Dean Friedman

Event Details

Event date: 
06 October 2014
Event time: 
Venue Address: 
Room 101A

Songwriting tips and how to survive the music-biz as an eclectic singer-songwriter after being banned by the BBC.

•    Who should attend? 
Anyone aspiring to a career as an indie musician in a constantly evolving music industry will benefit from the real-world experiences of this chart-topping recording artist.

•    Session Content
Making choices – the key to the ‘craft’ of songwriting – writing your songs vs letting them write themselves.

Asking questions – they key to solving song puzzles and working your way out of tight corners – interrogating your source material will tell you what your song is about.

Saying what you mean, meaning what you say – truth, honesty and resonance, in your writing and your performing – curiously, this also applies to every other facet of your personal and professional life – except for, you know… taxes.

•    Why you shouldn't miss this class:
One of Barenaked Ladies first airplay hits, in Canada, was a cover of Dean Friedman’s song, McDonald’s Girl, banned by the BBC, #1 in Norway and 30 years later licensed by the McDonald’s Corporation for a national TV/Radio campaign in the US.

Dean composed, produced and performed the music to the hit TV series Boon for five seasons, as well as the film soundtrack to the cult horror classic, “I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle”, including the featured track ‘She Runs on Blood, Not Gasoline’.

To book this masterclass, email: with your name/course and the subject line: Dean Friedman Masterclass.

Dean Friedman first delighted UK audiences with his chart-topping hit, Lucky Stars. The now classic single, paved the way for a slew of hits off Friedman's critically acclaimed album, "Well, Well" Said the Rocking Chair", including fan favorites, Lydia, Rocking Chair, Woman of Mine, McDonald’s Girl and Ariel. 

Pursuing his career as a truly independent artist (his albums are financed, not by a major label, but directly by his fans via his website,, Friedman has earned a loyal, international following with his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’. Songs like ‘Saturday Fathers’, ‘Jennifer’s Baby’, ‘Where Have All the Angels Flown? and ‘It’s My Job’, have prompted enthusiastic audiences to proclaim his songs as ‘the soundtrack to their lives’, dealing as they do with family, friends, neighbours, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately compelling, stuff of everyday life. 

Friedman has composed and produced soundtracks for TV and film and has designed VR (Virtual Reality) games for Nickelodeon, Fuji TV and theme parks. He authored the first consumer guide for synthesizers and his instructional video series, ‘Synthesizer Basics’ has become a YouTube staple, viewed by music synthesizer fans around the world.