Local Music Artist: David Gomez
Born into a musical family in 1981, David Gomez has been surrounded by musicians all his life. It was only natural for him to develop a passionate skill that has taken him all around the country and different parts of the world. He is proficient in reggae, blues, church music, Spanish rock, smooth jazz, and classical guitar.
He started playing music at the tender age of 7 when he was inspired by an amazing church musician that played the piano accordion. He first started on the piano accordion and eventually fell in love with the guitar at the age of 10. His parents, grandparents, and uncles were all musicians. It was common for them to have family jam sessions. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before he would put an instrument in his hands and figured out that he had a knack for it. When asked what makes him different, he stated, “I am heavily influenced by all kinds of different music from Rock, Blues, Latin music, Church (spiritual) music, Reggae and Ska. When you hear me play, you can hear the inspiration from guitarists like Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and Bob Marley.”
As a music major in college, David studied classical guitar and jazz, where he honed his skills and soon became a prominent “go to guy” for music performances and accompaniment for his peers. He was involved in several ensembles and performed in the college scene throughout his early 20’s. David was lucky enough to be selected to play rhythm and lead guitar for Grammy nominated Reggae artist “Pato Banton” who is a legend in the Reggae Community.
Since then, he has built a name for himself being an instrumentalist and vocalist for various different artists in the scene. He is also a private music teacher skilled in the art of piano, guitar, the bass, the ukele, and the drums. David is also the co-founder of a reggae band called “SolRising” based out of Ontario, Ca. They have a residency in Santa Monica at the Basement tavern for Reggae Sundays. You can hear their music on all music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Youtube, etc. You can also find David playing at I and I brewery in Chino every Thursday with different vocalists and musicians.
www.wearesolrising.com You can also type in “wearesolrising” (one word) to any social media outlet and you can keep track of when and where we will be performing next.