Dave is a graduate of Musician’s Institute, GIT, where he studied with Ron Benson (Paul Guilbert's teacher and one of the M.I. Founders). Dave's song "I Come In Peace" was featured on Musician’s Institute/GIT promotional CD entitled “MI JAMS Vol.2”. Dave played guitar in the house band on the set of the Warner Brother’s TV Show "Zoe", the CBS show “The Whitey Ford Show”, he was also the staff guitarist on the cable show Drum TV.
Dave has toured and recorded with veteran recording artists including Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor), Mark Boals ( Yngwie Malmsteen, RIng Of Fire), Gregg Bissonette ( David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr, Steve Vai), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Jimmy Page, David Gilmore) Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Mcalpine), Brian Beller (Steve Vai). Worked with grammy winning producer Bob Kullick (Kiss, Motorhead, Meatloaf) as well as legendary producer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Dokken, Accept, Poison, Queen…) Dave and Robin shared a band together “Bleed” they toured nationally in support of the groups self-titled release and toured with Robin playing MSG.
Currently, Dave is the guitarist/songwriter for the modern hard rock band Edge of Paradise. Formed by Margarita Monet and Dave Bates earlier in 2011, Edge Of paradise released their debut album "Mask", that features rhythm section comprised of veteran players, Tony Franklin, Gregg Bissonette and Bjorn Englenple. Released September 15/2011, "Mask" came in at #6 most added on national CMJ radio, right behind Machine Head and Five Finger Death Punch. An Album chockfull of industrial-tinged metal coupled with towering guitars and soaring vocal hooks. "Mask" gained the band recognition by fans and critics worldwide for originality and musicianship. Edge Of Paradise's next release includes upcoming singles "In A Dream" and "Break Away" co produced by Bob Kulick (Kiss, Motorhead), and mixed by Michael Wagener.
Here is what Guitar International had to say:
“There is some tremendous guitar work on this CD... Edge Of Paradise is ready for the big time”
"Dave Bates is the epitome of a guitar hero. Eddie Van Halen of this generation with his own style, incredible technique and monster shredding."
"Guitarist, Dave Bates is the epitome of sheer effortless virtuosity; this guy will make all guitar players either Idolize or hate him, as there are very few guitarists on this Earth that can shred like Bates. He has such precision, such feel, tasty licks, rips solos so that every note is meant to be exactly where it is. I honestly can say that I’ve seen the best of guitarists, and he is one of the very best, period."