After accepting a classical guitar scholarship at UT Austin, he dropped out a year later to be a full-time rocker. Garza released a flurry of solo cassettes and CDs, selling them for $5 and $10, respectively. He calls this the “Single Bill Theory,” one he maintains to the present day. He performed tirelessly on the regional club and college circuit, ultimately striking a major-label deal, in 1996. At first, Garza rebuffed various major label recording offers, choosing instead to record and distribute music on his own label, Wide Open Records.
After releasing nine records and selling 30,000 copies on his own , he eventually signed with Lava/Atlantic and was featured on the Great Expectations soundtrack. His major-label debut, This Euphoria, followed in April 1998. He took over production duties for his second Lava/Atlantic record, 2001's Overdub, and brought in Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish, the drummer and bassist of Living Colour as his backup band for the sessions. Juliana Hatfield contributed backing vocals on the song "Keep On Crying." In 1999, at the height of his touring popularity, David was voted 2nd only behind Stevie Ray Vaughan as Austin Musician of the Decade (Austin Chronicle). In subsequent years, Garza has returned to releasing his music independently and plays frequently in Texas and in Los Angeles.
A series of regular shows at L.A.'s Club Largo showcased his skill as a solo performer on both piano and guitar. During Garza’s live shows, people as highly regarded as producer/soundtrack icon Jon Brion, Nickel Creek, Grant Lee Phillips and Fiona Apple regularly sat in with him. He has also done extensive work as a producer and session musician. His song "Butterflies" was featured in the pilot episode of the TV series Veronica Mars in 2004. Read more on Last.fm.
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