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Dave Matthews Band is a unique musically gifted band Its combination of sounds of folk jazz rock world beat and reggae give it its originality and musicality that extends the bounds of music The five members of the band Dave Matthews Boyd Tinsley LeRoi Moore Stefan Lessard and Carter Beauford provide a blend of influences that create this originality Its an interracial music group compromising of three blacks and two white and an age difference of over 20 years between members Guitar World Different Strummer Our musical style illustrates our different backgrounds both musically and non-musically says Matthews Weve been influenced not only by pop but by African music jazz just about everything We incorporate lots of different textures so weve been able to create a very unique sound -- a very American music Relix Magazine One Nation Under a Groove As LeRoi Moore states It is this blend of influence that creates the blend of texture FAQ This rich texture from the blend of influence is what creates the most compelling band around Dave Matthews Band The band came to be in April 1991 playing its first gig for an Earth Day celebration Dave Matthews had always dreamed of starting his own band He approached his favorite jazz players who he also served drinks to as a bartender LeRoi Moore and Carter Beauford to make a demo tape of the songs he had written Moore and Beauford liked what they heard and decided to stay with Matthews He also approached Stefan Lessard to play with them a 16-year-old prodigy bass player Boyd Tinsley was added to the band after playing the violin in the song Tripping Billies in the album Crash Soon the band began playing gigs at area bars fraternities Universities They soon later joined the band circuit HORDE In 1993 they released their first Album Remember Two Things which sold over 150000 copies After that another successful album Before These
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