Welcome to David Chapman Music, home of Hudson Valley native multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, band leader and side man of numerous groups in the genres of rock, funk, R&B, soul, Americana, roots, celtic folk music. Chapman has decades of experience in engineering, production, arrangement, and performance roles in studios or live across the US.
DC is influenced by the history of music and the deep networks which have been developed behind the scenes between the performers, producers, studios, and the promoters. Popular or fringe, the incredible catalog of music to choose from often feels limitless, though the lines can be blurred when looking at our forefathers of studio musicians who have spent generations hopping studios between Muscle Shoals, Motown, Lee "Scratch" Perry to Ry Cooder's world class All Star bands. Through the decades, Chapman spent his time binging on thousands of old and new records, from the shadows of NY, the heart of Memphis, and the sunshine of Laurel Canyon. Music is the universal language of life and culture, love and loss. A healthy dose of Tom Waits, T Bone Burnett, Howe Gelb, M. Ward, or Nigel Godrich, and the effects of the crossover between artists is everlasting. A class in the physics of sound would send the fine art and music major into engineering and theoretical mathematics. He decided to look at the entertainment industry as a whole and break the complexity down to its interdependent relationships. Over the years, DC has been fortunate enough to have worked as a talent buyer, production head, sound engineer, mix engineer, performer or technician for promoters and labels such as Troubadoor Promotions, Town Square Media, Firefly Media, Epic Day Production, Astor Services, YMCA of America, Tin Roof Sessions, O+Festival, Hudson River Craft Beer Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Las Tartugas Music Festival, Camp Bisco Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and many more. Behind the console, he has had the opportunity to work with record labels such as: Rounder, Rough Trade, Anti, Team-Love, Sony, Verve, and Victory.
During this time, he has worked with artists such as:
- Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead)
- Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams (Levon Helm Band, Bob Dylan)
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Lee Boys
- Tea Leef Green
- Nathan Moore
- Akron Family
- Gandolf Murphy
- DJ Logic,
- Langhorn Slim
- The Slip
- Alexis P. Suter
- Rhett Miller (Old 97's),
- Sam Kininger (Lettuce, Soulive)
- Mother Hips (Niki Blume and the Gramblers)
- ALO (Jack Johnson)
- Papa Mali (7 Walkers)
- And many more...
Brooklyn-based band Cold Flavor Repair (CFR) is a 10 piece outfit with sounds ranging in the pop, funk, and soul genres. The band worked in the studio with DC in the burgeoning music hotbed of New Paltz for almost 2 months to track their 2013 release, Brooklofornia. The group went on a tear to realize the vision of band leader Andy Gladding, recording full 6 part horn arrangements by multi-instrumentalist Dayv Frost and Greg Grispart (NJ band Backup Jackson). They were armed with a Gladding's museum full of vintage synthesizers, Hammond organs, Rhodes, piano, congas, timbales, shakers, whistles, and a dozen backup singers. Shortly after, in 2012, DC would be asked to join the band on guitar and vocals.
Cold Flavor Repair opening for Grand Funk Railroad at
The Paramount Theater over the summer
Rivergrass Revival is a band of multi-instrumentalist touring musicians putting out high energy music. The band channels the enormous energy of the Hudson River Valley and the rich soul of the mountains to give you a foot stomping performance!
Currently, Dave Chapman can be found in a studio, performing solo shows, or on stage playing with Cold Flavor Repair, The Honey Company, Rivergrass Revival, or The Bracken Boys (aka Whiskey Shivers Irish folk band). Please check out the Tour page for our upcoming live performances. For information on bookings, events, production work, or consultation in making a music project a reality, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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