BRAZZAVILLE BIO 2011
David Arthur Brown was born in Los Angeles on June 19th, 1967. He was a runaway who later became obsessed with low budget travel and poetry. He traveled through Asia, South America and Europe for many years. Along the way he learned to play the saxophone. He played sax with Beck from 1997 through 2000. During that time he learned how to play the guitar and began writing songs and singing.
He formed Brazzaville in Los Angeles, in late 1997
2002 (1998- JVC, South China Sea, Soyuz)
Somnambulista (2000- JVC, South China Sea, Soyuz)
Rouge On Pockmarked Cheeks(2002- JVC, South China Sea, Soyuz)
Hastings Street (2004-Soyuz)
Welcome to Brazzaville(2004-Web of Mimicry, Soyuz)
East L.A. Breeze(2006/2008-V2, South China Sea, Soyuz)
21st Century Girl(2008- Soyuz)
Brazzaville In Istanbul (2009-Doublemoon)
Teenage Summer Days (David Arthur Brown) (2009-Soyuz)
Jetlag Poetry (2011-South China Sea Music)
Brazzaville’s early years (1997-2003) were spent largely in Los Angeles. They recorded and released 3 full length albums during that time and played countless shows in L.A. With the exception of two East Coast Tours in 2002, they did little touring due to David being on the road with Beck. David and Beck were friends from the East Hollywood coffeehouse scene of the late 80s/early 90s.
Brazzaville’s first 2 albums, 2002 and Somnambulista, were produced by Michael Rozon at the S.S. Clove Factory in North Hollywood. They featured musicians such as Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Smokey and Miho), Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, Fiona Apple, K.D. Lang), David Ralicke (Dengue Fever, Beck), Kenny Lyon (David Baerwald, Lemonheads), Joel Virgel-Vierset (Nina Hagen), Joe Zimmerman and many others. Their third album, Rouge On Pockmarked Cheeks featured production work by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, Travis, Sir Paul M.) and Tony Hoffer (Air, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, Supergrass, Grandaddy) as well as Michael Rozon.
In 2003 David moved to Barcelona, where he formed his European version of the band. Brazzaville’s fourth studio album, Hastings Street (2004), was recorded in both Los Angeles and Barcelona and was mixed in Los Angeles. It featured musicians like Victor Indrizzo (Willie Nelson, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Gahan), Greg Kirstin (Beck, Action Figure Party), Erica Garcia, Joe Zimmerman, Mike Bolger, Kenny Lyon, David Ralicke and many others.
In 2006, Brazzaville released their first CD recorded entirely in Barcelona. It was entitled East L.A. Breeze and featured members of Brazzaville’s European line up: Brady Lynch (bass), Paco Jordi (guitar), Richie Alvarez (keys) and Pep Terrecabras (drums). Regular drummer, Ivan Knight was in India at the time the record was recorded. The record reached the top of the charts in Russia due to its version of Star Called Sun, by the legendary Russian rock band, KINO. In 2008, East L.A. Breeze was released in Europe by V2 Records.
In late 2007, Brazzaville finished their 7th studio album, 21st Century Girl. It was released in Russia in Feb. 2008 and in the US and Canada on the Bus Stop Label in August 2008. The song, The Clouds in Camarillo co-written with David’s close friend Misha Korneev is a duet in English and Russian. It is a tale of David’s mother’s time in the state mental hospital in Camarillo, California. The song became a hit all over the Russian speaking world and spent more time in the top 10 than any other song that year.
Since moving to Europe, Brazzaville has played sold out shows in such diverse places as Moscow, New York, Barcelona, Istanbul, Amsterdam and many more. They have been favorably reviewed in The New Yorker, The L.A. Times, Afisha, Time Out New York, The Onion, La Vanguardia, Telerama and many other publications. They enjoy a cult following in many countries.
In 2009, David went to Istanbul to record an album with the great Turkish producer/musician Deniz Culyan (Portecho, Norrda). The result was Brazzaville In Istanbul. Released in Turkey and Europe by the Doublemoon label the album quickly shot into the top 20 of the European World Music chart.
Also, in 2009 David recorded and released his first solo album under the name David Arthur Brown entitled Teenage Summer Days.
In 2010, Brazzaville toured extensively in the US (including a 20 show house concert tour), Russia, Turkey, Europe and also a 5 week tour of the old Silk Road countries (Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Armenia) sponsored by the US Dept of State. Brazzaville just finished recording their 8th full length studio album, Jetlag Poetry. 2011 will see them touring many of the countries mentioned earlier as well as some new ones like China!
David Arthur Brown lives in the l'Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona with his wife and two young children. He enjoys reading before bedtime.