Interview
I write parodies for fun and record them because I love performing. Check out my website at badave.com for more info! In case anyone is curious, my backing tracks are created by and used with permission by karaoke-version.com/en. They make some really cool karaoke tracks and are very approachable people.
Why this name?
The original sound quality of my recordings. Honestly that's it, I'm also a below average bowler so it just fits. You may have seen me on here before as Adrenaline Boy or Skitt--but those names were too serious for me.
Do you play live?
Not as often as I'd like to, but wherever the opportunity arises. I also do frequent karaoke bars, but that's not usually as Below Average Dave. . .Join my mailing list if you'd like to know of upcoming scheduled performances or contact me if you'd like to perform at an event, especially if its for a non-profit organization or to benefit HIV, Breast Cancer, Cancer in general, or other debilitating diseases that need more funding.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Heck, my parodies would only be mine if not for the internet/mp3 industry. It allows me to share my music. I'm no fool-I know I can't make my music to the quality of Weird Al Yankovic, so I don't try--no one would pay for it unless I actually went out and got a band together to help me with my music, not likely to happen since my love for music took a back seat to my personal life until my twenties.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Realistically no label would even think about signing me unless they had a band for it and most parody artists out there suddenly went on strike. Even then I'd be skeptical, but would I sign--of course--who wouldn't--someone with too much pride, that's who. I'd love to do this on a larger scale.
Band History:
Well I've written parodies since I was a kid. I want to record all of them--but my catalog of written songs is just too much. . .I hope to maybe get a better recording strategy someday, but until then my history is what you see here other than what was previously released under Adrenaline Boy and Skitt.
Your influences?
Wierd Al Yankovic is about it. Ever since he stepped in a fat suit and ran around a parking lot I've written/sang parodies.
Favorite spot?
St. Louis or Chicago--love both--beautiful parts of Chicago and the Navy Pier, then St. Louis with it's amazing food (Toasted Raviolis) and Historic Soulard District.
Equipment used:
A Shure SM58, Magix Music Maker, I also occasionally use Audacity for slight effects, but generally prefer Music Maker. Additionally I use M-Audio for improved sound quality, though my older recordings don't reflect that.
Anything else...?
Want me to write a parody of a favorite song of yours? Email Me! I also do websites on the side--my language is PHP/MYSQL and of course HTML, but I have learned other common web languages as well