He is a guitarist,
singer, composer and producer born in London, England, to a family where his father was a
doctor who also played a banjo ukulele.
He started out in music
as an early teenager when he began to play the guitar. Several years later, when he was 21,
he became acquainted with David Ferguson and even though they were very inexperienced,
they put together their own experimental band Manscheinen
which later evolved into Random Hold.
Random Hold became successful
fairly early and after being noticed by Peter Gabriel they became his opening
act for his U.S. tour in 1980.
After the tour David decided to leave the group but remain working with
Peter Gabriel. This collaboration
has seen him touring and recording with him ever since.
His work as a composer
has seen him writing the music for the animation La Gabbianella E Il Gatto
and Rabbit Proof Fence and being
nominated for a Golden Globe for the soundtrack of The Long Walk Home which he worked on with Peter Gabriel and Richard
Production work has also
been a big interest and he has worked in the recording studio with many artists
in this capacity. Also in the studio
he has made his mark as a very sought after session musician.
In recent years he
has worked with the drummer Ged Lynch and the
bassist Charlie Jones in his own trio known as Rhodes. They recorded their self-titled album
Some of the numerous artists
and groups he has worked with include Joan Armatrading,
Blancmange, T-Bone Burnett, Toni Childs, Julia Fordham, Japan, Latimore, Loreena McKennitt, Youssou N’Dour, New
Order, The Pretenders, Rick Springfield, Pamela Stephenson and Scott
As you can appreciate,
the albums he has worked on in one capacity or another are numerous but a select
few of them are his own Bittersweet and
Heads, Hands & Feet recorded with
Akira Inoue as well as Little
Earthquakes by Tori Amos, Tim Finn by Tim Finn, Birdy, PG3 (Melt), So, Up and Us
by Peter Gabriel, Magnetized
by Johnny Hates Jazz, Flowers in the Dirt
by Paul McCartney, Mystery Girl by
Roy Orbison, Burn
the Buildings, Etceteraville, Over View and The View from Here by Random Hold and the Colour of Spring by Talk Talk.
Games Without Frontiers (Peter
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