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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Dave Ihmels. The last name is actually pronounced "EEE-muhls" . Many people get this wrong and call me "immels" although I am used to that and have gotten over it.
Recommended if you like: Beck, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Devendra Banhart, The Byrds, Vic Chesnutt, Mac Demarco
Story behind your band/artist name: Well...my middle name is Ross because I was born on Flag Day, and my parents have a sense of humor. A boy named Betsy :)
Band Members: I perform solo or as a duo. I play guitar, keyboards, I sing, play percussion, bass, and I produce mostly mid-fi in my home studio. When I am performing as a duo I perform with Todd Baker (from the DC band Cravin' Dogs) on electric violin. Other times I perform with Ryan Ferris on guitar. Ryan and I write a lot of songs together.
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I have lived in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria for the last 7 years. But I have lived in the DC area since 1995, so I have also lived in DC proper, and in Bethesda and Rockville. I occupy the rare air of "I like all 3, the D, M, and the V"
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: My favorite place to play is in someone's house, although Evening Star in Del Ray is sort of my home base for gigging. I live literally a block away from it. This makes load-in a pain because I still have to load the car and then drive a block and then unload. Maybe I should invest in a hand-truck! My wife is also a singer songwriter (Celeste Starchild), and sometimes I drag her on stage or force her to sing on my recordings. We also like to play volunteer gigs for hospitals and things like that. We have a duo act of mostly country duets and familiar stuff that we like to do. My last album, The Severe Angels, was produced locally by Dave Mallen at Innovation Station (Annandale). Lately I have been self-producing and releasing singles on Soundcloud, and using all sorts of people from other DC bands as back-up musicians. Two of my songs have been played on Billy Hancock's Tune Time show for WERA FM 96.7. "Rubber Mask" from The Severe Angels and "I Don't Care Anymore (So Neither Should You)" which is on Soundcloud.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I am a student of songwriters, so I listen to artists like The Sherman Brothers, Vic Chesnutt, Leonard Cohen, Warren Zevon, Townes Van Zandt, Dylan... The heavies. By the time I am 80 years old, I will be excellent.
Official Website URL: http://www.daveihmels.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/dave.ihmels
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5NEiGnvaWU3KEmE8Rn0ds9
Main Genre: Rock
Other Genres: experimental folk, country rock