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Tilian Pearson (born July 12, 1987), also known mononymously as Tilian, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer born in Clearwater, Florida. He is best known as the clean vocalist in post-hardcore band Dance Gavin Dance.
In 2007, he formed the progressive rock band Tides of Man releasing one self-titled EP and 2 studio albums, Empire Theory (2009) and Dreamhouse (2010) through Rise Records. In 2010, he departed from the band to write for several other bands such as Saosin, Emarosa, and Night Verses.
As a solo musician, he has released 2 studio albums, Material Me (2013) and Perfect Enemy (2015), and one EP, Future Friends (2014) through Vital Records. In 2012, he became a member of Dance Gavin Dance, replacing Jonny Craig on vocals, and released the albums Acceptance Speech (2013) and Instant Gratification (2015) with the band through Rise Records.
Formation of Tides of Man (2007–2010)
In early 2007, Pearson formed progressive rock band Tides of Man consisting of lead guitarist Spencer Gill, rhythm guitarist Adam Sene, bass guitarist Alan Jaye, and percussionist Josh Gould, at the time. The band recorded their debut full-length studio album titled Empire Theory throughout September 2008 with producer Matt Malpass and was released through Rise Records on August 4, 2009. They also released their sophomore studio album, Dreamhouse, in 2010. After touring for 2 years, he announced his departure from the band on December 20, 2010 through a message on Myspace. Since Pearson's departure, Tides of Man has become an instrumental and progressive rock band consisting of little-to-no vocal use in their recent material.
Writing for other bands (2011–2012)
Following his departure from Tides of Man, he began working with post-hardcore bands Emarosa and Archives (currently known as Night Verses), and was an in-studio member for alternative rock band Saosin. The demos for the Emarosa tracks "Supercrow" and "Mamba" were leaked onto the Internet throughout 2012. The demo version of "Exfoliator", a song performed by Saosin, was leaked onto the web in 2013.
Solo material and Dance Gavin Dance (2013–2015)
Following the departure of Jonny Craig from his band Dance Gavin Dance on August 21, 2012, it was rumored that Pearson would be serving as a temporary touring member to pursue clean vocal duties for the band. Despite the fact that Pearson was in the midst of recording a full-length follow-up album to his debut album Material Me (2013), he subsequently became a permanent member and recorded vocals for the band's fifth studio album, Acceptance Speech. The album was released on October 8, 2013 through Rise Records. The album received mixed and positive reviews from critics, with praise being directed towards certain aspects of the album. However, Pearson's vocals received lukewarm reviews, along with the unique mix of genres. Deadpress concluded their review by saying "what we have here is a refreshing DGD who've managed to maintain their identity regardless, and maybe we'll also have a consistent line-up for the foreseeable future" and gave the album a rating of 8/10. The album spawned the single "Strawberry Swisher Pt. 3", which was released on October 10, 2013, accompanied by its music video which premiered on October 31, 2013.
Pearson toured with the band extensively in support of the album. The band embarked on The Acceptance Speech Tour on April 16 in Seattle, Washington and concluded on May 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. On September 14, 2014, it was announced that the band was to headline the annual Rise Records tour beginning on November 16 in Seattle. The tour concluded in Santa Cruz, California on December 7, 2014 with supporting acts SECRETS, Alive Like Me, and Defeat The Low.
On February 9, 2015, it was announced that Dance Gavin Dance were releasing their sixth studio album, Instant Gratification on April 14, 2015 through Rise Records, being the second album featuring Pearson on vocals. "On the Run" was released as the lead single on February 12, 2015 and the second single, "We Own the Night", was released on March 13, 2015. In support of the album, the band embarked on the Instant Gratification Tour and served as supporting acts on the Take Action! Tour with metalcore band Memphis May Fire, Palisades, and Crown the Empire. He featured on post-hardcore band Slaves' song "Winter Everywhere", from their album Routine Breathing.
Tilian released his solo extended play, Future Friends, on December 16, 2014 through Vital Records. On June 29, 2015, Pearson announced that he would be entering the studio and recording new material with producer Kris Crummett on September 1. Tilian began recording vocals for the album on September 9. Two weeks later, Pearson finished recording the album. He released his single "Tug Of War" along with its music video on October 16, 2015.
On October 29, 2015, he announced his sophomore studio album Perfect Enemy, which was released on November 27, 2015 through Vital Records. In support of the album, he announced his headlining solo tour with supporting act Myke Terry (formerly of metalcore band Bury Your Dead). The tour took place from January 28 to February 5, 2016.
Tilian toured with Dance Gavin Dance throughout November and December 2015 on the 10 Year Anniversary Tour with supporting acts Slaves, A Lot Like Birds, Dayshell, and Strawberry Girls. Throughout the tour, Tilian switched out as lead vocalist with the band's former vocalists Jonny Craig and Kurt Travis.
Solo tour, Tree City Sessions, and new Dance Gavin Dance album (2016–present)
Dance Gavin Dance performed at So What Music Festival in Grand Prairie, Texas on March 20, 2016. The band also performced at the Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 2, 2016. The band is set to release the live album, Tree City Sessions, on May 13, 2016 through Rise Records. On Reddit, Pearson revealed that Dance Gavin Dance would not be touring on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour and would be focussing on recording the band's seventh studio album from April to June, which is planned to be released in the fall of 2016.
On March 14, 2016, it was announced that Tilian Pearson would be embarking on a solo tour along with Jonny Craig with supporting acts Kurt Travis, Myke Terry, and Victory Heights. Tour dates were revealed on March 22. In promotion for the tour, Pearson and Craig released the collabortive song "Back to Life" for fans who purchased exclusive VIP packages for the tour. The tour will begin at the Oakland Metro in Oakland, California on April 22 and will conclude at Stummers in Fresno, California on May 15, 2016.