San Francisco Bay Area native vocalist/guitarist David Victor truly lived out Mark Wahlberg’s “Rock Star” movie dream, being plucked from a tribute band into the namesake band he was paying tribute to: the multi-platinum band BOSTON, with whom he appeared on two North American tours and had a #1 Classic Rock hit in 2014 with the song “Heaven On Earth”.
David first picked up a guitar at the age of 16 after seeing his sister’s boyfriend strum a few chords. At age 18, David began performing with several original hard rock and cover bands in northern California. In 1991, David financed, wrote, recorded and produced his first commercial release PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT.
David put together the original rock act VELOCITY in 1996 and recorded and produced the debut album IMPACT in 1997 which included drummer Pat Torpey (MR. BIG, ROBERT PLANT, THE KNACK) on drums. VELOCITY performed throughout the U.S. IMPACT went on to sell briskly in the U.S. and over 5000 copies in Utah alone, where the album received regular airplay on rebellious rock station K-ROCK. IMPACT sold worldwide with deals on Europe’s MTM Records and Japan’s AVEX records and continues to sell to this day. VELOCITY also released the “ACTIVATOR” 5-song EP in 2001.
In 1999, David moved to Los Angeles and found many opportunities to perform live. LA bands included BOSTON tribute band SMOKIN’, as well as a high-level rock jam band that featured such notables as Chuck Wright of QUIET RIOT, Jason Hook of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and the amazing Pat Torpey.
A 2008 YouTube video featuring David performing the song “Smokin’” resulted in David joining BOSTON to record in 2010 and perform for their 2012 and 2014 North American tours. David also appeared at BOSTON’s first show in over 20 years in the city of Boston, as the band opened the “Boston Strong” benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. David performed vocals on BOSTON’s #1 classic rock charting single “Heaven on Earth” from their 2014 album “Life, Love & Hope”. During BOSTON shows, David sang BOSTON hits including “Peace Of Mind”, “More Than A Feeling” and BOSTON’s other #1 single from 1986, “Amanda”.
David is busier than ever these days, performing as lead vocalist and guitarist with several rock-based acts he founded including David Victor: “The Hits of Boston & More”, Platinum Rockstars (70s and 80s show band), David Victor’s SUPERGROUP (featuring former members of Creedence Clearwater, Y&T, Joe Satriani’s band and more) as well as the cinematic rock show Rockin’ America. All David’s shows can be found on the David Victor Presents website.
David’s latest endeavor is Harmony & Healing, a program that brings acoustic music into hospitals and medical care facilities to help brighten the spirits and speed healing of patients.
David also teaches music privately and in group sessions with the innovative “Strum & Spirits” musical team-building classes, and is active as a performer at numerous functions in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
David currently resides in San Ramon, California.
And Now, The Interview
IPM: David, What inspired you to write music like you do?
The great rock artists of the 70s and 80s, back when I was booting up as a musician. Boston was a huge influence, as was Montrose, UFO, Thin Lizzy and Van Halen. I loved the huge wall-of-sound guitars and drums. Coliseum rock baby!
IPM: Tell us about the artists you are working with, who makes up the band ?
Well this band features Glenn Jost on drums, Manny Aguirre on bass, Victor Bender on keys/guitar and Roby Duron on lead guitar. Everyone sings lead in this band, which means we can do 4 and 5-part harmonies. The band actually started because I wanted to stay in vocal shape between tours with Boston. My drummer does an awesome job with the operatic stylings of Dennis DeYoung, so we hit on the idea of calling the band “Bostyx”, which was just a silly, funny name. Unfortunately we are no longer allowed to use that name, so we’re just calling the show David Victor and “The Hits of Boston & Styx”.
IPM: Any issues or Challenges that you may be facing at present, musically?
The style of music I prefer is obviously no longer in vogue, if it ever was. Even back in the day, the critics pretty much hated it. Now everyone hates it so it’s easier to keep track! 😉 Seriously though, it’s like any established style of music – it has its hardcore fans who seek it out, and for whom nothing else is really good enough. I like some newer music and artists, but when someone puts out something that sounds like it came out of a time-machine from the 1970s or 1980s, it hits me right where I live!
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent performances.
We had a great year in 2018, playing for lots of new audiences throughout the U.S. At the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center in Ohio last year, the director there said he’d never heard the audience as loud and raucous as they were for us. This year we sold out a 1000-seater in Wheeling, WV where we’d never played before – and the competition in town that night was Jerry Seinfeld! We love touring, especially in our home state of California and in the Midwest, where this style of music kind of never went out of style.
IPM: So, let’s talk about your music, what’s new for David Victor these days??
The new single is called “Heart Open Wide” and it’s out as of March 8th! A cool, vibey, up-tempo 70s/80s style track. What else? I would like to keep recording new music for as long as I can afford to. The model of giving away tracks to promote shows is okay, but it means you have to tour and play live a lot.
IPM: Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
We played some fun shows while I was in Boston, but the most moving was the Boston Strong performance for the Boston Marathon Bombing benefit. We got to open the show, and we stated with the “Star Spangled Banner” and everyone stood up and put their hands on their hearts and it was like a religious moment. Very impactful! The funniest thing was, we um, had a few cocktails backstage because we’d already done our opening set, and it was time to relax. But at the very end, my wife egged me on to get up on the stage for the encore with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, and we sang “Dirty Water” and “Come Together” and it was the high point of my musical life.
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
I just want to keep performing great music, writing my own new music, and seeing the smiles on people’s faces. I’ve also started a charity called “Harmony & Healing” to bring music to hospitals and healthcare facilities, because I’ve seen the wonderful effect live music has on people. I believe it’s very healing and there are many peer-reviewed medical studies about the healing power of music that back what I’ve witnessed as a performer many times.
IPM What would you like our readers to know about you?
I am fortunate to be performing with such talented musicians as I have in our Hits of Boston & Styx show. Every one of those guys is better at what they do than I am at what I do, and I like it that way. Super singers, performers and musician’s musicians. I could say the same thing about my newest project, the Bay Area based “David Victor’s SUPERGROUP”, which features a few other “formerly of” guys, ex-members of Creedence Clearwater, Joe Satriani’s band, and the loveable Y&T.
Seek out the music of David Victor and get your ears around what music should be!
Donate to IndiePulse Music Magazine’s Academic and Music Education Scholarship Program HeartBeat4Kids
IndiePulse Music Magazine creates Scholarships to help Youth In Need of assistance to complete their educational goals and stay in school.