David Sylvian (born "David Alan Batt", February 23, 1958) is an English singer, musician and composer who first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the band Japan, and whose subsequent solo career has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including jazz, ambient music, electronic music, and progressive rock.
David Sylvian was born in 1958, in Beckenham, Kent, UK. Japan, whose other members included Mick Karn, Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri and Sylvian's brother Steve Jansen, began as a group of friends who grew up together. As youngsters they played music together as a means of escape, playing David's two-chord numbers – sometimes with Mick as the frontman, sometimes with David as the frontman. On Christmas of 1973 David's parents gave drums to Steve and a guitar to David.
Eventually, they christened themselves Japan in 1974 and became an alternative glam rock outfit in the mold of David Bowie and The New York Dolls. Over a period of a few short years, however, their music became more sophisticated – drawing initially on the art rock stylings of Roxy Music. Their visual image also evolved and the band was ta...
|Background||non vocal instrumentalist|
|Born||February 23, 1958|
|Years active||1974 -|
|Associated acts||Japan (band)|