Dave Davies

Musician — London

Name?
Dave Davies

Where are you from?
Muswell Hill, London.

What do you do?
I’m a musician, singer, performer, writer and artist.

Describe your style in three words?
Adventurous, fun, classic.

You can make a record with anyone from history?
Eddie Cochran - he was my main inspiration although Chuck Berry was equally as important.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to and why?
US Festival in the states in the early 80s. Unfortunately, recordings and video footage from that festival aren’t available but my favourite live recording of us is The Kinks’ 'One For The Road' doing 'Celluloid Heroes'.

Who would you say is your biggest inspiration musically?
Chuck Berry.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history?
Swami Vivekananda because I thought he was the most cutting edge spiritual teacher that I’ve come across.

Which British subculture means the most to you?
Pubs and football. Up the Arsenal!

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
Share it? I don’t know, we played shows with most sixties performers but I liked The Yardbirds and The Hollies the best.

What music did you listen to growing up?
Everything from Burt Weedon to The Ventures to Leadbelly to Big Bill Broonzy to Django Reinhardt etc...


Dave Davies is the legendary lead guitarist and co-founder of The Kinks. His distinctive guitar sound and unique style have influenced the landscape of rock music for generations. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee released his latest album 'Open Road' in March 2017, a collaboration with his son Russ Davies.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'When You Awake' by The Band.

One record you would keep forever?
'Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One' by The Kinks.

A song from your favourite album?
'Goodnight Irene' by Leadbelly.

Song you wish you had written?
'Three Steps to Heaven' by Eddie Cochran.

Song that defines the teenage you?
'Bad Boy' by Marty Wilde.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
'The Philosopher' by Joseph Haydn.

A song lyric that inspires you?
'I’ll Never get out of this world Alive' by Hank Williams.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
'Clint Eastwood' by Gorillaz.

Best love song of all time?
'When I Fall in Love' by Nat King Cole - my Mum loved that song.

Best song to turn up loud?
'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks.

Best song to bring people together?
'Give Me Love Give Me Peace on Earth' by George Harrison - I covered it in the 90s - it’s the only cover I’ve done (listen to it in Further Reading below).

4 songs you can’t stop listening to right now?

Me and Russ’ new song 'Open Road' off our album 'Open Road'.

'Hard Luck' by The Bootleggers. My son Daniel Davies’ song with Sebastian Robertson.

I like a few of her songs but don’t know all the titles - I guess Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'. 

My daughter Lana Davies is a great talent - I love her song 'It’s Been a Long Time'.

Name?
Dave Davies

Where are you from?
Muswell Hill, London.

What do you do?
I’m a musician, singer, performer, writer and artist.

Describe your style in three words?
Adventurous, fun, classic.

You can make a record with anyone from history?
Eddie Cochran - he was my main inspiration although Chuck Berry was equally as important.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to and why?
US Festival in the states in the early 80s. Unfortunately, recordings and video footage from that festival aren’t available but my favourite live recording of us is The Kinks’ 'One For The Road' doing 'Celluloid Heroes'.

Who would you say is your biggest inspiration musically?
Chuck Berry.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history?
Swami Vivekananda because I thought he was the most cutting edge spiritual teacher that I’ve come across.

Which British subculture means the most to you?
Pubs and football. Up the Arsenal!

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
Share it? I don’t know, we played shows with most sixties performers but I liked The Yardbirds and The Hollies the best.

What music did you listen to growing up?
Everything from Burt Weedon to The Ventures to Leadbelly to Big Bill Broonzy to Django Reinhardt etc...


Dave Davies is the legendary lead guitarist and co-founder of The Kinks. His distinctive guitar sound and unique style have influenced the landscape of rock music for generations. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee released his latest album 'Open Road' in March 2017, a collaboration with his son Russ Davies.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'When You Awake' by The Band.

One record you would keep forever?
'Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One' by The Kinks.

A song from your favourite album?
'Goodnight Irene' by Leadbelly.

Song you wish you had written?
'Three Steps to Heaven' by Eddie Cochran.

Song that defines the teenage you?
'Bad Boy' by Marty Wilde.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
'The Philosopher' by Joseph Haydn.

A song lyric that inspires you?
'I’ll Never get out of this world Alive' by Hank Williams.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
'Clint Eastwood' by Gorillaz.

Best love song of all time?
'When I Fall in Love' by Nat King Cole - my Mum loved that song.

Best song to turn up loud?
'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks.

Best song to bring people together?
'Give Me Love Give Me Peace on Earth' by George Harrison - I covered it in the 90s - it’s the only cover I’ve done (listen to it in Further Reading below).

4 songs you can’t stop listening to right now?

Me and Russ’ new song 'Open Road' off our album 'Open Road'.

'Hard Luck' by The Bootleggers. My son Daniel Davies’ song with Sebastian Robertson.

I like a few of her songs but don’t know all the titles - I guess Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'. 

My daughter Lana Davies is a great talent - I love her song 'It’s Been a Long Time'.

Dave & Russ Davies | Path Is Long (2017)

Dave Davies | Give Me Love Give Me Peace On Earth (George Harrison Cover)

The Kinks | You Really Got Me (1964)

The Kinks | All Day And All Of The Night (1964)

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