I turn to my Nord Stage every time I’m starting a project and it never fails to deliver exactly what I’m looking for. The intuitive, hands-on interface allows me to get right to making music, rather than spending my time scrolling through menus. All the sounds are incredibly clear, rich and defined but my favourite is the Grand Lady D piano, which has become a signature sound in my music and is easily the most realistic sampling of a piano I’ve ever come across.

Dave Mackay

USA

Gear: 

Nord Stage

Associated acts:

Dave Mackay Group
Bobby McFerrin
Patrice Rushen
Fran Cathcart

Dave Mackay is a British-born pianist, composer, producer and music director based in New York City. In recent years, Dave has worked on stage and in the studio with a number of top artists and producers including Bobby McFerrin, Patrice Rushen, Fran Cathcart (Les Paul, Joss Stone) and Chris Leon (Leona Lewis, Hoodie Allen). As a sideman, he has toured and recorded throughout Europe and across the US, including performances at The Lincoln Center, NY; Rockwood Music Hall, NY; The Cabooze, MN; Cadogan Hall, London; Westminster Abbey, London and appearances at the London Jazz Festival, City of London Festival, London Thames Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Dave has also established himself as a versatile writer and producer, with a composition portfolio spanning the worlds of television, theatre, instrumental music and contemporary songs. He currently composes play-along tracks for drummer Mike Johnston’s educational website mikeslessons.com, while also writing extensively for his solo project, Dave Mackay Group (DMG). ‘DMG’ combines alternative rock, metal and electronic influences into a unique sound, which is best described as ‘Epic Piano Music.’ 

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