David Rowntree, Blur drummer extraordinaire and songwriter joined SMA Talent to concentrate on his developing career as film and TV composer. His music is exciting, edgy and brings something different to the table. He worked on Fulwell 73’s feature White Island as well as the feature documentary Mo Farah – No Easy Mile. In late 2017, along with composer, Ian Arber, he scored the feature documentary about the band, Bros. He’s scored several shorts including The Mock Room, Not Waving, and he’s just put the finishing touches to a short called Teeth and Pills, which will be doing the festival circuit in 2018.
In 2004 he set up animation company Nanomation, and directed 2 series of the South Park-esque show Empire Square which screened on Channel 4 in the UK and Fuse in the US. When Blur took an extended break in 2006 David decided to train as a solicitor and practised criminal law for several years.
David met Blur bandmates Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon while playing in emerging bands in and around Colchester. On moving to London, the trio were joined by Alex James to form Seymour. After signing to Food Records the band changed their name to Blur and released their first record in October 1990. Over the next 25 years Blur developed into one of the most successful British bands of all time wining more than 40 major international awards including 5 Brit Awards. In 2016 they were again nominated at the Brits for Best British Group, the 20th nomination they have received from the Academy.
Blur are prolific songwriters, releasing 8 studio albums, 13 live albums and compilations, and nearly 30 singles. They’ve regularly topped the UK and international charts, and their last 4 albums made the US Billboard charts – no surprise then that their songs have frequently featured in multiple films and TV shows since 1996.
The past few years has seen Blur release their latest album The Magic Whip, and tour extensively including concerts in New York’s Madison Square Gardens, The Hollywood Bowl, London’s Hyde Park and across Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
David was brought up in a musical household, his mother is a violinist; his father a BBC sound engineer, who worked on early sessions by The Beatles and Cliff Richard. David studied music and percussion at the Landermere Music School but worked as a computer programmer before the music biz claimed him.
He is very politically and socially active and sits on a number of committees and boards. He recently helped to organise the Star Boot Sale in London to raise money to help ease the plight of refugees from the Syrian conflict.