Currently on tour all over the world as a member of multi-platinum selling artist, Puddle of Mudd, Dave Moreno has played and recorded with many national and local artists. He began playing drums at the age of 11 and by the age of 15, Dave played his first gig on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, Ca. at the world famous WhiskyA-Go-Go. After graduating Kennedy High School he attended The Dick Grove School of Music and graduated from the Percussion Program. There he studied intensely with the best music teachers in the business, studying many genres of music including rock, pop, hip hop, funk, jazz, metal, fusion, big band, orchestra, disco, country, latin and r&b. He also studied hand percussion, ear training and music theory. Through many years of studying and performing he has become an accomplished and versatile drummer known to play many different styles of music.
Dave has toured and/or recorded all over the U.S. and overseas with many major artists, performing in stadiums, arenas, and major festivals with Artists like legendary metal singer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Warner Bros. Recording Artist Earshot, Atlantic Recording Artist Operator, JVC/Victor Recording Artist Tribe of Gypsies, Dizzy Reed of Guns N Roses, Love/Hate, Steve Stevens of Billy Idol, Judas Priest, Rob Rock, Ice T’s Bodycount, Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns, Vampiro X-Mana, Belinda, Maria Jose, Christian Castro, and many others. He has recorded over 100 records, including karaoke and instructional play along c.d.s., as well as movie soundtracks and television commercials. In 2008, Dave played studio drums on the theme song to the Emmy award winning television show “Dr. Phil”, which ran for 5 seasons.
In the studio, Dave has also had the pleasure of working with legendary producers like David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Sugar Ray), Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down), Richie Podoler (Three Dog Night, Michelle Branch), Bill Appleberry (The Wallflowers, Puddle of Mudd), Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson), Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford) and many more. He once was called in to replace legendary drummer Josh Freese’s drum tracks for a rock band on Atlantic records at the time. Dave also owns and operates a full production Recording Studio in Los Angeles where he produces, records, and mixes independent and national artists, as well as film and television. He also uses the studio to teach and record drum sessions for different artists. Previous clients include Roy Z (Halford, Dickinson), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), The Doo Wah Riders, Brent Woods (Vince Neil, Sebastion Bach), Chas West (The Jason Bonham Band, Foreigner), Copper Mountain, Nick Simmons (Gene Simmons Family Jewels),Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Jizzy Pearl (Quiet Riot), Afterhours, Kelly Rhoads, and many more.
When Dave is not on tour you will find him recording in the studio, teaching students, or perhaps giving a percussion master class at a college, or just simply practicing his craft. He also sings lead vocal as well as back up, plays guitar and piano, composes and records his own compositions, sometimes collaborating with other songwriters. He says that being prepared, and focused for the task at hand always leads to success.
Dave’s bottom line is, “It better groove and make you move, and be sure to always play for the song, and always play from the heart.”