David was born in Oxford in 1944. After graduating from London's Royal Academy of Music, where he studied composition under Richard Rodney Bennett, he spent several years composing for artists such as Julian Bream, George Malcolm, Janet Baker and The London Symphony Orchestra before becoming a BBC Radio producer and presenter. Several prestigious posts followed, including Director of Music at the Laban Movement and Modern Dance Centre in London and eventually a move to the West Country to take charge of student musical activities at Bath University. Bath was where he started the acclaimed purist record label Crescent Records and it has remained home to David and his recording activities ever since.
In the early 1980s, while still being actively involved in the local music scene, David also started to pursue an interest in popular music, initially producing successful records at his home studio before opening Bath's first commercial recording facility, Crescent Studios. An international reputation was quickly established in those early days with singles and albums by, among others, The Korgis, Tears for Fears, Echo and the Bunnymen and Icicle Works.
After working on a number of studio projects with Peter Gabriel, David was invited to be Peter's live sound engineer for a successful tour of Europe and North America. (Pink Floyd's PA system, used for the tour, had "never sounded so good" according to one reviewer in the States).
Back in the studio it soon became apparent to artists and record companies alike that an unusual production talent had arrived in provincial Bath, producing a string of classic hits from previously unknown acts, and it was not long before major projects were being commissioned by the main record labels, resulting in some of the most exciting album projects of the 1980s. Apart from international best sellers - Peter Gabriel's fourth album (Security), XTC's The Big Express, Jean Michel Jarre's Zoolook and Icehouse's Measure For Measure and Man of Colours albums - many succesful projects were completed with artists as diverse as The Europeans (A & M), Peter Blegvad (Virgin), Barbara Dickson (CBS), How We Live (CBS), Walk The Moon (MCA), the Canadian band M & M and rock legend Peter Hammill (Virgin) who eventually came to share the old Crescent studio premises with David in Bath - then renamed as Terra Incognita. (David relocated a few years ago and his new home studio is now known as Inner State.)
While maintaining a successful profile as one of the most sought after producers in the UK David has increasingly re-focussed on his own musical interests. Rather than concentrating on rock and pop productions he has returned to composing and producing music for film, radio and television, as well as still being involved in exciting projects with artists somewhat removed from mainstream commercial music. These include the Japanese musician Yasuaki Shimisu (ex Yellow Magic Orchestra), The Blues Band, further collaborations with Peter Hammill, an album with legendary 70s figure Moondog, major projects with leading New-Age flautist Tim Wheater (for Jerry Moss's Almo label in the USA), with Norwegian soprano Cecilia, a series of Celtic inspired records for Stuart Wilde's Tolemac label and a number of saxophonic solo and ensemble recordings, including a highly acclaimed CD of music by Michael Nyman.
He has also prepared string arrangements for major artists such as The Pretenders (Stand By Me) and Tori Amos (China) as well as collaborating on a substantial number of projects, as musical director and orchestrator, with well-known film and TV composer David Ferguson. These include music for the Robbie Coltrane Cracker series, Robert Hughes American Visions, films Bravo Two Zero, Hostile Waters, Jeckyll and Hyde, and Disaster At Valdez and TV dramas such as The Icehouse, Woman In White and a number of Ruth Rendell, Catherine Cookson and Inspector Rebus productions.
More recent projects include albums with soprano Chloe Goodchild and flautist Tim Wheater, incidental music for BBC R4 dramas The Diary of a Kidnapping and Conrad's Heart of Darkness, musical director for a Remembering Sept 11th event at Covent Garden Opera House, work on the early Goldfrapp albums and a number of mobile recordings including work for the Bath Festival, a Stackridge live DVD and a highly rated classical piano CD recital for Somm Records.
2017 saw the release of a James Warren solo CD Innocent Bystander (co-produced and mixed by David) and two films for which David (with Tim Wheater) wrote and recorded the music scores: Stanley, Man of Variety (starring Timothy Spall) and The Tell Tale Heart (starring Steven Berkoff).
With a track record of exciting and innovative successes stretching over the whole of the 80s and 90s, combined with an equally important string of diverse musical projects, David remains a significant figure in many areas of musical activity, and continues to divide his time between carefully selected production work while still developing his own composing and performing talents.