Brendan Patrick Rice (born March 11, 1997), better known by his stage name Gus Dapperton, is an American singer-songwriter from Warwick, New York. His band consists of himself, his sister Amadelle, and lifelong friends Yendawg and Tommy Sibilla.
Dapperton began making his own music after winning a songwriting contest in the eighth grade and then eventually released his first single “Moodna, Once With Grace” in 2016. He gained traction when his singles “I’m Just Snacking and Prune, You Talk Funny went viral on YouTube in 2017 and he has dropped a project every year from then to 2020 with his debut album Where Polly People Go to Read. coming out in 2019.
Dapperton specialises in genre-bending music that contradicts itself and defies the norm and he describes himself as “a producer first and foremost”. Sonically, he often juxtaposes sunny-sounding beats with eccentric lyrics that discuss saddening themes and showcase his diverse vocals that range from velvety to gravelly.
In an interview with Another Man, he said:
There’s nothing I’m really trying to achieve except for making music to help myself, and sharing that with listeners