Billy Davis

Billy Davis

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Billy Davis is not only a founding member of the band Söhne Mannheims but, in his capacity as DJ, he is nothing short of irreplaceable.

Together with the band and Xavier Naidoo, who he has also accompanied on stage as DJ for more than 11 years, he has received almost every musical award that Germany has to offer: a Comet, a goldene Stimmgabel and a Radio Regenbogen Award to name but a few – and in 2005 came the crowning glory of an Echo for the best national group in the category rock/pop.

On his musical journey he has shared the stage with artists who are synonymous with German music history. Names such as Udo Lindenberg, Nena, Marianne Rosenberg, Rio Reiser and Yvonne Catterfeld characterise his exceptional performance CV. Anyone who might think that Billy Davis, who was born on 2 June 1972 in Los Angeles, would be tempted to rest on his laurels has underestimated him significantly – given that as a producer he is no less impressive. Indeed his numerous collaborations with many of the artists mentioned above are testament to this. In addition to Yvonne Catterfeld, Xavier Naidoo, Söhne Mannheims, J-Luv, Tone, Groove Guerrillaz, Fourtress and Bintia, his production work has reached as far as the USA where he has written further chapters in his musical career with top international artists such as RZA and Scratch (The Roots), not to mention many other names from the world of hip hop and R’n’B.

Since 2003 he has also been a member of Fourtress, a quartet created by Xavier Naidoo which brings together the talents of Billy, Tone, Xavier Naidoo and Bintia and blends influences from the worlds of hip hop and soul. Anyone who has, as yet, not heard a great deal of him has more than likely heard – and hummed or sung along to – many of his productions on the radio: they just haven’t realised it. One thing is for certain, Billy Davis is not a man of grand words or gestures, rather he lets his actions do the talking; devoting himself to music – body and soul. It is very quickly apparent to anyone who has the pleasure of getting to know him – this is a man who will deliver quality music for years, if not decades to come. Whether as an internationally sought-after producer, exceptional tour DJ or passionate club DJ, Billy Davis is an integral part of international music history.