David Leikam

Primary Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist

Born: April 25, 1972    

David Leikam is a San Francisco-based composer, creative, designer, improviser, and bandleader of the industrial jazz unit zBug. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, given him a distinct view into his creative arts/music and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist performer. His first piano solo studio performance was recorded at age 16 in January, 1988. From then to 1994 and later (1999 to 2006), David and the arts collective Friday Night Music would gather most every Friday evening for several hours to record a hour’s worth of direct to two track improvisational music (reel to reel, cassette, DAT, CD, HD) in a professional music studio at Dragon Studios in Redwood City, CA then later at the Music Annex in Menlo Park, CA ending their run at private recording studios throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (1979 to 2006).


2005: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Scholarship (Performer-Composer; African-American Improvisational Music) 1997: Musicians Institute: RIT; Audio Engineering (Being the hardest working and innovative student, awarded a Mackie 1604 audio mixer)
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”diG your music. Eclectic ain’t the word. Film noir multiverse ethnic blade runner desert world. Love it!” – Nivek Ogre, ohGr/Skinny Puppy

“… zBug sounds very similar to Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio!” – John Baffa, Sound Engineer – CalArts/Lou Reed’s MM3: The Creation Of The Universe

“I don’t play tunes but create a state of consciousness within the vocabulary of music based on architecture.” – David Leikam, Splitting Glass | Twilight Sunrise EP – 2013

Musicial Instruments, Effects/Pedals, Monitors, and Amps. Instruments • Moog Rogue analog synthesizer • Ibanez SR1300PD electric bass-cello (tuning, C2 G2 D3 G3) • LP Nada drum • MEINL Tar 18″ frame drum Effects/Pedals • Line 6 POD® X3 • Ernie Ball Stereo/Pan Volume Pedal • Boss PS-3 Digital Pitch Shifter/Delay • Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker • Vox Tone Bender Fuzz (modified by Lorin Edwin Parker | Electric Western) Stage Monitors • Etymotic ER•4 MicroPro in-earphones Amplifiers • Carvin Pro 300C Bass amp • Crate BX-80 Bass amp • Roland KC 100 Keyboard amp
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