We had the good fortune of connecting with David Feder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Relationships and integrity are everything. Being genuine and helpful is key even when there is no apparent personal benefit.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I compose, record, and perform original music. I always strive to play fresh improvisations on my own compositions and completely new spontaneous works at the moment. After playing music in bands for years and working with many fine players, I have developed some methods of reaching past people’s defenses with music to help them enjoy the moment. It took many years to have the confidence and develop the skill and sensitivity to play without a net so to speak.
In the beginning, before I became better known, It was very hard to book gigs playing original music. The clubs always wanted a particular style etc. And it was hard to describe a style that was reactive to the energy of the moment.
My brand has been described a few different ways, including, Bohemian Flamenco, Hillbilly Flamenco, Amerecana/Latin, Latin Jazz, etc. But the elements and influences are much wider.
My concerts, whether private, public, corporate or whatever are spontaneously created moments of musical connection. I try to connect with the needs of the audience members and like Reiki, offer the musical energy that people’s spirits might need. I do not evaluate this energy, I just listen to it with the audience.
This love of music/art offering/ creation is what drives my charity work in ICE, I am dedicated to helping young (and older) people explore the arts.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, I would take them to the Everglades National Park, and Robert is Here on the way home from the airport. Then stop at the Caribbean Club in Key Largo. In Islamorada, we would do Morada Way Arts district, and visit the amazing Florida Keys Brewing Company. They have the best locally brewed craft beer in the USA!! For lunch we go to Meze (outstanding mediterranean cuisine) or Bad Boy Burrito, yum.
Then sunset cocktails at Marker 88 or Morada Bay.
For dinner Chef Michaels, Kaiyo of the iconic Green Turtle.
Next day we go out on the boat and see the Islands from the water. Maybe some snorkeling, bird watching, or fishing.
When we have a whole day, the drive down to Key West is beautiful. The bridges are amazing with water on both sides. There are art galleries and music venues all along the way there. But the highlight is Bahia Honda Park with one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere!
Once in Key West, we do the Butterfly Garden, walk the beach, then sunset at Mallory Square.
Night time is for music. So many great music venues and musicians all over the keys.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife Suzi, smartest person I know. Always points me to the higher purposes.
Other: WWW.Keysice.com my NFP