Over the last 25 years, I still have not come off tour, playing three to four nights a week.My versatile voice has allowed me to sing rock, R&B, Jazz, 70’s, 80’s, and many other genres. During my steady involvement with corporate and entertainment companies, I have performed at many venues including the Hollywood Bowl, United Center Chicago, VH-1, MTV, Sea World, Disneyland, Roseland, the Playboy Mansion, the House of Blues, and Celebrity Weddings and also many corporate parties for Space X, Addidas, Nike, XGames, way too many to mention.
Singing engagements with high profile celebrities include Reo Speed Wagon, Luther Van Dross, Bette Midler, Tower of Power, Hugh Hefner, Dennis Rodman, Rupaul, and with many finalists on the American Idol. Many of Los Angeles’ themed 70’s and 80’s bands have also called on Daniel as lead vocalist…
…Also in 2015 he was invited to teach at a Vocalizeu/Vocology in Practice summer retreat. Here is a little excerpt from that event..
What an experience I had teaching two masterclasses at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Brentwood, California for The Vocalizeu artist intensive week, April 10-19th, 2015.
I have to admit, I was extremely nervous as I do not like public speaking. Throw a wig on me and ask me to perform for thousands- that’s easy. But speaking about something as divided and controversial as singing technique, well, that’s another animal. During the months leading up to the presentation, I was trying to figure out how to present my philosophies about singing not only to a room full of artists, performers, singers, and musicians, but also to a round table of “who’s who” in the singing/science of singing community such as Mindy Pack, Dave Stroud, and Karin Titze Cox MA CCC/SLP/Vocologist (Daughter of Dr. Ingo R. Titze- if you don’t know him, Google him. He’s basically the father of science and practice of voice rehab. Nobody is more in the know of voice than this brilliant man) as well as many other professional teachers.
With that being said, I wrote some notes and tried to follow a script. But in the end, I just had a blast helping a lot of singers. Everyone at the Masterclass was so understanding of my nerves. They put me at ease so I was able to explain and demonstrate the tools that I have been using onstage and in my home, scaring my neighbors to death, for the past 25 years. Not to mention my wife and daughter dealing with my ups and downs and keeping me moving forward as an artist.
I would like to thank everyone for making this a great experience. A special thanks goes to Mindy Pack for asking me to do this, Dave Stroud for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself, Fawna and Ian for dealing with my horrible internet skills, and lastly Karin Titze Cox for giving me confidence by letting me know that the things I teach and believe in are solid, making it a little bit easier for me to believe in my abilities.
Thank you everyone! I can’t wait to do more with the VIP Crew!
Blessing In Disguise
The magnitude of my involvement vocally comes not without its dues; i.e. voice issues. These challenges are, however what gives me that edge beyond any vocal instructor in the industry.
As a personality flaw, manifesting as a blessing, I research solutions to overcome common and uncommon vocal problems. Over the years I’ve been to a multitude of vocal instructors(list upon request), poured through ancient and modern books on singing, and scoured the internet for answers. Which led me to Alex Karitois bio the only teacher I still continue to study with and endorse to this day. Like myself Alex is very humble and really wants to help and clear the slate of all the noise going on in vocal technique today. Like myself he is a huge fan of the basics and the foundation of the voice and not so big on throwing around a bunch of terms and tricks. Many of the concepts I knew to be true he helped me gain more confidence in. Another common ground we share is why are there so many Vocal instructors (some who call themselves master coaches) who never demonstrate or sing. They push their “methods” and charge hundreds of dollars for lessons but do not sing for you or even worse make up excuses. I always found this strange being that I am a teacher but I love to sing and work as a professional singer myself.
As a career singer, I am an example of a working entertainer who must perform night after night and wow the audience EVERY TIME. I have helped many of my gigging colleagues build solid vocal technique through vocal coaching, enabling them to sing in the real world and I can do the same to help you! Whether you sing rock, pop, r&b, opera, etc., this is the only technique you will ever need.. Take a private lesson through Skype. First 15 minutes free! (CLICK HERE)
I believe that years of actual singing experience coupled by diligence in research and application of select techniques has brought me to where I stand today.
At a professional level, my students agree that they achieve immediate and long lasting understanding and solutions for their vocal issues. At a personal level, I feel I am patient, fun, and passionate about helping students achieve their goals.
“Daniel Formica is a world-class singer, performer & teacher. I have known him for over 2 decades & he has always been dedicated to art of singing, constantly evolving & refining his approach. Anytime I have a problem I call him & he always has the solution. Being a performer himself, he is able to teach practical & workable techniques. Having a teacher who can speak from actual experience makes all the difference. I would highly recommend Dan to anyone who wants to improve any aspect of their singing.”Matt Starr, Las Vegas