Dave Mackay is a pianist/keyboardist, singer, songwriter and music director from Leicestershire, England. Currently based between New York and Los Angeles, he has performed worldwide as a solo act and as a sideman for many notable artists, including Art Garfunkel, Grace Weber, Låpsley, Daya, Chord Overstreet, Colette Carr and Emily Elbert.
Dave’s recent work has included performances at Glastonbury Festival, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, London Palladium, Sundance Film Festival, Warped Tour and the Olympia Theatre. He has appeared on national television (NBC Today Show, CBS This Morning) and his solo work has received airplay on several national radio networks throughout the UK. As a music director and band leader in the pop/rock field, he has directed several large-scale performances, including Boston Rocks, a major fundraising event featuring a 26-piece pop/rock band, which raised over $500,000 for music outreach programs in the Boston community.
In 2013 he released two self-produced instrumental rock EPs (What We Become and Flood) as Dave Mackay Group. Following successful tours in the US, UK and Europe, he reimagined his solo project as an alt. rock vocal outfit and began work on a full-length record in 2015. Inspired by the likes of Sting, Esbjörn Svensson Trio and MuteMath, this most recent release, Restart, is the meeting point of two distinct, contrasting musical personalities: the intimate world of the piano and the epic sonic landscape of rock music.
Dave is currently touring as a pianist/keyboardist for Art Garfunkel’s In Close-Up world tour, while writing a new record. He proudly endorses Nord Keyboards.