selena Gomez, Ford's latest release is a stunning combination of dance-pop and effervescent rock that will keep you moving.
As a veteran of Portland, Maine's thriving music scene, Ford has evolved from an up-and-coming artist with his Goodnight Process project to a seasoned bandleader who knows precisely what he wants from each instrument. Whether he's putting together another chart-topping banger in his home studio or working with top hitmakers, Ford focuses on how his music will translate to the stage.
Dean Ford is an absolute showman, with charisma and style honed over countless cross-country gigs and his "Beautiful Ones" side project, where he pays homage to the legendary Prince. Ford is one of the rare few performers who seems more comfortable on stage than off it, backed by a powerhouse band that knows how to elevate his performance to new heights.
But it's not just Ford's stage presence that's captivating. Inspired by the isolation of the pandemic, Ford has written a slew of new music that builds on the infectious dance-pop of "Dream Fever." From the euphoric "CRZMKR" to the captivating tracks that introduce him to the world anew, Dean Ford is ready to set the world on fire.
The video for Dean Ford's hit song "CRZMKR" is a visual feast that perfectly complements the infectious energy of the track. The video opens with a spooky shot of the moon, letting you know it's about to be a thriller of an experience. With a strong colour-graded grainy look that harkens back to cult B-horror films of the 80s, the tone is set perfectly, making you feel cold yet cozy at the same time.
As the song kicks into gear, we are greeted with neon blues and reds that are a stark contrast to when the shots cut from a life of normalcy back to a haunted dreamscape "CRZMKR" makes great use of lighting and colour, with each scene bathed in vivid hues that perfectly match the mood of the music.
Shots of Ford against a dark black setting sitting in a void like prey in a spider's web and contrasting scenes from the bus to an office space show two sides of Ford becoming undone. One of the most visually stunning moments in the video comes towards the middle when the screen begins to warp, Ford’s nose begins to bleed and then…(you’ll have to watch the video to find out the trippy reveal lol)
Overall, the video for "CRZMKR" is a fantastic visual experience and a perfect representation of the track's infectious energy and upbeat vibe. The video is a true trip for the senses with its striking colour pallet and tones, witty concept, and clever use of effects and lighting.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Dean Ford. Cheers to your latest visual experience with "CRZMKR" This video is a stunning representation of the song's cold tones. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the video and how you worked with the director to bring your vision to life?
Thank you! I’m obsessed with horror movies, so the idea for the video was heavily influenced by that. We wanted something cinematic, psychedelic and kind of abstract. While developing the concept, we discussed our mutual admiration for specific films and directors, ultimately landing on David Lynch, Dario Argento, and John Carpenter for inspiration. The song encourages listeners to take control of their lives and make their own way. How has this message influenced your personal and creative journey as an artist?
I try to be present and aware at the moment while still focusing on moving forward, which is not always easy—being conscious of how the people in my life and my environment are affecting me and vice versa. I’m a work in progress. There’s always room to grow, but you’ve got to love yourself and be ok with the fact that it will never be “perfect.” You've cited artists like David Bowie, Prince, and Madonna as inspirations for your music. How have these influences shaped your sound and style, and what do you hope listeners take away from your new music?
That’s just what I grew up on. I completely absorbed those artists’ work from a very young age, so that influence will always be there, whether intentional or not. I’ve just always loved artists who create their own theatrical universe. The kind of stuff that transports you somewhere else entirely. It’s an escape. Life can be tough, so I make music that makes me feel good for anyone who takes the time to listen. I hope it makes them feel good too. Your live shows are known for being incredibly high-energy and captivating. How do you ensure that each performance feels fresh and exciting?
That’s the goal! I want to put on the kind of show I want to see. If I feel like I’m on autopilot or just going through the motions, that’s when I change it up. I’ve also been known to be pretty impulsive, so the chance of doing the same show the exact same way every night is slim. You've had a long and successful career as a beloved Prince tribute artist in addition to your solo music. What can fans expect from you in the coming years, and how do you plan to continue evolving as an artist?
That’s very kind! I will continue touring with the Prince tribute show while doing more original shows. I have a new EP, 'Dream Fever,' coming out in the next few months and lots more new music in the pipeline. I love experimenting with new sounds and styles so that I won’t get bored soon. Lots of exciting stuff in the works!