David E. Beats of the Rap Metal band ‘White House Band’ walked onto the Knitting Factory’s center stage bold and brash. He politely thanked everyone for coming and then proceeded to make the following statement:
“During our gig in Texas, I realized that my fellow band members were not taking this band seriously, nor what I am trying to achieve, so I fired all of them. Therefore, I will be performing alone tonight”, he then said: [email protected] it, this is how I pay my bills.”
The group consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist David E, guitarist Fernando Martinez, bass player Cory Lonas, and Elder Merchant on drums.
It seems that after performing together at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, TX, three members of the band left the group, but according to David, they were fired!
To most this would be yet another obstacle to block David on his musical journey, but to him it was another hurdle he scaled without a problem.
After his announcement of the dismemberment of his band mates, David E broke into “How You Like Me Now” which is heavy rock guitar laced over deep ridden hip hop beats. The Knitting Factory crowd’s reaction quickly went from stunned to white house band fever. Before the song ended David started ferociously smashing his guitar repeatedly against the stage floor, and then he handed it out to the crowd which caused an all out frenzy! The frantic fans began fighting over the battered ax until one of the white house band’s management team (I Am Pr) jumped into the crowd struggled and finally retrieved the guitar back from the heated audience. Olivia Dikambi, President of ‘I Am Pr’announced that David would be choosing the lucky fan to take home the souvenir after signing it personally for him or her. The lucky winner turned out to be a young female fan he physically pulled onto the stage.
In addition to his band woes, earlier this year the white house band’s video for the smash hit “Wassup” was banned by MTV for excessive violence? This unfortunate maneuver by MTV caused a major disruption in his promotional campaign for the group as well as their latest EP “The Stimulus Package.”
Rather than becoming frustrated and dropping out of sight David continued on with his quest to promote the album with self promotion, Help from his great PR Team and embarking on a promotional tour with his former band mates.
During their tenure, the White House Band has released six projects together, and judging from David’s constant actions toward survival in this music game he refuses to give up!
David E. Beats announced during a pre-concert interview with CNN, that he/WHB wasn’t planning on performing live again until the fall. This journalist feels that David’s gutsy move to go on with the show regardless of the many pitfalls he has experienced should be a lesson to all artists out there striving to make their dream a reality.