DAVE KIM is an international electric violinist and DJ. He started studying classical piano and violin at the age of four. He was the concert master of his high school orchestra and competed in state solo competitions in Nevada. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Reno/Tahoe during the dot com boom and started collaborating with singer/song writer Chris Clouse at a sushi joint in the Marina District called MasSake. He joined Clouse’s band with Whitesnake bassist Uriah Duffy, drummer Brandon Davis and guitarist Jesse Brewster. They frequented local Bay Area bars such as the Red Devil Lounge, Slims, Bimbos, Tongue and Groove, Sweetwater, American Music Hall, The Viper Room in Los Angeles and the Bitter End in New York. Their first big break was opening for Hootie and The Blowfish at the State Theater in Modesto where they released the album Trace Elements. They also shared the stage with Dishwalla, Marcy Playground, Everclear and Third Eye Blind. They began to collaborate with Bay Area legend DJ Solomon, Dave’s DJ mentor, and took their live act into all of the biggest dance clubs from San Francisco to Las Vegas which landed a them a gig with DJ AM & Travis Barker of Blink 182 at Mezzanine. Dave began his solo career collaborating with Bay Area DJ’s such as Donovan, Hector Garza, Ean Golden, David Carvalho, Zhaldee, E-Rock, Trevor Simpson, and Whitenoize. He has also shared the stage with international DJ’s such as Kaskade, Mark Farina, DJ Dan, Diplo, Double Touch (All Day I Dream), and Steve Aoki.
Dave’s expertise is performing in destination weddings and corporate events globally. He has been invited to perform on Necker Island three times for Sir Richard Branson with John Dill, Alex Cruz, and Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys. He has also performed on the Oprah Network, TEDxSF, Summit Series DC10 with Bill Clinton and John Legend, Hive Global Leaders Summit with Marianne Williamson and won an award with professional figure skater Ashley Clark at the US Open of Professional Figure Skating Championships. In 2019 Dave performed on the main stage at the BottleRock music festival with Michael Franti. Dave shares his time between San Francisco and Orange County raising his two sons Christian and Brandon.