Hailing from northeast Ohio, David Blakely holds down the bottom end with a fierceness born of his years funking it up with members of Levert, Dazz Band, and George Clinton. If he can sing it he can play it, and over the past 35 years he has, handling bass duties in bands that have run the gamut from rock to pop, grunge to reggae, R&B to blues, and everything in-between.
David started out playing the trombone in the fourth grade, then tried guitar in junior high school, but didn't really like it. Then when he was 16 he heard "I Don't Need No Doctor" by Humble Pie, and he has been playing bass ever since.
When he was young, he listened to blues, R&B, soul, jazz, rock, and just about anything else he could get his hands on, gravitating toward Sly & the Family Stone, Mandrill, Jimmy Castor Bunch, and the Isley Brothers. He now counts Yo-Yo Ma, Soundgarden, the Beatles, Frank Zappa, James Brown, George Clinton, Korn, Michael Jackson, King's X, Bach, and a nearly endless list of other artists as favorites.
David has played at a number of famous venues. Among his favorites are the Blossom Music Center (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), the Cubby Bear (Chicago, IL), Wetlands (NYC), the Fox Theatre (Detroit, MI), Rick's All-American Cafe (Ann Arbor, MI), and a performance with Sammy's Good Eye at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH).
A true student of his instrument, David's bass playing is influenced by Jaco Pastorius ("who beat the shit outta me in a vicious game of ping pong"), John Entwistle, James Jamerson, Ray Brown, Tony Levin, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, and John Wetton.
"[Jaco Pastorius] beat the shit outta me in a vicious game of ping pong."David Blakely