David J (of Bauhaus / Love and Rockets)
Legendary American composer John Cage once put forth a theory about music suggesting silence, the pause between each note - was as important, sometimes more important, than the notes themselves.
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An expert use of silence, nuance and sublety have played a crucial role in the music of David J. An aproach that has been applied to all of his multi-various musical projects. From the expressionistic cabaret of avant-garde art rock n' roll that was the extremely influential Bauhaus, through various collaborative excursions such as the early 4AD coupling of Mr. J and H. Rene Halkett, artist / poet, formerly of the Stagecraft Workshop of the original Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar, his work with graphic novel titan, Alan Moore, his 'player / producer' role with the enigmatic bard of Shakespeare road, The Jazz Butcher, through to the present work in progress with acclaimed English poet, Jeremy Reed, and, lest we should forget, that psychedelic electronica. gorilla operation that was Love and Rockets. (R.I.P.)
J's sense of minimalism, innate curiosity and spirited attitude is also reflected in the music he himself is drawn to. Not surprisingly, the artists J. prefers are also masters of stark contrasts. His personal "musical guiding lights" is a list of some of the most daring and influential musical names of the last century. Each , a master of the art of the stark. Among them are John Cale, Lou Reed, Fred Neil, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Scott Walker, Tom Waits, Kurt Weill, Bert Janch, Jimmy Webb, Lee Hazelwood, David Ackles, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon, David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, T Bone Burnette, Brian Eno, Christy Moore, Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, Jonathan Richman, Burt Bacharach, Billie Holiday, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull and Patti Smith, Richard Thompson, Daniel Johnson, Suicide and lately, Momus, Underworld and Beck.
All of the above being sublime exponents of the philosophy of 'less is more', and so with this biography, let brevity be the soul of wit, enough!
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