No one will work as hard or as passionately for you than You. The world isn’t that hard to wrestle to the ground, you just have to roll up your sleeves, show your canines and growl at it.
— David McWane

Workshop description:

DIY Ethics

No one will work as hard or as passionately for you than YOU. It's time you rolled up your sleeves and begin working for yourself. Embark on learning all the jobs you must master to get you in the music game from: Promoter, Publicist, your own Label, your own Manager, Tour Managing, Booking Agent and more. Your goals are not out of reach; It's time to show your canines and growl.

Big D has produced 17 CDs. Their double album, Stomp and Stroll raised $40,000 on Kickstarter and won Best Punk Band of the 2014 Boston Music Awards. Their release, Strictly Rude, was touted as The Best SKA Record of the New Millennium by Alternative Press magazine. Big D was also recognized in 1999 as the Best New SKA Band at the Boston Music Awards. In 2008, David produced the CD Strictly Mixed & Mashed with artist dj BC, which won the 2008 Boston Music Awards for Best DJ Remix. In 2009, Big D won the Boston Music Awards as the Best Punk Band. Most recently David wrote and produced the album The New Way Out by The Doped Up Dollies, three back up singers for Big D. The style of this record is called Stroll; a genera David created in 2009.

David has also a written his first book, The Gypsy Mile ,a collection of poetry and prose that describes the places he visited, the people he met, and the experiences he had around the world. This book is now in its second printing. In 2012 he published his second and third books of poetry and prose, Let the Poets Come and Stop Me and Biting Lightening, Bloody Mary, and a documentary of the band’s experiences touring through eastern and western Europe, The Modern American Gypsy. One of David’s poems was published in On The River: The Cambridge Community Poem, produced by the Poet Laureate of Cambridge, Peter Payack. David’s first novel, Kringle, is scheduled for publication in November 2016. It takes place in New England in 1929 and is the story of a young Kris Kringle and his evolution as a toy maker.

David has contributed to contemporary music magazines -- Alternative Press, Punk International, AMP , etc. He has contributed written material and music to Alexandra Cousteau’s project, Blue Legacy, which works to inspire people to take action on critical water issues. He collaborated with Shepard Fairey on a CD (The Giant Rock ‘n Roll Swindle) with music and lyrics in support of his OBEY art campaign that promotes social and political freedom. He produced and performed in the short film, We Gotta Eat, which was nominated for the 2010 Boston Underground Film Festival. David has produced and directed 13 music videos of Big D that are available “on demand” and in a variety of internet sites. His most recent music video is, ‘Me, Fireman & Lion’ from the new album The New Way Out. His DVD Built Up From Nothing, a do-it-yourself handbook on touring for young bands, was released this spring. David has performed live in the children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba and was the writer of the theme song for the new Japanese animated series DOMO, which is scheduled to air on Netflix. David also created and sang the song ‘Can’t Stop Building’ for a LEGO animated commercial currently airing on the internet. He is currently writing and producing anthem songs for the Boston Revolution soccer team fan club and was hired to write the theme song for P. King Duckling, a Chinese animated series.





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TEI Workshops are group educational experiences.  The workshops are not structured for meet and greets, autograph signings, or individual photo opportunities with Gurus. Please be respectful of these guidelines. A separate Vans Warped Tour ticket is needed to attend the workshop (buy here).

Photo credit:
Header: Frank Schemmann
Live shot: Matt Williams