David Sylvian

David Sylvian

Singer, composer, musician
Date of Birth: 23.02.1958
Country: Great Britain

Biography of David Sylvian

David Sylvian is a singer, composer, musician, and artist who has had a diverse and successful career in the music industry. Born David Alan Batt, Sylvian first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band Japan. With Japan, Sylvian underwent a musical evolution from glam rocker to romantic decadent and master of ambient music. After the breakup of Japan in 1982, Sylvian embarked on a solo career, collaborating with musicians of various genres and nationalities, from traditionalists to avant-garde artists, jazz musicians, and choral ensembles.

Sylvian's solo debut, "Brilliant Trees," was released in 1984 and featured collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Holger Czukay of Can. The album was critically acclaimed for its innovative arrangements and poetic lyrics. Sylvian continued to explore various artistic endeavors, including photography and filmmaking. He released a book of his own photographs and collages titled "Perspectives: Polaroids" in 1985 and created a documentary video and soundtrack for an art exhibition in Tokyo titled "Preparations for the Journey."

In the late 1980s, Sylvian formed a new band called Rain Tree Crow with former Japan bandmates Mick Karn, Richard Barbieri, and Steve Jansen. They released one album in 1991 before disbanding. Sylvian then turned his focus back to his solo career, releasing critically acclaimed albums such as "Dead Bees on a Cake" in 1999 and "Blemish" in 2003. These albums showcased his diverse musical influences, ranging from jazz and ambient to hard rock and rhythm and blues.

Throughout his career, Sylvian has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Robert Fripp, Bill Frisell, and Ingrid Chavez. He has also explored his interest in literature, releasing a collection of his lyrics titled "Trophies: The Lyrics of David Sylvian" in 1987. In addition to his musical pursuits, Sylvian has been involved in visual arts, creating installations and accompanying soundtracks for exhibitions.

Despite facing personal challenges and taking breaks from music to focus on his family and spiritual growth, Sylvian has remained dedicated to his artistic vision. He founded his own record label, Samadhi Sound, to release his work independently. Sylvian's music continues to push boundaries and resonate with listeners who appreciate his unique blend of introspective lyrics and innovative musical arrangements.