California music accessories brand Gruv Gear is proud to feature Bassist David Dyson. David is part of a family of prominent world-class musicians that heartily endorse Gruv Gear products.
Born in Rapid city, South Dakota in 1965, David was brought to Washington, D.C. by his parents at the early age of two. He began his education in D.C. public schools, later moving to the metropolitan Washington area and attending Maryland public schools. During this period, David played the baritone (euphonium) in school and in the county orchestra earning superior ratings on his instrument. After hearing recordings of Larry Graham and Louis Johnson, The desire to switch to electric bass was overwhelming. At age 12, David's parents presented him with a beginner's bass guitar. Excelling rapidly, he eventually achieved the "outstanding band member" award during his high school senior year. After witnessing David's participation in school, church, local top 40, R&B, funk, and go-go bands (along with numerous studio sessions with local gospel artists), his parents were convinced that his talent was worth nurturing and were supportive to David's matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where more growth ensued. Exposed to various idioms, David was able to absorb an array of musical flavors as well as perform in diverse musical situations.
Upon graduation, David locked in the position of bassist with Polygram recording artist Walter Beasley. In January 1989, he was called to audition for Maurice Starr (Producer of New Kids On the Block) and landed the gig. Eventually earning the position of musical director, David helped to take their live show to an unprecedented pinnacle. In February 1992, he moved on to tour and/or record with a vast selection of artists such as world renown jazz saxophonist, Chico Freeman, the R&B fame of songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Downbeat Poll winner, "Me'Shell N'degeocello", contemporary jazz pioneers "Bob James" and "Pieces Of A Dream", Award winning Japanese jazz trumpeter, "Terumasa Hino", and South African artist "Jonathan Butler" to name a few. In 1999, He joined Trumpeteer Tim Hagans and super producer Bob Belden to write and record two CD?s both receiving Grammy nominations. Dyson, also, performs as a solo artist with his band in between dates and tour and/or record with a vast selection of artists such as world renown jazz saxophonist, Chico Freeman, the R&B fame of songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Downbeat Poll winner, "Me'Shell N'degeocello", contemporary jazz pioneers "Bob James" and "Pieces Of A Dream", Award winning Japanese jazz trumpeter, "Terumasa Hino", and South African artist "Jonathan Butler" to name a few. In early 1999, David also recorded his debut CD entitled "Soulmates" which received worldwide critical acclaim. In December 1999, Dyson formed an allegiance with the Marimelj Entertainment Group, which led to the release of "Soulmates", nationally, through Warner Brothers (WEA) on December 5, 2000. He then released his second effort, "The Dawning" (2004), also garnering critical acclaim, on his own label "Lohandfunk". His third CD "Unleashed!" was released in late 2008 and received critical acclaim as well.
Throughout his career, David has earned quite a reputation as a bassist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. He continues to strive for excellence as one of today's most promising artists.
About Gruv Gear:
Gruv Gear exists to bring innovative and well-thought out products to creative professionals and beyond, including career musicians, DJs, photographers, filmmakers, mobile producers and more. The company is on- track not only to become a premium lifestyle accessories brand in the Music/DJ and Photo Industries, which is a small fraction of its potential market, but also expand to a broader range of industries that will increase its global footprint exponentially. To date, Gruv Gear products are sold in 5 continents and shipped directly to adoring fans worldwide.