In conversation with

David Rowntree

Blur’s renowned drummer explores his transition into TV and Film

David met Blur bandmates, Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, while playing in emerging bands in and around Colchester. On moving to London, the trio was joined by Alex James to form Seymour. After signing to Food Records the band changed their name to Blur and released their first record in October 1990.  Over the next 25 years, Blur developed into one of the most successful British bands of all time winning more than 40 major international awards including 5 Brit Awards. In 2016 they were again nominated at the Brits for Best British Group, the 20th nomination they have received from the Academy.

Blur are prolific songwriters, releasing 8 studio albums, 13 live albums and compilations, and nearly 30 singles. They’ve regularly topped the UK and international charts, and their last 4 albums made the US Billboard charts – no surprise then that their songs have frequently featured in multiple films and TV shows since 1996. Upon deciding to take an extended break from one another in n 2004, David set up animation company Nanomation and directed 2 series of the South Park-esque show EMPIRE SQUARE which screened on Channel 4 in the UK and Fuse in the US.

After moving into the field of film and TV scoring, David was nominated in July 2018 for Best Music in the Independent Horror Film Awards for his score for Andrea Vinciguerra short TEETH AND PILLS.  Throughout 2018 he has been working with composer Ian Arber on the Tiger Aspect/Sky full throttle futuristic street-racing 8-parter, CURFEW, starring Sean Bean and Adrian Lester.   David has also scored the feature documentary MO FARAH – NO EASY MILE and AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS charting the success of boy-band Bros.

IN Conversation with David Rowntree

Friday 2nd November

6pm - 7pm PDSW Main Screen
Eventbrite - Short Sounds Film Festival 2018