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David Apple (born David Thomas, back in ‘86) knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue a career as a music geek. But not just any music geek. His passion for music was paired with a perfectionist streak which saw him organising his record collection alphabetically by label rather than artist. He has always been a fan of Warp Records, (and was confused as anyone when they signed Maximo Park) and his early influences included Squarepusher and Chris Clark, favouring glitchy and sometimes cheesy pop tunes, often obsessed with a track’s production.
Other influences include Kid Koala, Chemical Brothers, The Beta Band, Bjork, Orbital, Lightning Bolt, Radiohead (post Kid A) and more recently Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, and Dan Deacon.
He went on to do a BSc (Hons) in Music Technology, writing a dissertation on compression, then spent hours, weeks, and months working on electronic covers and remixes of his favourite bands in his bedroom. Later he could be found in the custom built loft at his parents’ house, where he had built his own racks for the many synths his Dad had bought him over the years. David also had piano lessons at an early age but could always play songs by ear.
He started out DJing at the age of 18 at The Rainbow Pub in Birmingham in 2004. Then around the same time, started his very own online music magazine, House of Tracks, recruiting a few friends as writers and photographers. They covered gigs and festivals in Birmingham, London and beyond, such as Secret Garden Party and Latitude in the early years when they were still small and intimate. David did electronic-synth based covers of two of his favourite bands' albums - Young Knives 'Voices of Animals and Men' and Foals 'Antidotes', doing his own artwork for both. The Young Knives electronic covers album was released on Transgressive Records in 2007 under the name Human Knives. House of Tracks had grown and had its first print issue release at the illustrious Luminaire in London, releasing two print issues during 2008. Before long it was time to relocate to New Zealand, with his then partner in crime, Dedee W, an arts journalist from Auckland.
This lead to new adventures in radio-land, starting with a graveyard show at Auckland student radio station, 95bFM. Like the early House of Tracks podcasts, which were all about having fun, favourite tracks and banter with good friends - the im askew radio show was a haven of glitchy pop, indie rock, rare live recordings and uneasy listening.
After starting out in March 2010 on the graveyard shift, and having a blast playing all their favourite tracks from the UK, NZ and beyond, they were then upgraded to the bFM Top Ten in December 2010, and had a great run there until April 2011 when David returned to England to touch base with all things UK.