Leytonstone-born Murkage Dave’s debut album ‘Murkage Dave Changed My Life’ sees the singer returning home to East London to
witness the changing landscape and gentrification. The experience inspired him to write a set of twelve “folk songs for the culture,”
which have amassed a global cult following and allowed him to play two headline tours in 2019 across the UK and Europe, with eight sold out dates
including the 500 capacity Studio 9294 in Hackney Wick where he celebrated the album’s first anniversary.
Written and recorded between London, Paris and Berlin, Dave spent last Summer holed up in the studio with the sole aim of
crafting a timeless LP. The process saw him joined by executive producer Cores and a cast of talented friends including
Manga Saint Hilare, Star Slinger, Massappeals, Louis Don Dada, Sam Wise and Scally, all of whom contributed to the impressive collection.
Following its release in October 2018, ‘Murkage Dave Changed My Life’ started to amass a number of artist fans from both sides of the
Atlantic, some of which would contribute to a special edition in September 2019. The reissue boasts six additional tracks with collaborations
from World's Fair's Lansky Jones and Jeff Donna, Houston R&B/soul singer and Stones Throw signee Peyton, South East London grime MC Lioness,
Brighton hip-hop duo Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn, West London producer and vocalist Narx and South London neo soul singer JGrrey.
Having cut his teeth as a club promoter, Murkage Dave is no stranger to the importance of live music and its connection to fans in real life environments.
His debut headline show at Sebright Arms sold out within 24 hours prior to the release of the album, and tickets for his subsequent UK headline tour went even faster -
eventually having to upgrade his London show to Omeara to accommodate the overwhelming demand. His October ‘Keep Up The Bad Work Tour’ sold out in five of ten cities,
including Manchester’s YES and London’s Studio 9294. He’s also toured as a support act for his friend Mike Skinner, joining The Streets for 25 shows across the UK and
Europe at the beginning of the year, as well as warming up for indie rock band Peace and trip hop pioneer Tricky on their respective tours.
As a singer and songwriter, Dave has crafted a versatile sound, rooted in a youth spent listening to garage and R&B, but also revealing formative years in Manchester
absorbing The Smiths and Joy Division. It’s no surprise that his defiantly British sound is still attracting fans globally, and he’s collaborated with Mike Skinner,
Jaykae, Skepta and Parisian producer Hologram Lo, US “Night Bass” originator AC Slater and French rapper Nekfeu - even earning a triple-platinum plaque for his
contribution to the latter’s ‘Cyborg’.
Despite being released independently via Dave’s own label NONE, ’Murkage Dave Changed My Life’ has attracted the attention of Pharrell Williams, Young Fathers,
Iggy Pop and Beastie Boys member Mike D, all of which have supported the track on their radio shows. It’s also been supported at radio by the likes of Annie Mac,
Toddla T, Jamz Supernova, DJ Target and MistaJam, as well as press coverage from The Fader, Evening Standard, Guardian, HighSnobiety, Noisey, Mixmag, Clash,
End Clothing, Soccer Bible, BRICK, Complex, London In Stereo, Nation Of Billions, Dummy, Hunger, Trench Mag and more.