35 years old, Taurean with Virgo rising, international DJ, songwriter, obsessive, pragmatic, stubborn, bald, sulky, opinionated, perfectionist, Yorkshire breakdancer, son of a Spiritualist minister, former Mixmag editor, member of Brothers in Rhythm – the award winning producers and remixers to the pop cognoscenti (Pet Shop Boys, Kylie, Garbage, Pulp and Placebo) and the progressive mafia (Sasha, BT and Way Out West) travel whore, trainer bore, film buff, nothing’s ever enough “If something’s worth doing it’s worth doing to excess”).
Leed’s United devotee, neighbour of Mel B, Billy Corgan look-a-like, Stella McCartney’s birthday DJ, Robbie Williams kebab eating partner, with Â£1/2 million ear insurance, co-founder of Stress Records, sometimes lives in New York’s East Village, other times in a church next door to a pub.
There are many DJs who have enjoyed many column inches for shaping the phenomenon that is modern club culture. For some of these individuals, it was a question of right time, right place. Talented yes; opportunistic, definitely – and just a little bit lucky.
Dave too, as he’d be first to admit, has had his fair share of lucky breaks. Yes, he effectively blagged the editorship of the fledging members’ magazine Mixmag simply by being their youngest, hippest employee. But it was Dave who made the company fully aware of the impact of acid house and railroaded them into launching the magazine fully to the public. The rest, as they say, is history…
Yes, he was equally lucky to bump into budding production genius Steve Anderson at DMC’s recording studios. But it was the pair’s respective talents gelling that led the turbo fuelled hit ‘Such A Good Feeling’, followed up by a string of successive mixes leading to them becoming the U.K’s first superstar remixers to the likes of Michael Jackson and Sting, to writing and producing for the likes of Kylie Minogue The Pet Shop Boys and Take That. More recently they have lent their unmistakable sound to bands such as Garbage, Pulp, Placebo and Blur as well as consistently songwriting for various projects.
Yes, he was fortunate that DMC was happy to back his and partner Nick Gordon Brown’s Stress record label. But it takes talent to spot the likes of Sasha, John Digweed, Full Intention and Andy from Groove Armada, all of whom had early breaks on the label.
And yes it was a lucky twist when Mixmag photographer Gary McLarnen invited Dave to bring his DJ skills to a new night he was launching at the unlikely Shelleys venue in Stoke on Trent. It just happened to become one of the UK’s best ever house clubs. The fact that Dave’s DJing star is still in the ascendant some 10 years later says it all.