Daver began his career in Vaudeville at the young age of fourteen, making his debut at the newly constructed Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois. At that time, his equipment was limited to a simple organ grinder given to him by his father, and a somewhat reluctant monkey. Far from just your average boy-organ-monkey combo, however, Daver was an innovator. Audiences were stunned by his ingenious use of the monkey’s tail as an output to the nearby pipe organ. The result was a blend of strange yet melodic sounds that enchanted some, while frightening many others. Alas, it seemed that the Midwest was just not ready for Free Ragtime.
Vowing never to perform live again, (let alone split his cut with a primate,) Daver packed his bags and headed west, seeking an inspirational adventure. While details of his life during this period are sketchy, most sources agree on the following aspects. At some point while hiking in southeastern Utah, a bright light temporarily blinded him. When he regained his sight, upon the red rock table were four cups and a rather large pot of organic coffee. Seated around the table were Neale Donald Walsch, The Muse, and for reasons still unknown, a Jewish man in a cape, who would only introduce himself as The Great and Powerful Zorn. When the impromptu klatch was finished, Daver emerged renewed, knowing he must return to music, and to the land of his birth.
Upon arriving back in Joliet, Daver founded One Room Studio, the recording studio still used today by him and countless other musicians of various talents. To date, One Room Studio has occupied four different locations. No further moves are planned, assuming the Witness Protection Program has finally worked out its bugs.
One Room Studio proved to be an economic oasis during the Depression, allowing Daver to merrily record his way right up to World War II. Though too old to enlist, Daver served his country as a USO entertainer, opening for Bob Hope. While rumors of altercations with Hope’s bandleader cannot be substantiated, Daver was eventually asked to leave the tour.
The 1950s were particularly exciting for Daver. Delving even further into his passion, he invented multitrack listening. This revolutionary technique allowed the listener to distinguish the subtleties of each individual instrument on a recording, as well as point out how they were mixed incorrectly.
Just a decade later, the country was plunged into turmoil. Radicals and hippies experimented with sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and protest. “Unfortunately,” explained Daver, “they didn’t experiment with showering.” Disgusted by reports of filthy, infested communes and one-dimensional psychadelic rock, Daver staged his own protest. This time, he moved east. He chose New York City, noting that it was as far from California as one could go without having to purchase a voltage converter for one’s console and monitors. The next morning he took the 5:08 express to Manhattan.
This turned out to be a fortuitous move when the man sitting next to him on the train forgot his lunch. Ever a kind soul, Daver offered the man his veggies. It was not until they pulled into the station that the stranger revealed that he was none other than Ed Sullivan. (He looked shorter in person.) In an act of gratitude, Sullivan reserved a seven-minute slot on his popular television show. That night, Daver performed in front of millions of viewers. Understandably, it was not easy to sing and play drums, keyboards, bass, lead, harmonica, and accordion simultaneously. The gyrations of balancing so many instruments forced the network to show Daver from only the waist up. Naturally, he created an instant sensation. Despite the fans’ cheers for more, Daver quickly fled the spotlight, practically tripping on his way out.
So complete was his seclusion that the 1970s are commonly referred to as Daver’s ‘lost years’. Finally, he emerged in 1985, releasing his first vinyl EP, Four Songs, Give or Take a Few. Since then, Daver has produced several records and cds (see Discography). In the past few years, he has even incorporated the mystical digital systems so popular with the kiddies these days. Every now and then, when Daver is relaxing on his couch at home in southern France, basking in the perfectly balanced stereo spectrum, he is briefly tempted to retire. Nevertheless, he always returns to the realization that this is impossible, due to his recent signature on a brand new lease on life.