Stewart / Gaskin FAQ & links


Korean fans dance to one of Dave's '70s compositions.

FAQ

Q: Are you Dave Stewart from Eurythmics?
A: No - this Dave Stewart is the UK keyboardist / composer who has worked in a duo with singer Barbara Gaskin since 1981.

Q: Why do you guys always play live in Japan but hardly ever in the UK?
A: We would love to play in the UK (and indeed, anywhere else in the world) but most of our gig invitations come from Japan and we have to go where the work is!

Q: What was the name of the track featured on a Keyboard magazine giveaway flexidisc in the '80s and can I get a copy?
A: The track was an extended version of 'Henry & James' we created specially for Keyboard. A lot of people asked about it so we included it on our 2009 five-track EP 'Hour Moon', available from our online store.

Q: Will 'There Is No Reward' (B-side of 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted', Dave's one-off collaboration with singer Colin Blunstone) ever be re-released on CD?
A: No, as it features Colin on vocals it's not part of our Stewart / Gaskin catalogue and re-releasing it would involve copyright complications. However, in 2010 we recorded new versions of both 'No Reward' and 'Broken Hearted' with vocals by Barbara as bonus tracks for the album As Far As Dreams Can Go (Special Edition).

Q: Why don't you release a live album or DVD?
A: We don't record or film our live gigs, we feel they work best as purely live events where people can see, hear and smell us perform.

Q: How would you describe your music?
A: When someone asks us to describe our music we usually say "intelligent pop music - like Peter Gabriel and Bjork".

Q: How do you choose your cover versions?
A: They're songs that have strong emotional resonance for us that we feel we can add something new to - a fresh take on a familiar subject.

Q: Why did it take eighteen years to finish Green and Blue?
DS: Several factors: lack of industry support, the increasing difficulty of working in our small London studio and frustration with the limitations of our pre-computer era equipment. With hindsight, I needed to take a break (though didn't realise it) after working non-stop in the studio all through the '80s. In the end, embracing computer technology, moving out of London to a house with good work space and the approaching deadline of concerts in March 2009 created the right combination of positive energy and urgency required to blast away the cobwebs. Thanks again to all of you for bearing with us during that time.

Q: Can I add a link to your site and/or MySpace page on my web page?
A: Of course, please feel free! You're also welcome to join us on Facebook.

Q: Are the Inside the Music Online series articles archived?
A: Past articles aren't archived - they're online for a while (minimum one month) and are then replaced. This is due to the size restrictions which affect our website, which unfortunately we're stuck with!

Q: Is there some way of finding scores of Dave's '70s bands' music?
DS: At the moment no, but the original scores are intact and if I ever get round to digitising them they will be made available.

Q: Why did Dave change his musical style in 1981?
DS: After 12 years of playing in bands (Uriel, Egg, Hatfield & The North, National Health, Bruford, Rapid Eye Movement) I reached a point where I wanted to try making music on my own, purely following my own instincts. What emerged was an entirely new musical direction which enabled me to get back to my pop and rock roots while opening up entirely new areas of expression and experimentation (songwriting, production, arrangements beyond the scope of a live band, synth & rhythm programming, etc.) I was excited by the results and though I enjoy playing with other musicians from time to time, I've never wanted to go back to being a band member.

Q: I have a question about one of your old bands.
DS: If I meet you at a gig or bump into you in the street I'd be glad to answer it, but much as I appreciate the interest in my past work it takes too much time to sit down and type answers. There are archive CDs of my '70s bands Uriel, Egg and Hatfield and the North which contain a lot of first-hand information, plus a companion booket Copious Notes which goes into huge detail about the Uriel / Egg era - there's a good chance you'll find an answer in there.

An Infrequently Asked Question


Q: What's your opinion of alternate guitar tunings?
DS: I'm all for them - anything that widens the scope of an instrument is a good thing. Alternate tunings obviously increase the number of possible chords, so if I were a guitarist I'd definitely investigate them. However, my guitar skills are fairly rudimentary so it's unlikely I'll invent any alternate tunings myself!


 

Links to musical colleagues

1981 - Present day

Andy Reynolds www.ceolnua.com
Andy met Dave & Barbara in 1989 during sessions for a Jane Weidlin album at A Major Studios, West London and has worked with the duo ever since. A Renaissance man who plays guitar, keyboards and percussion, sings, composes, produces and programs, he is a talented musician and indispensible member of the Stewart / Gaskin live band.

Gavin Harrison www.gavharrison.com / Gavin's Facebook page
Porcupine Tree and King Crimson drummer Gavin Harrison is an old friend who has worked with Dave & Barbara since 1986. He played on the last three Stewart / Gaskin albums and joined Dave, Barbara and Andy for some quartet gigs in Tokyo in September 2001.

Jakko Jakszyk www.jakko.com / www.myspace.com/jakkojakszyk
An old friend since the '70s and long-time collaborator who played guitar on many Stewart / Gaskin 1980's recordings.

1969 - 1980

Bill Bruford www.billbruford.com / www.myspace.com/billbruford Click here to read Dave's comment on Bill's autobiography.
Jeff Berlin www.myspace.com/jeffberlin
The Unknown John Clark We can't find a web page for John but there's an article about him here.
Allan Holdsworth www.therealallanholdsworth.com / www.myspace.com/holdsworthguitar

Phil Miller www.philmiller-incahoots.co.uk / www.myspace.com/philmillerincahoots
Pip Pyle http://burningshed.co.uk/pippyle
Richard Sinclair www.richardsinclair.net
Hatfield and the North www.hatfieldandthenorth.co.uk / www.myspace.com/hatfieldandthenorth

Peter Blegvad www.amateur.org.uk / www.myspace.com/greavad
John Greaves www.myspace.com/johngreaves
Chris Cutler www.ccutler.com

Dirk (Mont) Campbell www.dirkcampbell.co.uk
Egg, Uriel & Arzachel www.egg-archive.com / www.myspace.com/eggarchive
Steve Hillage www.a-wave.com/system7 / www.myspace.com/stevehillage

Spirogyra www.myspace.com/spiggly

Dave Sinclair Ex-Caravan keyboardist www.dave-sinclair.co.uk


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