Dave Felipe
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Dave Felipe

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"the farewell DC article"

Heard on the Hill

By Emily Heil
Roll Call Staff

March 20, 2007

Don’t Get Any Ideas, Crowley.

David Felipe, a seven-plus-year veteran of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is shakin’ the proverbial dust of this crummy town off his feet and now he’s gonna see the world.

Felipe is leaving his steady-paycheck gig at the Chamber for the unpredictable, and yet so much more glamorous, world of rock and roll.

Felipe tells HOH he bought a guitar just before he started at the Chamber’s labor policy shop to provide an escape from the grind of politics and corporate life. He soon moved to the organization’s communications operation, nursing his new hobby in his spare time and later playing solo gigs at local spots such as the late Adams Morgan venue Staccato.

Now, Felipe has decided to make his passion his full-time pursuit and is planning a move to the City That Never Sleeps (hey, we hear that if he can make it there, he’ll make it anywhere).

“It was a combination of factors,” including a recent 30th birthday, a new EP and encouragement from his music producers in New York, he explains of the decision.

The singer/songwriter says co-workers were surprised to hear of his new direction, since after seven years, many thought he was a Chamber lifer. But he tells HOH he has no regrets about trading writing wonky press releases for writing songs full time.

“It’s not so much living the rock and roll lifestyle, since that happens for so few people,” he says. “I’ve never felt more comfortable doing anything else as I have making music.”
- Roll Call Inc.


Running Man EP (2007)
Live at the Grog & Tankard (2007)
In November single (April 2008)



Dave Felipe’s journey into songwriting has been anything but conventional. He’s been a rabid music junkie ever since discovering his parents’ vinyl record collection at the age of five and immersing himself in the sounds of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, CSNY and others. But it wasn’t until 18 years later that fate intervened and he made the transition from being merely a fan to a musician himself.

At 23, about to start a white-collar job and seeking a hobby to balance out the stress of working in Washington’s intense political scene, Dave bought his first guitar. By teaching himself the basics of the instrument and gradually learning the songs of his own musical idols, he not only found the outlet he had been searching for. He discovered that playing music lit a fire inside of him unlike anything he had ever known.

Now, years later, what began as a hobby has become Dave’s driving passion. Not content to merely cover other artists’ work, he began penning his own songs in 2002 and has been fervently writing ever since. Drawing inspiration from the people, issues and emotions he encounters every single day, Dave’s songwriting aims to be soulful and thought-provoking, with melodies and concepts that every listener can interpret and relate to in their own unique way.

Following the completion of a three-song studio EP in early 2007, he left the corporate job and relocated to New York City to pursue music full-time. He regularly plays venues throughout New York and has also appeared live in Nashville, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Georgia.

“Running Man”, Dave’s debut EP, has been met with high praise from many in the industry. The title track has been licensed for use in two upcoming independent films while the protest song, "Something's Gotta Give" was ranked in the top 25 on Neil Young's Living with War Today site.

Coming in 2008 will be a new acoustic/unplugged EP called "Six Strings Only" and a full band single called "In November".