Dave passed away on 11th September 2022 at the age of just 56. Dave's funeral was held at Lytham Crematorium on Friday 7th October. The order of service and the music played is here.
I was in the band Prolog with Dave from 1983 to 1985 , and more recently (since 2014) we lived on the same street and continued to share a love of creating music. Dave asked me to help put this website together earlier in 2022 whilst he was in hospital at Blackpool and later Salford. He was very keen to get his music online as he was worried it would just disappear and be forgotten about if something happened to him. He would give me many amendments and ideas for the site via email, WhatsApp and text messages from his hospital bed on a frequent basis!
Sadly, the website was only partially finished at the time Dave passed away. I've tried to complete the website as best as possible and for that reason the text is a mixture of both Dave's and mine.
Dave - in his own words
My first fascination with music was inspired by my father. He loved listening to his early Mike Oldfield and Vangelis vinyls played loud on his HiFi when I was young... and when I was around 12 years old, I was into the War of the Worlds album, Switched on Bach by Wendy Carlos, and 'Rydeen' by the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Besides loving the Vangelis early electronic albums this was also 1977 and with the release of Star Wars, I bought the John Williams orchestral soundtrack LP and played it to death...so my interest in music was definitely on the instrumental side of things from an early age.
However the major influence came about when my Dad and I were listening to some tapes in his car. I grabbed a copied tape from the glove box and jammed it in the old stereo. Little did I realise that moment set me on a different life path. I was hearing for the first time Jean-Michel Jarre's, Equinoxe and Magnetic Fields albums. This music resonated massively with me. I had never heard anything like it. I went out the next day to Melody House Records and bought everything Jarre had released. That was the real beginning of my love of electronic/synthesized instrumental music. Since being 14 years old I was bitten by the bug and initially built a small bedroom set up learning the craft, been in a couple of performing bands over the years and have built my collection of recording gear into a well equipped digital music studio.
After receiving a Diploma in Electronic Music Production at the School of Sound Recording (SSR) in Manchester, I worked for a short time as a sound engineer at a local recording studio, ultimately, creating my own music production company called ZONE-1 MUSIC, composing and producing soundtracks, radio jingles, EPs and albums for local artists.
So...that's a brief history of my journey, In the meantime, feel free to check out my website and I hope you enjoy the music.
Thankyou for listening.
Dave Holt, May 2022
Dave played an important part in the Blackpool music scene. From being part of one of the first all synth bands in the town to packing out the Palace nightclub dancefloor with his 'Emergency Broadcast'. In more recent times he helped record local artists and focused more on piano and cinematic style pieces.