Innovating Through Artistry

Advice from a Heavy Metal Music Innovator

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 5, 2009 at 12:15 am

A friend of mine Michael Drapkin sent me this video to share with you from heavy metal rocker, Dick Dale. Michael is the Executive Director of The Puerto Rico Conference on Music Entrepreneurship. Thanks for passing this along Michael!

The advice Dick Dale’s offers to musicians, spontaneously, in this “caught in the moment” clip, is certainly not the advice one would expect from a heavy metal musician. Then again, Dick Dale, does not fit the stereotypically image of a heavy metal rocker either. I wonder if anyone who is truly innovative and entrepreneurial, in any discipline, ever does?


About Dick Dale

Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down. Dick Dale was an innovator in heavy metal music- he took his love of surfing and develop a music for it. Dale’s first album called “Surfer’s Choice” was the first Surfing album to be commercially sold with a picture of Dale surfing by the pier in San Clemente, Ca. with a surfing title on it. This album alone sold over eighty-eight thousand albums in the late 50’s equivalent to 4 million sold today.

Dick Dale’s vision for surf music has lead him to great heights and an amazing list of entrepreneurial first. Dick was the first to have more than one record on the Top Ten charts at one time, not to mention having five songs from a single album on the charts at once. He was also the first to sell out the Los Angeles sports arena.

Dale is also a master at the Acoustic, Electronic, Bass and Spanish Guitars’. As well as the Ukulele, Banjo, Drums, Piano, Organ, Electronic Keyboard, Harpsichord, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Harmonica, Xylophone and, believe it or not… the Accordion!

Being a unique and versatile artist, Dick Dale is not limited to his musical skills. He has proved to be a respected home designer and builder, personally designing and hand drawing the elevations and building his parents 7,000 square foot single story dream home in the California high desert. Dale is also an accomplished Horseman, Exotic Animal Trainer, Surfer, Martial Arts Expert, Archer, and Pilot.

Featured in various articles including the Los Angeles Times Calendar Section, Guitar World Magazine, Guitar and Guitar Player Magazines, and just recently the back cover of Fender Frontline Magazine with his 5 year old son. In 1981, Dick Dale was awarded Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine and in 2007 Dick Dale was presented with only the 3rd personalized medallion in 40 Years from Guitar Player Magazine as a ”Guitar Legend”.

Learn more about Dick Dale.

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  1. I’m curious as to how old (or new) this video is. I’m still learning about the mechanics of the music business, but I have heard that it has taken quite a few changes under the hood in the past few years as to how it treats artists. Though I’m still looking into the truth of this.

    This was a very interesting post. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

  2. Hey, thanks for your comment. I think the video is about a year old.

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