There is a tradition when it comes to drummers, that go back to the lightning fast rhythms of Buddy Rich to the lyrical melodic percussive harmonies of Dennis Chambers and the smooth grooves of Steve Gadd. It’s a combination of church-rooted hallelujah praisin’ and “it is what it is playing.” Few contemporary drummers are equipped to carry the torch with any sense of authenticity.
David Haynes may the sole indeed, soulful exception. Filling an obvious void in today’s marketplace, David’s pure unadulterated emotion-filled playing mixed with a no-holds-barred approach to drumming appealed to music enthusiasts worldwide as evidenced by the audiences he has performed for. Simply put, David continuously proves to be the real deal, as audiences discovered during his years spent touring and playing around the world, based out of Germany, performing night after night before packed crowds.
Working with artists such as Chaka Khan, Lee Ritenour, Les McCann, to name a few along with his numerous video and live television appearances with such artists as Prince, Percy Sledge and the Weather Girls, he has crafted a unique style of percussive melodies via the drum set that places him in a class rarely matched.
David’s initial entry into the music industry was performing in a show named, “Drummer’s Meeting in Koblenz,” Germany. The show featured Simon Phillips, Dennis Chambers, Will Calhoun, Trilok Gurtu and Virgil Donati among others. The show was a complete success and lead to his move to Germany. While in Germany, David performed in numerous venues and was asked to be part of the Music Messe, the European version of NAMM. Being in the right place at the right time, David’s notoriety increased and lead to such meetings with artists Sheila E (of Prince fame), Rhonda Smith, bass player, Kat Johnson, guitar player and the eventual sessions with Prince recorded at Paisley Park on his Emancipation project.
David continues to take the music world by storm. In his continue quest to take his music to new heights, David is revolutionizing the world of electronic music with his latest invention, tentatively titled, “The Fingers Machine.” David’s preview of his invention has garnered in excess of 20,000 hits to his Myspace.com website.
If there are any common denominators when it comes to David Haynes, they are spirit and musicality. David plays music that gives his audiences goose bumps, music that touches their heart and their soul.
Equipment used and endorsed by David:
Yamaha Drums; Zildjian Cymbals; Presonus; Evans heads and products; and Glyph..
David is also an endorser of Toontrack software.