I Am David Sparkle
The Straits Times has called their music “sonic short stories” while Malaysian-based music magazine JUNK have warned that their music “will soothe and calm you, before making your head explode”. I AM DAVID SPARKLE began life as a collective improvisational band in 2001. Taking it’s name from a tongue-in-cheek anglicization of a popular ’70s Malaysian disco king, M. Daud Kilau, it’s this irreverence that saw them through relentless gigging at their early start in the local Singapore scene.
With a growing underground following, October 2006 saw them self-releasing their debut EP ‘Apocalypse of Your Heart’ as a documentation of their older songs. In 2007, I AM DAVID SPARKLE took to the bigger stage for regional festivals ‘Good Vibrations 2007′ and ‘Recharge Revelations 5 Global Gatherings’, and saw the year out with ‘ZoukOut 2007’. In that time, they also managed to pick up Best Alternative Act at the Motorola SuperStyle MIX Music Awards. It was during this period of playing live and recording that they honed their musical chops and I AM DAVID SPARKLE released their debut full-length album ‘This Is The New’ in November 2007 under KittyWu Records. 2008 saw I AM DAVID SPARKLE open for acclaimed Japanese instrumental quartet Mono in Singapore. In March 2009, I Am David Sparkle was the only band selected from Singapore in that year to showcase at the reknowned South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW 2009) in Austin, Texas. Their “mini-US tour” continued with more shows in Houston and Boston. I AM DAVID SPARKLE released a limited pressing of the single ‘Nosferatu Makes Me Nervous’ on 7” vinyl, to commemorate the trip to the US. Never one to rest, more touring followed in Asia with performances in Hong Kong, Manila (A*Fest 2009), and Hanoi (3rd Hanoi International Music Festival). Most recently in April 2010, the band self-released the ‘Live In Houston’ EP, an unproduced, live recording of their performance at Cactus Music, in Houston, Texas.
I AM DAVID SPARKLE released their second studio full-length ‘Swords’ in December 2010, followed by a sold-out album release concert in Singapore and a 6 city tour of Indonesia and Malaysia in support of the album. In November 2011, I Am David Sparkle embarked on a five show tour of Tokyo and Osaka which included Japan Music Week.
Presently writing and recording material for their third studio album tentatively titled “Art Is Blood”, I Am David Sparkle is looking to heavier, darker influences for this recording slated for an end 2013 release.
JUNK Magazine has certainly put it best; speaking of the band’s hardworking ethic; I AM DAVID SPARKLE is “chugging along meaner than a Balrog”.
I Am David Sparkle is
Amran Khamis (Guitars)
Djohan Johari (Guitars)
Adel Rashid (Guitars)
Farizwan Fajari (Bass)
Zahir Sanosi (Drums)
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Album Title: Apocalypse of Your Heart CDEP
Release Date: Oct 2006
Catalogue No.: Self-Released
‘The Way of The Universe’ single,
Recharge Revelation 5 Global Gathering
CD compilation / JUNK Magazine Vol.13
Release Date: Oct 2007
Album Title: This Is The New CDLP
Release Date: Nov 2007
Catalogue No.: KWR001
‘All There Is To It’ single,
Sonic Frontiers Vol 2 : Reveries
SonicFrontiers.net download compilation
Release Date: 15 Feb 2008
Album Title: Nosferatu Makes Me Nervous single 7‘‘ Vinyl
Release Date: Mar 2009
Catalogue No.: KWR004
Album Title: Live in Houston CDR
Release Date: April 2010
Catalogue No.: Self-release
Album Title: Swords CDLP
Release Date: 3 Dec 2010
Catalogue No.: KWR009