Project Vector

Project Vector


"Pure candy for the ears with plenty for the mind to chew on as well," enthuses Project Vector fan Jeremy Race. PV dishes up the depth and substance of thinking man's rock dipped in a sweet, high-gloss coating of modern techno and topped off with gutsy and impassioned vocals.


PROJECT VECTOR is a one-man outfit based in northeast Michigan with plans to incorporate other musicians and begin playing live shows following the release of the next CD in 2006.


Project Vector mastermind Dave Gastambide took an unusually long time to “find himself.” Struggle and frustration marked his teens and the better part of his twenties, as he tried again and again to realize his musicial aspirations without success and grappled with his sense of identity, artistically and otherwise. Sometimes, though, it's the ones who get it together later in life who produce the most interesting work - music informed by years of life experience and with an undercurrent of desperation and genuine hunger not heard in the work of those for whom everything falls into place at a young age.

Like so many aspiring musicians, Dave spun his tires for years in low-profile cover bands that never evolved into suitable vehicles for original material. He finally left the bar scene at the age of twenty-three and attempted to record a solo album. The result was disappointing and the album was never released. He tried again two years later and again the finished product fell short. Too determined (or maybe just too thick headed) to quit, Dave embarked on a third attempt at recording his debut solo album. It proved to be a long and frustrating journey, and midway through, the project stalled out completely when Dave found himself facing a personal crisis that had been building for years while he had buried his head in other things and tried to ignore it.

Dave had known on some level that he was gay since before he even hit his teens...but the dread of possible rejection by family and friends and then, later, the fear of what being openly gay might do to his hopes of a musical career had driven him to choke off that whole aspect of himself. Once he let go of the secret and finally felt at peace with himself, he was in a far better state of mind to go after his ambitions.

Emboldened by his newfound honesty, Dave finished the final stages of recording his new CD, which was released in April 2003 as "Immovable Mover."

His elation at releasing the new disc quickly faded. As a man who had finally gotten a handle on himself so late in life, he realized the very Rush-like progressive rock album wasn't necessarily the kind of music he wanted to make anymore. Coming out of the reclusive existence he'd lived for so long had put him back in touch with what was going on in music in the here and now, and he was eager to tap into the energy of modern techno and electronica and do something more cutting edge and immediate.

Feeling the need to wipe the slate clean, Dave adopted the name "Project Vector" for his new musical endeavors. The next year and a half that Dave spent recording the REALITY SHOW album proved to be the most wildly creative and experimental time in his life. No longer repressed, he began writing about more personal and sometimes controversial subjects. Taking shape on his computer were songs dealing with school violence, gay teen suicide, Internet addiction, online pornography, and the supposedly “individualistic“ punk boys whose rebellion is just “conformity in disguise.”

Musically, while some of the complex arrangements and adept playing of his prior work remained, his sound was becoming more modern and accessible to younger listeners. Armed with an arsenal of the latest software synthesizers and samplers, Dave made each new song a thrill ride of cutting-edge synthesizer sounds and techno-influenced grooves, while "keeping it real" with his aggressive bass guitar playing and honest, impassioned vocals.

"Reality Show is a huge step forward," says Larry Kolota of Kinesis, a web-based CD retailer respected in the online progressive rock community. “With [this album], Dave has found his voice.”

Dave is now writing and recording songs for the follow up to Reality Show, with plans to begin performing live at last after the next CD is released.

Project Vector's DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO, "Out of the Closet," is available to view at the official website,


Reality Show (March 2005)