Music was a part of Dave Schulzs life from the beginning. Born in Buffalo, NY, his father wore two hats as pianist and conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. His father would seat him in the orchestra pit during performances as early as seven years old. His brother Robert would soon become a Grammy-nominated classical percussionist, and his sister an accomplished rock/soul singer. Shortly after his fathers passing when Dave was 10, he suddenly took an interest in the piano that was sitting idly in the living room. Osmosis? Within six months Dave had mastered the C Sonata by Mozart, and began an obsession with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and, of all things, DEVO. Not too bad for an 11 year old. He obviously made the right choice. By the age of 17, he was one of the top keyboardists in his hometown, winning multiple awards consistently for seven years. Finally the big break came, when Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls called and left a simple message from sunny LA: you wanna come out and tour with us for a year? In a matter of one day Dave went from playing in front of 300 in a local Buffalo bar to playing Woodstock in front of 60000. This led to a two-and-a-half year relationship with the Goo Goo Dolls that took Dave around the world twice as touring keyboardist/vocalist for the Dizzy Up The Girl tour, the landmark album that spawned five top ten singles between 98 and 2000. That experience sealed his fate. Where else do you get to open up for the Rolling Stones?
Since then Dave moved to Los Angeles, touring/performing/recording with a diverse array of artists running the musical spectrum: Goo Goo Dolls, Fuel, The Chambers Brothers, Jay-J, Sleepy Brown, English Beat, Bran Van 3000, General Public, Berlin, Ryan Cabrera, Bo Diddley, Daniel Morones, Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers (DEVO founder's solo project), Glenn Hughes, Justin Lanning, XYZ, Bernard Fowler, One Tribe Nation, Phil Upchurch, Meleni, Fastball, The Rembrandts, Carmen and Camille, Hilary Hawn, When In Rome, Mesner, Michael Mccarthy and the Beautiful Fools, DJ Eric Ill, Last Conservative, Mitch Perry, Warrant, Tenley, Maceo Parker, Derek Sholl, John Romano, Hilary Hawn, Kristine W., Rachel Stacey, Stacey Michelle, Fabienne Shine, Duke Graham, Daniel Morones, Derek Sholl, The Fizzies, Sonny Cool, Miranda Frigon, Hensley, Gary Scheider and Andre Foxxe (P-Funk), and Eric Sardinas.
Inducted into the 2008 Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame Released solo record "Connect" (see "store" above) April 10, 2009 with guests Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), Tony Levin (King Crimson, John Lennon), Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Mike Porcaro (Toto) and many others
Released record in 2009 with trip-hop/lounge/experimental band "The Smart Set" featuring producer/guitarist Rick Torres (Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Bittersweet), vocalist Brandi Emma, and bassist Wayne Lothian (English Beat, General Public)
Musical Director for the ONYX show 2005-06 at Mandalay Bay / Bellagio / Monte Carlo - Las Vegas , NV.
Soundtrack for E! True Hollywood Story - 9 episodes: Jennifer Lopez, Jenna Jameson, Michael Jackson, The Mitchell Bros., Beverly Hills: 90210, Carrie Otis, Lara Flynn Boyle, Christie Brinkley, and N'SYNC
Soundtrack for the film "Almost a Dynasty: A Fan Story" (http://almostadynasty.com)
Radio / Film / T.V. Appearances:
Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, Rosie O'Donnell, CNN VH1's Backyard Barbecue, VH1's Live At The Hard Rock, VH1s Fashion Awards MTV's Total Request Live, MTV's The Road Home MTVs Live in Times Square / Millennium Countdown 2000 American Music Awards, The GQ Man Of The Year Awards, MAD TV Various European, German, Australian and Japanese television programs BBC LIVE on the air (Britain) Cameo appearance in "Charlie's Death Wish" horror film with Lemmy, Tracii Guns, Dizzy Reed, Ron Jeremy Was part of winning team (BERLIN vs. TIFFANY) on "Rock a Hard Place" game show with host Meatloaf. All proceeds went to PETA charity Taxicab Confessions #6 Las Vegas!
Nominated for "Best Pop Album" in the 2012 Independent Music Awards for the album "Remixing w the Smart Set" by "The Smart Set" (http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/11th/Album/Pop) Received "Honorable Mention" for both the 16th Annual Billboard World Song AND 12th Annual Unisong International Songwriting Competitions for 2009, for the song "Everything". Nominated for three awards: Best Keyboardist, Song of the Year ("Planet 39") and Overall Album of the Year ("One Tribe Nation") 2006 All Access Music Awards (Los Angeles) Nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, 2005 Los Angeles Music Awards Outstanding Keyboardist 1994, Artvoice Music Awards Best Live Act 1996 (C.O. JONES) 1996, Gusto Awards (Buffalo, NY) Best R&B Group 1997 (C.O. JONES) 1997, Buffalo Music Awards Best Original Keyboardist 1998, Buffalo Music Awards Best Original Keyboardist 2000, Buffalo Music Awards Best Original Keyboardist 2001, Buffalo Music Awards
Opened for Rolling Stones on the "No Security" Tour 1999 Various tours in U.S.A., Canada, Europe Bosnia Australia & New Zealand Japan United Kingdom Middle East South Africa
Shared stages with:
Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, Pete Townshend, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Elvis Costello, Buffalo Tom, Sugar Ray, Fastball, New Radicals, Shania Twain, Blink 182, Missing Persons, DEVO, Berlin, Dramarama, Pet Shop Boys, N'SYNC, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone, Maceo Parker, Dido, and Smashmouth, too name a few.
YAMAHA OPEN LABS
OpenLabs Miko Gen 4 Openlabs SoundSlate Yamaha Motif XS6 MicroKorg Korg Triton StudioLogic Pro 88 Controller Hammond B3 Fender Rhodes Wurlitzer electric piano Hohner Clavinet