David DiMuzio: it’s a name you should know if you want to stay ahead of the pop cultural curve because this globe-trotting, musical YouTube phenomenon is possibly on the brink of breaking into the mainstream.
According to his biography on his blog, DiMuzio has performed in seventy-six countries around the world and is best known online for his “Taglish” songs that combine the language of the Philippines (Tagalog) and English in a modern pop/rock style. He has collaborated in YouTube videos and musically with many of the top stars of the Filipino entertainment industry.
What sets him apart from the Filipino entertainers, though, is that he is a white guy from North Carolina.
It all began with a two-week vacation to the Philippines and then later an email from MCA/Universal Music Philippines letting DiMuzio know that Filipino recording artist Nyoy Volante wanted to record one of Dimuzio’s original English songs, “So Hard To Let Go,” for his next album. And the rest, as they say, is history.
This writer first stumbled across DiMuzio on a YouTube quest to find the best cover of Tom Waits’ “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You.” And while DiMuzio has several YouTube videos of cover songs, his original songs are his greatest strength. Like any good songwriter, he has a way with words, but what is particularly intriguing about DiMuzio is his eclecticism, which has probably been influenced in part by his being so well-traveled.
And it’s that eclecticism that makes him so hard to pin down: he’s part folk, part pop/rock, part soul, and part country, or as the Bacon Brothers dubbed it, he writes and plays “forosoco” music. That eclecticism also makes it practically impossible to, say, create a top ten list.
One could spend many hours watching DiMuzio’s YouTube videos and listening to his music on other Internet sites, but for those who don’t have time to do that, consider this list of DiMuzio originals that exemplify his ability to write in a variety of musical genres:
The list starts with a funky song in the spirit of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”
Country Summer Days
Co-written by Ben Smith of CMT’s Next Superstar fame, this one is about as pure a country song as country songs get.
A carpe diem song that sounds as if it could be part of the Young Guns soundtrack (if Billy the Kid were from Milan).
Die on Stage
A beautiful song both lyrically and musically about mortality and death that climaxes in a group sing at the end.
Feral (Resembling a Wild Animal)
This song is a throwback to the days of the ’80s hair bands and sounds as if it could have been recorded by Def Leppard themselves.
I’d Love You If . . .
In the spirit of Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You,” this song offers a sweet look at love.
Last Train Out of Sydney
This is descriptive storytelling at its finest as DiMuzio and the listener “take a ride through other people’s lives.”
The style of this one reminds this writer of Weezer or the All-American Rejects, kind of punky.
What makes this song so compelling is its anthem sound, like a Bon Jovi arena or stadium song that everyone wants to sing along to. And its universality makes it one that everyone can relate to because who hasn’t had their heart broken–yet still continues to hope that it won’t happen again (even though they know it will)?
The One That Got Away
A simple love song with simply beautiful lyrics . . .
If you want to know more about David DiMuzio, find him on YouTube or Facebook, or visit his website.