March 18, 2009

David Young

David Young (el-b): [Element of Crime: Mittelpunkt der Welt]

"Born on the 2nd of May, 1949, in London. He received a BA in philosophy after writing a thesis on Kant. While studying he was already playig with numerous bands, and worked as live-mixer with artists as diverse as Country Joe McDonald, The Incredible String Band, David Bowie and Duke Ellington.
The 1970s lead him via Munich and Los Angeles to New York, where he studies sound engineering and works as a recording engineer there, recording for example Bonnie Tyler, Jim Steinman, Bronski Beat, Elliot Randall and the remains of Steely Dan. He becomes a collaborator of former Velvet Underground member John Cale, plays in John Cale's band from 1980 to 1985, and co-produces four of his albums.
In 1987 he moves back to London, where he produces with John Cale the album "Try to be Mensch" by Berlin band Element of Crime. Since then, David Young collaborates with the band as producer, and since 1993 as live-guitarist. He also works as producer for other artists, such as Alexander Veljanow (Deine Lakaien) or Hector Zazou's project "La Nouvelle Polyphonie Corse". In 2002, he replaces Christian Hartje as permanent bass guitar player for Element of Crime." (Based on the short biography at Discogs, but modified according to the German version on the Element of Crime website)


Anonymous said...

David was also a member of the "Leisure Units " with Mike Mac Clintock and Aly Sujo from 1978 to 1984

Spring Day said...

Interesting information, thanks anonymous! I've never heard of these "Leisure Units" before.