DAVID CLOYD has led what could only be called an eclectic musical life. He began as a pianist at the age of 4, after his family discovered him picking out Mozart by ear. He spent the next 20 years adamantly pursuing classical music as a pianist and woodwind multi-instrumentalist, completing his Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. To make a living and start his career, he began teaching music and performing live—everything from chamber music and pit orchestras to local rockabilly bands. But throughout his time in music school, the siren song of rock and roll called to him, and he spent much of his time outside of class teaching himself how to play bass and guitar, and playing as many instruments as possible in a variety of original bands, eventually writing and singing his own songs in some of them. As he was completing his college degree, he won an internship through the Joni Abbott Music Foundation to move to NYC and work at EMI Music Publishing. Soon after, he walked away from it all to pursue his true passion: writing songs and making records.
Today, he is a solo recording artist with ECR Music Group in NYC. Following its worldwide release, his debut album Unhand Me, You Fiend! hit #1 on eMusic’s Album Charts. Cloyd followed on the national success of that album with I Could Disappear, a powerful collection of solo performances, and a fresh take on a Paul McCartney classic “Dear Boy” from the 1971 album Ram. He is currently in the studio, finishing up his third album.
Alongside his duties as ECR’s Executive Vice President of Creative Operations, he also spearheads and A&R’s his own imprint, Hook & Ladder Records, home for the developing artists emerging from his Buffalo recording and production studio.
He is also an actor, creator, writer, scoring composer, and producer with PizzaDog Studios, the Buffalo production company behind his new web series, Cloyd.
The Beatles, Radiohead, Beck, Peter Gabriel, Glen Hansard, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Björk, Sigur Rós, Stevie Wonder, Punch Brothers, Jeff Buckley, The Police, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, The Beach Boys, Henryk Górecki, Steve Reich, Beethoven, Bartok, Haydn, Chopin, Stravinsky, John Adams, Danny Elfman, Jon Brion
David Cloyd on Wikipedia
David Cloyd on ECR Music Group (Recording artist)
Hook & Ladder Records (Buffalo-based record label)
PizzaDog Studios (Production studio and home of the Cloyd web series)
David Cloyd Makes Music (Music for film, TV, commercials, podcasts, and more)
Digital Cloyd (Web design and development services)
All music. In collaboration with Myers Creative Imaging (Rochester, NY).
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