- 42 years old, Male,
- Member #
- Member since
- 11 Aug 2008
- Last activity record:
- Active over 1 month ago
- Instruments played:
- Vocalist - General, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
- Acoustic, Country, Southern Rock
- Screen name:
- 42 years old
- Level of commitment:
- Moderately Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- Available to gig:
- 6-7 nights a week
- Most available:
Vocalist - General, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar.
Lead Singer from local Bands.Scatman,Change4a5 and Trip Lizard
Now in. Cover band called Better Days.
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About Dennis Boyd Mayer
Growing up as an Army Brat and one of two Siblings, Dennis Boyd Mayer born in Fort Huachuca Arizona lived in many areas of the world. Dennis received his very first music lesson from his dad Ronald Allen Mayer, recently deceased July of 2011, who gave him pots and pans to bang on as well as Tupperware. While Dennis enthusiastically played 4X4 beats, his father would improvise on his acoustic guitar while singing and together would create music that was magical to a young boy. Whether he listened on short wave radio, LP's, 45's, or eight track tapes, it didn't matter the medium, Dennis had his large headphones on and dove in to the music headfirst without looking back. Wherever in the world the military took Dennis then and still true to this day, music is always his constant, and his biggest escape from reality and stress release.
Dennis’s musical influences included Motown, Country, Rock, Rap, Reggae, Punk, such as Lionel Rich, Steve Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Gap Band, Kenny Logins , Prince, Aerosmith, Kiss, Elvis ,The Beatles, Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Run DMC, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Brad Paisley, Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, Uncle Cracker, Three Doors Down, Matchbox Twenty and yes even Barry Manilow!
Years later, and back in the states, Dennis received vocal lessons from several vocal coaches, Michael Sheppard from Fairfax, Virginia, Anita Lewis from Annandale, Virginia, and Ann Choi from Falls Church, Virginia where he learned special vocal techniques such as how to breath, tonality, annunciation, key pitch voice control level, vocal pattern exercises and so much more.
Dennis auditioned for several bands but there was no perfect fit for this young dread locked teen. Finding the right fit became his number one priority to express himself musically with an original sound that he had developed throughout all of the years. After countless auditions, he had no other choice but to create a band himself.
The first band created by Dennis was called Scatman, a punk band with a great sound and a local following of shaved heads, leather jackets and attitudes. Scatman ventured off to play local venues in the Metropolitan area Mainly Washington DC and Northern VA including The Grog and Tankard in DC, Van Dyke Skate Park VA, House Parties, Jaxx, Springfield VA and other great venues.
The second band was Trip Lizard, a funk band with groovy vibes. Trip Lizard was around on and off for a total of 15 years or so and included a few members of Scatman in it. Discography: Trip Lizard released Bamboo Chicken in 1994 completed their new disc, Robotripping in June 2004. Tracks from both CD's have been featured on (including but not limited to) WVOD - Nags Head, NC; Radio Crystal Blue - New York, NY; DC101 - Washington, DC; WMUC - College Park, MD; UCLA Radio, Los Angeles, CA; WRNR - Annapolis, MD; 99.3 The Fox - Winchester, VA; 99.1 WHFS - Washington, DC; WERW, Syracuse NY; Z104 - Washington, DC; 103.1 WRNR - Annapolis, MD; Vortex Radio; Radio Madrigal, Madrigal France; 92.3 WGTB - Washington, DC; Audiostreet.net, Unitedbands.com, Lifeatcollege.com, Radio Clarendon - Arlington, VA, as well as hundreds of other University radio stations nationwide.
Trip Lizard had a recording contract with District Records and was on the album District Records Volume 1. Trip Lizard also had a movie sound track offered to them by Warner Brothers to use the song “Gone Fishin.” It turned out to be just a pilot for the movie “Singles Part 2” Frame By Frame but unfortunately was never was released.
Dennis has shared the stage with a lot of regional and local acts. Here are a just a few of many the acts they Shared the stage with Govt. Mule, The Pietasters, Digital Underground, Better Than Ezra, C&C Music Factory, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, Carbon Leaf, and Vanilla Ice as well as some of the region’s other top acts such as Fighting Gravity, The All Mighty Senators, Everything, Getaway Car, Rude Buddha, Michael Sheppard Group, Egypt, and Blue Miracle.
The third band was Change4a5 an acoustic rock band. With a Dave Matthew’s type of vibe cut 1 cd called “Dude Close The Door I’m Driving”. They Played at TT Reynolds, Fat Tuesdays, Fire House, Televised Herndon Music Festival, and a lot venues the other bands played. They were invited back many years in a row to the play the Herndon Festival.
Realizing it was time to get a steady job, Dennis had to put music second. Dennis found work as a Computer Technician and learned quickly all about Windows Operating Systems hardware software and would do whatever it took to keep the electricity on and water coming out of the pipes.
