David Rhodes (musician)
Rhodes was the third of five children, to Philip and Elizabeth, a doctor and a homemaker, respectively. Among his early musical influences were his father, who played banjo ukulele, as well as the Telstars and the Beatles.
Rhodes started playing guitar in his early teens, while he was listening to a great deal of blues and jazz music, but put music aside to follow other passions - namely rugby football and the fine arts. At the age of 21, he met up with David Ferguson after both attended an unsatisfying concert, and the pair decided to break new musical ground by forming a band, unhampered by the fact that neither of them had any particular musical expertise. They started as an experimental performance group, which evolved first into Manscheinen and later into Random Hold, where they were joined by bassist Bill MacCormick, vocalist/guitarist Simon Ainley and drummer Peter Phipps.
The Randoms achieved some early success, came to the attention of Peter Gabriel and were subsequently invited to open for Gabriel on his 1980 U.S. tour. Soon after the tour, Rhodes left Random Hold, and has continued to record and tour with Peter Gabriel ever since (a 25-year collaboration).
In addition to his work with Gabriel, Rhodes has produced albums with T-Bone Burnett, Akira Inoue, Indio and Massimo DiCataldo. He composed the soundtrack for the Italian animated film La gabbianella e il gatto. Rhodes also collaborated with Peter Gabriel and Richard Evans on the Golden Globe nominated soundtrack for The Long Walk Home, music from the film Rabbit Proof Fence and has composed numerous film and television soundtracks with Richard Evans (as "The Footnote").
He has lent his distinctive guitar style to albums by a wide variety of artists, including Roy Orbison, Tim Finn, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Joan Armatrading, Blancmange, The Pretenders, Scott Walker and Talk Talk's 1985 hit "Life's What You Make It". He also composed the soundtrack for Atlantis III: The New World, the Cryo Interactive Entertainment video game.
In 2005, he composed the soundtrack for the Italian movie L'uomo perfetto including the song "Love can make you do some really horrible things".
In August 2009, he released a solo album, Bittersweet, through the Bowers & Wilkins Music Club online.
During August and September 2011 he collaborated with the artist Graham Dean in 'Painting Music' which involved live painting projected across the walls, floors and audience with live music by David. There were performances at Aachen, Germany on August 24 in a converted church as part of the 'Across the Borders Festival', Heerlen, Holland on August 27 outdoors as part of the 'Cultura Nova' Festival, and Maastricht, Holland on September 11 outdoors as part of the 'Parcours' Festival.