Tell me something about your earliest musical influences and how
you started playing the drums?
Were Adam and the Ants your first band or had you been in any other
beforehand? How did you come to join them?
What was your initial perception of Adam? He seems very different
at that time to the Prince Charming/Highwayman persona that would bring
him global success.
What are your recollections of being a "film star" in
Derek Jarman's Jubilee?
So how did it all come to an end with the Ants and how did Bow Wow
From the outside its difficult to discern the true role of Malcolm
McLaren within both bands. Specifically the "firing" of Adam
and then the recruitment of Annabella Lwin. Also I notice he has several
co-writing credits on Bow Wow Wow numbers. What's your take on the reality
of it, as opposed to the mythology he liked to create about himself?
The male members of BWW were significantly older and more musically
experienced than Annabella. Did this cause any major problems with the
music and also the general day to day existence of the band?
I was lucky enough to catch BWW at the tribute gig to Matthew Ashman
in 2010, with the remainder of the original line up reuniting for the
night. So what's you take on the present situation where Leigh Gorman
is touring in the US, under the name BWW, but without you and Annabella?
Given Adam's almost stratospheric rise to stardom in the early eighties,
did you ever have any regrets about leaving the Ants?
Is it right you supported Adam for his "Wonderful" tour
in 1995 with your own band Ping Pong?
You then seemed to be a bit of a "drum for hire" over
the following years, providing the backbeat for bands such as Republica,
Chicane, Beats International and Drizabone. Did you see yourself as
a session musician at the time?
Latterly you seem to have been involved with bands such as Guilty
Fawn, Scant Regard and now Cauldronated which you have been responsible
for forming. Whilst you clearly still relish playing, do you now want
more control over the musical direction of your band?
You've also become an author with the novel Mud Sharks. What prompted
you to do it and, whilst not directly autobiographical, I take it that
you drew on personal experiences when you came to write it.
Do you envisage writing any further novels or perhaps an actual
I will shortly be attending the Hammersmith Apollo gig when "Dirk
Wears Whit Sox" will be played in its entirety. I was pleasantly
surprised to see that both you and Leigh Gorman have signed up for the
project and the preceding tour. How did this come about and is it a
permanent rejoining of the Ants?
A genuinely nice bloke and still enthusiastically involved in music both by refreshing old projects and creating new vibrant bands. Dave's book Mud Sharks can be purchased via his website and you can see him live either with his new band Cauldronated or temporarily back where it all started drumming for the Adam and the Ants in their upcoming UK tour.