Dave "Compact Dynamo" Mackintosh was the drummer and backup vocalist for DragonForce from 2003 to 2014, before quitting for musical reasons (Pursuing his love for Progressive Metal). Dave's replacement is the Italian Drummer, Gee Anzalone. Mackintosh is known for being able to play at an extremely fast pace, and is also known to be very consistent throughout tours worldwide. DragonForce, changed their listed genre to 'Extreme Power Metal' upon Dave's arrival to the band prior the Sonic Firestorm release.
Mackintosh also appeared on The Power Cosmic and Atlantis Ascendant by symphonic metal band Bal-Sagoth. Mackintosh recorded two studio albums with Bal-Sagoth.
Dave was influenced by Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Tommy Aldridge, Charlie Benante, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Nicko McBrain, Jonny Maudling, Vinnie Paul.
Dave "Compact Dynamo" Mackintosh began playing at the tender age of eight, and discovered twin kick drums by twelve. Since then, he knew his musical direction, "Metal"! While performing and recording with plenty of unsigned acts throughout the years, he has gained valuable experience not only in his musicianship, but also in showmanship. his thirst for metal has grown ever more extreme. Only now, after two full length albums with black metal outfit Bal-Sagoth, is Dave able to cope with the extreme speed and intensity of DragonForce!
Dave's live and recording setup:
Paiste Cymbals, 1 x 16" power crash, (signature) 2 x 18" power crashes, (signature) 1 x 20" power ride, (signature) 2 x 18" heavy chinas, (signature) 1 x pair 14" heavy hi-hat, (signature) 1 x 10" splash, (rude) 1 x 14” sound edge hi-hat,(rude) 1 x 16” crash/ride,(rude) 1 x 18” crash/ride,(rude) 1 x 20” metal crash,(alpha) 1 x 10” splash, (rude) 2 x 18” power china,(alpha)
Tama Starclassic bubinga, ultraviolet sparkle Kicks: 2 x 22" x 18" Brass snare: 14" x 5.5"(main) Starclassic maple 14” x 5.5 snare,(secondary) Toms: 8", 10", 12", 13", 14" Floor Toms: 16" & 18" 4 x octaban,left side 4 x octaban, right side 1 x 20” gong drum Double tier, Tama power tower rack, with Tama road pro hardware
2 x Tama Iron Cobra pedals (rolling glide) Roland TD12 drum module.
Vic firth 5a extreme hickory sticks, stick bags
Evans skins:toms, g2 coated top heads, g1 clear bottom heads Snare, g1 coated/ g1 coated with power dot
Audio Technica Wireless UHF Headset Microphone