Larry Dvoskin

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Larry Dvoskin
Larry Dvoskin (left) with Paul McCartney
Larry Dvoskin (left) with Paul McCartney
Background information
BornNew Jersey
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, Musician, Producer, Educator, Consultant

Larry Dvoskin is an American entrepreneur, songwriter, musician, arranger, producer, educator. He is a number one Amazon books best selling author.[1] He is an investor, philanthropist, music technology consultant and founder of Do What You Love Media, Miracle Music Inc and Cool Guy Music Inc.[2]

Dvoskin has worked with artists including Robert Plant, Sammy Hagar, Sean Lennon, Bad Company, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Joe Lynn Turner, Meredith Brooks, Uli Jon Roth, Zeno, Desmond Child, the Muppets, Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow), Paul O’Neill (Transiberian Orchestra), Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine,[3] MGMT, and Neal Schon (Journey).[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Larry Dvoskin was raised in Dumont, New Jersey. He enrolled in Ramapo State College, double-majoring in music and business, but dropped out following his freshman year to join local rockers Fandango.[4]

From 1978 to 1981, Dvoskin played keyboards under the stage name "Larry Dawson" for Fandango's second, third and fourth albums for RCA Records. Fandango also featured Joe Lynn Turner. Fandango had one modest-selling hit single “Last Kiss,” which Dvoskin co-wrote.[5] They toured as both opening acts and headliners alongside Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Outlaws, Heart, and The Allman Brothers Band.[6]

Upon relocating to London in 1983-1985, Dvoskin played keyboards with Electric Sun, alongside original Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth and Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker.[7]

In 1986 Dvoskin toured playing keyboards with EMI Recording group Zeno opening for Queen, Black Sabbath. [8]


Dvoskin was signed by Martin Bandier and Charles Koppelman to The Entertainment Company publishing firm and was mentored by Clive Davis, Jimmy Ienner, Richie Cordell, and Neil Portnow.[9]

In 1992, Dvoskin co-wrote Sony’s Deborah Blando’s "Innocence", a 12-week Number One in Brazil.[10][11] He performed additional production and remixing duties for Bad Company on "Walk Through Fire," from their double platinum-selling Holy Water album on Atlantic Records. Dvoskin co-wrote “My Only One” for Bad Company’s Here Comes Trouble collection, which went on to be certified gold.[12]

Dvoskin signed to Famous Music. His song "Animal Heart" was released by pop sensation Glass Tiger on Capitol Records and spent six weeks at number one in Canada, with its parent LP Simple Mission being certified quadruple platinum, signifying sales of four million units. Dvoskin also received a Best Rock Song award from the Canadian Music Publishers Association.[13]

After working on original material with Robert Plant[6] and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander,[14] Dvoskin teamed up in 1993 with Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow and co-wrote and produced "Car Sex", a dance hit in England.[15][16] He co-wrote "Naturally" on 4 P.M.’s 1995 album Now’s The Time album for London/Polygram Records. The album, including the Number One single “Sukiyaki”,[17] went gold and platinum in Canada, England, and Japan.

In 1997, Dvoskin co-wrote three songs on Meredith BrooksBlurring The Edges album, which sold over six million copies worldwide and was nominated for two Grammy awards. Dvoskin signed with Warner-Chappell Music[2] and co-wrote Kim Sozzi's Billboard Dance Chart Top Five hit "Feeling Me."[18] In 1999, Dvoskin co-wrote Sammy Hagar's "The Love" and "Returning Of The Wish" for Hagar's album Red Voodoo. "The Love" was also co-written by Journey guitarist and co-founder, Neal Schon.[19] The next year, Hagar also released the Dvoskin co-penned “A Deeper Kinda Love” on his Ten 13 album.[9]

In 2012, Dvoskin co-wrote and produced Beach Boy Al Jardine’s “Waves Of Love” for his debut solo album A Postcard From California, released via UMe. He also co-produced Alec Baldwin’s spoken word performance on "Tidepool Interlude" from the same album.[13] In July 2013, MGMT lead vocalist Andrew Van Wyngarden tapped Dvoskin for additional production and remixing on "Plenty Of Girls In The Sea", and "I Love You Too, Death" from their self-titled third Sony Records album.[4][20] In February 2014, Dvoskin remixed "Love is a Curious Thing" from Spacehog's album As It Is On Earth, the latest Spacehog album.[21]

In 2014 on October 14th Sammy Hagar released "Lite Roast" an acoustic album containing two Dvoskin co-written songs titled "The Love" and "Deeper Kinda Love." It was released on Jimmy Buffet's Mailboat Records. [22]"The Love" is a three way collaboration between Hagar, Dvoskin, and Journey guitarist Neil Schon.[23][24]

In 2019 Dvoskin had two co-written songs with Sammy Hagar "The Love" and "Deeper Kinda Love" released on the BMG reissue of Sammy Hagar's "Lite Roast" album.[25]

