Trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes Dave Simmons a transcendent talent is enough to leave a person’s head spinning. Born into a musical family in Detroit, Michigan, Dave was exposed immediately to a great many musical genres. With elder siblings who grew up mixing with the Motown Family, and with the island influences of his parents’ Trinidadian roots, the foundation of his diverse musical talent was cultivated early.
Dave is currently based out of Miami, touring as drummer for the legendary KC and the Sunshine Band. Beyond incredible chops, monster songwriting, and superb production skills, Dave is also a revered electronics and programming wizard. This technical expertise is probably best exemplified by his self-built, custom touring rig, complete with extensive triggers and innovative effects. A quick glance at Dave’s performance credentials reveals names like Deborah Gibson, Sade, Lauren Hill, The Drifters, The Marley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Liberace, and The Van Halen Reunion Tour with Kymani Marley. He’s been featured in Sticks and Modern Drummer, and endorses Pearl, Remo, Zildjian Cymbals, Shure Mics, and Vic Firth Sticks, with Hiptrix as an FX accent. You can currently find Dave working on a plethora of solo and collaborative projects, as well as out on the road with KC & the Sunshine Band. Visit www.kcandthesunshineband.com and www.davegrooves.com for more.