Interactive Interview: Dean Ween on Music, Fishing, and Sharks


It’s been almost three decades since a couple of kids from Pennsylvania met in class and decided to start making some extremely odd music under the moniker of Ween. Since then, Dean and Gene Ween (aka Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo) surprised everyone by tackling multiple genres, embracing the art of songwriting, and proving their musicianship — all while keeping one foot on the weird side. The band is still going strong, with its 12th album on the way, and in the meantime, Melchiondo has also started seriously indulging his other passion: fishing.

The man known to his fans as Dean Ween now runs Mickey’s Guide Service, a sportfishing business that gives you the chance to hit the water with him and reel in some major catches. (We sent a writer out with him last year to experience it firsthand.) In the latest Flavorpill Interactive Interview, we quiz him on camera about his aquatic adventures, the history of his band, and what his own favorite Ween album is.

For more Dean Ween, visit the official Ween website, become a fan on Facebook, learn more about Mickey’s Guide Service, and check out our Fishing with Ween photo gallery.

Also be sure to watch more artists in the Flavorpill Interactive Interview Series, including Ellie Goulding, Morgan Spurlock, and Sasha Grey.