With Lancashire festival Beat Herder marking its tenth anniversary this weekend, Blackpool dance musician Davos will be back on stage once more.
Davos, real name Dave Clough, has gone from being homeless and ‘couch surfing’ around friends’ homes just three years ago, to playing sets at top events - wowing crowds at Glastonbury, for the past three years including being the first live act to ever play the event’s New Sonic Stage.
The Ribble Valley-based Beat Herder, renowned for its dance focus, takes place at Gisburn from today until Sunday, with acts including Basement Jaxx, Levellers and Mista Jam on the bill.
Dave came to attention in late in 2012, when a video he recorded in which he performed early 90s house hits went viral online, notching up 120,000 hits in the first week.
He describes his sound as ‘piano house’, and has been largely self taught after just a few years’ lessons as a child.
“It’s been quite a ride this last three years,” Dave said “I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to have these opportunities dropped in my lap when I had all but given up.
“Going from homelessness to the career I’ve been trying for my whole life is nothing short of a miracle, and I’m more than grateful for it.
“I’m certainly not going to waste these chances, and we’re working hard to always have a fresh and exciting stage show, constantly changing, improving, and representing our cultural roots in the 90s rave scene with a modern and live twist.”
He’s found himself in high demand for studio sessions and collaborations - even working with DJ Driis, the musical alter ego of actor Idris Elba, has made a personal appearance on E4 show Rude Tube.
For 2015, he’s said there’s been ‘more of the same but different’ with performances also featuring turntablism.
He’s also been in the studio, collaborating with Doorly on the release 96, winning regular play on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, as well as working with ‘Godfather of House’ Marshall Jefferson on a secret project to be announced.
Other forthcoming events include the Reminisce Festival in St Helens and History Of House at Magna in Rotherham.