David de la Haye is a multiple award-winning musician, field recordist, sound technician and producer.
Listening to underwater soundscapes, he uses sound to raise awareness and cultural value of aquatic 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.
His first appearance on a Folk album was SHONA MOONEY’s ‘Heartsease (viola tricolour)’, released on Foot Stompin’ Records in 2006. It introduced his maverick electronic approach to new listeners. David has always enjoyed multidisciplinary collaboration, and has worked alongside Marcus Coates, Julieanna Preston, Catriona Macdonald, Sinead Morrissey, James Davoll, Pat Thomas, Mhairi Hall and Usue Ruiz-Arana.
Previously, 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 albums. Here’s the most recent.
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. Sound art commissions and residencies include the National Trust, Great North Museum: Hancock, ArtHouse Jersey, Natural England, Sage Gateshead, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. He is currently a Sound and Music Composer-Curator.
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.
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