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Graham Parker & The Rumour - Touring FOH Engineer

Laurie Anderson - Touring FOH Engineer/Tour Manager

Medeski, Martin and Wood - Touring FOH Engineer/Tour Manager

Natalie Merchant - Touring Monitor Engineer

Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Recording Engineer

Marc Cohn - Touring FOH Engineer/Tour Manager

Carly Simon - Touring FOH Engineer

Ravi and Anoushka Shankar - Touring FOH Engineer

Maya Beiser - Touring FOH Engineer/Recording Engineer

"Ethel" - Touring FOH Engineer/Recording Engineer
Elvis Costello w/Charles Mingus Orchestra - Live Sound Engineer

Todd Rundgren - "Liar" - Live at The Egg - Live Recording Enigineer

Juliana Hatfield – “In Exile Deo” – Rounder Records - ***

Bar Scott – “Sweets for the Soul” – Lucy Max Records - ***

9/11 Rescue Workers Tribute Concert at the Beacon Theatre – Phoebe Snow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bar Scott,

Various Artists – HBO Productions *

Rick Danko – “Times Like These” – Breeze Hill Records - ***

Garth Hudson – “The Sea to the North” – “Breeze Hill Records” - **

Betty – “Betty3” – “Independent Release” - ***

Ellis Paul - “Translucent Soul” - Rounder Records - +*

Live at Fort Apache / WBCN Concert Series – Lenny Kravitz – Alanis Morissette – Bare Naked Ladies – Beck –

David Bowie ***

Juliana Hatfield - “God’s Foot”  - Atlantic/Mammoth Records ***

Fuzzy - “Electric Juices” - Atlantic Records +

Live at Fort Apache / WFNX Concert Series Morphine - Juliana Hatfield - Belly - Billy Bragg – The Muffs -

Cold Water Flat - Throwing Muses - Tracy Bonham - Radiohead - Innocence Mission – Goo Goo Dolls - Buffalo Tom -

Smackmelon - Letters To Cleo  ***

Lisa Loeb - “Tails” - Geffen Records *

The Smithereens - Re-mix single “Everything I Have Is Blue” - BMG Records +

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - “Question The Answer” - Mercury Records ***

Thrush Hermit - Single - Bong Load Records +*

Buckwheat Zydeco - “On Track” & “Five Card Stud” - Island Records ***

Pal Shazar - “Demos” - Shiffaroe Records ***

King Crimson - “Demos” *

Kristen Hall - “Be Careful What You Wish For” - Windham Hill/High Street Records ***

Jeffrey Gaines - Chrysalis Records **

10,000 Maniacs - “Blind Man’s Zoo” - Elektra Records **

The B-52’s - “Cosmic Thing” -  Reprise/Warner Records *

Marshall Crenshaw  - “Life’s Too Short” - MCA Records *

Graham Parker - “Struck By Lightning” - BMG Records *** 

                                 “Deepcut to Nowhere” – Razor and Tie +

                                 "Please don't tell Colombus"+

                                 "Three Chords Good" - Primary Wave +

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - “Henry’s Dream” -  Mute Records *

Joe Henry - “Murder Of Crows” - A&M Records +

Milo Z - “Basic Need To Howl” - Mercury Records *

The Connells - “Ring” - TVT Records *

Blackfish - “Blackfish” -  Sony Records ***

Standish Drive  - “Falling In Coils” - Thick Grime Records +*

Suzanne Vega - “99.9” -  A&M Records **

Golden Palominos - “Drunk With Passion” -  Charisma Records ***

Michelle Shocked  - “The Secret To A Long Life” -  Polygram/Mercury Records *

Royal Cresent Mob - “Midnight Roses” -  Sire Records *

The Judy Bats - ”Native Son” - Sire Records **

The Fleshtones - “Armed And Dangerous” - Trafalgar Records *

Robin Trower - “In The Line Of Fire” - Atlantic Records *

The Shaking Family - “The Shaking Family” - Elektra Records **

Ace Frehley - “Ace Frehley” - Megaforce Records **

Grapes of Wrath - “Grapes Of Wrath” - Capitol/EMI Records **

Syd Straw - “Surprise” - Virgin Records *

Pierce Turner - “The Sky And The Ground” - Beggers Banquet Records ***

Hugo Largo - “Mettle” - Opal Records ***

Murphy’s Law - “Murphy’s Law 2” - Profile Records *



Don Was, Peter Asher, Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade, Steve Berlin, Robert Fripp, Juliana Hatfield, Jerry Marotta, Laurie Latham, Lou Giourdano,

Richard Gottehrer, Lenny Kaye, Mitchell Froom, Anton Fier, Bernie Leadon, Eric Calvi, Kenny Aronoff, David Falkner, Eddie Kramer, David Tickle,

Gary Burke, Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnaph, David Falkner, Anthony Moore, John Regan


Key: (*) = Recorded; (**) = Additional Recording; (***) = Recorded & Mixed; (+) = Mixed; (+*) = Produced 


Personal Bio:





Dave grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York and now lives in Saugerties, NY with his wife, Julie and daughter Lola. His son Ian is a fiddle player with his band, The G-String Orchestra based in New Orleans. Dave has been a musician (guitar player) since the age of 8 years old and played his first gig when he was 9. He has performed in a number of bands from his late teens to early 20’s working gigs on the NY, NJ, Long Island club circuit as well as spending lots of time in recording studios. When Dave was 19 years old, he decided to be a recording engineer. He found a job at a studio called Prince Recording in NY in 1981. There, he learned the ropes as he was immersed in working long hours on many different types of sessions from Latin to Rock to Gospel, to early Rap (Curtis Blow!) to Russian folk, to Jazz. You name it, he did it. He was also playing on many of these sessions and got very deeply involved in drum machine and synthesizer technology in the very beginning of the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) craze in 1982.


In 1985, he moved to Woodstock while continuing to work in Manhattan 3-4 days a week for a few months. Shortly after moving to the Catskills, Dave became the Chief Engineer at Dreamland Studios, a great place built in a 110 year old church. He was there for ten years and was instrumental in making it a world class recording facility. While on staff there, he engineered records for such artists as the B-52’s, 10,000 Maniacs, Graham Parker, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Suzanne Vega, Joe Henry, and many others. Before he left the staff, he had a major role in the renovation of the control room, which brought the studio to an even higher level of quality.


Both during the time Dave was on staff at Dreamland and after he left, he worked on a freelance basis in studios in NY, California, Boston and Louisiana. During this period, he collaborated with artists such as Juliana Hatfield, Willie Nelson, Morphine and Buckwheat Zydeco. He was the chief broadcast engineer for a series of small live radio concerts for Boston stations WFNX and WBCN.  The shows included Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie, Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Bare Naked Ladies and many others.


Dave is also involved in Live Audio, Remote Recording, Production, and Tour Management. He has been awarded Gold and Platinum sales awards and has been interviewed by Mix magazine, EQ magazine and Pro Sound News amongst other trade publications.


In 2002, Dave began The Woodstock Recording Workshop offering classes and training in music production techniques. He continues to be fully active in the world of audio engineering making records and mixing concert sound. In 2011, Area 52 was born. 


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