In 2020 Dvoskin released a single and video of "Life Is Strange," the title track from his 2009 solo album. (28) In December 2020 "Life Is Strange" reached number sixteen on the Top-40 radio chart in New Music Weekly alongside Billie Eilish, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, and number-one on it's Indie Music chart.[26]

In 2021 Dvoskin released "Waves of Love 2.0" and "Jenny Clover" co-written with Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine on Dvoskin's start-up media company "Do What You Love Media."[27][28]


In 1999, Dvoskin released a collection of artist demos entitled Beside Me, under the moniker “Larry D.” on his own Cool Guy Records imprint, distributed by The Orchard distribution company.[9]

On November 26, 2009, Dvoskin released his second solo album Life Is Strange. Chicago co-founder and keyboardist Robert Lamm of Chicago appeared as a guest vocalist on the track "Journey Through Life.” [6]

In June 2013, Dvoskin conceived, produced and sang on an a cappella remake of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s iconic peace anthem "Give Peace A Chance" with Sean Lennon and Al Jardine for, the charity organization founded by U2 frontman Bono to fight global poverty.[29]

In April 2014, Dvoskin began recording his third solo album with Billy Joel drummer Chuck Burgi, Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon, and Sam Kogon.

In 2021 Dvoskin produced a two-song CD single by The Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine. Dvoskin co-wrote both 'Waves of Love 2.0" and "Jenny Clover." A special autographed version of the CD sold out, with a portion of its proceeds being donated to The World Central Kitchen.[30]

Writing and academic work[edit]

Since 1997, Larry Dvoskin has been a professor of songwriting at the New York University School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, teaching courses on "Songwriting", "Advanced Songwriting", and "Four Week Fast Track To Songwriting Success".[31] He also gives lectures and master classes around the world.[4][32]

Dvoskin is the author of the personal growth memoir and songwriting textbook Do What You Love: Songwriting.[4][33]

Since 2014, Dvoskin has written on music and travel for the Huffington Post.[34]

In 2020 Dvoskin published an Amazon books best seller "Do What You Love- Songwriting." It debuted at number-one on the"Songwriting" and "Lyrics in Music" Amazon charts on May 12th.[35]

In 2021 Dvoskin was accepted into the Rolling Stone Culture Council and as freelance writer and culture influencer.[36][37]


In 2011, Dvoskin co-wrote and co-produced the single "The Tough Go Shopping" for former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Carson Kressley. The single was released in conjunction with Kressley's reality television series Carson Nation on the Oprah Winfrey channel OWN.[38]

In 2011, Dvoskin’s song "Dancing Over The Edge" became the official charity song for "Artists Charity Night"—the biggest AIDS relief organization in Switzerland. The song was performed live from Zurich on Swiss television, with Dvoskin joining the gala finale performance with an array of music stars.[39] A single and concert album were released on EMI Records and is available via iTunes in Europe.[40]

In October 2020 into 2021 Dvoskin brokered an agreement between Ted Fields Radar Pictures[41] film and television company, and billionaire VC Tim Draper's television series "Meet The Drapers."[42]

Tech advisory and consulting work[edit]

In 2015-2016 Dvoskin became "Chief Influence Ambassador" of Pond5 after their successful company expansion with a $61,000,000 investment from Stripes group and Accel Partners.[43] Mr. Dvoskin successfully brought together the Pond5 creators, employees, and clients with event partnerships spotlighting George Lois,[44]and Emmy winning director Daniel Catullo.[45]

On October 9th, 2015 Dvoskin took Pond5 filmmakers to New York's Central Park to sing "Imagine" for a United Nations/Unicef benefit video project called "Every Voice Counts." Dvoskin and Al Jardine of The Beach Boys joined a crowd of fans gathered at the Imagine plaque in Strawberry Fields along with celebrities and millions of citizens from around the world to record a video.[46][47][48]

In 2018 Dvoskin became US Chief Relationship Officer for Swedish based blockchain music start-up Pindify. [49][50]

In 2018-2021 Dvoskin also joined Peertracks,[51] a blockchain based music start-up in an advisory role as VP of artist and investor relations.

External links[edit]


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  4. ^ a b c d e "Larry Dvoskin Audio Interview". Artisthead. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  5. ^ Holahan, Catherine (January 23, 2005). "Musicians Honor One Rockin' Mom".
  6. ^ a b c Worley, Gail. "Life is Strange: An Interview with Producer & Musician Larry Dvoskin". Ink 19. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
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  11. ^ "Innocence by Deborah Blando (CD)". Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  12. ^ Orshoski, Wes (September 6, 2003). "Calling All (Gay) Cowboys!". Billboard. 115 (36): 38.
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  34. ^ Dvoskin, Larry. "The Extraordinary Life of Rita Kallerhoff: Could She be the World's Greatest Under-Discovered Artist?". Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
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