Dave Menzo

Fresh Grooves for the Soul

From deep tribal drums sounds, to soaring strings and vocals, and all the electrifying layers in between, musician and producer Dave Menzo’s psychedelic pop takes you on a sonic journey. His new album, “Shhh…,” released in May, was made entirely with instruments he checked out from the Ann Arbor District Library’s Music Tools Collection, including drum machines, analog synthesizers, guitar pedals, vocal processors, microphones, percussion, and various other instruments. The album was recently mentioned by the New York Times in a feature about libraries becoming creative hubs for individuals. 

Joined by his full band on special occasions, Menzo is a producer/ multi-instrumentalist/ solo artist, and is also a member of Michigan bands Child Sleep, The Electrocats, and The Groove Party.


Photographer: Dianna Berggren

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Menzo performs "Ocean Turned Blue" from his new album Shhh..., which was written and recorded exclusively using instruments checked out from the Ann Arbor District Library. This version features the solo looping rig that Menzo often uses in his life performances: acoustic guitar, vocals, beatboxing, bass, synthesizer, looper, and effects.


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