Dave began playing piano at 6 years old. From those first early years of sitting down at a piano, he always wrote his own songs (often doing so instead of practicing his actual lessons). On his 13th birthday, his friend taught him his first three chords on the guitar and Dave never looked back.
After graduating from Gonzaga in 2005, Dave began signing up at open mics in the Spokane area, amidst a very talented crop of singer/songwriters that happened to be living there at the time. Consistent booking of shows in the Spokane and Seattle areas followed in 2007, as well as a solo tour of the Inland Northwest that same year. 2008 included a tour of the Western United States with good friend and exemplary singer/songwriter colleague, Kristen Marlo. The experiences of performing local shows, touring, and recording, helped develop what would become a distinctive individual sound and work ethic, reflected in his first two EP's, "Better For The Long While," and "Bridge."
2008 also brought Dave back to the west side of Washington state. It was there that drummer Steve Albert approached Dave about playing shows together. Soon after, Dave and Steve brought Ian Webb aboard, forming the pop/rock trio, Automatic Theory, in early 2009. After forming as a band, Automatic Theory set out on several different tours and local shows, playing an estimated 600 shows together from 2009 to 2012. The band released a 6-song EP entitled "Two Sides" in April of 2012, and officially disbanded in September of 2012.
Embarking on his own again as a solo singer/songwriter, Dave recorded "The Grateful EP" with Dave Nichols in April of 2012, and is currently finishing a 6-track EP entitled "The Eyes Have It," set for release this month - June of 2013.