David Bridie
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  • country:Australia
  • style(s):Contemporary, Alternative
  • label:Wantok Musik
  • type:Band, Solo, Composer/Songwriter
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, electronic, percussion, visual, string, singer songwriter, rock band, pop group, piano, guitar
  • artist posted by:Wantok Musik

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  • David Bridie (piano)


The quiet achiever of Australian music, seven time ARIA award winning songwriter and composer David Bridie has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia’s most innovative musicians. With his repertoire as a recording artist, soundtrack composer, producer, lyricist, uniquely Australian songwriter and singer, as well as a specialist in the music of Melanesia, Bridie has certainly stamped his mark.

A founding member and songwriter of critically acclaimed musical groups Not Drowning Waving and My Friend The Chocolate Cake whose success both in Australia and across the world is well documented, Bridie has also released a number of albums under his own moniker with the 2001 “Act of Free Choice” being released in the UK, Canada and America as well as Australia.

It is as a songwriter that Bridie has forged his reputation as one of Australia’s most profilic with tracks such as This Year Is Better Than Last Year (DB), The Kiap Song (NDW), I’ve Got A Plan (MFTCC), The Koran, The Ghan and A Yarn (DB), and The Last Great Magician (MFTCC) – all confirming his individual style in painting a mural of the modern world, its geography, its political mores and its dwellers identities.

From early-2000 Bridie has released six solo albums; Act of Free Choice, Hotel Radio and Succumb. These albums see Bridie make a return to the experimental music that his earlier group Not Drowning Waving had been noted for, with Bridie’s voice and electric piano woven around a universe of found sounds, anything from Papua New Guinea conch shells to Morsecode intercepted on short wave radio, with bass and drums added over the top of lyrics that are purely and unmistakably Bridie, a ruthlessly honest musical mirror to Australia’s complex national character and wry personal insights to the state of being human.

David’s 6th solo album release The Wisdom Line is an immersive multimedia project exploring themes of Melbourne, asylum, home, the transience of our relationships, and trying to make genuine connections in an interconnected world where everyone is talking on their phones.
Pushing the boundaries of a visual album, each of the 11 tracks featured on The Wisdom Line have been paired with a short film created by a selection of local and international filmmakers including Andrew Wiseman, Keith Deverell, Stephanie Gould (USA), and Matej Kolmanko (Slovenia).

Over the years Bridie has balanced his career as a live musician with the composition of soundtrack music, with credits for over 100 Feature films, documentaries and television series including Proof, Bran Nue Dae, Secret City, Remote Area Nurse, The Man Who Sued God and Gone, several of which received International release. His score for In a Savage Land landed Bridie the award for “Best Original Score” at the AFI Awards, “Best Original Soundtrack” by the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and “Best Soundtrack Album” at the 2000 ARIA Awards.

David has always explored his particular passion for Melanesian life, music and history. Now regarded as the world’s foremost producer of Melanesian music artists, David has scored, curated and produced many films, concerts and albums in Australia, PNG and The US and has been instrumental in launching the musical careers of many of these artists including George Telek (PNG) who is now considered an elder statesman of Music in his home country and had his music released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. Other producing credits include Archie Roach’s “Jamu Dreaming”, Christine Anu’s “Stylin Up’ and Solomon Islands group Kaumaakonga's debut release "Taoba". His most recent work with Pitjantjatjara man Frank Yamma and his releases 'Countryman' (2010) and 'Uncle' (2014) has seen Yamma’s career take off with UK and Europe tours and festival bookings across Australia and the world, including the London Olympic Festival and Womad UK in 2012.


David Bridie