We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Brunelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is inevitable and evolves over time. Quitting my pizza delivery job in 2006 to be a full time musician? Minimal risk. Agreeing to music direct an 80min live stream concert for Jordin Sparks with one week’s notice? Big risk. Touring in Asia for 6 months with people I’ve never met and hoping my in town gigs will be there when I get back? Huge risk.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into until months or years after each of these decisions played out. Each risk had different reasons and were vital for growth.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I get paid to play guitar and do other music things and I love it. There’s plenty of gigs I take that are more about survival than inspiration, but I try my best to soak in whatever beauty I can. And even if there’s few redeeming qualities to a gig, I’d much prefer that to any 9 to 5.
Like any job, there’s easy and hard moments and everything in between. Some moments I’m so busy that I barely sleep and others I’m creating for the sake of creating hoping that someday I’ll get paid for my creation.
When things slowed down last year I started working on a Christmas album and I’m super excited to release it!
After being fired a few times and seeing other guys get called instead of me I’ve found two things to be important: know the music and be cool.
“Be the best version of yourself”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Avocado toast at Intelligensia. Hike to the Hollywood sign then hit Griffith. Catch a movie on the roof of the Montalban. If they were from the east coast we’d definitely hit in n out. Hang at good times at Davey Wayne’s. Definitely Norms after midnight. Can’t do LA without hitting the Santa Monica pier.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Citrus College for teaching me how to be a pro, The Cause Church for allowing me to learn music directing on the job, Underøath for providing my childhood sound track, Brian May for unrelenting guitar solos and riffs, my parents for believing in me and my wife for supporting me through the ups and downs.