David, and his friend Nat Duke, set up Soundworks Recording Studio on Cave Street in 1999. The studio then moved to Blackbirdleys Community Centre in 2004, as part of a project to provide audio facilities to the local community. The building of the studio was a community project in itself with many friends and community members helping with the project.
David and Nat recorded volumes of quality music over those years, including recording Supergrass’ first EP that subsequently got them a major record deal and launched their career. He also was the brains behind Desta*Nation Soundsystem and the bass player and producer of the awesome reggae band, Mackating.
Danny Burbidge met David in September 2007, and was lucky enough to get a work placement year at Soundworks with him. At the end of the year, he became David’s business partner, replacing Nat who had decided to become a doctor!
“I have so many great memories and people to thank him for; be them in the studio, in nightclubs or in festival fields. If it wasn’t for David I would not be doing what I am doing now. I love my life and he has played a big part in that. I am one of many people that he has helped along in life this way” (Danny)
He was a very active person. Even when he was too ill to work , him and his brother, Daniel started to restore an old vinyl laithe in his flat. It was an amazingly ambitious project and is now finished. It’s a shame that he didn’t get to finish it but the fact that he was even attempting it speaks volumes about his character. He never complained or was in a bad mood, even though he was well within his right to be. The man was an inspiration, to many people, in many ways
Soundworks remains here as his legacy, continuing the good work that he started. David, we miss and salute you!