CDB formed in Melbourne in 1991. Brothers Brad and Gary Pinto, a family friend Danny Williams and Andrew De Silva are the vocal quartet whose debut release Glide With Me (1994) went Platinum in Australia and hit the Top 5 in France. Their subsequent single Let's Groove was the best-selling single in Australia in 1995. Since forming they have toured the world, achieved platinum sales, garnered other accolades and shared the stage with the likes of many greats.
This ARIA winningRnB band will be performing their end of year show with the original lineup at The Toff on Friday 29 November 2019 from 7.30pm to 10pm on Level 2 at Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne. Get your TICKETS HERE for $44.56 inclusive of fees. LET's GROOVE Melbourne, it's time to HOOK (YOU) UP to bring you to your feet and dance the night away!
How did you (CDB) all meet? The band had already formed before I joined the group. I met brothers Gary and Brad and Danny at an underage night club they were performing at. Someone had told them about my song writing; the young guy who had the original songs. I brought song writing and production to the group.
Has your sound/music changed?
Listening back, as kids from the 90s, sure, you can hear we were young with imperfections. That was the beauty of it. There were no auto-tunes and there was something about 19 year olds being in a recording studio. You can hear the excitement. I'm always listening to new music, always trying new things, and hopefully, people can hear that in my voice and music. Tailored for Now, an album recorded in 2017 is the result of the kids from the 90s making a come back with the new album; taking those old sounds and making them into new sounds.
Has the music scene changed for you and what have you noticed? It's completely changed. There are a million people releasing songs every day. On the other hand as an independent artist who needs a record company, social media is a good way to get noticed.
How have you as band members managed to stay cohesive all these years? When we come together, it's like we've never left. Our personalities are still the same. When we meet fans again we can see the appreciation and we remind them of those days and bring back memories for them. There's been a resurgence of 90s music. Though we had stopped playing together in 2001, except for the odd gig, when we did a gig in 2014 with Salt & Pepa, we realised we needed to get back together. There was an audience out there.
What can we look forward to from CDB? CDB is looking at national touring next year and we are talking to some American acts as well.
What can the audience expect when they come and see you? We're keeping parts of the show authentic. There's going to be some A cappella. It's raw; 4 voices that blend really well together. We are family and our voices are family and knows each other really well. It's going to be 4 guys singing harmony, dancing and with an amazing band behind. It's a tight, sharp show with showmanship. Old school. Four mic stands and a band. No pyrotechnics or fancy screens behind us.
Are we going to see those energetic dance moves like in the Hook Me up Video?
Absolutely. There's going to be dance moves.
What's your favourite thing to do in your downtime? I know it sounds boring, but I like to listen to music and play my guitar.
Loving Rock and RnB, Andrew went solo in 2000 as he needed to express himself. You only need to google the man to know, there's not much he can't do, or hasn't had a hand in. This singer-songwriter with an incredible vocal style has very recently released a new single he wrote called DRIVE which is available to pre-order on iTunes and you can also pre-save on Spotify. Amazingly talented but always humble, Andrew also currently gigs at the McKinnon Hotel every Sunday from 3-6pm.
Pssst..If you're trying to work out what CDB stands for; as high school kids forming a band, they called it Critically Def Boy's! Signing with Sony and already known as CDB, it was announced on the 2nd album that it now meant Create Dream Believe. From boys to men.