David Sylvian Interview – WDET-FM, Detroit, MI, USA (4.14.99) Transcript by Mark Shanahan
Transcripts from articles and interviews.
A two part article (written in dutch) in the Dutch magazine OOR published on 17 April 1999. One part is about David Sylvian (by Herman van der Horst) and the second part is about the history of Japan (by Mark van Schaik).
By Lisa Jackson for Cream Magazine In the early 1980’s, while most new romantics played it bright, fey and dandy, DAVID SYLVIAN and his band Japan subscribed to a kind of melancholic futurism. They were in a way, ahead of their time in the pre-millennial tension stakes. One of Britain’s most innovative bands, and an act many say helped pioneer
David Sylvian undertook an internet webcast interview in September 2000. The video can be seen elsewhere on this site (here). Sascha Paulick produced this article at the time (originally in three parts) including a transcript of the event for the David Sylvian fan-page, Slow Fire, and has kindly given permission for the text to be shared on this site.
The sweet sound of a good cause by STEVE McCLURE Historically, the Japanese geinokai (entertainment world) has been slow to catch on to the idea of the charity concert/release. But now Ryuichi Sakamoto, a la Bob Geldof and the Band Aid famine-relief project, has put together an impressive array of Japanese and overseas talents on a track called “Zero Landmine,”
David Sylvian: Japan, Dead Bees and Everything By Tony Fletcher December 17, 2001 Though far from a household name, David Sylvian has a resume that rivals those of many more famous musicians. As vocalist with south London group Japan (in the late ’70s and early ’80s), he helped establish a bridge between the art rock of Roxy Music and the
Every month, Wire magazine plays a musician a series of records which asked to identify and comment on – with no prior knowledge of what they’re about to hear. Tested by Christoph Cox. Photos by Chris Buck.
Independent interview (UK). Published online at independent.co.uk 27 June 2003. David Sylvian: Songs from the fringe David Sylvian was a pop pin-up when he led Japan. Now, after years on the frontiers of the avant-garde, he has produced his most personal songs yet. Martin James talks to the man behind the big hair.