I am Wesley Dean, an Australian singer/songwriter, an award winning singer/songwriter, no less. I was born in Adelaide on September 14, 1982. That makes me just 38. In the late 90’s at the age of 14, my parents divorced, I moved to Sydney to pursue my dream, my calling, to write and perform music. I always knew that was my thing. I began playing in bars and clubs across Sydney, lying about my age so they’d let me in. Night after night, club and bar after bar, you grow up fast and you hone your craft or you don’t keep the gig.
The collection of songs here is a reflection of these early years. I was criticised and rejected by A&R staff at labels in Australia for writing songs beyond my years, by that I mean, these guys told me there’s no way a young kid can be writing about deep life experiences at 15. I was actually held back for writing meaningful songs. My writing has always been a reflection of life experiences and society. They couldn’t handle it. I remember one guy in particular telling me to come back to him when I was 40.