Razor-sharp six strings, sexy vocals and sparkling songcraft: Dina Gathe fuses a wealth of influences into a singular modern rock sound on her artist debut, ""Bother Me"".

Growing up in Los Angeles in a cross-cultural clan with a Latina mother and a Cajun father, Dina's extended family included guitar-playing cousins who shared their knowledge of the instrument with her. ""The first lessons I had were on piano, but I always wanted to rock,"" she recalls. When she asked for a guitar, instead of the gleaming electric she envisioned, her father purchased an acoustic - more suitable for folk than funk. Undeterred, Dina applied her rock zeal to the wooden instrument. Eventually, she graduated to electric guitar.

""I seemed to pick up instruments that women didn't ordinarily play, like trumpet,"" she explains. As a member of the school marching band, she was entranced by the cadences of the drums. ""I definitely love groove and rhythm. I think that comes from marching band - we had a cool rhythm section and that established my sense of timing early on.""

Meanwhile, the music resonated everywhere - Depeche Mode, The Cars and The Pretenders. ""Chrissie Hynde was a huge influence,"" she remembers, ""someone who wasn't afraid to say what she wanted, and who could rock, with depth in her lyrics."" As a member of the all female band, ""Table Talk"", Dina herself was soon rocking the house at Madame Wong's and Club Lingerie in Los Angeles.

Although a stint working in corporate America paid lucrative dividends and offered up lessons in marketing and branding, Dina knew what was missing. Forsaking the power suit and expense account, she founded Soundstruck Music in 2001 with partner Patricia (PK) Koprowski, and began recording and producing new material. Dina has two songs on Warrior Girl Music's ""Females on Fire"" compilation CD (www.femalesonfire.com) while another tune, ""Solid Ground"" has recently been tapped as the opening and closing theme for Charter cable's weekly series, The Rustam Report, hosted by Denise Ames.

Co-produced with indie-artist-extraordinaire, Gilli Moon, and mixed and engineered by Matt Thorne (The Eels, TRAPT, Plastilina Mosh), ""Bother Me"" is an assertive debut that delivers the musical soul of Dina Gathe. Its songs reflect the complex demands of modern romance, the dreams of the disenchanted, and the liberating power of self-determination. ""If there's something I want to do I can't see anything else,"" she says. With ""Bother Me"", Dina lays claim to a self-defined musical territory. ""I wanted to do a record with no regrets and no compromises. It's like jumping off a cliff.""

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Michael Peace

2/19/2007 8:44:50 PM
Dina,

Congratulations on your addition to Cashbox Magazine Indie Music Charts. Your song ALONE is at Number 3 this week and I predict it goes to Number 1 in the weeks to come. I really enjoy it. Check out the cashbox charts at www.cashboxmagazine.com and keep those fantastic songs coming.

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Cashbox Magazine Hi Dina, Your song Alone is currently at #1 on Cashbox Indie Pop Picks Charts. Check out the charts and see for yourself. Congrats - Michael Peace
* Your song 'Bother Me' has just been added to OSTI LOVECAST station!
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Michael Peace Hi Dina, Thank you for adding my page link to your site. And thank you for some great music. Your friend from Cashbox Magazine, Michael Peace
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