Thank you for taking the time to talk to me David.
Tell us about yourself David and your music.
Well, I’ve been a singer for as long as I can remember. My first stage experience came at age 11 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and my parents immigrated to South Africa when I was very young. I have been living in Los Angeles for 14 years now and love it here.
I have released many records in South Africa and had the privilege to work with many of the great South African musicians including Hugh Masekela and Johnny Clegg in the past. I have been voted South Africa’s best male vocalist and my songs chart very well on radio, in fact my single to be released in the UK in is charting in the Top 10 at the moment. I am well known for my ballads although I write in many styles of music. My recent album is a mixture of pop rock and has a slight country feel.
You have had a staggering 7 number ones in South Africa, but are only just about to release your début album in the UK. Being British born, how did you end up releasing in South Africa first?
I grew up in South Africa and I made the transition to the US in 2000. I never had the opportunity to release my music in the UK till now. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years.
Your music is a completely new sound, gritty, rock with a country vibe – how did you sound develop?
I guess this comes from my mixed bag of influences. I grew up on Bob Marley, Tears for Fears, Talking Heads and Journey. I’m also very much a soul singer at heart and when I get in a room with some guys living in the country rock world, anything can happen. I love all styles of music as long as the melody is there and it’s not too affected with computer tricks.
Who, in the music industry past and present, do you most admire and why?
Probably Sting. We were born in the same town and I admire his passion. I admire Ryan Tedder from One Republic as a songwriter. He’s written and been a part of many great works.
Tell us about Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Founding member, Bobby Colomby, approached me a few years back to sing for the group, as they were looking for a new singer. The band started before I was born and today it’s ‘All star’ band. I was only familiar with ‘Spinning Wheel’ and ‘You make me so very happy’. I was amazed at the huge following the band still has. I played about 50 shows with BS&T all over the US to packed houses.
What inspires you when writing your music?
I’m inspired by life. I tend to write music first, so a cool groove or chord progression could send me into my creative space.
You have a number of celebrity fans such as Robbie Williams, Russell Crowe and Annie Lennox, how does that make you feel?
I treat everyone the same, rich, poor famous or not. I’m not fussed about that much. It’s nice to be recognized by successful people in the industry, but it’s not my benchmark.
Do you have any hobbies, besides music of course?
I love spending time at home and messing around the house on various small projects. I’m out performing so much that being ‘home’ is really nice for me.
Non-music related question – If you could be any superhero who would you be and why?
Iron Man. He’s human, smart funny and saves the world.