As the nephew of legendary jazz/fusion bassist Jaco Pastorius, David has carried the torch in a way that even he probably could not have anticipated. David’s first album, the self titled David Pastorius and Local 518 was released on the P-Vine label in Japan in 2007, with great success there. It is on this album that many listeners got their first glimpse of David’s unique approach to bass – and particularly his slap style – which he’s clearly advanced since, gaining him recognition wherever he plays.

The follow-up to the first release is Sense of Urgency. After a couple of listens, it is clear this is a big leap from the first one, from the compositions to the performance. David credits this with having both a plan as well as more experience in recording an album. David wrote or co-wrote all of the music on Sense of Urgency. He says that his writing often times starts on the bass, but on some of the tracks, they came using a unique instrument.

See video below David’s bass remix of Tech N9ne’s seminal track “Questions”, we knew something special had just landed in our laps. Fast forward nearly a year and the master of four strings is headed out on the road with Tech N9ne’s Band Of Psychos Tour.

Pastorius is a fan of many genres but listens to a lot of hip hop, 80’s, and heavy metal. His influences include bass players Robert Trujillo (of Metallica), Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden), Les Claypool (of Primus), and Mark King (of Level 42). His musical hero is Mike Patton of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More.