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David Floodstrand
David Floodstrand
When Sunny Gets Blue
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Vocalist David Floodstrand with Guitarist Edward Yeo, live at Mondo Cafe.
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David Floodstrand is a DJ, Songwriter, Vocalist and Producer.
Why this name?
It was thrust upon me.
Do you play live?
I recently relocated back to Chicago, and I am working on getting my Jazz Duo out working regularly. I have a few fine pianists I am working with, Bob Dogan and Tommy Muellner, and also a great guitarist Edward Yeo. I can also add musicians to make it a trio, quartet, all the way up to a 10 piece big band. Since my return to Chicago I have sung at The Green Mill, Mayne Stage/Act One Pub, Chambers Restaurant, Mario's Mondo Cafe, Mrs. O'Leary's, Ole Lounge, and DeVine Restaurant. I am booked for DJ work through the New Year, and adding new dates all the time.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It is becoming a bit of an equalizer. At this point in time the major labels don't control music on the internet. It has given solo artists, and bands a forum to be able to expose their art to a potential marketplace that is growing, and re-defining itself all the time.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If I was able to retain some artistic control over what was released, and how it was marketed, yes I would.
Band History:
I was also in a number of bands, most noteably Eight and One Half (8 1/2) of which I was a founding member with my brother R. Lewis Floodstrand. We played throughout the midwest, and headlined in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Detroit. Eight and One Half also toured with New Order, Killing Joke, The Thompson Twins, and Lene Lovich, to name a few. Perhaps our most memorable show was at the UIC Pavillion, where we opened up for Roxy Music in front of a sold out crowd of 10,000 in our hometown of Chicago.

Eight and One Half was managed for a number of years by the Firm's Peter Katsis, who now manages P. Ditty, The Backstreet Boys, Dixie Chicks, Kelly Clarkson, Nickelback, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and at one time managed Ministry.

Eight and One Half was shelved with the death of my brother and musical collaborator R. Lewis Floodstrand in 2013.

Your influences?
As a club DJ of over 20 years, I have been introduced to so much great music. On this site however I think my primary foucus will be Jazz oriented vocals. My taste is pretty ecclectic. I love Sinatra, I grew up on Chet Baker, Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, and modern classical composers like Stravinsky, Debussey, Copeland, and Bartok. But, my work as a Club DJ brought me in contact with Chicago House music legends like Vince Lawrence, and Frankie Knuckles, and Industrial music groups like, Ministry, Front242, My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult, many of which I knew quite well and worked with in a professional capacity. I have also produced music for other artists from Jazz to Industrial music on my Criterion International label.
Favorite spot?
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. I love NYC, and L.A., but I think my favorite will always be my home town of Chicago! I lived in Chicago off and on for over 30 years so I guess it quallifies for a "home town".
Equipment used:
For writing, and re-mixing I use a Mackie Universal Control, Yamaha MW12 USB Mixer, and computer based software. I use Ableton Live, Propellerheads Reason, Adobe Audition, Cubase, and Pro Tools, also various keyboards, and VST plug-ins. For keyboards I use an M-Audio 88 key, semi-weighted performance piano, M-Audio Oxygen8, and a Trigger Finger, and a Rode NT-1 mic. I have a studio that is, and probably will always be, a work in progress.
Anything else...?
I am interested in recording vocals on other peoples projects.

David Floodstrand & John Valeri
The David Floodstrand Trio
David Floodstrand with Guitarist John Valeri
David Floodstrand & Robert Cohen
David Floodstrand with Robert Cohen
Head Shot from recording sessions 2009
In the studio 2009
David Floodstrand recording session Orlando 2009
David Floodstrand
Dinner with friends
DJ David Floodstrand remixing
David Floodstrand & Guitarist Edward Yeo
Vocalist David Floodstrand with Pianist Bob Dogan
My first band Tempus Fugit 1975
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