Monday, December 9, 2013
Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction
Blue, blue, blue suede shoes.
Have surrendered a favourite pair of blue suede Tod's for a charity shoe auction. Please get involved, all for a very good cause. For a chance to follow in my footsteps, click here.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
David will be performing at Other Voices, Dingle on Friday December 6.
For more information visit Dingle2013.OtherVoices.ie.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sounding Out Tour Poster
A very special commemorative poster of David's current Sounding Out Tour of Ireland is now available for purchase at SoundingOut.tictail.com.
This limited edition run of 500 posters features photography by David himself, printed on high quality, heavy weight art paper. Posters are available to ship worldwide or for collection in person at one of the gigs.
For more information or to get yours, visit SoundingOut.tictail.com.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Irish Tour - December 2013
David is taking a break from mixing his forthcoming album to play a tour in Ireland next month. The tour will see David play intimate shows in a variety of smaller venues around Ireland as he explains in the video post below.
To be in with a chance of seeing David on this tour register your interest at www.DavidGray.ie
When you register you’ll be asked to select where in Ireland you’d like to see David play. The routing of the tour will be based on this feedback. On Nov 18th the routing will be decided and names will be selected randomly from the list for each location. Those selected will be sent a link to purchase tickets priced at €34 each. This process will be the only way to get tickets for the shows so if you’ll be travelling to see David don’t make any arrangements until you have received a link confirming you have tickets.
The shows will happen between December 2nd and 11th.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A FACEBOOK MESSAGE FROM DAVID: IRELAND CALLING…
Visit David’s official Facebook page and help him and his Facebook fans pick a string of small venues for an impromptu run of one-off shows to take place before the end of the year.
Dear people of Facebook, for quite some time now I've been lost in the creative process, moving further and further out into the horizon, I thank you for your patience. Now I'm almost done, I'm feeling like I need to sing myself back to myself, there's so much that I'm needing to say. What I'm talking about isn't a sneak album preview, quite the contrary, just playing some shows, reconnecting.
Ireland calling.....here's my concept. A string of one off shows built around singing a selection of new songs (not my forthcoming record) in a whole new slightly improvised way. A string of small, listening type venues somewhere/anywhere in Ireland from Waterford to Derry to Donegal, this side of Christmas. In terms of the venue, you decide - either by strength of numbers or by the compelling eloquence of your argument. Watch this space for details.
I'm serious. Back to the heartlands.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
David announces sale of legendary London studios
David has announced the sale of The Church Studios in Crouch Hill, London to influential British producer Paul Epworth.
The studios, a converted church, was bought by David in 2004 from Eurthymics musician Dave Stewart. Subsequently he recorded his three studio albums, Life In Slow Motion, Draw The Line and Foundling there.
Of the sale David said, "I'm delighted to be handing on this wonderful building in the knowledge that it will remain a vital part of London's ongoing music heritage. I am just putting the finishing touches to what will be the fourth studio album I have recorded at The Church and it remains a very inspiring place. I bought the studios as my own personal recording space and at one stage - with the problems in the wider music business - it looked like the chance of selling it on as a working studio were close to zero. I know Paul has lots of plans and I wish him and the studio the very best."
Paul Epworth commented, "David approached me as a last call to see if he could keep the building as a studio rather than let it go to residential. I was equally as keen to keep a piece of London recording history running and we finally completed the exchange at the start of October. It's a fantastic place and I intend to refurbish the studio to make it a viable commercial business. I hope we can keep it as a recording studio for the next 10-20 years with a bit of luck."
The Church Studios first became a recording space in the 1990's when purchased by Dave Stewart. Since then it has attracted a vast array of artists, including Bob Dylan, Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine.
Friday, September 06, 2013
A Message From David: Flesh
On Sept. 6, 1994, Flesh was released. 19 years later, David reflects on the release of his second album:
Some thoughts on that difficult second album.
When you start out making records, I don't think it would be too much of an exaggeration to say that the process is just as much about learning how to deal with the power plays and complexities of the music business and the record companies, as it is to do with developing your creative process and coming to terms with all the technical aspects of recording music in a 'proper' studio.
Pretty much as soon as my first record, A Century Ends, was completed, my main ally at Virgin records, and the guy that had been responsible for signing me, Jeremy Lascelles, left the company. EMI had bought out Virgin and he'd been a victim of the inevitable reshuffle.
Without his custodianship the process of making Flesh, my second record, was a little chaotic and bitty in comparison with the making of my first. Even though on reflection Dave Anderson had done a pretty good job of producing my first album, I had decided early on during the making of Flesh that I wanted to try and find a different, possibly slightly bolder approach in the studio. Basically I knew I was looking for something, I just didn't know what it was yet.
Looking back now, I think the quality of the album suffered for not having a producers input. I was still a bit too green, and a little ham-fisted in my attempts to capture the songs the way I felt they should sound. I just didn't have enough musical or studio knowledge at this early stage to make things fit together. On some songs I got lucky on others not. Making music and making records is a long learning curve, and I'm still very much on it.
Flesh was culled from various sessions which were recorded during the winter of 93/94. There were some decent songs on it, some of which I captured good takes of, but overall I feel now that the record lacks cohesion and doesn't quite flow as it should.
Essentially the money ran out before it was finished and I just had to compile the best of what I had and hand it over.
Virgin dutifully put it out as they were contractually obliged to do, but they couldn't see it getting anywhere and their heart simply wasn't in it. I just didn't have the necessary support within the company, without that shared vision, it's never going to work.
At the time, a proper record company friend was nowhere to be found. As soon as my album option was up, Virgin dropped me.
At this stage I think I felt a little beaten up and mistakenly thought I'd had some pretty shoddy treatment.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
A Message From David: ONE
Took a night off from the studio to head down to the ONE event outside the Tate Modern last week. Sang an unreleased song called "Accumulates". Click here if you want to check it out.
For more information on ONE and to join the fight, visit One.org.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
David to Perform at Matt's Promise Benefit Concert
David will be performing at the Matt's Promise 8th Annual Benefit Concert on May 9 at Cipriani's Wall Street in New York.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit MattsPromise.org.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
David to Perform at Moxafrica Fundraiser
David will be performing at the Moxafrica Fundraiser supporting TB solutions for Africa on Wednesday, March 6, at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, UK. David will be joined by a stellar line up which includes The Magic Numbers, Gabriella Cilmi, David Ford, Bo Bruce, Buckshot Soup and more. The event will be hosted by Neil McCormick.
For tickets visit Moxafrica.Eventbrite.co.uk or for more information about Moxafrica and the great work that they do visit their official site at Moxafrica.org.