VP Spotlight: Dave Hillis

“Artists, engineers and producers no longer make money from music sales, so to keep pursuing the dream, you’ve got to get a bit creative.” ~Dave Hillis

Some things are just meant to be. Take, for instance, our recent partnership with multi-platinum recording engineer and producer, Dave Hillis.

We connected with Dave via Facebook and then spent a long time conversing on the phone. Because our visions align, Dave understood what we are trying to do do here at Virtuosity Worldwide, and enthusiastically offered his support.

Dave will be sharing his expertise and years of experience with other artists via feature articles and live webinars on our Make Your Band Your Business site, set to launch June 2nd.

We are thrilled and honored to be partnering with such an extraordinary talent and veteran in the music business.

Hillis has recently partnered with Mike Speranzo (Live Venue Space Owner and Engineer) and Liz Berlin (Vocalist and Percussionist for Rusted Root), in building a world-class, large format, analog recording studio, located in Mr. Smalls Theater, a premier live music venue in Pittsburgh, where Hillis resides with his wife and daughter.

Hillis, Speranzo and Berlin have also teamed up to launch their non-profit record label, Creative.Life.Support Records. This gifted collection of artists are forging together to record, promote and present talented local musicians.

Creative.Life.Support also conducts the We Rock Workshop, a musical program for Allegheny County Foster Youth, and the summer program, Real Life Music Camp.

Dave began his musical career at age seventeen, as a guitarist for the celebrated thrash metal band, MACE, popular in the 80’s.

Dave spent ten years alongside legendary producer, Rick Parashar, at Seattle’s famed London Bridge Studio.

Dave has worked with some heavy-hitters throughout his more than 30-year career in the music business, including Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, James Blunt, Dennis Leary, and Temple Of The Dog, among many others.

Hillis has also continued to create and record his own music and was founder, songwriter and guitarist of the popular alternative rock band, Sybil Vane, that was signed to both Polydor and Island Records. Their song, “Sorry”, was featured in the movie Empire Records starring Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger.

Thee Heavenly Music Associaton was formed in Los Angeles, by Dave Hillis and Helen Storer. The duo was joined by such famous musicians as Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam, Candlebox), and Kevin Martin and Bardi Marin (Candlebox). The only album release, was the highly acclaimed Shaping The Invisible. The single “Disinformation” was not released as part of that album, but was remastered and re-released in January 2019, with a new video to support it. The album and single can be purchased here: https://davehillismusic.com/thee-heavenly-music-assoc

Most recently, Hillis has crossed over to house and electronic music. with his alter-ego Lo-Rez, receiving critical acclaim and has been featured in major motion pictures.

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