David Tv Barnes
David Tv Barnes
David Taelon Vosges (T.V) Barnes began his career as an 8 year old prodigy in Brooklyn,NY. Before his 18th birthday he was marching in Walt Disney World’s Parade of Lights with The New York City All-City Marching Band, performing for Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion (where Wynton Marsalis called him the best saxophone player for his age that he had ever heard) and teaching musicians and vocalists at Columbia University Teachers College Improv Camp. He has opened for Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond and others. Since then David has gone on to launch a successful solo career as well as working with some of the most in demand artists and musicians.
“You can tell Barnes is a skilled and complex saxophonist and skilled producer as soon as you start listening to the tracks.”
“ If you like R&B, sultry saxophone solos, and catchy rhythms then you should listen to David Tv Barnes. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”
It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing sax when I was 8 and I’ve been big all my life. Those 2 things put me on the path I’m on now. I’ve been playing music professionally for 10 years and modeling for 2 years. Both career paths have been a rollercoaster ride.
I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
Musically when I mention the saxophone most people immediately think jazz. Jazz is great but it’s not necessarily what I’m looking to create. I enjoy crossing genres. A hard 808 with a horn section over it. It’s dope. As far as modeling, my size has been my biggest advantage and my biggest drawback. The world of big and tall/ plus size modeling is bizarre. People are very for it or very against it and there isn’t much middle ground. I keep going in hopes to spread awareness through unconventional methods. I usually laugh about it. Disguising the truth through jokes is like giving someone gum-flavored medicine.
Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
Because I’m fun lol. I bring an energy that’s conducive to getting work done. “I may not be the best in the world but working with me will never feel like work.” I said that to the director at GQ and that attitude is ultimately what launched my modeling career.
What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
Go after what you want instead of focusing on how people perceive you. Oftentimes we worry about failing to the point that we think about failing more than we do winning. Stop overthinking and go get it.
Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?
Inspiring hope and invoking change. I feel like the work we’re doing isn’t for us, it’s for those that come behind us. Giving a voice to an underrepresented group of people. If I can touch lives and help people then I’m successful.
What’s next for you?
Work, work, work. Have some new releases (collabs with Chris Bedward & Dan Noel) scheduled for early 2021, recordings with Sting International that I’m very excited about and more photo shoots/ modeling content. There’s some more things in the works that aren’t quite ready yet but I will be announcing them soon on my Instagram.
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more.