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Portrait of David Jerkins - Battlestations

David Jerkins - Battlestations


About David Jerkins - Battlestations

Dothan, AL

David Jerkins - All Instruments/Vocals and Noises unless noted. All music written, arranged, produced and copywrited by David Jerkins.Genre:Rock / Ambient and Film Music - Pop - Metal - Techno - Dance Website:http://www.reverbnation.com/davidjerkins.. Press Contact:battlestations@live.com

I am a multi-genre artist. I paint images with sound. I use many colors and mediums to paint these soundscapes and color your world with music.

LICENSING: Need music for your web site, commercial, or film? All compositions are available for licensing and can be edited (cut to length, vocals changed or removed, etc; etc;) or recrafted in general to fit your needs. Contact me for details.

HISTORY: Since the British invasion of the 60's, I've had a passion for music. As a teenager, I listened in on many garage bands and dreamed of pursuing music myself. My parents discouraged it because "You can’t make a living playing music". Wanted to learn rock guitar, but the teachers of the day wouldn't teach it because "Rock and roll is not real music". Still, I wrote songs in high school disguised as poetry. Fast forward to adulthood, got married, took on the responsibilities of family and involvement in a family business. Dream gone, though I did play around on the guitar and wrote and played original songs in church occasionally (which was a hard thing because playing the “devil’s music” in church was frowned upon back in those days). I also studied the art of synthesis, and sound development, from mimicking real instruments to the other worldly sounds analog synths were known for, bought a monophonic Korg and created a patch book of sounds. Eventually, when the modern digital workstations came of age, I sequenced accompaniment tracks for my songs and along with guitar, recorded these ideas to cassette.

NOW: My son became an accomplished musician when he was very young, playing almost any instrument in front of him including violin, drums, guitar, keys, etc. As an adult he has done a lot of studio work and did shows with several well known bands and did own a commercial studio for a while. This, of course, gave me the means for learning all this stuff and having the means of producing high quality material, so in recent years, armed with the up to date technology of audio processing and virtual instruments and several years of writing and recording, I have set out to "hang" the "images" I have "painted" in the gallery for all to "see" and hear. Now I have set out to David says, “I hope that everyone will find something, at least one thing, that is pleasing to ‘look at’,that touches someone in a positive way.” David currently has over 100 songs with music ranging from Pop, Rock, Metal, Film, Techno, Ambient and points in between.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Anything with heart, feeling and/or a good groove. Too many artists to name them all. Here is a few, not in any particular order: Rolling Stones (60's- Early 70's), Black Sabbath, Budgie, Roxy Music, Doors, Bob Seger (before Silver Bullet Band), Jan Hammer (Miami Vice soundtrack), Tangerine Dream, Emmylou Harris, Lorreena McKinnett, Waylon Jennings, Free/Bad Company (Paul Rodgers), Robin Trower, Jane (70's-80's German prog-rock), Flamin' Groovies, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Rez Band (80's-90's Christian Rock Band), Yardbirds, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Pink Floyd, The Monkees, Depeche Mode, T-Rex, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Michael McDonald, Creed, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grand Funk Railroad, Saliva, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Chevelle, Godsmack, Metalica, most of the modern Christian rock bands like Skillet, Switchfoot, P.O.D., Pillar, Disciple, GS Megaphone and a host of others.

CHRISTIAN GENRE?: I don't like the label; "Christian Music". If I paint a picture of a church or of Jesus, does that make me a Christian artist? If I say I am a Christian, does that make every song I do, a Gospel song? What about the instrumentals? How would you tell? Because I do have Christian beliefs, most everything lyrical I have written, has a moral theme or message in it somewhere even if you have to look hard for it. I see through the eyes of an imperfect person. I write what I feel, I paint what I see, I write about life.

CONCLUSION: Come on, relax, and let your mind take the journey. You will be taken to many different places to see many different things. I may use some unorthodox methods to get where you are going, but you will get there. Most of all you are going to have fun. 

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