Dave Clayton

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Dave Clayton is a British keyboard player and record producer. He has recorded or played with, among others, Simply Red, ABC, Depeche Mode and Paul McCartney. He also has production credits with Kraftwerk and The Human League.

Clayton joined Simply Red for their Home album. He was a band member of ABC for three years and has also toured with George Michael, Marc Almond and Jason Donovan, to name a few.

He has recorded with U2, Bob Marley, Sinéad O'Connor, Depeche Mode, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Elton John, The Beloved and Robbie Williams.

As a producer, he has worked with Take That, The Human League, Kraftwerk, C.C. Catch, Les McKeown and Lenny Henry. He also has writing credits for Sinéad O'Connor, Bomb the Bass, Michael Hutchence and ABC. Dave's personal project is The Pressure Zone.

David currently performs with Simply Red and also composed with Mick Hucknall, 2 songs on the latest Simply Red album STAY.


Clayton has 25 years of experience playing keyboards and synthesizers. He joined his first band 'Celebration' in 1982 before being spotted by 'ABC' and joining them as a keyboard player for a world tour. After the tour he formed a band with Dave Palmer, now Rod Stewart’s drummer and signed to Epic/CBS as 'Person To Person'. The group did two supporting tours and an album 'Stronger Than Reason'. From 1986 he had brief stints playing with the bands 'Animal Nightlife' and 'Carmel'.

Since 1987 he has recorded, toured, composed and/or done sessions with:

  • Simply Red (Touring and composing 2003 - 2010)
  • Texas
  • Pino Danielle (Tour)
  • Boy George
  • Living In A Box
  • Beloved
  • Bob Marley
  • Take That
  • Gary Barlow
  • Sinéad O'Connor
  • Clive Griffin (Production and composing)
  • Paul Rutherford
  • U2 (Recording and tour programming)
  • Elton John
  • George Michael (Recording and tourIng)
  • Simple Minds
  • 2 Tek
  • The The
  • Oui 3
  • Luciano
  • ABC
  • Go West
  • Nik Kershaw
  • Michael Hutchence (Recording and composing)
  • Jason Donovan (Touring)
  • Paul McCartney
  • Bros
  • Bee Gees
  • Marc Almond (Tour and DVD)
  • Tina Turner
  • Jody Whatley
  • Terrence Trent D'Arby
  • Robbie Williams (Two albums)
  • Iva Davies
  • Gavin Friday
  • Björk/David Arnold
  • Melissa Mars
  • Protocol
  • Whycliffe
  • Depeche Mode (Tour and Album)
  • David Bowie
  • Hannah Scott
  • Massive Attack
  • Kamouflage
  • Bono (Film music)
  • Cinema Bizarre (Composition)
  • Protocol
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Flatz (Production)
  • Karl Bartos/Kraftwerk
  • Bomb the Bass (Member from 1994-1998)
  • Mario (US RnB artist)
  • Lucy Silvas
  • Tunde
  • Shakira
  • Estelle
  • Lionel Ritchie
  • Pet Shop Boys (Album and film 'Battleship Potemkin')
  • Paul Rutherford (Production and writing)
  • Human League (Production and writing)
  • Toy (Remixes and productions)
  • Malf
  • Film and Film Music Commissions:
  • In the Name of The Father
  • Batman Returns
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Entropy - Phil Joanou
  • Polax X - Scott Walker
  • Film Score:
  • The Tao Traveller - Recorded and produced by Jon Russell

Recent recording projects[edit]

  • London Street Soul - Pressure Zone (due September 2011).
  • Online record label with partner Marco Perry from Pressure Zone - Beatfarm Recorders.

He has his own small in-house recording studio with a wide range of analog and digital keyboards and recording equipment. Links to a selection from my discography:


  • www.simplyred.com

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