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"Mr. Guitar" Taking Smooth Jazz to the Next Level!!!!
Guitarist/ Producer, David P Stevens is quickly becoming a recognized name in contemporary jazz! With 3 albums to his credit, “Timeless”, “The Shedd”, and “Epiphany”, David is blazing trails, and captivating audience’s worldwide!
After releasing Epiphany in 2013, which featured artists such as Gerald Albright, Gerald Veasley, Carol Riddick, Frank McComb, Elan Trotman and more, David immediately hit the road and began touring with, The Capital Jazz Cruise, 2013, The Harlem Meer Festival, The Iridium in NYC, The Jazz Base in Reading PA, Building 24, and a full European tour through Austria, Switzerland and Germany, were just a few highlights of David’s successful 2013-2014 journey!
Stimulated by the experiences he encountered, along with the musicality he witnessed, David returned immediately to the recording studio, where he created the soon to be released, “Mr. Guitar”! Mr. Guitar will feature artists such as Elan Trotman, Jeanette Harris, Gail Jhonson, Andrew Neu, and famed neo-soul artist Jaguar Wright! Expect a blend of Jazz, R and B, soul, gospel, rock and dance to be the prevalent influences that make up David’s youthful and exciting new project!
What inspired you to become a jazz musician?
When I was younger I use to listen to George Benson, and one day I got my hands on a Norman Brown album and was hooked ever since. My instrument of choice is the Guitar.
Now you are a jazz artist, explain to our readers what jazz is. Most of this younger generation only understands hip hop, pop and rap.
Jazz music is the instrumentation of art. Jazz music is that kind of music that gives the artist the freedom to play what’s on their mind and not what’s on the sheet/format. Jazz is being able to express yourself with instruments versus with lyrics, per se.
Are you a major artist or independent artist?
I am an Independent Artist, but have been blessed to have worked with major artists and have major artists feature on my projects.
What are some of the challenges you find with being an independent artist?
The cost surrounding advertisement and marketing. Being an independent artist, you don’t always get the first look when it comes to festivals, showcases, or radio play. We don’t have the advertising dollars to get our names and/or products out there. On the flip side, you don’t have a major label giving you an advancement that you have to work hard to pay back. All the revenue you make as an indie artist goes to you, after all your expenses are paid.
Now this is your fourth studio album, what makes this CD different than the rest.
I did not worry about what radio was going to think or what audience I was going to cater too, I wrote solely from my heart. On this project, I was able to utilize some tools that I did not have access to on prior projects and I was able to learn and work with established artists in the industry.
In addition, my focus was also on the overall packing of the project and displaying my growth musically.
Your newest CD "Mr. Guitar" drops August 5th, do you have any release parties, signings, shows coming up to support this project.
On August 7, 2014, I will be at Warmdaddys, (1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147) from 6:00 – 7:30, selling and signing CD’s of “Mr. Guitar”. They will be on sale for $10.00 and I will be performing some of the songs as well. This is a Free Event.
Some of my other Tour Dates are:
August 9, 2014- Sound Of Market , PHILLY PA 6-7:30 PM
August 16 2014- Jazz On The Ave, PHILLY PA 1:00 PM
Aug. 23, 2014- Sam Ash Franklin Mills mall In-store performance, 7PM
Sept 12 & 13 2014- WARMDADDY'S, Featuring, Carol Riddick
October 3, 2014, Petra's Piano Bar, Charlotte NC
What advice would you give an artist, jazz artist, who wants to start a career but is unsure because of the rate of music today?
The biggest thing is to make sure that your work is commercial and can compete with a global market. The music or projects that you are doing will be judged the same way as someone on a major label. So make sure that everything surrounding your project is top level. In this business you have to play hard, know your craft, play in bands, record with more established artist…. doing those things will make you rise to the top and help you stand out commercially.
In 20 words or less, why should we support your project, Mr. Guitar?
This is an exciting, youthful project that is geared towards making you dance and move and provide even more excitement to the smooth jazz genre.
Who do you think will take home a Grammy at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 for Jazz?
Me!!!! (laughs) But If I don’t know then I would like to see Najee win. His latest CD was great
For Booking: BookDPSNOW@gmail.com
"For You" new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcKM_voSjzg
Live in Houston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNBsEfW3qCY
Live in Houston 2:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK-g6KSADJg
Live in Baltimore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRpVgNdCxiw