The ladies can’t resist a smooth singing Brazilian who shreds on guitar and has an accent! Bossa Nova, Blues, Rock, Jazz, whatever – David Shyde has been the Ace up our sleeve since 2011. We really aren’t kidding about the ladies part; they literally love him. And his guitar skills are also no joke; this guy shreds with style. From the smallest of bookings to our largest corporate events, David always has a smile and kind words for everyone he speaks with regardless if they are the Client or part of the catering company. He immigrated to the US without even knowing the language to pursue his music passion in 2006. Since then he has become a shining example to all who respect and admire the American Dream. This month, we invite you to learn more about a person we have genuinely grown to love and appreciate through all of the years working together. Oh yah, he also has a 5 year old son that is the spitting image of him and already picking up the guitar… watch out! We share a video of his son jamming out at the end of the interview > Check it out!
Prince or Michael Jackson?
Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles?
Another hard question. Both.
Tupac or Biggie?
Paul McCartney or John Lennon?
John Lennon – “Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.”
ACDC or Led Zepplin?
Both! Led Zeppelin, one of the reasons I started playing the electric guitar. Listing to my dads LP song Rock and Roll. Angus and the guitar tone, two huge influences on my guitar playing.
Name 3 musicians/groups that you will listen to for the rest of your life:
Very hard question. Mark Knopfler, Joao Gilberto, Cidadão Quem …I have way more…Eric Claton, BB King, Djavan, Lulu Santos, Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, Nuno Bittencourt, Tom Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmore, Eduardo Ardanuy , Mr.Big , Paul Gilbert, Metallica, Bach.
Who were you listening to before sitting down to answer all these questions?
My 5 year old boy playing in the living room.
What style would YOU call your music?
The groove is BRAZILIAN , my vocals are POP and my guitar is BLUES/ROCK. You tell me! =)
How old were you when you started playing music and who got you going?
I was 11 years old. I was inspired by my uncle Eduardo. He contributed very much to my musician life, not only inspiring me, but he exposed me to a lot of good music. My dad has great taste in music too. Grew up listing to Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, David Lee Roth, Pink Floyd, Buddy Guy and some of my dad’s old LPs.
First song you ever wrote; what was it about?
I used to write a lot of Instrumental music. Singing is a new thing for me. Some of the music was about my heart breaking experiences and my dreams.
What do you remember about your first public performance?
It was at a sweet sixteen birthday party, we played Metallica the whole night, they were the only songs we knew how to play as a band. Our first song was “Seek and Destroy”. Funny night!
One of the best gigs you ever played:
I have more than one. The one that is the most memorable of them was in Brazil with Cidadão Quem. I had the chance to play with them as a guest on a tv show. After that we became friends. I mentioned to Duca Leindecker ( guitar player and singer of CQ ) months later that I had a band and I wanted to record a single. We ended up recording at his studio, Submarino Amarelo. If I’m not wrong we were the first band to record there. Duca produced, recorded and sang backing vocals. Man, for me it was a dream because I was and currently am a huge fan of his band and music. At the time they were going out on tour and I asked him just joking around: Hey Duca, can we open for you guys ? He said: How about I call you guys in the middle of the show and you guys play 3 songs with our instruments? “ Gosh, Yes! it was a magical moment for me. The place was full and I’m using Duca’s Fender Strat and he is next to me singing. Duca Leindecker thank you!
Weirdest gig you ever played:
At a grocery store.
What are a couple of your most proud achievements as a musician?
Moving to america in 2006 without knowing any English to become a full time musician. Getting approached by Doug Goldstein (Ex-Manager Guns N’ Roses ) to work with him – today a good friend of mine. Having the opportunity to work with talented and amazing musicians such as Steve Ferrone (Drummer for Eric Clapton, Tom Petty) and James East (Bass player for Sergio Mendes, Lionel Richie). Had the chance to perform with Ricky Lawson (Drummer for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder) before he passed way. Such and amazing soul. I remember watching them on TV in Brazil when I was young. Working with you guys at Acoustic Spot Talent and having my name on your roster is a great achievement, could not ask for more.
Any local or up-and-coming musicians you love that more people need to know about?
There are so many cool people making great music. Brian Pierini, one of the best saxophone players I have ever played with. Maria De La Paz, incredible singer / songwriter. Odessa Kane, amazing rapper and lyricist. Jonny Tarr and Ryan Hiller are two of the best looping musicians in town. I learn so much watching them performing. Raelee Nikole, I’ve never met her, but I’ve heard her songs online, beautiful voice. Whitney Shay wonderful Blues and Jazz singer.
Any advice to your younger self or other musicians starting out?
Study and craft your skills. Play more than one instrument. Understand the Business side of music and be true to your art. Have no fear of trying new things, new sounds. Don’t be a “dick”, people like to work with cool people. Be a good team player. At some point you will need a team. Your manager, band mates, roadies, girlfriend… they all have a very important role in your career. If you are alone making music, reach out to others, share your talent and ask for feedback. It’s not an easy career to pursue, but worth it if you feel it’s the right thing for you. You don’t want to be 65 years old talking about the good times you had in a band and how that was your dream, but find yourself with a $5000 Gibson in your living room wishing you could go back in time and give it a shot. Don’t be afraid of your fears, be afraid of the regrets. Find out who you are NOT, and you will find out how you ARE. Bet on your strengths. One life, one chance. Your call!