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Dave Swift - Biography

Born in Wolverhampton, Dave Swift was influenced by his two older brothers who both played guitar at home, motivating him to take up a musical instrument himself starting off with his brother’s acoustic and electric guitars. It wasn’t until he was 14 that he decided to take music seriously, and choose an instrument that he was really passionate about.

Deciding on the trombone, he started having lessons at school, and it wasn’t long before he was playing in every concievable type of band. Shortly afterwards he and some friends formed their own band but needed a bass guitar player. Having had some experience – albeit limited to playing a bit of guitar - Dave volunteered, as he was the only one who’d had any experience with a stringed instrument...read the full biography here.

An Interview with Dave Swift - Frequently Asked Questions

While the UK has produced some of the world’s finest rock, pop and jazz musicians few get the kind of high-profile exposure acclaimed session bassist Dave Swift has. Through his long-term gig with ex-Squeeze vocalist and pianist Jools Holland, himself a world renowned recording artist, Dave has played with just about every major name in contemporary music be it KT Tunstall, Lilly Allen or Richard Hawley through to some of the giants of the 20th century like George Benson, Eric Clapton, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Jeff Beck, Tom Jones, Paul Weller or BB King – Dave has laid down his immaculate and grooving bass lines for them all – live on TV and in the studio. Still busy touring and recording constantly with Jools and other sessions both live and in the studio music writer and journalist Mike Flynn met Dave to talk about his life in music and the path he took into the top echelons of the music world.

Read Dave's in-depth answers to living and working as a top sessions musician here...