David Serotkin was voted by the members and visitors of Universe Spirit as our Musical Artist for the Fall quarter 2006.
David Serotkin (pronounced Sur-AHT-kin) is a singer/songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. An adventurer, teacher, mystic and aspiring Irish dancer, David is passionate about exploring the mystery and wonder of life - something that comes through in his music. His sound - somewhere between Paul Simon and Sting - is filled with catchy melodies, rich harmonies, and groovin' rhythms.
In August 2005, David released his debut CD, None But This Time, under his own label, Waltzing Duck Records. None But This Time features 11 original songs ranging from introspective ballads to poppy love tunes. Testimonials include "Lyrical, poetic, soul-connecting…," and "David's music soothes the soul and moves the body!"
"Though my name's on the CD, I can't entirely take credit for it," says David. "It's true what so many artists say -- the real magic of music is the creativity and spirit that comes through us. Whoever sent this music is a much better songwriter than I am."
In Dec 2005 the title track from None But This Time won a songwriting contest. The competition was held by California-based Indie Artists Alliance, who chose the song out of over 200 international entries.
David also volunteers performances for non-profit organizations, for which he was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle in Nov. 2005.
David was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on May 14th, 1979 at 7:20 am. He grew up in Lansing, started the piano at age 6 and guitar at 15. He got a BA in English from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and then a Masters in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA.
In our often crazy times, David wants to be an agent for sanity -- bringing joy where there is sorrow, compassion where there is hatred, and ice cream where there is a dessert shortage. When we start taking ourselves too seriously, David tries to remind us to knock it off. Unless of course you're in the middle of relationship woes, in which case he'll play you one of his heart-wrenching breakup songs…you know, to sympathize.
David's musical influences include: The Police, Sting, Ben Harper, Neil Young, Genesis, Phil Collins, The Verve Pipe, Steely Dan, Stone Temple Pilots, Cake, Pat Metheny Group, Hall & Oates, and classical masters like Debussy, Poulenc and Vaughan-Williams.
David lives in Richmond, CA with his many cacti.
Visit www.davidserotkin.com for more information.