Dave Bickler's biggest hit with Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger", was #1 on the Billboard charts for six weeks. The song won Dave a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. It was voted "Best New Song" by the People's Choice Awards, received an Academy Award nomination, came in at #18 on the “Top 100 Singles” chart in Billboard's 100th Anniversary issue, sold over 2.5 million copies on iTunes, is featured on popular electronic games such as Guitar Hero, and was ranked #63 on VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" in 2008. Dave can be seen being interviewed about "Eye of the Tiger" on replays of the VH1 "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" television program in episode 2 of the 5 part series. In 2012 Dave appeared on The Colbert Report singing Newt Gingrich's book "A Nation Like No Other" to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger". Dave is currently touring with his Survivor band mates.
Interesting facts about Dave:
Q&A with Dave 9/3/2009:
How would you define your solo project?
"It's ridiculous to ask that question. I can’t answer it.”
"This project is my life."
How long have you been working on it?
“Forty years. Wait, that sounds bad.” (laughs)
What’s your home studio like?
“My home studio is just a little place to record demos.”
Do you like it?
“Yes. I like working there. It's my little laboratory. It’s my little kitchen.”
Has it been difficult to balance solo work with the Bud Light Real Men of Genius campaign?
Did you get any inspiration from the Bud Light work?
“Yeah. A sense of humor.”
How would you describe your musical values?
How would you describe your music?
"Sort of bluesy-rock. That’s always been me."
Will it have any Survivor sound?
Do you have any inspirations?
Is there a difference working on the East Coast after spending so many years in the Midwest?
Do you have any favorite words?
“Music will set you free.”
Will there be any ballads on your CD?
"There will be but that’s a weird definition. I hate the word ballad. It's something more intimate."
What about those high notes you’ve been known for?
"Which ones? I can still hit some of them. Not all of them. My voice is in pretty good shape though.”
What’s been your biggest challenge in pulling this project together?
"Time. I have a little boy, you know, and he requires a great deal of my attention."
What do you want him to take away from all this?
"That's not a good question. He's a little boy. He'll take away something when he's old enough to understand. I just want to take care of him. He’s really smart and he's a really good musician. He will find his own way."
"Never. That would be the kiss of death to pressure him to do something - musical or whatever. We just give him the tools to form his own opinion, right?” (looking directly at his wife)
What will your CD be called?
“Not sure. That'll be hard to figure out."
Harder than selecting which songs will be on it?
"Much harder. The worst thing you can do is sound bombastic. Anything but that! We'll find something in the lyrics somewhere after forty years (laughing) that will point the way."
How do you feel?
"I’m old. I'm tired. Ancient." (laughing again)
How's it different now, working on music now that you’re older?
"I'm less stupid. I'm more confident, that’s for sure."
Is your family supportive today?
Do you have anything else to say about that?
Was your family supportive when you were a kid?
"That’s a complicated question. My parents were ambivalent when I was a boy and then completely supportive later. They protected and helped me when I was a teenager."
Any particular target audience you’re shooting for?
What makes you happy?”
Any reactions you’re hoping for when people hear the new CD?
“Obviously, I hope they like it. If they don’t, they don’t.”
Anything you feel especially proud of?
“I would just say that I would hope that people like my own song writing. That’s what I would hope.”
How will you know when it’s done?
“When it goes to the mastering guy.”
Any final thoughts?
“On to the next record.”