ABOUT DAVEY

BIOGRAPHY AND CURRENT PROJECTS
Bass and drums at the same time!? Your a heavy cat!" ”

— Brian Blade

BIOGRAPHY

Davey is currently finishing his PhD in ethnomusicology and holds a Masters of Fine Art in World Music from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He also holds a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Loyola University New Orleans and studied music in film at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Davey is a multi-instrumentalist whose background producing, engineering, coaching artists and performing has led to his involvement in several projects, recordings and performances. Davey has been involved in numerous collaborations fusing everything from death metal, pop, world music, free jazz and traditional New Orleans music. His peers regard him as a supportive accompanist and a musical instrumentalist. He has performed and recorded with artists from Columbia, Wind Up and Capital records and is continuing to tour North American, Asia and Europe. On top of producing records, he is continuing to coach and teach musicians that are shaping new musical landscapes today.

Raised in southeast Texas, Davey's first musical experiences began at a young age when his mother would bring him to local venues to watch blues musicians perform. As Davey got older he started to perform himself. Playing with different bands around his hometown of Houston, that is when he realized music was his calling. His music education started at the High School of the Performing and Visual Arts and led him to study drumming at Loyola University in New Orleans. Education is very important to Davey because of being raised in an unstructured alcoholic home with no education on either side of the family. Despite a learning disability and chaos of his troubled youth, Davey managed to get a master's degree and tour half the world with some well-known musicians. The creation of his second music company: Canadian Recordings, will now allow him to be of service to the next generation of musicians and help preserve music that brought his dreams to reality. Davey says "There is something magical about performing, writing and recording music for others to experience, and I'd like to capture as much of that as I can. Music has truly saved my life, and given me a new found freedom".

Much of what Davey does on the business side of music was learned by working as an intern, part-time runner and assistant while living in Los Angeles. He says “it’s not glamour work but you pick up all the things you need to know about the music business just by watching the pros”. He worked as a runner for music producers Rick Rubin and Michael Bienhorn and was an assistant to music manger Jeff Norskog (Pussycat Dolls and Puff Daddy). He was an intern for music supervisor Patrick Houlihan on the movies: Training Day, Bubble Boy and Sweetest Thing. He also built and ran a music studio affiliated with the Grammys in Malibu California.

Currently residing in Toronto, Davey is involved in many musical projects. On the local scene he is busy teaching at York University, coaching Canadian Idol finalist Christine Hanlon and training R&B singer Brownie. On the international scene he is touring Asia with bands Girl and the Machine and experimental rock group Turkey. He is also in pre-production with Japanese Canadian singer Junzi second album and in post-production with the punk band Cerebral Scrub. Besides producing and coaching under Canadian Recordings, Davey is currently mixing Bob Egan's (Blue Rodeo) latest solo project and pop rock group Nights & Weekends (MTV's Jersey Shore and The Hills).
MAJOR EVENTS

1975
 Born In Toronto Ontario
1979 Moved To Houston Texas
1993 First Texas Tour, Drummer
1994 Studied Film, Music And Fine Arts @ Santa Fe U.
1995 Produced First Record, New Mexico
1997 Teach For America, New Orleans
1999 Bachelor Of Jazz Studies Loyola U. New Orleans
2000 Performed With Charlie Haden, Los Angeles
2001 Masters Of Fine Art World Music @ CalArts, LA
2002 First US National Tour, Illkidd Sony Records
2002 First Drumming Endorsement
2003 Worked For Rick Rubin, Los Angeles
2004 Built Music Studio for Grammys - Music Cares
2005 US Armed Forces Tour, The Balkans
2007 Moved To Canada
2007 Teacher @ York U. Toronto
2010 Ten Years In Music Studio Business, US and Canada
2010 Instrument Ambassador, Steel Guitar, Taiwan
2012 Birth Of First Daughter 
2013 Co-Founder Modern Audio Arts Program, Ontario
2013 Adjunct Professor @ Conestoga
2013 First Book on Creative Music Practices
2014 First Recorded Interaction, Daniel Lanois
2014 Sound Design @ Christie Digital
2015 Birth Of Second Daughter
2015 Adjunct Professor @ Sheridan
2015 Viral 1.7 million (reddit) Test Question 38
2015 Evangelist & UI/UX @ TC Group
2017 Ph.D. York Univ. Ethnomusicology
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

Dave has performed and/or shared the stage with the following musicians and bands: Young Empires, Bob Egan (Wilco, Blue Rodeo), Charlie Haden (Ornette Coleman), Loretta Lynn, Saint Motel, Boy Hits Car, G Love & The Special Sauce, Justin Meldal-­‐Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails), Dan Mangen, Slightly Stoopid, Eddie Roeser (Urge Overkill), Kottonmouth Kings, Ferriby Loinheart, Alien Ant Farm, Audra Mae, Dominique Stephane Fricot, Phantom Planet and Sandy West (The Runaways).
CURRENT POSITIONS

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR @ Sheridan College Media and Film Department.
CO-­FOUNDER & CO-­DESIGNER of the Modern Audio Arts Program at Conestoga College.
COURSE DEVELOPER @ Cal State University Channel Islands
GUEST LECTURER: topics - music, music business, record production,entrepreneurship, marketing, creativity, improvisation, drumming, world percussion and the impact of music technology on music industry.
RECORD MAKER, SOUND RECORDIST, AUDIO CREATOR @ Canadian Recordings
MULTI-­INSTRUMENTALIST PERFORMER: National and International touring and studio musician.
WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING INSTRUCTOR @ Cal State University Channel Islands and Conestoga College
SOUND DESIGNER @ Flannel Tone Audio
SUB DISCIPLINES

Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Cultural-­‐Anthropology, Record/Music Production, History Of The Recording Industry, Jazz, Blues, New Orleans Brass Band, Electronic Music, Electroacoustic, Music Industry, Music and Audio Technology, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills, Drums, History Of The American Drum Set, World Percussion, Ghanaian Music, North Indian Classical Music, North African and Persian Music, Square Neck Dobro, Pedal and Lap Steel Guitars, and Taoism.