THE SPACE: INTERVIEWS WITH DAVE ROWNTREE AND MAT WHITECROSS
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Dave Rowntree is a musician, due to release his debut album in late January. He is best known as the drummer in the band Blur, which was formed in late 1988. From Leisure, released in 1991, to 2015’s The Magic Whip, they have recorded eight albums and had twenty-eight hit singles, such as There’s No Other Way, Parklife and Song 2. At the forefront of Britpop, they were among the most popular British bands of the nineties and beyond. In 1998, Dave and Blur’s Alex James were involved in the Beagle 2 Mars mission. He has worked extensively as an animator, including for TV and advertising agencies. As a composer, his work includes the BBC drama The Capture and 2022’s War of the Worlds series. London Bridge and Devil’s Island are Dave’s first solo singles, and are on the forthcoming album, Radio Songs.
Mat Whitecross is a director of documentaries, feature films and music videos. His recent work includes The Sound of 007, the documentary on James Bond films’ music for Amazon Prime. 2006’s The Road to Guantánamo was his first feature, directed with Michael Winterbottom. Later features include the Ian Dury biopic starring Andy Serkis, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and the Stone Roses-related Spike Island. The acclaimed 2016 Oasis documentary, Supersonic, won an Empire magazine award. He directed the Coldplay documentary, A Head Full of Dreams and many music videos for them, and for Take That, the Rolling Stones, Liam Gallagher and Pink Floyd. Mat’s TV work includes Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out and the first episode of This England, about Boris Johnson and his government’s handling of the pandemic.