Dave Sadtler at Irish Rose

Dave Sadtler, a Rockford native, plays solo sets at many local venues to share his passion with others.

Sadtler, 24, started playing the violin, a gift from his grandmother, at the age of 5.

He has played in various recitals and performances all the way up through high school, in addition to orchestras.

Sadtler was brought up listening to classical and classic rock music. He was turned on to ethnic music, reggae in particular, due to traveling at a young age and spending a lot of time in Jamaica.

Sadtler’s music covers everything from blues, jazz, classical, country, punk and metal.

Around 1992, Sadtler received his first guitar around the age of 12. He never took professional lessons, but learned his technique through other players.

He still plays the violin from time to time, but does not play it professionally.

“I think playing the violin helped a great deal,” he said.

Sadtler has been playing guitar and singing on stage for more than 10 years. He spent a couple of years playing with bands, and then decided to go solo.

His first official show as a solo artist was at Borders four or five years ago.

He has played at many other local venues, including Bacchus, CJ’s, Kryptonite, Paragon, L.T.’s, Irish Rose, Potbelly, Mary’s, On the Waterfront, Midway Theatre, Otto’s and many more.

Sadtler tends to play his sets in venues that are not bars.

“The music I play isn’t really bar music,” he said. “It’s more of a relaxed setting kind of thing.”

Sadtler plays a variety of original music as opposed to covers.

“I feel that originals are more of a gift to the audience, and original songs by my favorite artists are the ones that inspired me,” he said.

Sadtler doesn’t have one specific artist who influences him the most. He tends to have many favorites.

“I have something that is a favorite in about every genre,” he said.

At this time, he doesn’t have any albums recorded, but he’s working on a lot of different ideas.

“I’ve made a lot of recordings, but I don’t have an official album,” Sadtler said. “I need to get something a little more mastered audio-wise.”

Right now, he has a lot of demos in different genres and quite a bit of video footage that he would like to have something made out of.

“I’m trying to send them out to different companies to make sort of a DVD,” he said.

As for his future, Sadtler would like to become more mainstream rather than completely local.

“Mainstream has its benefits,” he said. “People always want to work a living of what they love. So, that would be ideal.”

Sadtler will be performing at the Irish Rose, 519 E. State St., Sunday, Aug. 7, starting at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 964-0480.

From the Aug. 3-9, 2005, issue

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