Dion Roy is an emerging artist on the indie music scene, fusing his bass-inspired roots with his knack for writing an unforgettable pop/rock hook.
Born in Namibia, raised in South Africa, later raised in New Jersey and now a true New Yorker at heart, Roy has lived and breathed the downtown Lower East Side music landscape for the past 9 years. Playing as a bassist in several bands over the years, Dion Roy has graced the stage at all of the usual NYC suspects, including The Bitter End, The Red Lion, Pianos, and Arctica Bar, and opened for high-profile acts like The Donnas, Bleu, and Ben Kweller, while touring throughout the North-Eastern College circuit.
This introspective and enigmatic musician has moved on from group bassist to solo vocalist and songwriter, with a debut CD (“Gallery”) released in Spring 2009. While Roy’s songs draw upon personal experiences (he calls the album “very personal”) they also speak to a greater audience about conflicting perspectives and desires. The ten-track album “Gallery” features songs whose themes include addictive love (“Come Back Around”) and failed relationships (“Wants It”), the betrayal brought on by a loved one’s substance abuse (“Orchid”), and the useless carnage of war (“Blind World”). The common thread throughout these diverse songs is Roy’s fresh combination of catchy pop hooks with brooding, raw emotionality.
WDHA 105.5 DJ Lindsay Klein gushes that Roy has “raw and natural talent…with amazing energy pouring into his lyrics and music”. And Ed Jupp, music blogger at 17 Seconds, calls Dion Roy’s debut “something special, routed in its’ wonderful simplicity… A man who could make us believe in the notion of the singer-songwriter again!”
His blend of genres has drawn comparisons to other singer/songwriters like Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, and Damien Rice, and electronic bands such as Keane, Postal Service, and Snow Patrol. But what distinguishes this young artist is his genuine lack of pretense and his guarded nature. He almost never reveals the stories behind his songs, encouraging his fans to find their own connection to the words.
His debut album “Gallery” was released on June 9th, 2009 and is available on Amazon and iTunes. For touring dates and other information, visit his official site at www.DionRoy.com