Guildford busker with a two number one singles enters skills challenge to win money for charity

Mon 24 Apr 2017

Dean Dyson who lives near Winchester has been busking for several years after discovering his love for playing live music in the streets.

The 61-year-old busks for five days week depending on the weather can usually be found in Winchester, Kingston or in Guildford, his ‘favourite’ place.

Dean who is originally from Hull, plays the guitar and has been a professional singer-songwriter since the age of seventeen and says he’s been singing since he was ‘knee high’.

In his early career Dean, who describes his music as ‘heart and soul’,  relentlessly chased record contracts and even went to America to forge a career where he was just beaten to a deal from a large management company by Billy Idol.

Originally from Hull Dean has had his fair share of success as a songwriter and has had a number of publishing deals over the years.

Dean co-wrote an album with a band called Novastar from Belgium and one of their songs; ‘Close to you’ was the third most popular song in Belgium during 2014 with their album going to number one.

The songwriter, who has been happily married for 40 years also had success in the Polish charts where two of his songs went to number one.

Dean, who was the front man of the Dean Dyson Band for 15 years now plays to the public in the streets, at local gigs and festivals and is often booked for weddings and other functions.

He said: “I wish I’d started busking a long time ago, it’s great because I love music and so I love the songs I’m singing. I won’t sing anything that I don’t think is a great song.

“I sell my acoustic album alongside the street songs.

“People have wondered why I haven’t had records out, a record deal was something that never happened but I’ve had a lot of publishing deals and written a lot of songs.

Dean is also something of an internet sensation after a video of him busking in Guildford was posted on whatwesee.com went viral.

The video of him singing a version of ‘Mad World’ by Tears for Fears currently has 3,780,368 views online.

Dean said: “The comments and the shares have been huge. It went viral but the nice thing is it was spontaneous, you never know who’s filming you.

“The quality of the music, and the sound and the atmosphere made it very compelling, so that particular film had nearly 4 million views.

“I play in other places, Winchester, Kingston, Newbury you know around the area but Guildford is one of my favourite places. I like the people, I like the stones in the high street they make good acoustics.”

He added: “Because of the viral videos I’m playing Victorious festival in August, in Portsmouth. It’s got Elbow, madness and stereophonics headlining and I’ll be playing on the Sunday.

Dean is hoping to recreate this viral success in aid of charity International Gardens of Peace and has filmed a video as part of the Seymours I’ve Got Skills Challenge.

The challenge was launched by the Surrey-based estate agents on April 1 2017 and aims to uncover local talent and give back the community.

The skill can be anything from singing to cheerleading and the person or team behind the video with the most likes and shares online will win £2000 for their chosen charity or organisation.

To get involved in the Seymours ‘I’ve Got Skills’ Challenge just visit http://www.seymours-estates.co.uk/articles/latest for more information about creating your video plus the competition terms and conditions.

You can see Dean’s video on the Seymours Facebook page.