Dave Spingler

Session Guitarist / Lyricist

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As a guitarist, my goal is always to play for the song. Sure, I can rip on a guitar solo and I enjoy doing it, but that isn't always what a song calls for. As a lyricist, I tend towards the morose side of the emotional spectrum and if you need something melancholy, I've probably got more than a few ideas.

Over 20 years of experience playing guitar on stage and in studio. Although well versed in more common styles such as Blues, Folk, Americana, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Post Rock, Ambient, Shoegaze, Brit Rock, Alt Rock and Indie Rock, I also listen to and am influenced by a broad range of musical styles from all over the world.
Regardless of your project's status, be it pro, semi-pro or amateur, I approach it with respect, seriousness and professionalism. If you're a weekend hobbyist or a multi-platinum, grammy winning, world touring professional - all I care about is if I can help you realize your artistic vision.
Generally, services would be provided remotely utilizing the internet. If you are local to the Washington DC Metro area, then face to face collaboration is possible.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

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  1. Review by Matt S.

    Thanks Dave to join at my work.I had been working on a new demo for first time together and totally I have had an easy communication. I felt a good artistic expression with him.Definitely you'll find a talent on.Always he kept attention on details and gave me a awesome work and numerous advices and shared ideas on.I'd work with Dave again for sure

Interview with Dave Spingler

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: Electric guitar work, primarily lead guitar for both live and studio situations. Second after that would be lyric crafting, editing and revising.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: That's a broad topic! From a guitar playing standpoint, I'd say many of the usual "heroes" like Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, etc.; but then there are the myriad singers, pianists, drummers, songwriters and so on that have shaped and informed my musical life as much as any guitar player has. On the production side, George Martin, Alan Parsons, Brian Eno, Butch Vig, Rick Rubin, Daniel Lenois, T-Bone Burnett, Sam Phillips and Prince are a few standouts for me.

  5. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  6. A: It depends on what the client needs and what the song calls for.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: As a guitarist I would say being mindful of what the material needs and not getting carried away with myself or over embellishing. Basically, knowing when to check my ego and to always strive to compliment the material with what I'm doing.

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: Make sure you have a dry track for everything; you can always effect and shape things later, but you can't really undo something that was laid down wet.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: Too many to list, really. A good singer is always a pleasure to work with though!

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Ask a lot of questions. Remember that you're hiring someone to help you realize your artistic goals and you need that someone to be able to believe in what you're doing and have that belief reflected in the work they do for you.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: What are your goals for your project? What are your expectations of me in helping you achieve those goals? What does the project mean to you personally; is there an underlying motivation or inspiration for any of the material that might help me connect with the emotions behind it? What is the timeline of the project and what kind of deadline can we agree upon for my contribution?

  17. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  18. A: Helping people realize their vision and goals. Helping to create art and the potential it holds to impact others.

  19. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  20. A: To always give you my best and to always treat your project with the respect it deserves.

  21. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  22. A: Both. They each have strengths and weaknesses. It really depends on the project and the context. There's no denying though that digital has become a dominant force when it comes to playing, recording and producing music over the past couple of decades.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: It really depends on the client's expectations and requirements. Firstly, I like to know what the client has in mind with regard to the goals of the project. Is the project targeted towards a particular audience or radio market? If I'm working on something with Top 40 radio in mind, how I proceed is going to be different than how I would approach something intended for college radio, for example. Secondly, in terms of the actual work to be done, does the client have specific expectations, or are they leaving it all up to me? Often a client will come in with a pretty clear idea about what they want from me, other times a client will leave it nearly entirely to my discretion or have only a vague idea of what they want to hear.

  25. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  26. A: I like to say that I'm up to try my hand at anything, but realistically you really won't find me very useful for Jazz, Metal or Classical. However, if you need something along the lines of Blues, Folk, Americana, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Post Rock, Ambient, Shoegaze, Brit Rock, Alt Rock and Indie Rock I might just have a few tricks up my sleeve. I love making textures with modulations, delays and reverbs, especially when utilizing a slide and/or Ebow. I also find it interesting to use the guitar in non-traditional ways through the implementation of synth sounds and processing normally associated with keyboards. This approach can be applied to many kinds of music, including a variety of pop, hip hop, electronic and rock styles, as well as soundtrack music.

Stars, Like Dust by Paving Blue

I was the guitarist, lyricist and co-producer in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Fender Telecasters
  • Fender Stratocasters
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Gibson acoustics
  • Mesa Boogie amplifier
  • Vox amplifier
  • vast collection of effects
  • Logic Pro X
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