David Uosikkinen

How did you come to live and/or work in Conshohocken ?

I moved back to be with my girlfriend, Dallyn. As far as work, Rob Hyman of The Hooters has a studio in Conshy. We do all of our recording there . Also, my good friend Phil Nicolo has a great studio off of Fayette St.  The record Largo was recorded there. It’s some of the best music I have ever played on.

What do you love most about Conshohocken?

I’m a bit of a food junkie. I like to eat. I can get anything i want here. Italian, Asian, the BEST roast pork sandwich on the planet is on Elm St. And it’s the Pete’s Deli is there where a cheese steak is a religion.

What are your favorite places in Conshohocken?

Gypsy Saloon, Stella Blu are mine and Dallyn’s favorite places to hang out. Scoops Ice Cream in the summer is deadly good. Donnie Mac’s makes a killer Hoagie. Pete’s is ridicules . Pepperoncini’s roast Pork, need I say more.

What do you do (career wise)?

I am the drummer and one of the founding members of The Hooters. We are celebrating our 30th year together. In addition to The Hooters, I have recorded and performed with Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal and Patty Smyth, as well as with many other emerging artists. I’ve also played at a few global concert events: Live Aid, Amnesty International and Roger Waters’ “The Wall” in Berlin. When I’m not playing music, I  love teaching and mentoring my students.

What are you involved in outside of work?

I have a 19 year son, his name is Sam and he lives in Los Angeles. He’s a student at the Musicians Institute. He’s awesome. We are close thanks to thanks to technology. Outside of work Dallyn and I like to relax. Go out for a nice dinner. We enjoy each others company very much. Sometimes we just take books to a park and read.. We hang out.

I’m also very excited about my new project, IN THE POCKET: ESSENTIAL SONGS OF PHILADELPHIA. I am recording, what I feel, are the Essential Songs that came out of Philadelphia. I’m revisiting songs that were recorded in Philadelphia or written and performed by Philadelphians…Everything from The Soul Survivors to The O’Jays. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School, whose alumni includes Kevin and Michael Bacon, G. Love, Stanley Clark and Kevin Eubanks.

“All My Mondays” is the first song we recorded for the project. Initially recorded in 1983, Youth Camp played the Philly music scene for about six months. Youth Camp’s lineup included lead singer Joey Wilson, John Kuzma on guitar, bassist Rob Miller and me on drums. Joey Wilson passed away on Christmas Eve in 1998. The new version of “All My Mondays” features:

David Uosikkinen – The Hooters – drums 
Eric Bazilian – The Hooters – guitar/vocals
Richard Bush – The A’s/The Peace Creeps – vocals
Greg Davis – Beru Revue – guitar
Rob Hyman – The Hooters – keyboards/vocals
William Wittman – Too Much Joy/Cyndi Lauper – bass

Each Essential Song will feature the ITP band (In The Pocket), a rotating line up of Philly’s most respected musicians.

“All My Mondays” can be downloaded for 99 cents at songsinthepocket.org and can also be directly downloaded from iTunes and Amazon.com. A video documentary of the making of “All My Mondays”  (by Steve Acito from BlueWire Media) is also posted on the website, songsinthepocket.org.