Dave Randall is a UK based musician, writer and political activist best known for his work as the guitarist with the mighty Faithless and for his own band Slovo. Whilst on lockdown, what does he do in the little spare time he has? Write a Lockdown Lullaby of course.
As a guitarist, Dave Randall has a string of playing credits to his name including; Sinead O’Connor, Dido, Emiliana Torrini and 1 Giant Leap and he is also an extremely talented writer in his own right. In 2017 he added ‘Author’ to his bag of tricks, releasing his first book ‘Sound System – The Political Power of Music’.
Historically, musicians have often wanted to change the world in some way. Many have believed in the political power of music and Dave is no exception. He has been obsessed with how music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions and to prop up the status quo. His book, Sound System is the story of his journey to discover what makes music so powerful. After years of touring, playing and protesting, Dave has a unique insiders view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture.
A truly captivating read, it documents remarkable examples of music as a force for social change. It’s about raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring – Pop Idol to the Trinidadian Carnival.
ime is still of the essence for Dave. He is currently in the throws of reigniting Slovo, his collective project who’s first album nommo was released in 2002 and the second Todo Cambia, in 2007. We worked together at this point – I fronted his Slovo project and fond memories were made making Todo Cambia and galavanting the backstreets of Europe with the band on tour. You may have caught Dave and I playing at The Manoel Theatre, Valletta for Teatru Unplugged back in 2011.
The brand new album ‘Bread & Butterflies’ featuring Italian singer Barbarella, US hip-hop artist Mike Ladd, Venezuelan drummer Lya, and friends is due this summer. The first single ‘State Of Mind’ has just been released and aptly it’s a message of hope and solidarity in true Randall style, proceeds from sales and streaming going to homeless charity The Brixton Soup Kitchen, where he resides.