A founding member of Bauhaus, one of the most influential British bands of the 1980’s. Following their termination in ‘83, David J joined up with The Jazz Butcher for a brief stint, producing and playing in the group. Then came Love and Rockets. Another highly successful outfit, scoring a gold record with their first release, ‘Ball Of Confusion’. Bauhaus reunited to play the Coachella music and arts festival in California in 2005. This performance has already attained legendary status and the band went on to complete a successful world tour and record a new album.
David J has released several solo albums which have garnered much critical acclaim, such as writer, Matt Hoffman’s description of him as “One of the great songwriters of recent times.”
He has also collaborated with various other artists, such as The Master Musicians of Jajouka, celebrated graphic novelist, Alan Moore, renowned author, Hubert Selby Jnr., producer, musician, T Bone Burnett, MC5 founder, Wayne Kramer, producer, Hal Wilner, poet, painter, broadcaster, Rene Halkett, poet, Jeremy Reed, Mexico’s innovative electronica pioneers, the Nortec Collective and legendary reggae artist, U-Roy. He also co-wrote ‘Strays’, the title track of the Jane’s Addiction album. (Perry Farrell describes him as the “avant of the avant-garde.”)
David J’s creative involvement has always been broader than the purely musical, creating artwork for record covers, designing stage lighting and directing videos. As a visual artist, he has exhibited internationally.
His current live show, ‘Bouquets, Wreaths and Laurels’ ( songs of death, songs of love and one song of glory ), features piano, upright bass and violin with David J on vocals. In this captivating cabaret style show, which spans his career and influences, he embraces the role of noir crooner, inhabiting the world of the songs and relishing his role as band leader and narrator.
His first play, ‘Anarchy In The Gold Street Wimpy’ was staged by the award winning Atlanta based theatre company, ‘Dad’s Garage’ in 2004. His second work for the stage, ‘Silver For Gold’ ( The Odyssey Of Edie Sedgwick ) was staged at the MET Theatre in Los Angeles in 2008 and is set to be part of the program at the REDCAT Theatre in Los Angeles in 2011. He is currently working on a long form book as well as several screenplays in collaboration with Don C. Tyler.
David’s first single for SAINT ROSE RECORDS is due in fall 2010.