Geeks Under Grace has another artist for your listening pleasure. David Dunn agreed to meet me at this place off of Ocean Avenue. He told me about when he was 16, as did I. We stayed up all night chit chatting away. Actually, that is me just reenacting a Yellow Card song in my head. My friend told me about him and his amazing music. I proceeded to listen to Crystal Clear and… WOW! I had to interview the man, the myth, the legend, David Dunn.
Geeks Under Grace: Who exactly is David Dunn?
David Dunn: Just another brother, uncle, son, friend, nerd who was CONVINCED he was going to play in the NBA. Then once reality set in, decided to try and make a difference in the world with instruments instead of a ball.
GUG: What inspired you to start making music to glorify God?
DD: I was inspired to start playing music in general because of the same reason every other 15 year old boy starts playing music….to impress females (which works better in theory then in practice by the way).
But seriously, my music is an extension of me. Of things I’m learning about life and my place in this universe. My tunes are life lessons, and I base my life on a Christ centered worldview.
GUG: What inspired you to play the type of Christian music that you perform?
DD: Honestly, I never set out to make “Christian music”…it’s just sort of where my tunes landed. Because I write about what I think is important, and those things break down into two categories. God and girls….and as I pulled out of my teens and my hormones slowly started to calm down, girls became a bit less important to me…so here I am! Singing about The Thing that remains!
GUG: Who writes the lyrics? Is it you or do you collaborate with someone? Also do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?
DD: I write most of my songs with my buddies (who usually are artists themselves)…it’s a chance to hang out and do stuff we love. Usually we’ll be writing for one specific artist’s project and he’ll lead the write….start an idea, and lead the way to a killer tune.
I don’t change lyrics on purpose in a live set, but I do it inadvertently change my lyrics on the reg! Mostly cause I have the memory of a 110 year old man when it comes to lyrics….VBS was tough for me as a kid 😉
GUG: Do you think that online/social media presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?
DD: Totally important. Its now THE way to connect with people…20 years ago I LOVED Michael Jordan, but really didn’t know anything about him other then the fact that he made cool shoes, was friends with bugs bunny, and wore the number 23. Now I know what he likes to eat, who his kids are, and what he’s allergic too because of social media outlets…Twitter/instagram/facebook has allowed me to become a more informed fan. And that’s why social media is THE conduit for all future musical interaction on both passive and active fronts. I put a lot of time and effort on my social media outlets as a repercussion of those ideals.
GUG: Will you ever record acoustic versions of your music?
DD: I’m open to the idea – and I play them acoustically all the time, but I don’t currently have any plans to re-record with organic instraments.
GUG: Ok, now for the not so band related questions. Our site is for geeks and includes various things such as gaming, movies, TV, anime, etc etc. Is there any shameless nerdy things you do that no one or maybe everyone knows about?
DD: I am FOR CERTAIN a total nerd at heart. I have quite the nerd resume. For example…
I am obsessed with audio books…mostly fantasy fiction – I “read” one or two a week
I am part of a book club
Graduated with an engineering degree from college (had a name for my TI-89)
Was homeschooled until I was 13
I am an Eagle scout
I think Skyrim is the best video game ever made
GUG: If you had to pick one video game, one movie, and one TV show to be stuck with for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
DD: Skyrim – best open map concept game ever….and I could play it forever
Princess Bride – because no one could ever get tired of a gem like PB
Sherlock – for obvious reasons
GUG: Anything you would like share, from new merchandise to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?
DD: New record that released July 15th! Check it out on iTunes!
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