We had the privilege of interviewing the cellist Dave Eggar, who works with Amy Lee and Evanescence since 2006. Dave is primarily responsible for the soundtrack of the film War Story, along with Amy.
Very friendly, he did not hesitate to answer all of our questions and tell us about his career, work done and goals. He reveals details about his involvement in the writing process and creation with Lee, and his expectation in working with her this year. Check out:
How are you, Dave? it’s an honor for us to have you here!
I am great! I am actually in Arkansas now – it is great to meet you guys!
You started early your career as a musician, this happened at what age, and why the interest in classical music?
I started playing classical music when I was about 3 years old. My mother’s whole family played classical music and fell in love with the passion and emotionality of the music. By age 5, I was already playing music 4 or 5 hours a day. When I was 7 I auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and was accepted, I sang there as a boy soprano until I was 12.
What musical instruments can you play besides the cello and why did you chose the cello?
I grew up studying both cello and piano at the Juilliard School in New York. I fell in love with the cello as soon as I started playing it. It was wierd – it seemed to fit me so well – within 6 months of playing cello, I was already playing the Johannes Brahms Sonatas. I never looked back – haha. Because I also loved rock music a lot – especially Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I started playing Bass Guitar in high school.
Which were your major influences in classical music?
Wow! I love all classical music, but I would say my biggest influences were Brahms, Chopin, Stravinsky, Ravel, and many of the contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Scelsi, and of course Bach! – I play the Bach cello suites almost every day!
Would you rather to work as a solo artist or working with artists Pop/Rock?
I love both my solo tours and working with contemporary artists. I have made a choice in my career to only collaborate with Artist’s whose material I really feel I connect to – Amy Lee, Philip Phillips, Michael Brecker – I feel my own playing grows a lot from my work with these artists whom I respect so much – and it helps my own solo work have more dimension and expression.
Tell us about one striking presentation in your career.
We just did an amazing show for PBS in America called Bluegrass Underground – It is filmed in a cave in the Cumberland Caverns in Tennessee 334 feet below ground – It will be airing on PBS soon – it was such a magical and beautiful environment to play!
You also helped compose the soundtrack of the film ‘War Story’ (with Amy), had already done something similar? How was carry out this work?
War Story was the first film score Amy and I worked on together, though I have played music with Amy since 2006. It was an amazing process. We got to create some very unique and experimental sound scapes – It was really fun for us all to move outside out comfort zone and create more experimental sound scapes to compliment this amazing film.
What can you tell us about the tracks “Push the Button” and “Resurrection” (performed by you and Amy at Bluegrass Underground)?
Push the Button is a new song for the Film War Story – which Amy created – There is also another song in the film which is AMAZING!! And you guys will all get to check that out soon. We just finished that song last week and they added it to one of the most dramatic scenes from the film.
Ressurection is going to be part of a longer piece that Amy and I wrote together for the amazing young dance company Hammerstep(who performed at Bluegrass Underground with us). I love its dark industrial quality. We are hoping to write a longer piece for them for a fall New York run.
How did you meet Amy Lee and Evanescence? What was your first impression of the band?
I first met Amy in 2005 and started playing quite a few acoustic shows with her during the tour for The Open Door record. I was so impressed right away with her musical intelligence, artistic prowess and expressive diversity. I also loved the melodic expression and drama of Evanescence – it has a lot of classical music influence so I felt I fit right in.
You think Amy Lee would go well in solo career? How is being to work with her in this new phase? (now she is about to be mother)
Of course – Amy is brilliant! The new stuff she is writing is brilliant, fresh and contemporary. I think we are going to see some very exciting music from her this year. It is so fun to work together too, because we are all finding new voice and directions of expression – its great to go into the studio and not know exactly what is going to happen!
Wow! So besides “War Story” are you involved in other projects with Amy Lee? What can we expect for 2014?
Wait and see haha! I think we will have some more exciting films, we are already talking to Mark Jackson, the director of War Story about working on a new film, great script.
Dave, as an artist – what dreams do you have achieved and which ones do you want to conquer in your career?
I wanted to create a new and contemporary voice for the cello and to work with today’s great artist – I am so proud to have achieved that goal. It was also my dream to win a Grammy – I have been nominated three times so someday I hope I win! Also a major dream of mine is to help expand music education in America and internationally, and to start a program that uses music in conflict resolution internationally – as I have seen the power of how that works in tribal culture.
We would like to know where and when is the release of War Story?
The release of the movie is in process. I will let you know as soon as I know. Let me know if there are any film festivals near and we should send it in for but there is no a target date. I will keep you oosted.
Thank you Dave Eggar for all your attention to us, it was an honor! We hope to see you soon!
Thanks much guys!