David Knight is a San Francisco Bay Area based composer and musician known most notably for his solo work and with the band Day One Symphony in the late 2000's. David is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, whose music ranges widely in style, drawing from his extensive travels in Southeast Asia, and two years living abroad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has released three solo albums, written and produced music for theater, dance, film, and is currently a touring member of the ambient Warsaw-based band Low Roar, playing guitar, bass, synthesizer, and singing backing vocals.
David and I have known each other for a while but this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation. We talk a lot about music (a lot), starting with Bob Dylan & George Harrison—which inevitably lead us into a discussion of what it was like for him going solo after being in a group.
David gave me a fascinating view of Malaysian culture as we talked about the culture shock of moving there and the perspective that living abroad gave him on America. It was quite interesting to compare Malaysian politics with American politics.
David comes from a predominately Republican family, so we talk about what it’s like to differ politically from your family. The diluted and archaic idea of political “teams” eventually sweeps us back around to music and the genres that we create. David has a very interesting perspective on how Spotify has effected those genres.
It was also interesting for me to ask him was like to be a working musician through the birth of streaming and the rise of social media. His perspective is enlightening and I think of use for all us, musician or not. While it’s obvious that some of the perspective comes from his experiences abroad, much of it comes from age and experience. One of those experiences was the death the death of a loved one and David explains how touring and the creative process have played pivotal roles in his ability to begin dealing with that loss.
Just Kids | Patti Smith
All Things Must Pass | George Harrison
Concert for Bangladesh
The Basement Tapes | Bob Dylan & The Band
Dylan Episode of Random Badassery
Carrie & Lowell | Sufjan Stevens
Tonight’s the Night | Neil Young
Travels by Knight on Youtube