San Francisco Bay Area native DAVID VICTOR is a digital marketing and SEO specialist, founder of Boomcycle Digital Marketing, founder of a hospice and hospital live music charity, and lifelong performing musician, guitarist and vocalist.
So as not to bury the lead, let’s get to the rock ‘n roll story first.
David lived out the Rock Star movie dream, being plucked from a cover band into the namesake band whose music he was performing: the multi-platinum band BOSTON, with whom he appeared on two North American tours and had a #1 Classic Rock hit in 2014 for one week on classic rock radio with the song “Heaven On Earth”.
Like BOSTON’s founder, David also chose the path of getting his college degree first so that he could pursue his own musical dreams. Always fascinated by technology, David satiated an early interest in electronics by pulling apart his uncle’s old shortwave radios.
David first picked up a guitar at the relatively late age of 16 after seeing his sister’s boyfriend pluck the opening strains of “More Than a Feeling”. Hundreds of guitar lessons soon followed, as David tore through the best-of-the-best local guitarists, including ridiculous shredder Marc Bonilla.
At age 18, David graduated from high school and began performing with several original hard rock and cover bands in northern California. Stints with regularly-working cover bands and rarely-working original bands followed over…well, they’re still following!
A few abortive move attempts to the Los Angeles and Orange County area to “do music” convinced David that he needed to complete a solid education so that he could pursue the musical dreams of his own choosing.
His interest in techie subjects led him naturally to study computer science. Following the completion of his BS in Computer Science at Cal State East Bay, David set to work at Ingres, a major database vendor and got to work earning a living.
With his Ingres earnings, David financed, wrote, recorded, and produced his first commercial release, PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT in 1991, a 10-song collection of original music. With a huge nod to Rick Springfield, an early and often influence, the album was a slice of pure pop joy, and (being that it was 1991 and we all had to be sad and sullen) received hardly any notice.
One notable non-event during that period was meeting one of his guitar idols, Ronnie Montrose, in Walnut Creek. Ronnie liked what he heard on David’s album enough to jam with him a few times at his rehearsal studio, along with Ronnie’s drummer from local band BUSTER BROWN. After an initial flurry of meetings and phone calls, Ronnie advised David to put together his own band.
Good idea, Ronnie! David put together theoriginal rock act VELOCITY in 1996 and recorded and produced the debut album IMPACT in 1997, which included the late, great drummer Pat Torpey (MR. BIG, ROBERT PLANT, THE KNACK) on drums. The live band VELOCITY consisted of a variety of miscreants who enjoyed a good time on the road as an up-and-coming original hard rock act. VELOCITY performed throughout the U.S.
IMPACT went on to sell briskly in the U.S. and over 5000 copies in Utah alone, where the album received regular airplay on rebellious rock station K-ROCK. K-ROCK airplay resulted in three different IMPACT singles reaching #1 on their playlist, as requested by listeners. The songs “You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore”, “Janine”, and “Love Is Dangerous” all topped the charts in the Salt Lake City area.
VELOCITY made the trek to Salt Lake City five times in 18 months as the album began to gather steam and garner airplay around the United States, including St. Lous’ 50,000-watt rock ‘n roll flamethrower, KSHE. For the first time, David and his band were truly rising, original artists.
In 1998 Clear Channel and Cumulus began to buy nearly every independent rock station and insisted that established classic rock tracks could be played 24/7. This was to ensure advertisers that no one was taking any chances and risking listenership on new, unproven acts. These corporate rock radio buyouts were the death knell of new, original “classic rock” as everyone knew it.
IMPACT sold worldwide with deals on Europe’s MTM Records and Japan’s AVEX records and continues to sell to this day. David also wrote, recorded and produced the VELOCITY follow-up, “ACTIVATOR”, a 5-song EP in 2001.
In 1999, David moved to Los Angeles and found plentiful opportunities to perform live. In 2003, David founded his own web consultancy, Boomcycle Digital Marketing, and used his digital marketing chops to help promote his music.
LA bands included (significantly, it would turn out) a BOSTON tribute band called SMOKIN’, as well as a high-level rock jam band that featured musical notables including Chuck Wright of QUIET RIOT and ALICE COOPER, Jason Hook of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and the amazing drummer Pat Torpey (RIP).
David’s path soon took a turn for the cinematic, following more-or-less in the footsteps of Mark Wahlberg’s character in the movie “ROCK STAR”.
The untimely demise of BOSTON’s original vocalist Brad Delp and a 2008 YouTube video featuring David performing the BOSTON hit song “Smokin’” resulted in David being asked to join BOSTON to record in 2010 and perform for their 2012 and 2014 North American tours.
David also recorded vocals on BOSTON’s #1 classic rock charting single “Heaven on Earth” from their 2014 album Life, Love & Hope.
During BOSTON shows, David sang BOSTON hits, including his personal favorite, “Peace Of Mind,” the classic rock staple, “More Than A Feeling,” and BOSTON’s other #1 single from 1986, “Amanda.” Tour dates included most of the east coast and central United States as well as Canada.
David also appeared at BOSTON’s first show in over 20 years in the city of Boston, as the band opened the “Boston Strong” benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. David also performed with BOSTON at the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota on August 7th, 2012, David’s 50th birthday.
An inability to get sleep on busses and a raging case of tinnitus caused David’s run with BOSTON to end in 2014.
David moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014 and was married to his sweetheart in Hawaii by his best friend (and best drummer), Michael Brandon.
David is busier than ever these days with Boomcycle Digital Marketing, helping a variety of B2B and B2C businesses (including Danville Music!) David also helps tribute bands get bookings via his lead generation business, ProTributeBands.com, and also manages his nonprofit, Harmony & Healing, as well as performing as lead vocalist and guitarist with several acts he founded.
David’s bands include “David Victor: The Hits of BOSTON” and SUPERGROUP SF, which performs the greatest hits of the San Francisco Music Scene and occasionally throws in a few BOSTON covers. All of David’s bands, as well as the other bands he books, can be found on the ProTributeBands.com website.
David’s heartfelt initiative is Harmony & Healing, the nonprofit that delivers professional live musical performances via Zoom to patients in hospice, hospitals, and private homes to help brighten the spirits of patients, their loved ones and caregivers.
David currently resides in San Ramon, California, with his wife and two cute doggies.