David Bailis


David Bailis is a multi-talented musician best known for his skills as a guitarist and bassist. Equally accomplished as a composer, producer and educator, David has showcased his musical talents throughout the world, performing to sold out crowds at a range of venues from Carnegie Hall to Bonnaroo to the legendary Red Rocks Ampitheater.

David is currently a touring member of the renowned electro funk band Pimps of Joytime. He handles electric bass, keyboards, sampler/electronics and background vocals in the band. He was member of Grammy-nominated singer/emcee and Fugees alum John Forte’s band and David is musical director and guitarist for Sierre Leone hiphop superstar Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew, who is now based in NYC.
In addition, David has collaborated, recorded, and performed with many great artists including members of Slightly Stoopid, Philip Glass, The Roots, Res, Talib Kweli/ Idle Warship, Rudy Gomis (Orchestra Baobab) and Ceelo of Gnarls Barkley.

David is active with his own trio- DB3 which has featured some of NYC’s most talented and exciting musicians with the debut release slated for July 2018

David is also active in the worlds of film and theater. He played guitar and acted in the 2016 production od The Day Before Heaven, which debuted at Kumble Theater in Brooklyn. He composed the music for the films- ‘The Shirtmaker’ and ‘The Inspector, the Lady and the Thief’ and ‘Bridge to Bourne’ and composed and performed for the score for the film ‘Bully’, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary of 2012. David’s original composition ‘Cold World’ was chosen by Christoph Faulhaber for his documentary ‘Play > Movie – Every Picture is an Empty Picture’ which was featured at the exhibition ‘Smart New World’ at the Kunstalle Dusseldorf in Germany.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, David has been awarded numerous accolades and received enthusiastic attention from the music press, including multiple features in the New York Times.

David is also the founder of the successful blog ‘Tourganic’ a guide to healthy living on the road, which chronicles his journey as a plant-based vegan athlete while traveling on tour with bands. In 2017, the blog expanded into a podcast which can be found at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Tourganic.com

David is based in Brooklyn, NY and when not on tour can be found performing and teaching in New York City.


Pimps of Joytime – Facebook
Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew – planetbajah.com
John Forte – johnforte.com
Elizabeth the Band – Facebook
People’s Champs – peopleschamps.com
Boogie Rock Boys – Facebook


Mesa Boogie
DL Lapsteel Guitars
DR Strings

Selected Discography Guitar/Bass/Producer:

Upcoming release of Pimps of Joytime album- Jukestone Paradise
Elizabeth the Band- EP
Players Inc- Rebirth of Hiphop
Players Inc- Family Business
Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew
Pistolera- El Desierto y la Cuidad
Boogie Rock Boys-  Glory and Blues
The Superpowers- Revival Time
The Superpowers- Trance For Nation
Boston Afrobeat Society
Peoples Champs EP
Abena Koomson- Blacksmith Orchestra
G.R.A.S.S.- G.R.A.S.S. on Fire
Tim and the Space Cadets- Anthems and Adventures
Sophia Bastian
Bridge to Bourne- Film Soundtrack
Placement of original composition ‘Cold World’ in the film ‘Play > Movie – Every Picture is an Empty Picture’
Apollo Run- Here Be Dragons EP
Flight Risk- Shontina Vernon
The Stick Ups