I'm Dave and I'm always tapping on something or other, much
to everyone's annoyance. First a little bit about my background.
started drumming when I was about 18. Up until then I had been
playing guitar. The band I was in needed a drummer and it seemed
that everyone we had down for audition couldn't play the parts
we needed; I found myself behind the kit, showing them what
we wanted. This made my mind up for me. I sold my guitar equipment
and started learning to play the drums. I listened and played
along to my favourite bands at the time - Rush, Pink Floyd,
Van Halen, and The Beatles; I soon realized the drums really
were for me.
the last 20 years playing drums I have been influenced by lots
of different bands and drummers. Here are a few of my favourites:
Neil Peart, Keith Moon, Terry Bozzio, Dave Weckle, Mike Portnoy,
Nick D'Virgilio, Phil Collins, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Mangini,
Chad Wackerman, Steve Gadd, Rod Morgenstein, Simon Phillips,
Gregg Bissonette, Alex Van Halen, Carmin and Vinny Appice, Alan
White, Andy Newmark and Morgan Argen.
joined Strangefish in 1991. The first time I played with these
guys I covered for their existing drummer who was double booked
performing with another band. I had to learn the set in breakneck
time and performed pretty well considering. After that, the
guys decided I should join them and I was very happy to do so.
Initially I was blown away with the vocal melodies and catchiness
of the material. Over the next couple of years the music took
a few different turns and headed down the progressive path we
are on now.
we are writing we usually jam ideas around with Steve joining
in with vocal melody and off the cuff lyrics. Some of his jammed
words will stay in the song. We seem to have a unique chemistry
together and bounce off each other during rehearsals and in
are constantly writing new music and even ideas that have been
shelved in the past can make an entrance if we think they will