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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 in 1986 at the age of twenty. The most common reason given for changing his name was “for stage purposes” though there are indications from those close to him that there were other circumstances involved that Dez has never commented on publicly. 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 in 1985 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 in 1986 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 in 1989 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.

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