Born and raised in London, David Stewart’s success in music career comes as no surprise. He played piano and drums alongside his father, Alan Stewart from the age of 12 and taught himself to play guitar at the age of 10. Fast forward and now the west Londoner is an accomplished singer, songwriter and producer, his sister Kate Stewart is also a notable artist signed to Warner Music.
At the age of eighteen Stewart was already on the road touring with British singer/rapper Example. Stewart played 350 gigs thus taking him from playing to crowds of 40 in Brighton to audiences of 80,000 on the main stage at V Festival. This experience granted him the pleasure of co-producing, co-writing and lending his vocals on many of Example’s albums.
2012 marked the release of Stewart’s 10-track mixtape titled, ‘Late Night Viewing.’ Stewart co-produced a huge part of this body of work. The mixtape featured Example, Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran and Yasmin. The mixtape presented some impressive stats racking up 80, 000 downloads to-date; with ‘Lay On The Bonnet’ becoming its leading track. BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Mistajam was a massive fan of the track and he crowned it as his ‘Hot Record of the Week.’
Following the success of the mixtape, Stewart realising his true potential and what he had to offer as an artist put together a four-track EP titled, ‘Dark Side Of Paradise.’ Production was provided by renowned Seattle producer, Sango. One particular track from that project, ‘Silly Boy’, made a huge impression on electro-pop fans and has amassed 1.7 million views to date.
In the summer of 2014, Stewart signed a deal with Ludacris’ management and the label owners of Disturbing Tha Peace Records, Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon. Stewart was based between London, Atlanta & LA for 18 months. Whilst in America, Stewart was working with some of the industry’s sought after and cutting edge producers such as Sonny Digital, Childish Major, Tha Bizzness, Needles, The Movement… The list goes on.
2016 sees Stewart back in London under new management with further plans to prove himself as a refreshing and versatile artist – keen to keep his fans engaged in whatever genre he decides to indulge in; whether it is his previous R&B soulful vibe or his current pop music range. Though he’s honed his sound throughout the years, Stewart’s relentless quest to experiment and entertain remains an ongoing journey. His inspiration from listening to music from an eclectic range of artists including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins and The Beatles is clearly evident.
Having already gone down a storm playing at Tape London’s TAPE LIVE alongside Elderbrook & ASHA, as well as recent support slots with Lemar, David will be playing his debut solo festival slot at this year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton. His next London date is at Paradise by Way of Kensal Green – 26th April.
Full list of dates:
26th April – Paradise, London
30th April – The Finsbury, London
17th May – Time Out, London
19th – 21st May – The Great Escape, Brighton
23rd May – I Luv Live, London