Dina Gathe

Dina Gathe

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Razor-sharp guitars, sexy vocals and sparkling song craft: Dina Gathe fuses a wealth of influences into a singular modern rock sound that is both unique and accessible at the same time. Think The Pretenders and The Motels meet Alanis Morissette.

Biography

Razor-sharp guitars, sexy vocals and sparkling song craft: Dina Gathe fuses a wealth of influences into a singular modern rock sound that is both unique and accessible at the same time. Think The Pretenders and The Motels meet Alanis Morissette.

On her debut CD, “Bother Me”, she invites you to experience songs that are thought-provoking, energetic, fun, funky and edgy. Dina’s straight-to-the-point lyrics and vocal moods shift playfully between straight-up in-yo-face rock, sarcastic life observations, and a fun, childlike sense of wonder as her guitar guides you musically through the journey.

“I guess my musical influences are a bit of a melting pot,” says Dina. “I definitely love groove and rhythm. I think that comes from my marching band experience growing up - we had a grooving rhythm section and that established my sense of timing early on. I can relate to AC/DC, The Clash, 70’s soul music -- most styles really – as long as the song is there. The song rules for me. At the end of the day, the writing has to be good. And then if you can add your own personal flavor to the recording, that’s when it really starts to get interesting."

Growing up in Los Angeles in a cross-cultural clan with a Latina mother and a Cajun father, Dina's extended family included guitar-playing cousins who shared their knowledge of the instrument with her. "The first lessons I had were on piano, but I always wanted to rock," she recalls. When she asked for a guitar, instead of the gleaming electric she envisioned, her father purchased an acoustic - more suitable for folk than funk. Undeterred, Dina applied her rock zeal to the wooden instrument. Eventually, she graduated to electric guitar.

Meanwhile, the music resonated everywhere - Depeche Mode, The Cars and The Pretenders. "Chrissie Hynde was a huge influence," she remembers, "someone who wasn't afraid to say what she wanted, and who could rock, with depth in her lyrics." As a member of the all female band, "Table Talk", Dina herself was soon rocking the house at staple Los Angeles venues such as Madame Wong's and Club Lingerie.

Although a stint working in corporate America paid lucrative dividends and offered up lessons in marketing and branding, Dina knew what was missing. Forsaking the power suit and expense account, she founded Soundstruck Music in 2001 with partner Patricia (PK) Koprowski, and began recording and producing new material. Dina has two songs on the "Females on Fire" compilation CD (www.femalesonfire.com) while another tune, "Solid Ground" has recently been tapped as the opening and closing theme for Charter cable's weekly series, The Rustam Report, hosted by Denise Ames.

Co-produced with indie-artist-extraordinaire, Gilli Moon, and mixed and engineered by Matt Thorne (The Eels, TRAPT, Plastilina Mosh), "Bother Me" is an assertive debut that delivers the musical soul of Dina Gathe in a high-quality production mastered by Leon Zervos at renowned Sterling Sound in New York, and featuring a host of top-notch musicians. Its songs reflect the complex demands of modern romance, the dreams of the disenchanted, and the liberating power of self-determination. "If there's something I want to do I can't see anything else," she says. With "Bother Me", Dina lays claim to a self-defined musical territory. "I wanted to do a record with no regrets and no compromises. It's like jumping off a cliff."

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Lyrics

Story

Written By: Patricia Koprowski and Dina Gathe

STORY
by Patricia Koprowski and Dina Gathe

VERSE 1:

Whisper in my ear
Dance across my mind, freely
Memories, memories
Standing for all time
Like statues in imaginary lines

CHORUS:

No one will ever love like you
No one can move me the way you do
No one will ever love like you
No one can say the things you said to me
Laugh the way you laughed with me
A once in eternity story

VERSE 2:

Wrapped around my thoughts
Melt into my soul, softly
Faith in it, faith in it
For all that we have known
Like soldiers in a battlefield of mines

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE:

And I don't see you anymore
You dropped my heart right on the floor
And I don't see you
And I don't see you anymore

REPEAT CHORUS

Solid Ground

Written By: Dina Gathe and Patricia Koprowski

SOLID GROUND

Big superstars
With fancy cars and all the bling
Fame is bizarre
Celestial stories are the thing

Can't you see it?
Can't you see it in its cheap disguise?
Or are you mesmerized?

I don't want your
And I don't need your
and I won't buy your Merry-go-round
The drum I beat on
Has its own rhythm
I want my feet on solid ground

Electric box
To tell me what's of matter now
Mind-numbing shot
Just talking heads bobbing about

Don't you believe it
Don't you believe in flimsy fairy tales
Life's on a grander scale

I don't want your
And I don't need your
And I won't buy your Merry-go-round
The drum I beat on
has its own rhythm
I want my feet on solid ground

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Words and Music by Dina Gathe & Patricia Koprowski
(c) Copyright 2005 Soundstruck, LLC.
818.999.2502
info@soundstruck.com
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Discography

Bother Me (ASCAP)

1. Solid Ground
2. Story (Honorable Mention, Rock Alternative: Unisong Songwriting Contest)
3. Bother Me
4. Holiday
5. Sweeter Side
6. Alone
7. A Perfect Love
8. One
9. Never Mine
10. Some Other Ordinary
11. Is My Everything Enough?
12. Las Vegas Diamonds
13. Harmony
14. The Edge
15. Hang On

Dina also appears on:

Females on Fire Compilation CD
Tracks:
Disc 1, Track 8: Some Other Ordinary
Disc 2, Track 3: Is My Everything Enough

Gilli Moon's "Extraordinary Life" CD
Track: "The Wind"

Set List

Songs from "Bother Me" plus other originals
Up to 2 hours