Dave Shapiro is a musician, composer and producer with over 25 years of professional experience.
After studying filmmaking at Northwestern University and music at CCNY, Dave started his recording career playing guitar at The Record Plant and Electric Lady studios for producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and John Lennon). Dave played percussion on the Aerosmith track, Sweet Emotion. In addition, he was the sound mixer for The Blues Brothers pre-production sessions for their album, Briefcase Full of Blues. (He’s got some great John Belushi stories.)
After years of performing, writing and recording with a variety of bands, (and driving a cab in NYC) Dave took a steady gig as a copywriter in the world of advertising. He worked his way through the maze of ‘Mad Men’ and ended up as a Creative Supervisor at Grey Entertainment and Media, the entertainment division of Grey Advertsing. During his years at Grey, Dave wrote countless print ads and produced numerous radio campaigns for such hit TV shows as Twin Peaks, Home Improvement, Thirtysomething, NYPD Blue, Roseanne, China Beach, Max Headroom and many more. He soon realized that applying his music skills to the world of advertising would allow his creativity to reach a new level so… Dave made the move back to music production.
Dave left the agency world in 1993 and settled in the studio, composing and producing music for TV and radio commercials. His clients included ABC-TV, CBS Daytime, Ricoh , American Express, Pizza Hut, HBO, Sony, CIT and many others. He’s produced tracks for industrial trade shows, websites and musicians in need of his creativity and craft. He is currently composing music for Showtime Networks and you can hear his music every night on PBS. He co-wrote and produced the theme for the Charlie Rose show.
In addition to his commercial work, Dave continues to write songs and book gigs as a session player. Dave’s guitar playing is influenced by his finger picking heros, Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis, Doc Watson , the great jazz players of the 40’s and 50’s, and the rock icons of the 60’s, Clapton, Page, Harrison and Hendrix. He is at home in a wide variety of musical styles and you can hear it in his work. He is currently working on a follow-up CD to his recently released CD, Love & Gasoline.