Rotterdam musician rising up the country charts

ROTTERDAM, NY (NEWS10) – At just eighteen years old, David Tomasek aka “David J” has millions of streams on Spotify. Music is a passion he discovered four years ago, after a movie changed his life.

Playing sports was David’s passion growing up, but that all changed when he watched a Justin Bieber movie. He gave up the sport for a guitar given to him by his grandfather.

He would sit in his basement for hours, learning to sing and play guitar. A year later, he would have his first break: entering a social media contest from “The Voice.”

Over the past four years he has had several songs on the radio. His song “Because of You” reached one million streams on Spotify this month.

“Obviously a lot of my songs are about a girl, so it was about a girl,” David said.

From Kane Brown to Luke Bryan, he had the chance to meet many of his peers during his time in Nashville and on the road. Earlier this year, he opened for Blake Sheldon in Florida.

“He was really down to earth and really enjoyed what we did, but everyone was singing the lyrics. It was really cool to go to Florida and realize “oh, other people know who I am besides New York,” David said.