Dean Altstaetter is a classically trained, jazz and blues inspired keyboard player who is a rock enthusiast. While his last name may suggest a strong, German musical heritage, his Latin American roots (from Panama) add a dash of spice and a pinch of passion to the mix and live this passion is evident. Deans influences are Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Diana Krall, Nat King Cole, David Foster, Harry Connick Jr., “Groove” Holmes, Van Halen, Steely Dan and the popular Chicago. Dean has played with groups along the lines of Blue Lou Marini, Hepcat Revival, The Vernon Neeley Jazz Quartet and Broken Yoke. Deans first encounter with The Hipnotix began at Canal Days in Delphos, OH and almost a year later he would hear that an opening would become available and the band would give him his big break. Dean’s favorite artist is Franz Liszt,  one of history’s great pianists. He’s also a fan of popular music.Dean is extremely versatile and compliments the talents in all of the players and singers. “The Hipnotix has some amazing fans and thanks for adding to the excitement each time we play “