Local musician David O’Dowda, recently had a piece of music he composed and sang on, accompnay the trailer for new Jessica Biel film ‘The Tall Man’
David is originally from Ravensdale but moved to Manchester in 1999 to study music in Manchester College which is where he now lives with his wife and son.
Since then he has done his fair share of gigging, has led Manchester-based six-piece band Table who released an album entitled ‘Songs You Can Sing’ in 2009 and has toured with Peter Gabriel on his 2004 ‘Still Growing Up Tour’.
Currently David is writing music for a music company based in Los Angeles called Velvet Ears Music Library which is distributed by Extreme music.
Velvet Ears is a production music library that syncs high quality music for film, television, advertising and trailers.
Head Hollywood Music Supervisor Liz Gallagher owns the company and is responsible for choosing what music is placed in different films, television shows and adverts around the world.
Some films that she has been involved in have included ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Tomb Raider’.
David says that he never really knows where his music will end up and is often contacted by friends and family who have heard his songs while watching a television programme or film.
Recently he was informed that his music had appeared on Alan Carr’s show Chatty Man and BBC1’s television programme, Country Farm. One of his songs of was even used in a Polish medical drama and the song was uploaded onto YouTube where it received a whooping 50,000 hits!
Along with writing his music, David is also an instrumental and vocal tutor and teaches in different schools, both primary and secondary, where he mainly teaches piano, keyboards and vocals.
He says that he thoroughly enjoys both aspects of his work and when he is not teaching music he is in his home studio recording his own pieces.
Davids main instrument is the piano followed by the guitar and vocals. All of the instruments and vocals in his songs are played by him. His main genres of music are classical, jazz, blues, popular music, and soul.
He is currently working on eight songs that have been requested from him by Liz Gallagher. For more information on David and his work you can visit his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @DavidODowda.