SongVault Artist Profile
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia, United States
New Age / Ambient
With more than 10 years of experience recording and spending the better half of twenty years studying and playing piano, Dylan Patrick Smith has established himself as a a musician who is versatile and creative. Using the stage name of Deosil and using the internet as a springboard, he has reached out to people all over the world with his blend of ethereal melodies, nature sounds, chanting, live percussion and vocals. Dylan wishes to be referred to as an "electro-acoustic composer" and is inspired almost daily to create new sonic landscapes. Whether he is creating a simple bass line or going out into a natural setting to record the serenity of ocean waves, Deosil has mastered the process of recording and molding his creation into something that can be accessible to everyone.
However, this steadfast determination to create another worldly experience began much more humbly and not so well noticed. About 15 years ago, armed with only a small sequencer, keyboard, and tape deck, Dylan (as his friends know him) started to record basic melodies and not really think much about it. Most of the songs were classical arrangements that really didn't have much substance. However, as the years went on MIDI instruments and recording capabilities became easier to acquire. It wasn't until 1998 that things began to change. Studying classical music and going for a Masters Degree in piano performance was the building block for his musical development. 2000 was the final year of his studies and during that time he learned about digital recording, editing, and audio engineering. It was only natural that the knowledge of MIDI and audio recording would lend itself to a more polished sound to all of his works.
Several years later, including an underground success as a local North Carolina trance DJ, he decided to devote his full attention to recording. In 2004 he saw aw the development of his music into a full scale, full production recording process. In 2005 with more and more audio mastering programs, MIDI editing, VST instruments, audio samplers, loop based sequencers, etc. at his disposal, Deosil was ready to finish a year long project that he knew would be ready for the world: his first album, "Beyond This Plane Of Existence." As of May 2007, he completed his critically acclaimed studio album "Lucid Dreaming" and released an all acoustic piano album called "Poetry" in October 2007.
Now, in 2008, Deosil has had the opportunity to reach audiences through even more outlets such as web radio interviews, mp3 sites such as MyMusicSite and SongVault, as well as using an electronic press kit from SonicBids to showcase his talents. Deosil has garnered accolades and praise from listeners and reviewers worldwide and has been asked to be hosted on a highly rated New Age website based out of Denmark, and to have his music featured on several European CD ambient compilations.
Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Dylan has studied music since he was eight years old. Piano was his first instrument and years later, in 1997, graduated with a Bachelors in Piano Performance and a minor in Composition. In 2001 he graduated with a Masters in Piano Performance along with a year long study of recording/studio engineering. Since 2005, he has begun a different path: the path of sound healing. He began his own private label Other Realm Music with the mission of creating music that will heal people by using acoustic elements with the electronic. Since that time he has become interested in meditational practices and learning about the healing properties music can provide. Combining acoustic elements with electronic ambience makes for a very special sound in his music. His live shows demonstrate how he merges the acoustic realm with the electronic by combining synthesizers, effects machines, and computer aided sequencers with Tibetan singing bowls, Native American flutes, vocal toning, and improvisational melodies.
He currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife Sarah, and has read and studied ethnomusicology, classical music, jazz, minimalism, earth based religions, vedic writings, and the teachings of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. In 2007, he completed projects that included a live performances during healing seminars, providing the musical background for local hypnotherapists, and donating his time to charity benefit concerts around the Hampton Roads area.