Dave Foster - Questionnaire
How are you feeling right now?
Dave Foster: I'm in a good place I think. The last four years have been a steady progression for me a musician and I feel like I'm richer for the experience. I'm very self demanding so for me to be in my happy pace is really something.
Where is home?
Dave Foster: Wherever my wife is.
What do you consider your biggest achievement in your career so far?
Dave Foster: That's a really good question and, if I'm honest, one I've asked myself recently too. I think the idea that some people will recognise me for what I do is my greatest musical achievement, it's all I wanted when I was a teenager and now later, much later, than I thought it might be, I think I'm getting there.
What is your favourite band apart from your own?
Dave Foster: I'll never get tired of listening to Queen or Led Zeppelin but my current 'band of the moment' is definitely Bon Iver. Justin Vernon is a genius.
Is there a song that you wish you had written?
Dave Foster: 'In Your Eyes' by Peter Gabriel. From a musicians point of view, well at least mine, this song has everything and not only does it have everything but it has everything in the right order. The live version from the 1987 So tour (Greece concert) gets me with every single listen,
Can you read music, or have you had any musical training?
Dave Foster: Yes, I have had a good musical education from a small college in a town called Leigh near Manchester. Luckily any the same time I was there it appeared there was a very fertile musical environment and there were so many great players there, students and staff alike. I was taught for a short while by world class musicians such as Gary Boyle, Mike Walker and Paul Walker and in my year group were amazing players like jazz guitarist Mike Outram and also bassist Neil Fairclough (who is now the bassist in Queen), plus I met the guys that would start up the original Mr. So & So - Shaun McGowan, Leon Parr and Kieren Twist three fabulous musicians.
What is your favourite food?
Dave Foster: Cheese.....Lancashire cheese...and my favourite meal is most certainly beans and cheese on toast.
What would always be on your rider?
Dave Foster: Good tea, PG Tips to be precise. I drink an inordinate amount of tea during the day.
Can you recommend a good book to read?
Dave Foster: 'Why We Sleep' by Mathew Walker, it's amazing.
Who is your favourite writer?
Dave Foster: Iain Banks, he was such a unique writer. I love how different story lines in each book come crashing together.
Do you have any favourite television shows and movies?
Dave Foster: Favourite film is 'Baron Munchausen' followed very closely by Ben Stiller's 'Walter Mitty'.
Favourite TV show is 'The OA'.
Do you have a favourite musical instrument?
Dave Foster: Predictably it's the guitar. I've been playing since I was six years old and it's always been an object of fascination for me, there's always something to learn. The more I play the guitar the more inspiring it becomes but also more mysterious too.
Who would you most like to work with, either living or dead?
Dave Foster: David Bowie, I would have loved to have played alongside him. There's a David Bowie shaped hole on this planet that will never be filled.
What would you be doing if were not a musician?
Dave Foster: A historian or an archaeologist I'm fascinated by long vanished cultures that have left tiny traces of their existence.
Do you have any plans you can share with us?
Dave Foster: There will be some announcements in the near future regarding some live Dave Foster Band shows which I'm really excited about. Also I've been working with a singer called Maia, it's very 'right now' pop stuff and I'm really enjoying it, she's hugely talented, has some great songs (some of which I have co-written) and there's a lot going on with her profile. I'm also toying with the idea of another Dave Foster Band album though it's very early on that yet.