David de la Haye is a contemporary musician, field recordist, sound artist and producer. His current work explores marine conservation efforts through the immersive nature of ambisonic recording and diffusion, rooted in his experiences growing up as an islander.

He is the first technician ever to receive the “Pioneer Award” from Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice and in September 2020 was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education “Outstanding Technician of the Year” award…

Commissioned works have included the National Trust, Great North Museum, Being Human Festival of Humanities and Sage Gateshead. He has performed at major festivals and venues across the USA, Canada, Russia and much of Western Europe, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio.

His production credits have numerous accolades in The Guardian, MOJO and Songlines Magazine working alongside artists across multiple disciplines including Jez Lowe, Sinead Morrissey,  Julieanna Preston, Shona Mooney, Catriona Macdonald, Pat Thomas, Marcus Coates, Simon Bowen, Johannah Latchem, Lol Coxhill, Ernest Dawkins and James Davoll.

Born on the Channel Island of Jersey, the son of a dustman and living in the proverbial flat, David completed an MMus in Glitch Music and Aesthetics of Failure in Digital Composition at Newcastle University in 2004. Following that, he became a professional musician and live sound engineer and was later  absorbed back into the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University in 2013 working as the Music Studio manager.

Now living in the cathedral city of Durham, David is a champion of technicians within the Creative Industries and a pilot member of the IST’s registered practitioners scheme; Technical Lead for the ‘RNCM Ensemble+’ project; Future Events Lead for HaSS Faculty at Newcastle University; ‘Vision and Strategy’ ambassador for creative practice at Newcastle University.

For enquiries and special commissions, please get in contact here.

Professional Memberships and Accreditations
MIScT (Member of the Institute of Science and Technology)
Affiliate of City and Guilds (AfCGI)
AVID Certified Instructor
Musician’s Union (MU)
Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS)
UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC)
Performing Rights Society (PRS)


On Stage with Monster Ceilidh Band at Tatihou Festival, Normandy.