David de la Haye is an award-winning musician, field recordist, sound technician and producer.

Listening underwater, he uses sound to raise biodiversity awareness and support the cultural value of aquatic spaces. He is particularly interested in freshwater habitats. In September 2020 he was shortlisted as the Times Higher Education “Outstanding Technician of the Year”.

David is a founding member of MONSTER CEILIDH BAND whose pioneering Electro-Folk sound has taken them to audiences as far as Russia and Borneo. In 2008 he joined JEZ LOWE AND THE BAD PENNIES, touring extensively across the UK, USA and Canada. As an environmental sound recordist, he has completed commissions and residencies for the National Trust, Great North Museum: Hancock, ArtHouse Jersey, Natural England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and COP26. He is currently a Sound and Music Composer-Curator.

His first appearance on a Folk album was alongside Scottish BBC Young Trad Musician of the Year SHONA MOONEY. ‘Heartsease (viola tricolour)‘, released on Foot Stompin’ Records in 2006, introduced David’s maverick experimental approach to new audiences. Always a fan of collaboration, he has collaborated with many respected artists including  Julieanna Preston, Jez Lowe, Catriona Macdonald, Sinéad Morrissey, James Davoll, Marcus Coates, Pat Thomas, Mhairi Hall and Usue Ruiz-Arana.

David studied Jazz & Contemporary Music at Leeds College of Music, going on to PG studies in GLITCH and the Aesthetics of Failure in Digital Composition at Newcastle University. He promoted experimental music in the North East of England as CANOPY NEW MUSIC, including a memorable first-ever music event in the Tyneside Cinema. In 2004, Canopy New Music released ‘Music and Climate Change’, a compilation album with contributions from around the world. A keen follower of Free-Improv, he has performed and recorded countless improvised albums. Here’s the most recent.

Born in Jersey to working-class parents (his old man was a dustman and lived in the proverbial flat), David maintains a tireless work ethic. Now resident in the cathedral city of Durham and working within the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University, he is a ‘Vision and Strategy’ ambassador and champion of technicians within the Creative Industries, supported by the Technician’s Commitment.


Durham City of Culture


New Album ‘With Ears Underwater’ (released 27th May, 2022)

Available on CD or HQ download from ‘New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings’. Includes a free zine.

With Ears Underwater album cover

Here’s a making-of video, to explore the creative process…