Who is this Däv guy?
Yes, it's pronounced just like Dave ...
I grew up in Toronto, Ontario Canada, the youngest of a musically talented family, yet the only one to pursue a career in entertainment. I attended college for Sound Engineering and Music Production. The facilitator of Music Production course, hired me to play guitar and sing backups on demos for Marianne Faithful.
One day in a Toronto studio, while playing guitar and singing on those demo's for Marianne, I was asked to go to studio B to read some scripts for a couple commercials. Apparently,
the voice actor they booked for the commercials, called the casting director saying he couldn't make it in for some reason. Long story short, I was hired, subbing in for the other Toronto voiceover artist, for two radio commercials! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! They paid me a few hundred bucks, which at that time, I thought was amazing. Although at that time in my life I was only focused on music and I didn't think much more of becoming a Voice Actor. Hey, it was the 80's, I was young and the music world was exploding on Much Music and MTV.
After college, during the day I worked in music and record stores. Nights and weekends I performed in cover bands around the Greater Toronto Area trying to work my way up and deeper into the industry. That's when Rik Emmett, the world renowned guitarist for Triumph, one of Canada's internationally acclaimed rock bands, hired me to be his guitar technician, stage manager and personal assistant / Guy-Friday. I also freelanced as a FOH and monitor sound tech, touring extensively across Canada and the USA. When not on the road, I was the studio manager and in-house sound technician at R & R Studios in Mississauga. This was the private recording studio I helped Rik Emmett design and build for himself after he left Triumph.
Then I Took A Detour!
It was amazing, being on real tours, traveling across Canada and the USA. Years of night after night performances in soft seat theaters, stadiums and arenas was hectic at times. Add in living out of a bag, sleeping in hotels, on airplanes and in tour bus bunks and eating road food - it all caught up to me and I had to take a break from the "biz". The break turned into a "few" years. My alter-ego "Clark Kent business-minded mild-mannered dude" stepped up, reared his ugly suburban head and got a "real job" - I always hated that term.
I held corporate positions in marketing, purchasing, supply chain management and BI analytics. I became Mr Mom - single dad & Dance Dad extraordinaire to two beautiful girls! Eventually I left the corporate world, to allow me to focus on my daughters - to be there for them, anytime day or night and not have to call into work saying I'd be late or that I need to leave early. To make ends meet, I started a consulting business, focusing on Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics, I also designed BI Analytic dashboards.
Although for me, this was mind-numbing, dry and boring. I needed to get back to my roots, release my creativity and make some "noise". I began to gravitate back into the music and entertainment world. I began performing solo acoustically and or with the band formed, Däv and Cräsh Monkey Mob. I also began working as a freelance sound technician for national and regional musicians, bands, festivals and corporate events but no touring. Always close to home, to take the girls to and from school, dance classes and competitions. Best of all, I was able to sleep every night in my own bed!
With over 30 years as a professional musician and sound tech, I know and understand the importance of a flawless performance - being in character and staying in character. Thus my evolution in the world of Voice Acting doing Voiceovers started. It was a natural progression and to be honest, a secret life-long aspiration. In 2015 I began designing and building my broadcast quality, home based studio. In January of 2016, I opened the Däv Cäv Studio and officially launched myself in the the Voice Actor and Voiceover business.
Don't Box Me In
My voice is described as ageless, naturally warm, deep and smooth. I can change it up adding, accents and gravitas - that sexy whiskey raspiness. Don't try to pigeon hole me into a specific age range though I can switch that up with my range . My accent is naturally Neutral North American / Midwest accent - with NO Canadian "eh" or ah-boot!
A great deal of the Voice Overs I do are for clients world-wide. From Explainers, eLearning, Commercials for various usages from Radio and TV, to web content for brand names in various industries and genres. I recently booked my first Video Game gig voicing five characters.
I have been cast as the voice in various roles from Transformer-type Robot Humanoid to Announcers for Corporate Award Ceremonies, regular Dad, Guy-Next-Door, Hypnotists, late night Lawyers and Doctors selling their wares to Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers, Stone Cold Villains and the Voice of God - yes I am ... the VOG!.
As long as I can remember, I would recite word for word the commercials for Banks, Cars, McDonalds, Oscar Mayer B-O-L-O-G-N-A, Coke A Cola, almost every kid cereal like Tony The Tiger, Capt'n Crunch, ... just endless stuff. I have always made up funny silly voices and even more so when I would read with my kids, imitating their favorite cartoon characters for them. My voice is ageless having been cast in roles from a young adult to a crusty, cranky old man.
My delivery is authentic, believable, trustworthy, confident and on point. Whatever mood and tone you want, I will deliver your script exactly as you want it to be - authoritative, scared, angry, frightened, perplexed, silly, comedic, serious, monotone, aged and anything in between!
I believe in building relationships with clients to ensure each voiceover is exactly what they're looking for. It's important for me to get to know and understand their business, their products and the services they provide, as this helps me convey a believable performance.
Please feel free to contact me, click on my Contact Page, fill out the form and then we can discuss your project in detail. I will do a free sample read of your script and provide you with a quote.
Let me be the voice of your next project!
All the best,
ps ... here's a lil' Däv and Cräsh Monkey Mob...