When Dennis turned 26 he decided to settle down and get married, and shortly after his first daughter was born. His days of playing out in bars, colleges and studio time, with a band’s hectic and often unpredictable schedule began to dwindle. Once his second daughter was born, Dennis decided to cut down a little on playing out, and to start focusing on something he could do from home, recording. He bought his first Behringer mixer 1204 fx and used his computer knowledge and training to learn how to set up and use the “DAW,” a Digital Audio Workstation. Sharing a toy room with his girls dogs and fish, Dennis set up a studio area with one microphone, a guitar, and a keyboard, Dennis would record himself late night after gigs. He would get these catchy chord progressions or song ideas and felt he had to lay down the tracks. Dennis realized he had to start somewhere. He had set his sights on a larger studio. A place where he can record himself and even a full band.
Moving to a bigger house in 2007 was a big step for the Mayer family. Much to Dennis' benefit, while the house was being built, Dennis self taught guitar by using You Tube and along with various band mates and tremendous help of his father in law Daniel Brier lead singer from a folk band from Scranton, PA “The New Comers.“ Dennis was on his way to be the solo act he longed to be.
Once the new house was complete, construction then began on DD's Music Studio. With much guided assistance from his father in law, 6 months later, the studio was finally complete. Tired of doing construction, Dennis was eager to get back to his passion, making music. Dennis worked endlessly with friends doing research on the best equipment necessary to create the best sound for the studio.
Now equipped with Behringer Eurodesk SL3242FX-PRO -32-Channel Recording and Sound Console, M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R Audio Mixer "Firewire," Sonar X1 Producer, KRK Rokit 5's, Casio Keyboard 34d34r, Sonar X1Producer Z3TA+ 2 Cubase, EZ Drummer, Appleton, 2 X12 channel Snakes, TC-Helicon Voice Touch, Shure sm 58 wireless NT1A - Condensor Mic, MXL 990 Condensor Mic, Alesis Drum SR 16, Boss OD20 Drive Zone.
Here is a list some of the venues and gigs Dennis has performed at:
9:30 Club – Washington, DC
DC 9 – Washington, DC
Port O’ Call - Nags Head, NC
Philadelphia Tavern – Manassas, VA “The Philadelphia Music Conference”
The Black Cat – Washington, DC
Live on Penn Fest – Washington, DC
Outer Banks Brewing Station - Nags Head, NC
Main Street USA – Annandale, VA
Sunset Grille - Annandale, VA
Planet NOVA - Fairfax, Van, VA
Blocktoberfest – Arlington, VA
Firehouse Grille - Fairfax, VA
TT Reynolds - Fairfax, VA
Crossroads - Fairfax, VA
Fat Tuesdays - Fairfax, VA
Clarendon Grille - Arlington, VA
Clarendon Ballroom - Arlington, VA
Partlowpalooza – Partlow, VA
Rhodeside Grille - Arlington, VA
GMU Spring Days – Fairfax, VA
Cecilfest – Harrisonburg, VA
Chief Ike’s Mambo Room – Washington, DC
Fast Eddie’s – Springfield, VA
Fast Eddie’s – Fairfax, VA
Royal Lee – Arlington, VA
Whitlow’s on Wilson – Arlington, VA
Tex Mex – Arlington, VA
Soundquilt Music Festival – Gore, WV
Midnight Spaghettifest – Gore, WV
Freedomfest – Washington, DC
Zig’s – Alexandria, VA
The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
Uncle Sam’s – Fredericksburg, VA
Los Toltecos – Alexandria, VA
Galaxy Hut – Arlington, VA
Spanky’s – Leesburg, VA
Tiki Bar – Solomon’s Island, MD
Lulu’s – Washington, DC
The Outback Lodge – Charlottesville, VA
The Laughing Lizard – Alexandria, VA
Jaxx – Springfield, VA
Sully’s – Chantilly, VA
Patriot’s Café – Fairfax, VA
The Shark Club, Centreville, VA
Ned Devine’s – Herndon, VA
Ned Devine’s – Fairfax, VA
Kilroy’s – Annandale, VA
The Opaline – New York, NY
Nick’s Riverside Grille, Washington, DC
Mine Shaft – Virgin Gorda, BVI
Lord Culpeper Hotel – Culpeper, VA
Neptune’s - Solomon’s Island, MD
The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ
The C Note – New York, NY
Neptune’s, Nags Head, NC
The Library – Fairfax, VA
AXA House – Ashland, VA
Worldgate Marriott – Herndon, VA
South Riding Inn – South Riding, VA
The Firehouse Cue – Gaithersburg, MD
KC’s – Manassas, VA
Duke’s – Alexandria, VA
Kate’s – Springfield, VA
Stewart’s – Strasburg, VA
Rag Time – Arlington, VA
Red Rock’s Café – Centreville, VA
The Exchange – Washington, DC
Hope Town Harbor Lodge - Hope Town, Bahamas
Season’s – Fairfax, VA
Manassas Pavilion – Manassas, VA
The Electric Maid – Takoma Park, MD
The Abilene – Philadelphia, PA
The Classic Café – Manassas, VA
Philadelphia Marriott – Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Dremo’s – Arlington, VA
Orbits – Fredericksburg, VA
Nick’s – Alexandria, VA
Arthur’s – Richmond, VA
The Buffalo Wing House, Herndon, VA
Balls Bluff Saloon – Leesburg, VA
Herndon Festival-Herndon VA
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