David Myles just released an amazing instrumental album, so I thought I'd share a bit about him.
Most of you know David as a stylish suit-wearing folk / jazz artist. But what you might not know is that back in 1999-2000, he was a part of one of Fredericton's best funk cover band ever:
Kungfunkshun. I was fortunate perform my 1996 chemistry bonus project, "Ice Ice Water", with them.
I wrote a couple features on Kungfunkshun for
. I even interviewed David (check the pic).
I wrote: "With David's crazy leg kicks and flawless arm motions you'll think he'd been abducted by the mothership itself. He provides vocals as well as his trumpet skills."
You can read the Dec 1999 article here (with pictures)
and the Sept 2000 article here.
I helped out the band by burning reference copies of their songs onto CD. I was one of the first with a CD burner back then after indulging in 1998 on a 2x burner for $459!!
The only 2 burned CDs I still have are the 2 Kungfunkshun ones (pic attached)
Back in 2005, David reached out for help promoting his 1st album. I was in the middle of my move to Ottawa, but gave him what advice I could. I was there for his first CD release show at Picaroons (I think).
When I saw him perform next at the 2009
, I was blown away by his growth. Here is an excerpt from my newsletter:
"David's show has improved immensely since 2005, helped by his move from strictly folk to a more sultry jazz blues sound aided by his backing band, along with some Bruce Springsteen inspired rock.
His comfort on stage and crowd interaction brought in the largest crowd of the 'Export Buyers Showcase' series, and with good reason - he provided one of the most impressive performances of the series."
After my concussion in 2011, I struggled with listening to music, but I could tolerate male folk music. I gravitated to David's music and his 'In the Nighttime' collaboration with
was just what I needed. His song "What Would I Have To Do" was the first dance at my wedding.