Durban: Dave Schulz – 6pm
Saturday, April 11 @ 6:00 pm
As a first call session and touring keyboardist and vocalist over the past 10 years, the renowned singer, songwriter and keyboardist has learned that success boils down to building those personal relationships—one studio musician to another, band mate to band mate, artist to audience and hired gun to the big cat who tapped you for his or her latest studio or touring gig.
In the late ’90’s, when he was one of Buffalo’s most popular young keyboardists,Schulz got a call from his old friend, bassist Robby Takac from his hometown heroes the Goo Goo Dolls, who asked him to join them on their famed Dizzy Up The Girl tour. Suddenly, thanks to a connection made long before,Schulz went from playing in front of a few hundred patrons at a local Buffalo bar to jamming at Woodstock for 60,000 and touring the world for two and a half years during the band’s heyday.
In 1999, when the Goos were opening for the Rolling Stones,Schulz became friends with their renowned back-up singer and backing musician Bernard Fowler. A few years later, when the singer, songwriter and keyboardist moved out to L.A. to launch the next phase of his career, he again ran into Fowler, whose massive credits include work with everyone from Herbie Hancock to P-Funk legend Bootsy Collins. Fowler helped him make headway on the local studio scene and became a major inspiration.
Upon immersing himself into many diverse musical circles in L.A.,Schulz became one of the city’s most in-demand, behind-the-scenes forces, adding constantly to a mile long touring, performing and recording resume of artists from across the spectrum. The short list: Bo Diddley, Fuel, Dave Wakeling/English Beat, General Public, Berlin, Ryan Cabrera, Phil Upchurch, The Rembrandts, Eric Sardinas, Fastball, Glenn Hughes, The Fizzies, Jay-J, Bran Van 3000 and One Tribe Nation.
Branching out, he was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2005 Los Angeles Music Awards, and received a batch of accolades from the 2006 All Access Awards: a win for Best Keyboardist of the Year and nominations for Song of the Year (“Planet 39”) and Album of the Year (for his work with One Tribe Nation).
Now, ten years after first meeting Fowler,Schulz is excited to include the singer as one of the legendary musicians helping him come into his own as an artist and ensure that Connect lives up to its crafty moniker.