Dean started learning guitar at the age of 7 and was influenced by music from The Shadows. At the age of 12, he won a Fender Stratocaster in a playing competition awarded by Bruce Welch of The Shadows. This lead to touring the UK and Europe with Bruce Welch and other 'Shadows' members.
By the age of 14, Dean had achieved grade 8 electric guitar with RGT, which he is now registered with as an experienced tutor.
At 15, he joined a semi professional rock and roll band called The Heartbeats and started working with other session musicians in theatre productions.
Dean started his business at the age of 17, teaching the guitar at Sharon Music in Gillingham and running his recording studio at home. He also built his first guitar and this was the first step in learning the trade of becoming a luthier. At the age of 21, he built his present recording studio in Rainham, where he now teaches guitar.
In 2007, he started up Jam Nights in the local area, so that his students could benefit from playing with experienced musicians in front of a live audience - see Session work for more info.
Dean has played in several bands since he joined The Heartbeats, and has had the privilege to work alongside some of the best musicians in the UK. He played with "The Lovedays" for 2 years and released their album 'House of Cards' in 2009. They played all over the country including the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, and Kenny's Castaways in New York City. He also played drums for Billy Wears Dresses, who signed to Formant Records in 2010 and released their first two singles into the shops in 2008.
Dean now devotes most of his time to teaching, recording & engineering in the studio and playing with MasterClass - a successful professional 3 piece events covers band that has played all over the UK and Europe, Acoustica - an acoustic guitar duo with Barry Kitchin, newly formed Royal Monster - UK tribute to Royal Blood, and to the new guitar workshop.
Dean is very dedicated and passionate about his work and would like to thank everyone around him including students and customers for their continued support and dedication.
Recording | mixing | mastering | drum replacement | vocal & instrument correction | audio restoration | audio quantisation
Singers, bands, duos, voice overs, soloists... are all welcome.
Yamaha drums with sabian cymbals, blackstar / orange / vox amplifiers, yamaha digital piano, tc electronic / yamaha effects, cubase recording software / plugins, Presonus interfaces / headphone amps, beyer headphones, mackie / soundcraft mixers, KRK monitors, AKG / RODE / Sennheiser / Shure mics
Audio mastering available for single tracks / EPs / albums.
Mastering is the final process of the production process that brings the track to life and prepares it for CD / download. Starting at £10 per track, discounts available for multiple tracks.
"Can definitely recommend this service. That's my guitar in the picture and it plays like a dream since Dean gave it the necessary TLC"
"I'm chuffed to bits now my beautiful guitar has been fixed by Dean at DWS in Rainham Kent. Three new frets and re-profiled, she plays and sounds wonderful."
"Thanks Dean Whale :)"
"A thumping good job matey :)"
"Thank you Dean for a great setup on my beloved USA tele. It has never played better, Quality workmanship great service"
"Great job on pre amp upgrade for my APX, very neat. Cheers Dean"
If you know what string gauge you specifically require, just ask. If not a suitable gauge will be selected. You are welcome to supply your own strings.
For other services, please enquire for a quotation.
sessions: musician / duo / band & DJ hire
Here you can find demos of MasterClass events band, Acoustica and some of Dean Whale's arrangements that have all been recorded at DW Studios.
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