Guitar Player Since ‘98
“I want to use music to bring hope, light, and unity to people – to make the world better. So, more times than not, the songs you hear from me will be written about those things.”
What got you into music?
DS: Without a doubt, my dad got me into playing because he is a musician as well. He saw that music came naturally to me, and that it piqued my interest. When I was in third grade, he enrolled me in piano lessons, and in seventh grade, he bought me my first guitar.
Where has your musical career led you?
DS: I’m a music director at a local
church, The Met Off Main, and I’m also part of a YouTube musical vlogging duo, Eklektiq Sol. Plus, over the years I’ve been connected to musical groups around town. I’ve performed at Nightfall, Riverbend, and Songbirds, to name a few. There’s nothing quite like playing music with a group of people.
How have you evolved as a musician over the years?
DS: When I was young, music brought me confidence because people thought I was “cool” for playing guitar. I identified myself as a musician and loved the attention it brought me. I played for a lot of people, but I also played for myself. Then, in my late 20s, I did a lot of reflection on the kind of legacy I wanted to leave behind. That’s when I realized I needed to share my gifts with others. I believe that’s the best way to honor a God-given talent. So, my biggest evolution wasn’t so much my style, but my perspective.
How often do you practice? What does your process look like?
DS: I typically practice daily, and it’s seldom that a day goes by that I do not touch an instrument. Many times, my practice is based around a need to learn new songs for performances or Sunday services. At my house, practice consists of me either playing my favorite songs from memory or composing new songs. It’s an ongoing process, and I love my practice to be a hybrid of discipline and creativity.
If you could collaborate with another musician, who would it be?
DS: Quincy Jones, due to his amazing insight and knowledge of the whole creative process. His influence will span generations.