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Chris DaSilva is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently living and working the music scene in New York City. Writing and performing in a variety of styles; from reggae flavored pop with catchy hooks, to power infused indie-rock, to the thoughtful touch of a singer-songwriter – all with lyrics that often display a wry sense of humor – it is clear to all who have heard him that Chris is a one-of-a-kind talent.
It all started when Chris began taking classical piano lessons at the age of six. He moved on to take jazz and improv lessons until that one day in his early teens when he first heard and fell deeply for the sound of Led Zeppelin. Though certainly not his last influence, their music and that of other bands was important because it inspired Chris to pick up the guitar.
Soon after, he discovered that he was gifted with the ability to write songs.
While living in Pennsylvania a few years later, Chris was asked to join a friend’s reggae-influenced band that had, until that point, played only to the furniture in the basement of their shared house. It only took one jam session for Chris to get hooked on that infectious reggae groove, and before long the band, with Chris at the helm, started accepting gigs at local bars around the Penn State campus. Chris began writing songs that effortlessly combined his rock influences with his newly acquired flair for writing catchy reggae tunes. The mix created a unique sound that would often incorporate the melodies and structures of punk, rock and pop.
When his first band split up (as most first bands are destined to do) Chris returned to his old stomping grounds in New Jersey and formed a new band with a couple of childhood friends. Armed with his new found approach to songwriting and performing, their 3 piece band quickly became very popular in the western NJ area, packing the local bars every weekend. After a year of constant gigging, songwriting and the recording of a live CD, the band parted ways and Chris decided to move to New York City.
Not long after arriving in the Big Apple, Chris teamed up with bassist Steven Holder, and the two formed "According To Wendy". Over time, “ATW” changed names, and some members came and went (and came again), but the core of Chris and Steve kept that unique reggae-influenced sound alive while playing dozens and dozens of shows in some of New York’s most famous and popular venues, including The Bitter End, Kenny’s Castaways, CBGB’s Lounge, Fontana’s and Crash Mansion. Incorporating occasional elements of folk, funk and indie rock, the band released several CD's, including a self-titled, studio album which contained songs like Rasta Dog, Soul, Goose Bumps and LES. A second CD which included their popular, show stopping song "Surfboard" (which has been featured in several promotional videos, including one by the California retail brand, Johnny-O Surfwear) soon followed.
Chris has since branched out to solo gigging, from busking in public parks to playing acoustic shows at intimate lounges. Used to sharing the stage with fellow musicians, the challenge of playing solo has allowed him to continue to grow as an artist through writing and performing with a more intimate approach.