Ashley Davies Bio
Ashley Davies is regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative and finest drummer/composers.
Throughout a career spanning 3 decades, Davies has covered many miles of rich musical terrain and clocked up a dazzling score of credits to his name.
As a composer and arranger he has self recorded and produced 6 solo albums of mostly instrumental music and conceived 3 live theatre shows incorporating his own compositions. He has written soundtracks for films by Melbourne documentary filmmaker Bayden Findlay and had songs recorded by well-known Australian artists Mia Dyson and Matt Walker.
With Matt Walker he won an ARIA award and as a drummer who is able to adapt to many styles of drumming Davies has just completed session drumming duties for season 1 to 4 of the TV series “please like me” by Josh Thomas and the major motion picture release “A Month of Sundays”, directed by Matthew SaVille. He has recorded, toured, and played live with some of Australia’s great and other well-known artists including Jeff Lang, Chris Whitley (U.S.A.), Ben Waters (England – best boogie woogie pianist Boisdale Music Festival 2016) Jordie Lane, Rosie Flores (U.S.A.), The Dingoes (ARIA hall of fame), The Models (ARIA hall of fame), Lisa Miller, Rob Snarski, Chris Wilson and The Crown of Thorns to name a few.
In 2001 Davies launched his CD and live road show of Ned Kelly, which he produced with noted historian Ian Jones. This project tells the story of the legendary Australian outlaw and bushranger. The album won the 2001 Best Australian Debut CD in Rhythms Magazine Reader’s Poll. When it premiered at the Apollo Bay Music Festival it played to packed houses and was voted the highlight of the festival by the Melbourne Age newspaper. It has since toured to several Australian festivals including the prestigious Perth International Arts Festival.
Burke And Wills: The Expedition
In 2013 Ash released Burke & Wills: The Expedition and produced the live show… It is an extraordinary piece of work. His commitment to bring one of Australia’ most epic tales of triumph and ultimate defeat to the fore via his music is exciting and commendable. The creative license is with the music only. The narrative written by Australia’s foremost Burke & Wills scholar Dave Phoenix, President of the Burke and Wills Society upholds the highest historic integrity.
Muscle Drum Music Volumes 1 & 2
After the success of Ned Kelly Davies went onto record Muscle Drum Music Volumes 1 and 2 to rave reviews. Muscle Drum Music was recorded almost entirely by Davies on two drum kits, guitar, and harmonica with some of Melbourne’s best musicians on piano, trumpet, banjo and fiddle. True solo recordings, written from the drums up and built on their own driving grooves.
Ash’s new show set to the music of Muscle Drum Music Volumes 1 & 2… from car racing, rocket launches, roller coasters and anything in between to archival dance footage and a touch of comedy, THROTTLE makes for a powerful, physical and innovative show not quite like anything you have heard or seen before.
Cop My Wallop, aka Ashley Davies had wanted to do a show that was different…something that would be a new experience for the audience. The albums had received rave reviews but it was how to perform the music live and in a unique way. Seeing how DJ’s use visuals and video inspired him to take, use and elaborate on the DJ video/visual theme with Throttle. His love of the theatre and shows that were pushing the boundaries inspired him and he collaborated with a visual video choreographer and lighting artist using classic archival public domain footage to come up with THROTTLE.
THROTTLE is a thrilling rhythmic musical adventure built on driving drum grooves and a visual kaleidoscopic extravaganza.
Pulse transit is the 6th recording release from Ashley Davies – a 32-minute non-stop instrumental music venture through time and rhythm based on performances of modern dance pieces he saw one night. Pulse transit is 2 parallel trajectories travelling 2 lines of time… one shifting, the other fixed. The downbeat is set and constant during the course of the piece/work. The speed shifts only thru the feel of the time signatures, 4/4, 7/8, 5/16 to name a few, and the way the instruments are played and where notes are placed. A lot of thought was given to what instruments and which musicians to use that would best create the feel, mood and tone of each opus…a vintage Holden Monaro speeding up the Hume highway, traveling through Japan on a VFT… or opening a window to let in the cooling breeze of the Fremantle Doctor.