We had the good fortune of connecting with Dale James and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dale, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success are the people I’ve had the good fortune to interact with musically over the past 7 years. These people include the entire staff at the School of Rock Scottsdale especially the music instructors who helped shape my passion for music. The community at Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center which provided me access to professional recording studio, open mic nights for performance and of course, Alice Cooper himself who I had the pleasure of performing live on stage with!
Paradise Valley Community College music faculty who have provided the challenges and supportive environment to help me become a better musician. I’m currently attending PVCC on the President’s Honors Scholarship where I plan to graduate next year with an associates degree in music. Last but not least, a big shout out to my parents for supporting my musical journey which started from driving me to lessons at age 10, to being roadies helping transport gear to gigs and being my biggest fans!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m Dale James aka “Zippy Riffs” I’m a multi-instrumentalist who writes and records original music. I’m most excited when I can create music without limitations with the freedom to explore what I feel. I hope by sharing my music, I can bring happiness to others just like the people who inspire me. I also enjoy performing live and am part of a professional band called, Frosty & the Silver Tones. People can find us playing all over the Valley on most weekends. The biggest challenge to date was the pandemic year of 2020. There were no live music shows so I worked on the skills to become a DIY musician. Recording, creating, producing my original music. My first single, “Times of Conversation” personally expresses that moment.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Would definitely take family and friends out to any venue that provides live music.