Holland performing with The Offspring in 2009
|Birth name||Bryan Keith Holland|
|Born||December 29, 1965|
|Origin||Garden Grove, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Punk rock, skate punk, pop punk, ska punk, alternative rock|
|Occupations||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, piano, keyboards, percussion, bass|
|Labels||Nitro, Epitaph, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Columbia|
|Associated acts||The Offspring|
Bryan Keith "Dexter" Holland (born December 29, 1965) is an American musician and molecular biology graduate student, best known as the singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for the punk rock band The Offspring.
Education and scientific career
Holland attended Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, where he graduated as class valedictorian in 1984. During high school, Holland was the best student in mathematics in his year, and he found it "just as exciting as punk rock". He then attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in molecular biology, and commenced a Ph.D. in molecular biology. After the success of The Offspring, he suspended his candidature to focus on music. Holland has said that, at 40 years of age, he would rather be a professor at a university than play music.
As of 2013, Holland is a doctoral student at the Laboratory of Viral Oncology and Proteomics Research, Keck School of Medicine, where he is supervised by Professor Suraiya Rasheed. In March 2013, Holland and co-authors published a paper in PLoS One regarding microRNA in HIV genomes, titled "Identification of Human MicroRNA-Like Sequences Embedded within the Protein-Encoding Genes of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus". The original academic paper describes the use of computational molecular biological (in silico) approaches to identify microRNA-like sequences in HIV. These sequences are suggested to have evolved to self-regulate survival of the virus in the host by evading its immune responses and thus influence the persistence, replication, and pathogenicity of HIV.
Holland's early influences include Aerosmith, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, KISS, Bob Marley, Queen, and The Rolling Stones. After he met friend and cross-country teammate Greg K., they started a local punk band called Manic Subsidal in 1984, where he played the drums. It formed after the duo failed to get into a Social Distortion concert in 1984. After James Lilja was hired as their drummer, Holland switched to both vocals and guitars. They never released any albums, but some demos have existed online.
After some line-up changes, Manic Subsidal changed their name to The Offspring in 1985. After recording a demo in 1988, The Offspring signed a deal with a small-time label, Nemesis Records, for whom they recorded their first full length album, The Offspring, in March 1989. This album would eventually be re-issued on November 21, 1995 by Holland's own record label, Nitro Records.
In 1991, The Offspring signed with Epitaph Records (home of Bad Religion, L7, NOFX, Pennywise and other similar bands). Their first release on the label was Ignition, which was released in 1992. Their last album for that label was 1994's Smash, which still holds the world record for most sales of an album on an independent label. The band then signed with Columbia Records in 1996 (although Dexter claims that Brett Gurewitz, owner of Epitaph and guitarist for Bad Religion, sold the contract to Columbia) for whom they released their next six albums, Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), Americana (1998), Conspiracy of One (2000), Splinter (2003), Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008), and their most recent, Days Go By (2012).
Dexter Holland sometimes plays the piano during live shows. Occasionally the band plays Gone Away, with only Dexter playing the song on piano.
Holland has his own brand of hot sauce named Gringo Bandito and featuring Holland with bandoliers, revolvers, a sombrero and shades—as a possible homage to the logo for Tapatío hot sauce or Pancho Villa.
Gringo Bandito was launched in late 2006, after Holland, who grew up in Southern California where Mexican cuisine is considered a "part of the way of life", wondered "if [he] could do [a hot sauce] better".
On the conception of the hot sauce, Holland states that in the early 2000s, while eating Mexican food, he began to read the label of a bottle of Tapatío; "It just clicked that I had to make one,” he says. “People who like hot sauce are a certain type of people. They're passionate. They'll have a bottle with them wherever they go. I'm one of those people. And when I'm into something, I really get into it. It's like my music—I liked records, so I learned how to play a guitar. After that? A band".
In 1997, Holland and former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, teamed up to form the F.S.U. Foundation, which raised funds through charity concerts. The foundation did benefit shows to raise money for various charities including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Poor People's United Fund, Trees Foundation, and Amnesty International.
Holland participated in the 2006 Los Angeles Marathon; his charity of choice was the Innocence Project, a non-profit legal clinic that handles legal cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence.
Holland was married to hairstylist Kristine Luna, the sister of Andrea Luna, and a co-writer on the Ignition album. Holland and Luna met in 1992 and married in 1995. They divorced in 2012.
All of Holland's Ibanez RG body guitars are made out of mahogany and fitted with DiMarzio Super Distortion bridge pickups. During their latest recordings, Holland used a vintage Gibson SG Junior.
Holland appears on all nine of The Offspring's albums. For a comprehensive list, see The Offspring discography.
- The Vandals – Hitler Bad, Vandals Good (1998) (co-wrote "Too Much Drama")
- AFI – Black Sails in the Sunset (1999) ("Clove Smoke Catharsis", "The Prayer Position" and "God Called In Sick")
- The Aquabats – The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death! (1999) (co-wrote "Amino Man!" and does backing vocals on that song)
- The Vandals – Look What I Almost Stepped In... (2000) (co-wrote "Jackass" and does backing vocals on that song)
- Dwarves – The Dwarves Must Die (2004) ("Salt Lake City" and "Massacre")
- Ron Emory – Walk That Walk (2010) (backing vocals on "I'm Not Alone")
- Dwarves – The Dwarves Are Born Again (2011) ("Looking Out for Number One" and "Happy Birthday Suicide")
- Dwarves – The Dwarves Invented Rock 'n Roll (2014) (backing vocals)
Notes and references
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- "Dexter Holland - The Offspring Site". theoffspringsite.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- "Morning Minutes for Saturday, December 29". littlefallstimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- "An Interview with Dexter Holland". Bravo. 1995.
- "Greg Graffin PhD and Smart Rock Stars by Jaan Uhelszki". themortonreport.com. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Dexter Holland Discusses His Recently Published Paper 3/22/2013 - YouTube
- "Dexter Holland from The Offspring Publishes Research Paper…What the Heck Is It About?". http://kroq.cbslocal.com/. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- Bryan Holland, Jonathan Wong, Meng Li, Suraiya Rasheed. (2013.) "Identification of Human MicroRNA-Like Sequences Embedded within the Protein-Encoding Genes of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus", PLoS One, 8(3):1–10.
- Dexter Holland turns 47
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- "How Far Can Dexter Holland's Gringo Bandito Go?". OC Weekly. 4 March 2010.
- Boucher, Geoff (7 January 2009). "Rocker Dexter Holland's spicy offspring: Gringo Bandito hot sauce". Los Angeles Times.
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- "Offspring's Noodles: 'I Don't Care To Argue How Punk I Am' | Interviews". Ultimate-guitar.com. 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "Vandals, The – Hitler Bad, Vandals Good". Discogs. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "AFI – Black Sails In The Sunset". Discogs. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "Aquabats!, The – Vs. The Floating Eye Of Death! And Other Amazing Adventures - Vol. 1". Discogs. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "Vandals, The – Look What I Almost Stepped In...". Discogs. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "Dwarves – The Dwarves Must Die – Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "Ron Emory: Reflecting His Walk". Distorted Magazine. May 1, 2010. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "The Short-But-Sweet Interview: The Dwarves' Blag Dahlia". UGO Networks. March 14, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
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