Dance Gavin Dance Split with Vocalist Tilian Pearson

Dance Gavin Dance Split with Vocalist Tilian Pearson

- By Ramon Gonzales

Read statements from both the former vocalist and the remaining members of the band.

Following a somewhat turbulent couple of years for Dance Gavin Dance, the band has opted to start anew and have confirmed they have parted ways for longtime vocalist, Tilian Pearson

Back in 2022, the band was dealt a significant blow when allegations of sexual misconduct and substance abuse involving Pearson surfaced. The controversy was coupled with the sudden and tragic loss of DGD bassist Tim Feerick who passed away unexpectedly in April of 2022. 

While Pearson denied the allegations, he did pursue professional help and entered a rehab facility to begin treatment. He would ultimately resume his post with Dance Gavin Dance later that year as the band found new life on their Jackpot Juicer Tour. However, it would seem the reconnection has run its course as both the remaining members of the band and Pearson himself have confirmed they have since split and are moving forward after 12 years together. 

In a statement shared to the band's social media, Dance Gavin Dance published the following: 

“Dance Gavin Dance has always attempted to reconcile situations internally. But, after much consideration, we have as a collective decided to say farewell to our long time member and friend, Tilian. We wish him luck, along with our support and respect for his future endeavors in music and life.

We thank him for his years of friendship and contribution during his time in Dance Gavin Dance. As people grow and change, creative differences can arise and life paths and goals may no longer align.

We want to thank you for your support over the past two decades. We are truly grateful that we can continue to play music as a career and we are excited to move forward with this new era for the band.

- Will, Matt, Jon, and Andrew“

Taking to his own platform, Pearson also affirmed the news with what seemed to be an amicable farewell. Pearson said:

“I had an absolute blast making songs and albums with this group of unbelievably talented dudes for the past 12 years.

We had a truly unique connection with one of the most dynamic fan bases out there. I have nothing but gratitude for the lush and enigmatic experience we all got to share together in this era of Dance Gavin Dance.

In more recent years, we were lucky enough to build relationships with the outstanding men and women that joined our touring crew. They were instrumental in making our shows larger than life, and I’ll always cherish their part in what we were able to create.

Now it’s time for a new chapter. I will be focusing on making new music on a different canvas. I’m currently in the studio perfecting a new Tilian album and will be playing live shows to support it later this year.

I know the future will hold new collaborations and new projects, so I hope that any of you I’ve connected with musically or poetically will lend your ears to the next melodic alchemy I intend on cooking up.

Eternally thankful,



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