I started out writing songs as a teenager and have self-released several albums combining folk, rock, avant-garde, free-improv and spoken word elements. I tend to record as ‘Dave Edwards‘ for the inward-looking singer-songwriter and live improvisation aspects of my music.
From these folk/punk beginnings I moved back to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, where my style continued to evolve into the more complex/impressionistic/visionary approach of The Marion Flow, Mantis Shaped and Worrying, and Loose Autumn Moans.
These combined songwriting with an interest in free jazz and poetic modernism, which, along with my rudimentary conventional musicianship and love of dissonance, and the influence of the local avant-garde scene… meant I had zero commercial chance.
Next, finding lyrics harder to write as I got older (and also not wanting to repeat myself or to be pigeonholed), I mostly left the solo singer/songwriter genre and reinvented myself with a more collaborative and mainly instrumental approach in The Winter and Ascension Band.
Since then I’ve travelled, taken up the banjo, and branched out further, into video-making and ethnomusicology. From 2005 to 2014 I mostly lived overseas, first in Melbourne, Australia, then Busan, South Korea, then Okinawa, Japan, then Perth, Australia (with side trips to Indonesia), and reinvented myself once again as Dave Black.
I use my alter ego Dave Black for my harder-to-categorise non-linear outward-focussed projects since 2005. These incorporate field recordings and world music influences, and include albums such as After Maths & Sciences, South Island Sessions, First Time Around: East Asia, ネオン列車の風景 Neon Train Landscapes, and Ngumbang.
Since 2015 I’m back in NZ. Recent projects include:
We first met in high school back in New Plymouth and he played on the Marion Flow and dAdApApA sessions back in 1999. We’ve busked and played a bunch of gigs around Wellington, and released our first album in 2017.
The Electricka Zoo is a chance to clear the slate and create something new… a little more accessible and electronic, funky, danceable etc than usual for me. Our next major project is a show in the NZ Fringe Festival in 2018… watch this space!
Most of this music is not just a solo effort. I’ve also worked with a range of talented collaborators including (in no particular order) the Digitator, Mike Kingston, Paul Winstanley, Simon Sweetman, Nat da Hatt, Hayden Gifkins, Nigel Paterson, Cylvi Manthyng, Simon O’Rorke, Francesca Mountfort, Jeff Henderson, Blair Latham, Snake Beings, Sam Prebble, Chris Palmer, Chris O’Connor, the Unknown Rockstar, Gareth Farr & Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Antony Milton, Frey, and more…
This site is an online compendium of music and video projects, currently sprawled across the internet on sites like youtube, last.fm, myspace, reverbnation, jamendo and so on. It’s also interactive – please drop me a line and let me know which parts you’d like to see, hear and read more of. Thanks also for visiting!