Oh, and before I forget. Thank you Andrew. I LOVED watching the videos you had posted. You are pretty much my music soulmate.
Amazing, right? He reminds me a little of Tom Waits, without the throat issues. Yes, the video is a cover of the song by Dizee Rascak and Armand Van Heldon, but it shows you pretty much how this man works. A mixture of blues, hip-hop, alternative, and beatbox is what you have to look forward to when you treat yourself to the musical stylings of Son of Dave.
Son of Dave is the monikor that Benjamin Darvill assigned to his whirlwind performance art. A truly one man band, Son of Dave brings back the fun. In an era of autotune and remixes, these albums summon something that has been lacking in a lot of mainstream music… talent.
What makes this so impressive is that there is very little in the way of instrumental requirements. All Son of Dave needs is a harmonica, a looping machine, and a sturdy pair of boots. He creates his beats using whatever is around him and often times he switches from singing to harmonica to beatbox with little effort. I am positive that it is not as seamless and easy as he makes it look.
Benjamin Darvill is an artist. Whether it is in the crafting of his songs or the energy in his published writing for Stool Pigeon magazine, I am fucking hooked.
When I hear something impressive that shakes me to my core, I try to find out more about it. Apparently, Benjamin was a part of the Crash Test Dummies, but in 2000 he began to pursue his journey as Son of Dave.
Check him out at http://sonofdave.com
Buy his stuff on his site or at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/son-of-dave/id17225007
Here is one of his songs to close out this post, because it floors me every time I watch it.
Son of Dave – Old Times Were Good Times