House Blend | Episode 11A: Dennis Atlas
About the Artist
Drawing influences from a variety of genres from progressive rock to classical, keyboardist-composer-singer Dennis Atlas of Saugus, Calif., is fast developing a signature style as a writer and performer.
Growing up in a musical household, and a musician himself since the age of 9, Atlas, now 13, has studied formally with music teachers and informally with other young musicians.
A student at Rio Norte Junior High, he is also learning to play trumpet in the school band.
A year ago, Dennis and his older brother Roger, a guitarist and drummer, co-founded the progressive rock group Slow Motion. The four-member band has composed original material, posted videos on YouTube, and appeared on SCVTV’s “House Blend” in fall 2010.
At the same time, Dennis continued developing his own solo material. He has posted several videos of solo performances on YouTube, and completed his nine-song debut solo album, “Progressions,” in late 2010.
In his first solo TV appearance, Dennis returns to the “House Blend” stage to talk with host Stephen K. Peeples and perform two songs — one from the album titled “Integrating Consciousness” (instrumental) and another yet to be recorded, titled “An Image Without You” (vocal).
Find out more at his Facebook page. Search Dennis Atlas.
ABOUT THE HOST
“House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when The-Signal.com was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.