We’ve been playlisting Acoustic Astronaut on Phoenix FM recently – and we caught up with Dave Alyassin to find our more about the project.
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
My name is Dave Alyassin. I am the songwriter and Executive Producer of Acoustic Astronaut.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
My passion for music started in the 70’s when I was about 10 years old and living in Abiquiu, New Mexico. I listened to Casey Kasum’s top 40 every week. I also had a phonograph player and 3 single 45’s; ABC by the Jackson 5, a song called with a chorus “Louie Louie Lou-i”; I am unsure of the artist, and lastly the song Brand New Key by Melanie. I am passionate about music to this day however my passions have been streamlined by life’s events and years of time.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
My current music has evolved into rebellious anti-pop pop music. My previous style was clean rebellious hyper-pop with a dirty edge.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
I have released too many songs and albums to list easily here however it’s fair to say that the new song Destruction Mill is getting the kind of attention that Mystical Ages did 20 years ago when it was first released under the Racecar moniker.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
I enjoy electronic jazz. I think it influences my musical style to be more relaxed, refined and subtly complex.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
My dream collaboration would be with Jackson Browne.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to enjoy the unexpected success of Destruction Mill and follow it up with the new single Saving My Dream. SMD is already generating some attention in the inner circles of my musical world. I also will continue to reflect on the unique style of Destruction Mill since it because it has become so popular.
Acoustic Astronaut has been recognized by the New Mexico Music Awards, VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Song of the Year and many more. The greatest satisfaction for Acoustic Astronaut are the listeners. It’s like discovering a hidden asteroid of diamonds and gold. The songwriter and executive producer, Dave Alyassin, is very grateful for the opportunity to create, play and produce music over the years. It’s one small step for music and one giant leap for Acoustic Astronaut. Bands that have covered AA’s material include Texas’ own J Ryan, The West Coast original progressive rock band, Hands of Time, and New Mexico’s own songwriter Troy Garrity.
Dave Alyassin has been writing songs for about 30 years now. Acoustic Astronaut’s biggest hit single is Mystical Ages was originally released under the Racecar moniker. The self-titled album was released in 2000, was distributed and played around the world with Mystical showing up on numerous compilations including the Guess Who’s Canadian label. The album was recorded by David Cragin in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cragin produced all of the songs and added all of the cool instrumentation that make the album the great listening experience that it is. 20 years later the re-mastered song and accompanying new video is splashing down around the world pouring into the ears of a new generation.
With Acoustic Astronaut, Dave is flexing his production prowess on new releases such as Feathers From My Wing and Destruction Mill. Acousitic Astronaut is amassing a Youtube following at https://www.youtube.com/@acousticastronaut and a Soundcloud following at www.soundcloud.com/acousticastronautmusic.
Acoustic Astronaut had an underground classic song called Music Heroes of America with their publisher in Nashville, Diamond Garden Music. The song has been pitched to prominent producers who listen to songs for Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Chris Stapleton among other recording artists. Another song is on the way to them.
Dave also plays in the Worship Band at Peoples Church of Santa Fe.
Go to www.acousticastronaut.com for more information. Dave is glad to be alive and grateful for the Lord’s Blessings in his life.