Leytonstone-born singer-songwriter Murkage Dave’s debut album ‘Murkage Dave Changed My Life’ was released in 2018. Released independently, the album has now amassed over 10 million streams, and anticipation is high for the follow up.
It’s no surprise that his defiantly British sound - a pop blend that’s rooted in a youth spent listening to garage and R&B, but also revealing formative years in Manchester absorbing The Smiths and Joy Division - is attracting fans globally. He’s collaborated with Mike Skinner, Jaykae, Skepta and Parisian producer Hologram Lo, US “Night Bass” originator AC Slater and French rapper Nekfeu - even earning a triple-platinum plaque for his contribution to the latter’s ‘Cyborg’. While working on his new album, he’s had the honour of working with a diverse range of globally respected talent including trip hop pioneer Tricky, pop artist Caroline Polachek and LA rap veteran Evidence.
Having cut his teeth as a club promoter, Murkage Dave is no stranger to the importance of live music and its connection to fans in real life environments. His debut headline show at Sebright Arms sold out within 24 hours prior to the release of the album, and tickets for his subsequent UK headline tour went even faster - eventually having to upgrade his London show to Omeara to accommodate the overwhelming demand. His October ‘Keep Up The Bad Work Tour’ sold out in five of ten cities, including Manchester’s YES and London’s Studio 9294. He’s also toured as a support act for his friend Mike Skinner, joining The Streets for 25 shows across the UK and Europe at the beginning of the year, as well as warming up for indie rock band Peace and Tricky on their respective tours. At the end of 2019, he joined forces with friend and grime veteran Manga Saint Hilare for ‘We Need To Look After Us’ a collaborative album and sold out live show at The Pickle Factory in Hackney.
‘Murkage Dave Changed My Life’ has attracted the attention of Pharrell Williams, Young Fathers, Iggy Pop and Beastie Boys member Mike D, all of which have supported the track on their radio shows. It’s also been supported at radio by the likes of Annie Mac, Toddla T, Jamz Supernova, DJ Target and MistaJam, as well as press coverage from The Fader, Evening Standard, Guardian, Highsnobiety, Noisey, Mixmag, Clash, End Clothing, Soccer Bible, BRICK, Complex, London In Stereo, Nation Of Billions, Dummy, Hunger, Trench Mag and more.