David was born in Indiana. His dad was a professional touring musician,
and his mother was an award winning accordionist, and music teacher.
During David's first two years of life, he was raised on the road
during his father’s tour, living mainly in hotel rooms, and
their station wagon. His mother immediately started teaching him
classical accordion. David competed and won in his
first competition at the age of 4. At 5 years old he was already
getting local press. (early
press photo) At 9 years of age he won the title of ‘Junior
Virtuoso’ playing a ten page classical piece entitled, “Variations
on a Ukrainian Theme’, thus making him the youngest in the
state-wide accordion community to ever achieve this high honor category.
(Hear David at age 11 playing
‘Tsgani’) David had earned several trophies, (photo
12 years old) but he disliked the instrument over all.
At age fourteen David discovered Jerry Lee Lewis for the first time
and was inspired to teach himself rock piano, in his style. Shortly
there after he discovered ‘the Beatles’, and it changed
his view on music forever.
Although he enjoyed music, he felt that he wanted to explore the
world of acting in live theater.
David liked the fact that he could be someone new every night on
stage, and express himself at a whole different level. He went to
Columbia College in Chicago, as a theater major. He began to study
“the Method” used by such greats as Marlon Brando, and
Al Pacino. After completing dozens of student films and several
theatrical performances, David still was not feeling as if he was
achieving the artistic release that he desired. After landing a
role at the Steppenwolf Theater, he began to discover the songwriter
within himself. Shortly there after, he starting to become dissatisfied
with the theater community and decided to go back to his original
roots in music.
By this point, David had finished writing enough material to assemble
an album. He threw together a rough 2 track recording of his songs.
He sold over one hundred tapes in a short period of time, and decided
that he needed to put together his own band to further showcase
his material. It was around that time that a local band picked him
up as a keyboardist, and David got his first taste of band life.
The band quickly broke up, but David had only just begun!
assembled a band, recorded a CD, and began showing to the public.
The forst solo band David assembled had creative differences, and
it didn’t work out. He decided that he would forget everything
he knew, and start off fresh again, giving his music a brand new
start. He wrote the concept album ‘Plasticine Man’,
and started to assemble a band to back him with it. This springs
the life of the Purple Tree, which is what lead you to this page.
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