How long have you been playing?
Nine, and I have always had a natural aptitude for it.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
1970, Music Hall, Cincinnati with Leonard Bernstein conducting. He did my favorite work at that time, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and he leapt backwards off the podium without looking at where he was, so carried away by the music.
What gear do you use?
Oh, a couple of cheap casios, a Strat, a Fender bass and an acoustic. I have some drums in the storage locker I plan to give my drummer to fill out her set. For me, it's not so much the instruments as the mind. I use this computer to make more music than any of my instruments.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Someone invited me here.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Mussorgsky, the Velvet Underground, Zappa/Beefheart. Later I found Busoni, Devo, NY No Wave and Public Image Ltd. After that it gets too confusing.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I have been into close to 30 bands, including 11000 Switches, Black Mystery Handshake, Cointelpro, Manwich, Rasputin Rembrandt, No Name Maddox, Rakehell, Uncle Dave Lewis and the Lookout Boys, de fenestra, Troy Galaher & Uncle Dave Lewis and others. Never heard of them? Didn't think so, but they all had their triumphs. And I'm a one man band too.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I very much wanted to jam with Derek Bailey, but I missed that. Today I would love to jam with Mari Kimura, Min Xiao Fen, Vetza, Henry Kaiser.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The biggest was a Black Mystery Handshake show at a Holiday Inn in Southern California. There were more than 300 people there and they were crazy for us. But I will play for between 1 and 1000 and gladly give my all.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Then I would bring nothing and listen to the music in my head, because I would want to bring at least two.
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A 4-hand piano composition inspired by the visual art of Joseph Cornell. The second movement of my "New York Subway Sonata," begun in 2008.
David Neal Lewis - Songwriter
A fantasy for four synthesizers derived from some bits and pieces of Mendelssohn.
David Neal Lewis - Composer