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The History of Dezert Rocket
Dez Rocket released his first singles as a solo artist in 2014, but that isn’t when his career began... not by a long shot.
Dez was born David Edward Laschke in St. Louis, Mo, US and changed his name to Dezert X Rocket at the age of 20. As a youngster he excelled in athletics and eventually received a scholarship to play football at Central Methodist University where he played and studied for 2 years. This is where he formed his first band before dropping out of college to pursue a career in music. After a brief time in Florida as the lead singer of his cousins band, Dez was offered the opportunity to film his first ever music video in St. Louis for an original song he recorded called “Don’t Fight About It”. At that time, Dez was broke and desperate to make a living at what he loved most, so he started playing in cover bands and eventually began touring a large swath of North America as a lead vocalist, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist. He found his way to Los Angeles where he played the local circuit for several months before quitting cover bands entirely to focus solely on originals and eventually calling LA home for the next 17 years.
During his time in LA, Dez was a member of 3 bands, most notably his original altrock punk band Chongo Guru (1995-2002) playing most of their shows in and around Los Angeles to a local cult following. He was involved on major productions in music, television and film, spent a brief time modeling for Vanity International and recorded many original songs helping to propel and develop his own style. Dezert has performed songs on stage with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, members of Blue Oyster Cult and Pavlov’s Dog, has been on set with the likes of Bruce Willis, Andy Griffith, Barbara Hershey and Steven Seagal, and worked backline production with artists like Social D, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Beck, Deftones, Smokey Robinson and the list goes on and on.
In 2008 Dez moved back to St. Louis and assembled a production studio where he recorded Boo Shaboo, an album he completed in 2010, and a departure from his days in Chongo Guru in that it had more of a pop element and included synthesizers, one of Dez’ first loves, but the album was never officially released. Then in 2014 he began releasing his first singles as a solo artist/producer and filmed two music videos in his old stomping grounds of Los Angeles before returning again in 2018 and spending the better part of 2 years in Tujunga, California where he recorded his self titled album “Dezert Rocket”. The much anticipated album was released October 8, 2021 and received robust airplay on FM radio stations across The United States and Canada with many markets seeing an increase in rotation well after the release date. He also appeared in numerous interviews and blogs across the globe. Then, in June of 2022, Dez released an album of previously recorded tracks called Boo Shaboo II which included 4 previously unreleased tracks.
UPDATE! April, 2023: Well 2022 was a busy year, writing over fifty songs and recording nearly 2 dozen candidates in pre-production for the new album! Going strong and still anticipating a release later this year!