21 June 1984 |
Waringstown, Northern Ireland
|Genres||jazz, soul, neo-soul, hip hop, folk, Electronic dance music|
|Instruments||drums, bass, keyboards, cello, vocals|
|Associated acts||Soweto Kinch, Andreas Varady, Jean Toussaint, Louis Stewart (guitarist)|
Born in Waringstown, he is the fourth of five children who have gone on to have successful careers in the arts. He began his professional career under the direction of his parents as a child performer with the Lyttle Family. In his teens he was active as a drummer, DJ and also studied classical cello. Since the age of eighteen, Lyttle has been active mostly as a drummer, songwriter and producer. He earned a PhD in musicology from the University of Ulster in 2009.
2007-2011: Career beginnings
Lyttle began performing professionally at age four, playing percussion with the Lyttle Family in Ireland and, when he was a teenager, the United States. In 2007, following studies at the University of Ulster, Skidmore Jazz Institute, New York, and the Banff Centre, Canada, he reached a national audience as an Irish jazz performer with Louis Stewart (guitarist). He released his debut solo album True Story later in 2007 and began featuring prominent international jazz artists in his touring groups, including Greg Osby, Jean Toussaint, Terell Stafford and Soweto Kinch, whose band he occasionally appears in.
Lyttle has written three literary-inspired suites. A Christmas Carol, inspired by the Charles Dickens novel, premiered in 2008 and toured Ireland in 2009. Dark Tales, which was inspired by the works of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson, premiered at Belfast’s Ulster Hall also in 2009, and subsequently toured Ireland and Great Britain in 2010. In 2011 he was commissioned by Peace Three and Jews Schmooze to write The Chronicles Suite, which was inspired primarily by CS Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.
2012-present: Interlude and work as a producer
Lyttle's breakthrough album Interlude was released on 2 January 2012. Influenced by hip hop, soul and jazz it helped establish him internationally as a songwriter and producer. Its guests included Mercury-nominated rapper Soweto Kinch, Irish vocalist Rhea, bassist Pino Palladino and pianist Jason Rebello. First heard on BBC Introducing on BBC Radio 1, the album was popular among a range of media in Ireland and Britain, including the Daily Mirror, Hot Press and MOBO, who described it as 'an exceptional album'. Interlude reached a large audience through its Channel 4 TV campaign with HMV in May 2012.
As owner and founder of Lyte Records, Lyttle has released albums by notable jazz, blues and roots artists, including Jason Rebello, Nigel Mooney and Jean Toussaint. He has also (co)produced debut albums for young talents such as Israeli classical pianist Ariel Lanyi and Slovakian jazz guitarist Andreas Varady, who is managed by American producer Quincy Jones and was discovered by Lyttle in 2010.
- True Story (2007)
- Questions (2010)
- Interlude (2012)
- "Jazz Stars Set for Coleraine performance". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "'Live Reviews: David Lyttle Group feat. Greg Osby', The Journal of Music". Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "'London Jazz Festival', Time Out". Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- Rainey, Stephen. ""Music Review: A Christmas Carol", Culture Northern Ireland". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Graham, Stephen. ""Jazz Breaking News", Jazzwise". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- ""Jews Schmooze 2011 'Sounds Familiar' Programme", Community Relations". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- O Hare, Colm. ""Interlude, Homegrown urban soul at its finest", Hot Press". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "BBC Introducing, 12/9/12". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "Lyte Records, David Lyttle and HMV on Channel 4". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "David Lyttle website". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "Lyte Records releases". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Lindsay, Bruce. ""Andreas Varady / David Lyttle: Questions (2010)", All About Jazz". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "Quincy Jones Artists". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- ""Following the Footsteps of Giants", Guitar Player". Retrieved 21 May 2012.