Get to Know Us! Part 2: David Curtis on Albums

David is the buying, selling, trading, in-store and online sales guy with nearly 30 years of guitar playing experience and over 10 years of music retail sales experience. He loves making deals and long-lasting relationships with happy customers. With over 20 years of performing and recording experience, David continues to write and record as a one-man-band under the name Deep Sea Soliloquy as well as doing audio/video production for gear and pedal demos.

What was your first musical instrument?

My first instrument was a $20 Harmony acoustic guitar from the 1984 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog. My second instrument was a Hondo Les Paul copy and an old Gibson 2×12 combo amp that I bought from my cousin for $50. You didn’t ask but I wanted to share!

Tell us about an album that has influenced you a lot.

Van Halen I. My brother turned me on to this album when I was about 11 and Eddie’s guitar playing rocked my world and changed my life forever. It made me want to play the guitar, grow my hair long and smoke cigarettes! He is still my No.1 favorite guitar player.

What album are you listening to on repeat these days?

Awolnation – Megalithic Symphony.

What album do you think more people should listen to?

Mr. Bungle – California.

What is your preferred format (vinyl, CD, mp3, etc.)?

I love my enormous vinyl collection but I prefer the convenience and sonic quality of CDs.

How do you discover new albums?

In the past, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio have been amazing at turning me on to new music I might not have heard of otherwise. Now it’s hit or miss with KEXP or various online sources.

What’s the best flavor of ice cream?

Coffee ice cream in the form of a shake.

Finally, give us your top ten albums of all time.

  1. Van Halen – I through 1984 (I couldn’t pick just one)
  2. The Beatles – Revolver
  3. Mr. Bungle
  4. Vampire Weekend
  5. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
  6. Frank Black & the Catholics
  7. Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love
  8. Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
  9. Violent Femmes
  10. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks…
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