D.A. Wallach (also known as D.A) is an American musician and business executive. He is the former lead singer of the group Chester French and is currently a solo artist signed by Harvest Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records. He is the official artist-in-residence at Spotify and invests in and advises several other technology companies.
Early life and education:
D.A. was born David-Andrew Wallach in Denver, Colorado and moved to Appleton, Wisconsin before he was 2 years old. He attended high school at the University School of Milwaukee where he was a two-time national finalist in the Federal Reserve's Fed Challenge monetary policy competition.
D.A. went on to attend Harvard University. During his time at Harvard, he studied African-American studies under Henry Louis Gates Jr. and graduated in 2007, receiving both the Alain Locke Prize for the most outstanding scholar in African-American Studies and the Andrew Ramroop prize. He received Harvard's first certificate in the Bantu language Gikuyu.
D.A. was initially discovered by Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri and Pharrell Williams while he was attending Harvard and leading the band Chester French. D.A.'s music style of classic pop has been compared to musicians such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys.
D.A. co-founded the group Chester French in 2003 with Harvard schoolmate Maxwell Drummey. D.A. worked as a recording engineer in Harvard's student recording studio, engineering and producing for Boston-area jazz musicians and working on Chester French's debut album at night. In 2007, D.A. sent out hundreds of demo CDs which led to a bidding war between West, Dupri, and Williams. Just prior to D.A.'s graduating from Harvard, Williams signed the group to his Star Trak Entertainment label, a partnership with Interscope Records. The group was known for being one of the first bands to use Facebook as a promotional tool to interact with fans being freshmen at Harvard the same year that the site was launched by Mark Zuckerberg. D.A. was also an early adopter of Twitter with over one million followers. During his time with Chester French, D.A. toured with bands such as N*E*R*D, Blink 182, and Weezer. The group's first album included the single She Loves Everybody which reached #1 on U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales and #2 on U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales.
Chester French released two albums under the StarTrak record label, leaving in 2010 to release its third album independently. The third album featured collaborations with Williams, Pusha T, and Travis Barker.
D.A. appeared in the 2012 film Artifact produced by Jared Leto. The film was a documentary about Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, its lawsuit against Virgin EMI Records, and the making of the album This Is War. D.A. also worked with Pharrell Williams to co-write the song The Way It Is (Vector's Theme), a song on the soundtrack for the 2010 film Despicable Me.
Outside of Chester French, D.A. has worked with Supa Dups, forming the group D.A. & the Supa Dups. They collaborated in 2011 and released 2 singles, Who Do You Know and Too Cool (feat. Vybz Kartel). D.A. originally met Supa Dups while he was doing studio work in Los Angeles. He also wrote and sang the hook for the song Play Your Part with Rick Ross, Wale, and Meek Mill in 2011. The song was a single on the first Maybach Music Album, and D.A. also appeared in the 2011 music video for the song.
In 2013, D.A. began writing and recording music as a solo artist. He played his music for Odd Future and Frank Ocean manager Chris Clancy, who then partnered with Harvest Records to release D.A.'s solo project. He released his first single, entitled Glowing, in October 2013, which debuted in a music video directed by Tyler, The Creator. The video was originally released "anonymously" before Wallach came out as the singer of the song in an interview with MTV, who called it a "Beatles-esque love song." When asked why he released the video anonymously, D.A. stated that he just wanted people to enjoy the song.
D.A. followed up with his second solo release, Farm, in November 2013.
In 2011, D.A. was selected by Sean Parker, Shakil Khan, and Daniel Ek to be the official artist-in-residence for Spotify. In that capacity, he created and leads the Artist Services team, which oversees the company's relationships with musicians and managers, discussing how the service works, its payment model, and promotions. He has also driven different products for the company including its Artist Analytics dashboard and its merchandise and ticketing products. D.A. has advocated publicly for subscription music services to be embraced by both artists and the music industry.
D.A. actively invests in and advises technology companies including Fancy, digital currency network Ripple, augmented reality developer DAQRI, and telemedicine innovator Doctor On Demand.Make D.A. Playlist