Hello Dave, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
I am a “gofer.” I just go for it! I am just a simple guy who enjoys getting into different things and learning about life in general. Time flies, you know!
2. What made you decide to have a career in country music?
Country Music allows me to write about life experiences while telling stories from my own perspective. There’s nothing better than that!
3. What is the background story of your latest single “Visiting Nashville?”
In September 2019 we went to Nashville on a trip, and there was so much history, culture, amazing people living out their dreams that it left an everlasting impression on me!! It was that visit that really helped me paint the picture of both mine and other’s visits to Music City. If you haven’t been to Nashville, you must GO!!
4. What are a few of your all time favorite venues to perform at?
Things started to really ramp up for me at the beginning of 2020, so unfortunately I haven’t been able to perform on too many stages quite yet. One of my favorite venues was the Tree Harvest Festival along the Sacramento River. The vibe was laid back with the water flowing in the back drop.
5. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?
It all starts with an idea, then it translates into a story that then turns into a rhythmic poetic style that gets worked with chords into a melody. Then we get together at the studio to work on the instruments and go from there. Each part of the process gives the song its flavor!! Its a lot of fun!!
6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
California meets Nashville
7. What is one of your favorite quotes?
Let’s Get it Done
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
We just finished a short docu series called “The Shit Show – All Groupies Wanted” NOW on YouTube. It’s about me and my crazy chaotic family and friends.
After releasing a song about his home state of California with the country-filled tune “Hollywood Sign,” Dave Herrera now showcases his love for Nashville, Tennessee, with the release of “Visiting Nashville.” “Visiting Nashville,” was influenced by late nights in Music City, the song came out on January 29, 2021.
“Visiting Nashville,” explains about a memorable trip to the city “where the stars are made.” With details of three-plot of honky Tonks, rooftop bars and old-time country mixed with the new, Herrera also gives the picture of the best trip around the home of the country music world of Nashville.
Herrera wrote and produced this new song with the help of Cory Coppin co-writer and co-producer Jeff Balding. “Visiting Nashville,” was recorded at WestRoc Studios in Sacramento, California. Also, the music video for this song came out on January 29, 2021.
Herrera’s previous song, “Hollywood Sign,” continues to gain playing time on Country radio. The song was released in September and tells the story of a couple ending the evening on the famous Hollywood hillside as city life keeps on below. Also,Herrera put out his music video for this song, which was shot in the City of Angels and has already has collected 100k+ views.
Herrera grew up in Sacramento, California, by a single mother and his grandparents. It is when he found a rundown ’69 Chevrolet Chevelle that would become his first car, spending countless hours poring over the classic car that was both an essential and loved heirloom. It was also when he started putting his toes into music, writing his own songs and playing guitar with his buddies, calling the craft “a real passion.” Looking at music more than just a hobby but a profession at the time, it was not until his grandpa’s health started to get worse before his passing- a man thought as a father figure (that Herrera’s mind about trying to do music professionally.
It would not be until he was an adult that Herrera strengthens his love to be a musician. After attending a real estate and development class at California State University, he shortly had an interest in commercial real estate brokerage, and is right now working as Executive Vice President at Colliers International. Along working for Colliers International, music was the unseen part guiding him along, kept receiving logical signs that it was part of his journey. One such way happened when Herrera met Bret Bair and Eric Rushing, previous owners of the Sacramento music venue. Ace of Spades (now is owned by LiveNation). Through commercial brokerage the three businessmen have now teamed up to open many live music venues across the city with Bair and Rushing being owners of the businesses and booking the acts, and Herrera being in a charge of them no the real estate side. The positive reinforcement Herrera received after performing some of his songs for Eric, esteemed audio engineer Jeff Balding (who mixed and co-produced the music), and a few of his close buddies, who also have a great ear for music, who reassured that he has a wonderful gift worth sharing with others.
Herrera is currently right now in the studio finishing up his first full-length release. If you would like to find out more about the talented Dave Herrera then check out his website at (https://www.daveherreralive.com).