Sunday 29th March 1992, Hammersmith Odeon, London. Six-year-old Dave Giles is taken by his parents to watch his first ever concert: Crosby, Stills and Nash. Five songs into their set, they cover The Beatles song ‘Blackbird’ and he can’t help but mentally project himself onto that stage; singing along with his new heroes. For his next birthday, he asks for just one thing: a CD of any album by The Beatles. Despite having yet to touch a guitar, the life of a working musician was already inevitable.
Over the last 10 years, Dave has established himself as a reputable singer/songwriter who has developed his own brand of British-infused Americana. Dave is as authentic as they come, and his music, live shows and personality have attracted a loyal community of music lovers.
As a result of this loyal support, Dave has been able to self-fund and release two full-length albums. The most recent ‘Tennessee and 48th’, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2018 after an 8-month fundraising campaign that raised £23,000. He has also self-produced and released eight EPs, been on numerous tours around the UK, Europe, Ireland and Australia. He also has his sights firmly set on touring in North America.
‘Tennessee and 48th’ was a notable turning point in Dave’s career. He gained a new confidence from making the album, and he credits not just the efforts of the people that helped him raise the cash, but the exceptionally talented musicians involved in making the record. Strangers with incredible credentials quickly became inspired and enthusiastic friends who offered more of themselves than they’d been hired to give - including voluntarily flying to the UK to play the album launch shows in November 2018.
Perhaps best summed up in this review of ‘Tennessee and 48th’ on the AmericanaUK website: ‘Dave Giles is maturing into a credible and exciting artist doing things on his own terms’. Spurred on by the latest album’s success, he’s about to take on his most ambitious project to date.
Wednesday 18th March 2020. Acton Town, London. A stone’s throw away from where he watched that first concert, thirty-four-year-old Dave Giles is still mentally projecting himself into fantastical situations. This time, he is picturing himself inside Studio 2 at Abbey Road following in the footsteps of so many of his heroes. But this dream will soon become a reality. To celebrate his 10th anniversary as a singer/songwriter, Dave has announced that he will make his next album in the most famous recording studio in the world.
Recording a full-length album at Abbey Road Studios is a huge undertaking that will require nearly double the funding of Dave’s Nashville album. But it is under this kind of pressure that he produces his best work, as he aims to exceed expectations.
In a year when the Grammy award for Best Album was won by an album recorded in a bedroom, some will argue that no one needs to spend thousands of pounds making an album anymore, nor does the location of recording determine the quality of what is produced. But Dave knows the value of Abbey Road’s history and is excited about forming a connection with those who came before him. Paying tribute to the experiences that inspired this next venture is a noble mission, and Dave will move forward as an advocate not only for quality but also for an endeavour we can all believe in.
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