A Talk With Singer-Songwriter David Garza

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By combining the sound of vintage rock ‘n’ rollers like Led Zeppelin with traditional Latin music stylings, Irving native David Garza crafts a unique concoction of Texas-bred indie rock, coupled with the emotional intensity of an intimate singer-songwriter dynamic.

Garza’s extensive and illustrious discography of 36 albums and EPs range in styles and themes, while still keeping true to his Texas roots and Latin heritage. “I’m [of] Mexican-American descent,” said Garza, “I love Tejano music and that’s just one side. The beautiful thing about being Mexican-American is that you’re both. You have both of those to draw from. It’s the best country in the world, but to also have this rich heritage of my lineage and the music that’s from here.”

“Music is like food,” Garza said, highlighting his belief that music is vital. “Why would you want to serve somebody bad food, or give somebody medicine that doesn't actually work? I really try to uplift wherever I am with the power of music. It didn't come from me in the first place, but from God, or whatever you want to call it. I might as well make the most of it.”

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Not only does Garza have the vocal chops, but he also has golden fingers. His hypnotic mastery of the guitar was influenced by greats such as  “Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt and Andrés Segovia,” Garza said. “I picked Jimi Hendrix because he had the most awesome rock ‘n’ roll tone, Django Reinhardt because he just had that soul and that swing, and Andrés Segovia because he had such a passion and the tone and the beauty.” In addition to making music, Garza rocks not only the guitar, but the paintbrush. He has been painting for over ten years with no formal training, with watercolor being his choice medium. Garza sells his art in his Etsy store and on davidgarza.com

“I think when I was starting out I was doing more introspective, kind of singer-songwriter type stuff and throughout the years its grown, gotten bigger and broader and more fun,” Garza said on his evolving style. Contributions from Garza can be found on the Spy Kids soundtrack, a 2001 film by fellow Texan Robert Rodriguez and the pilot episode of teen drama television series Veronica Mars.

Garza is often touring mates with other accomplished musicians including Fiona Apple and Pearl Jam. Garza said “Two of my favorite people ever that I've collaborated with are good friends. One is Gaby Moreno who I love to play with and the other is Nina Diaz. I’m lucky to make music with them. They both really rock.”

Asked what would be an album he would recommend to someone wanting to get acquainted with his music, Garza cited his latest album, “Human Tattoo,” and “This Euphoria.” 

Optimistic about the growing Texas music scene, Garza added, “The Austin music scene is greatly improving. Austin and San Antonio are like one big town now. I mean, there’s music in Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, and all over. I’ve just always thought about it as Texas music. I have a song called “Texas Is My Hometown,” and I really feel it’s true. A lot of people would say that music was better back in the day, but I think it’s never been better. I think it’s amazing.”




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