Chris DaSilva Band (CDB) is an acoustic based, original reggae-rock band hailing from NYC. The band's core member is Chris DaSilva (songwriter, vocals, guitars), who is often backed up by various musicians, including Paul Hickey on percussion.
Originally founded years back as "According To Wendy", the band consisted of Chris, bassist Steven Holder and drummer Fred Pisciotta. Based on a heavy reggae-rock influence, the band experimented with several other styles to create its unique sound. Ranging from reggae to funk, rock to blues, the band aways felt that genre didn't matter and instead concentrated on writing good, solid, catchy songs. That practice has stayed true through time, members and band names, continuing on today.
Chris was raised at an early age on The Beatles, and started playing piano at age 6. Trained in classical and eventually expanding into jazz and improv, he tried every instrument he could get a hold of, leading to guitar at about age 16. Never one to discredit a style, he was always drawn to well written songs, playing styles from classic rock like Led Zeppelin to 80's rock. It wasn't long before getting more into acoustic-based guitar work, and while living in central Pennsylvania joined a reggae band in the basement of the house he rented a room in. At that point, Chris' writing style forever changed. The infectious reggae style became a solid base of future writing, but Chris never forgot all the styles that shaped his playing and writing over the years. After a few years of writing reggae-based songs, Chris discovered Sublime, who became a big influence of his song writing style.
Often compared to Sublime, and once referred to "the Jack Johnson of NYC", Chris brings a style and vibe not heard often in New York, or the east coast in general. The songs vary from stories of relationships to nights of partying, loves lost and whiskey on the rocks. Relatable to a wide fan base, the songs resonate with many.