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Meet Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dave. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We started as a band in college just making music for fun. We moved to New York a couple months after graduating and started playing every few weeks in local clubs. After several years of that, it felt like it was time to take the operation on the road which we did full time starting in about 2013.

After six years of constant touring, we’ve graduated from playing bars and small clubs to playing theaters and larger venues/festivals across the country. We’re beginning to pepper in more international dates through the rest of this year as we continue to grow our audience.

We are currently working on our sixth full-length studio album for release sometime in 2020.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
To keep a band of nine people together for many years is never a smooth road. Keeping people financially afloat is always a concern, especially in early years of forming a band when money just isn’t really there. But luckily we have a really amazing group of devoted people who have sacrificed a ton of time and energy over the years and are starting to see the fruits of their labor now.

I also have sacrificed a lot of mental sanity and most of my waking hours to building this project. It isn’t a job that has any set hours or a designated list of responsibilities. At the end of the day, it only survives on a steady diet of passion, ideas and commitment. That pressure is not an easy thing to live with. But the trade-off of doing something I’m passionate about is what makes it ultimately worth it at the end of the day. My life is not boring, that’s for sure!

Tell us more about your band.
Our live show is extremely high energy. Our music is eclectic, but we call it “powerfunk” and I believe we deliver it in a style that is our own. We borrow from our influences as any artist does, but our fans seem to enjoy the unique brand that we bring to the table. Our show is a notably visual experience in addition to being an auditory experience. Between color coordination, lighting and choreography, our show is distinctly us. That’s always been a priority and something we are proud of.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Determination is most important. It’s what’s stopped us from quitting when things are tough. Problems will arise in any business. It’s inevitable. The way you deal with the problems is what determines your future.

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Jocelyn Pierce, Dani Brandwein

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