Dave Sitek

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Dave Sitek
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Sitek in January 2004
Background information
Birth name David Andrew Sitek
Born (1972-09-06) September 6, 1972 (age 41)
Genres Indie rock
Occupations Musician, record producer
Instruments Guitar, keyboard, drums, various
Labels Touch and Go Records
4AD
Interscope
Federal Prism Records
Associated acts TV on the Radio
Maximum Balloon
Jane's Addiction

David Andrew Sitek (born September 6, 1972) is an American musician, guitarist and record producer, best known as a member of the band TV on the Radio. He has also worked with bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Foals, Celebration, Little Dragon, and most recently Beady Eye, and produced free jazz-influenced remixes of songs by artists such as Beck and Nine Inch Nails, and has contributed a solo track to the Red Hot Organization Dark Was the Night charity compilation.[1] He is also a photographer and painter.

In April 2008, Sitek was named Number One in NME's Future 50 list of the most forward thinking people in music today.[2]

In 2009, Sitek contributed a cover of "With a Girl Like You" to the AIDS benefit album, Dark Was the Night, produced by the Red Hot Organization.

A solo album from Sitek under the name Maximum Balloon was released on September 21, 2010 on Interscope with individual songs released as singles commencing June 15, 2010. The record includes contributions by many guests including David Byrne, Tunde Adebimpe, and Karen O.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1972, David Sitek grew up in Columbia, Maryland, together with his brothers.[4] His mother worked in public education with a degree in child psychology and, according to Sitek, "was pretty good about letting me and my brothers explore things. So much so that [she] let me start a hardcore band and practice in our house when I was 14".[5] Sitek developed an interested in music at an early age influenced by his "aunt Paula [who] snuck out of the house [to see] Jimi Hendrix in the 60s, and was really into Talking Heads and Blondie".[5]

Dave Sitek once worked in a coffee shop with future TV on the Radio bandmate Kyp Malone and Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor.[6]

Selected discography[edit]

With Jane's Addiction[edit]

Production work[edit]

Sitek produced the album Anywhere I Lay My Head for actress Scarlett Johansson, released in May 2008. Sitek also co-produced the debut album Antidotes by Foals and the debut EP of Chicago band Aleks and the Drummer titled May a Lightning Bolt Caress You self released by the band in June 2008.[7]

He works with several Brooklyn acts, having recently remixed the song "Disco Lights" for Apollo Heights[8] and produced albums for Dragons of Zynth[9] and Telepathe.[10]

Though Sitek has collaborated with several Brooklyn-based indie bands, he looks upon the indie music movement with skepticism. In an interview with the Danish music magazine Soundvenue, he explained that he is dissatisfied with the opportunistic turn music has taken, referring to the self-promoting indie bands moving to Brooklyn only to claim that they are from "the creative mecca" in order to get the attention of music magazines. This may explain why Sitek has settled down on the West coast in Beverly Hills, California. He explains (translation from Danish): "People can't hide themselves out here. Everyone looks after his own interests. It's a very egocentric city. But I don't care what 'indie people' think. Those bands complaining about other bands selling out, got their iPod filled up with illegal music."[16] On his solo project Maximum Balloon, Sitek collaborates with many of his old friends (among these are Karen O, David Byrne and Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio), whom he claims are still interested in creating beautiful songs, not only songs that the music magazines want to write about, which, he thinks, keeps music interesting.[16]

Solo work[edit]

Singles[edit]

Features[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Various Artists: Dark Was the Night". Pitchfork Media. February 26, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Future 50: The bands, artists and innovators driving music forward.". NME. April 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ Jones, Billy (June 14, 2010). "an interview w/ Dave Sitek of Maximum Balloon (the TVOTR guitarist/producer's new project w/ many guest vocalists)". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ McCauley, Mary Carole (December 31, 2006). "A Good Year - See Some Of The Marylanders Who Made Their Mark On The Arts Scene In 2006". The Baltimore Sun. p. 3. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (October 26, 2010). "TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek: The TVOTR/Maximum Balloon Man on Bad Brains, Aphex Twin, and more". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ [dead link]Greenwald, David (November 17, 2006). "Grizzly Bear". cokemachineglow.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Aleks and The Drummer profile". MySpace.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Apollo Heights". MySpace.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Berman, Stuart (November 16, 2007). "Dragons of Zynth: Coronation Thieves". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 1, 2008. 
  10. ^ Strang, Samuel (January 15, 2008). "DiScover: Telepathe". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved June 1, 2008. 
  11. ^ "TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light". AllMusic.com. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ "CSS - Planta". AllMusic.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Beady Eye - Be". AllMusic.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito". AllMusic.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Oh Land - Wishbone". AllMusic.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Soundvenue (in Danish) (46). November 2010. 

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