David Fritz, also known as Mr Music, originally from Durban,
now resides on the East Rand of Johannesburg, on a small-holding
from where he directs all his music activities.
Although his experience include DJ work and playing keyboards for
dance and rock bands, his focus now is on his solo career as pianist/instrumentalist.
David started piano lessons at the age of 9 and though
classically trained, he immediately entered the commercial music scene as keyboard player
after finishing school. Although he has been involved with many bands through the years
as keyboard player, the piano is and will always be his first love.
Ever since he could remember, David wanted to compose and record
his own music, and nothing, not even his blindness, could
make him give up his dream of becoming a top performer and recording artist.
After more than 20 years in the I.T. world, when it seemed like nothing
was going to happen for him musically, he organized and self-financed
the recording of his first album, "Singing Ivories volume 1", in 2005.
Since then he has recorded nine more piano albums, the last
eight in his own recording studio, and he is currently working
on his eleventh, due for release in August.
When asked about musical influences, David says: "Musically speaking,
Smarties and Liquorice-all-sorts, describe who I am. I grew up in the sixties
and seventies and then popular groups like The Seekers, Herman’s Hermits,
The Bee Gees and singers like Jim Reeves are some of my favourites, even today.
I was privileged to have had a classical piano training, and I
took music as a subject at school, so I got high on Bach, Beethoven,
Mozart and Haydn, but above all, the rock masters of the seventies are still my
heroes - groups like Deep Purple, Uria Heep and Pink Floyd."
Of his style David says: "My natural style of playing and
composition is New age: I love beautiful melodies with smooth,
full accompaniment. Music must stir the soul and move the listener."
David has a unique ability to intuitively capture the essence
of the music he performs. His sensitivity to mood, and the
meaning behind the words of songs, is reflected in his soulful interpretations.
There is a freshness in his recordings, so that you never
tire of listening to the same songs again and again.
One of the highlights of David's career as pianist was his performance for
past president FW De Klerk in the well-known
"Diep-in-die-berg" restaurant in Pretoria.
The album David is currently working on is called "Singing Ivories volume 4".
The new album is similar to the other albums in his popular "Singing Ivories"
series, but just with a different selection of songs.
Some of the tracks featured on the new album are "Sleepy Shores",
"Morning Has Broken", "Lonely Sky" and twelve more
goose-bump inducing tracks, which includes three of David’s own compositions.
"I would like to record three albums this year" David says.
"First this year, I released "Ivories in love volume 4" just after
Valentine's day. Then I would like to release "Singing Ivories volume 4" in August
and another “Soothing Ivories” album consisting of only own compositions,
for those who enjoy ultra-relaxing, meditation-type music.
David is working on establishing himself as a household name in South Africa,
while already exploring possibilities in the world market.
To date he has composed more than one hundred pieces. He plays like,
and dreams of being internationally acclaimed, just like his piano and
instrumental music heroes: Vangelis, Maksim and Ignatiadis.
He is just starting to live his dreams and holds dear the words of
Walt Disney: "If you can dream it, you can do it."
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