Born in Rapid City, South Dakota on April 3, 1965, David Dyson relocated to Washington, D.C. with his parents at an early age of two. He began his education in D.C. public schools, later moving to the metropolitan Washington area and attending Maryland public schools. During this period, David played baritone (euphonium) in school and in county orchestras earning superior ratings on his instrument.
After hearing recordings of Larry Graham and Louis Johnson, the desire to switch to the bass was overwhelming. At age 12, David’s parents presented him with a beginner’s bass guitar.
Excelling rapidly, he eventually achieved the “outstanding bandmember” award during his high school senior year. After witnessing David’s participation in school, church, local top 40, R&B, funk and Go-Go bands (along with numerous studio sessions with local gospel artists), his parents wer convinced that his talent was worth nurturing and were supportive of his matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where more growth ensued.
Exposed to various idioms, David was able to absorb an array of musical flavors, as well as perform in diverse musical situations. Upon graduation, David locked in the position of bassist with Polygram recording artist, Walter Beasley.
In January 1989, he was called to audition for Maurice Starr (Producer of New Kids On The Block) and landed the gig. Eventually, earning the position of musical director, David helped to take their live show to an unprecedented pinnacle.
In February, 1992, he moved on to tour and/or record with a vast selection of artists spanning from world renown jazz saxophonist, Chico Freeman, to R&B fame of songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Downbeat Poll winner Me’Shell N’degeocello.
In December, 1999, David formed an allegiance with Marimelji Entertainment Group which led to the release of “Soulmates,” nationally, though Warner Brothers (WEA). His second release, “The Dawning” also garnering critical acclaim, was released on his own label “Lohandfunk.”
Throughout his career, David has earned quite a reputation as a bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer. He continues to strive for excellence as one of today’s most promising artists.