Dave Schulz (born Buffalo, New York) is an American keyboardist, songwriter, producer and recording artist well known for his world tours in the late 90s with his fellow Buffalonians The Goo Goo Dolls. A well-established session and touring musician in Los Angeles, Schulz released Connect, his debut as a singer/songwriter, in 2009. The 10 track collection features many musicians that Schulz has long admired, including Daniel Lanois, bassists Tony Levin and Mike Porcaro and drummers Robin Dimaggio and Randy Cooke. Three tracks were produced by another longtime Schulz associate Matt Gruber, whose credits include everyone from Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes to Queensrÿche. In the late 90s, when he was one of Buffalo’s most popular young keyboardists, Schulz got a call from his old friend, bassist Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls, who asked him to join them on their famed “Dizzy Up The Girl” tour. Schulz later immersed himself into many diverse musical circles in Los Angeles. He hosted all-star jams at numerous clubs, including Ian Copeland’s Backstage Cafe. He soon became one of the city’s most in demand behind the scenes forces, adding constantly to a mile long touring, performing and recording resume of artists from across the spectrum: Bo Diddley, Fuel, Dave Wakeling/English Beat, General Public, Berlin, Ryan Cabrera, , Phil Upchurch, The Rembrandts, Eric Sardinas, Fastball, Glenn Hughes, The Fizzies, Jay-J, Bran Van 3000 and One Tribe Nation. Branching out as a solo performer, Schulz was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2005 Los Angeles Music Awards, and received a batch of accolades from the 2006 All Access Awards: a win for Best Keyboardist of the Year and nominations for Song of the Year (“Planet 39”) and Album of the Year (for his work with One Tribe Nation). Several pop rock superstars have spoken highly of Schulz’s work on Connect. Lanois said, “Now THAT sounds like a record.” Pink said, “Dude, you have the best voice,” and Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik said “I love how talented Dave is. He plays so good it’s unreal. He’s just dripping with soul.” In 1999 he was secretly interviewed in the back of a Las Vegas cab as part of Taxicab Confessions.
Göttingen, Georg-August Universität, Diss., 2015