Jim Davies (musician)

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Jim Davies
Born (1970-02-06) February 6, 1970 (age 44)
London, England
Genres Electronica, alternative rock, breakbeat, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Pitchshifter, The Prodigy, Sex and Circuitry, Victory Pill, Flint, Dead Man's Pants, Seething Akira

Jim Davies is the former live and studio guitarist for The Prodigy.[1] He is also a former member of Pitchshifter.

Life and career[edit]

Davies first played live with The Prodigy in 1995, including that year's Glastonbury Festival. After a year of touring worldwide with the band, he contributed to their album, The Fat of the Land. This included playing guitar on the subsequent single releases "Firestarter" and "Breathe". In 2010, Total Guitar magazine voted Davies' "Firestarter" riff as one of the top 10 guitar riffs of all time.[citation needed]

Davies joined Pitchshifter in 1998, and played on five tracks on the band's www.pitchshifter.com album. He toured worldwide in support of the album. He went on to co-write the band's next two albums Deviant (MCA Records) and PSI (Sanctuary Records) Deviant charted in the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart and tours in support of the album included a three month stint on America's 'Ozzfest' alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Incubus and Pantera.

PSI was Davies' last studio recording with Pitchshifter, although they released a partial live album, Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed and Uploaded, which was recorded at the London Astoria and saw Davies' final performance with the band. Pitchshifter went on an 'indefinite hiatus' in 2002, and although reformed, Davies did not return to play live with the band.

Davies returned to play live with The Prodigy in 2002, including the Reading and Leeds Festival. He contributed to their Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned album on the track "You'll Be Under My Wheels". When Prodigy frontman, Keith Flint, recorded a solo album under the name 'Flint' in 2002, Davies provided guitar work for the album. Although 'Flint' played a number of gigs and festivals the album, due to be issued by Polydor Records, was never released. The 'Flint' track, "Razor" was re-worked by Liam Howlett and featured on the Prodigy's greatest hits album as an exclusive track.

In 2007, Davies recorded his own album entitled Victory Pill. Two years later his instrumental album, Electronic Guitar was released by Mascot Records. 2012 saw the release of Victory Pill's second album, The Digital Divide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spicer, Al (1999-11-01). Rock: 100 Essential CDs : the Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 139. ISBN 9781858284903. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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