The quiet achiever of Australian music, seven time ARIA award winning songwriter and composer David Bridie has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia’s most innovative musicians. With his repertoire as a recording artist, soundtrack composer, producer, lyricist, uniquely Australian songwriter and singer, as well as a specialist in the music of Melanesia, Bridie has certainly stamped his mark.
A founding member and songwriter of critically acclaimed musical groups Not Drowning Waving and My Friend The Chocolate Cake whose success both in Australia and across the world is well documented, Bridie has also released a number of albums under his own moniker.
Over the years Bridie has balanced his career as a live musician with the composition of soundtrack music, with credits for over 16 Feature films including Satellite Boy, Proof, Bran Nue Dae, The Man Who Sued God and Gone, several of which received International release. His score for In a Savage Land landed Bridie the award for “Best Original Score” at the AFI Awards, “Best Original Soundtrack” by the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and “Best Soundtrack Album” at the 2000 ARIA Awards. Credits for his 29 television/short films/documentaries soundtracks include Remote Area Nurse for which he won an AFI Award, “Winner Best Independent Release” ARIA Award; The Whitlam Documentary, MABO; Life of an island Man, The Circuit, the feature documentary film Strange Birds in Paradise and the 2012 ten part ABC drama series The Straits; as well as the critically acclaimed 2013 Melbourne Theatre Company production of Solomon and Marion directed by Pamela Rabe for which he was composer and music director.
David has always explored his particular passion for Melanesian life, music and history. Now regarded as the world’s foremost producer of Melanesian music artists, David has been instrumental in launching the musical careers of many of these artists including George Telek (PNG) who is now considered an elder statesman of Music in his home country and had his music released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. Other producing credits include Archie Roach’s “Jamu Dreaming”, Christine Anu’s “Stylin Up’ and West Papuan string band Black Paradise’s “Spirit Of Mambesak” cds, Richard Mogu (PNG). Perhaps most importantly is his recent work with Pitjantjatjara man Frank Yamma for whom he has resurrected and relaunched a career that had been stymied by tragedy and the everyday challenges faced by indigenous men in Australia.