Dave Gash / 45RPM
What is it?
Lifelong musician and entertainer Dave Gash has put together a solo act unlike anything you've ever heard. Blending musical talent and technological expertise, Dave performs a high-energy classic rock show called 45RPM that covers over three decades of popular hits. Dave's attention to detail and dedication to the original songs shines through in every set. You'll hear songs you know and love — but may not have heard in a long time — played just the way you remember them.
Dave augments the music with bits of trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about the artists and songs, and of course throws in the occasional bad joke so you don't get too comfy.
Dave's computer provides the sidemen and backup singers while Dave belts out the lead vocals and plays guitar on every tune. His guitar even has a built-in synthesizer so he can play specific instrument parts such as sax, harmonica, and organ. As The Eagles sang, "Are ya with me so far?"
How does it sound?
In a word, freakin' amazing! (Okay, that's two words, but you get the idea.) This ain't no canned band, and it sure as hell ain't karaoke! This is real live music, played and sung by a real live musician. Every note, every voice, every nuance of each song is produced at the moment you hear it by Dave and his high-tech backup band. There's no sampling, no re-recording, no "borrowing" from the original songs, and no mp3s — just a crisp, rich, full band sound you have to hear to believe. The songs don't just sound good — they sound right!
Here are some audio samples of Dave in action. Notice the precise vocal harmonies and the guitar synthesizer lead instruments, and bear in mind that these are not overdubbed or studio-sweetened tracks — this is really how the show sounds live! Just choose a clip from the drop-down and press Play.
What's on the song list?
Great tunes and plenty of 'em! Dave plays songs he (and probably you) grew up with, including hits from The Beatles, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, CCR, The Doobie Brothers, and many more. He'll even pull the occasional tune out of his, er, repertoire and surprise you with hits from The Monkees, Johnny Rivers, or Three Dog Night. And he will never, never ever, ever annoy you with original, "Here's one we wrote!" music. You'll know every song Dave plays, even if you haven't heard it in years, or even if you've never heard it played by a live band. In fact, Dave is proud to make his audiences this promise: If he plays one song all night that makes you go "What the hell was that?", he'll buy you a drink!
Okay, enough talk; here's the list. Tip: Click the Song, Artist, or Year headers to sort the list by that column. How cool is that?!?
How does it work?
For those of you interested in the technology, Dave's backup system is not a bunch of muddy mp3 files. Every track of every song is individually performed and digitally stored for later retrieval. Dave never uses pre-recorded tracks, ripped-off samples, or outside musicians or singers. Every song is all Dave, all the time.
To make the magic happen, Dave programs the various instruments — bass, drums, keyboards, etc. — into a laptop computer using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) software. He arranges each song to sound like the original, leaving out the instrumental parts he will play live. He then sings all the backup harmonies, one part at a time, and synchronizes them to the MIDI tracks. Finally, when he plays and sings live with the completed MIDI and digital audio tracks... well, he's a one-man band that really sounds like a band!
Get in touch via email at email@example.com or by phone at 760-214-0698 and let 45RPM be your one-man band!
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