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Dave Stewart

(17 Jun 2008)

Dave Stewart is one of the most respected and trusted people in the music industry today. He is also one of the most dynamic speakers in the world.

A prodigious producer of music, film and photography he is the "musician's musician", an all-round multi-media entrepreneur and, in Bob Dylan's words, "a fearless innovator". Stewart has lectured to some of the Worlds Largest Corporations and many leading Advertising Agencies on Innovation and Creativity for many years. Stewart was also a Lecturer on Media Studies for Westminster University London for 3 years as well as being an External Examiner for their Media Degree course.


Dave Stewart's career spans the last 25 years, having achieved over 75 million album sales with Eurythmics' partner Annie Lennox. In 1999, the duo were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits. Stewart is also known as one of the most prestigious British record producers, working with the biggest names in the music industry worldwide. Dave has won Best British Producer award 4 times, Best British Songwriter award 5 times as well as numerous Grammy Awards,  MTV Awards and European Awards. He has won The "Silver Clef Award" for Lifetime Achievement and a "Special Award for Contribution to British Music" awarded by Stevie Wonder at the British Music Industry Awards.


Eurythmics embarked upon on a world tour during 1999 and 2000 and donated the proceeds to Amnesty International and Greenpeace. Annie and Dave ended the millennium playing live in Greenwich London and played their way into 2000 with the whole world watching as they sang "Sweet Dreams" at midnight Greenwich Meantime. Dave and Annie were inducted into the UK Hall of Fame by Bob Geldof Nov2005 with Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mick Jagger and Sting all delivering speeches.Since 2000, Dave has written numerous songs with several other major artists including Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Anastacia and Shakira to name but a few. Dave is considered one of the great guitar players and has shared the stage stage with everybody from B.B. King, The Edge, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan.

If this isn't enough, Stewart is also a highly-regarded artist and filmmaker. He has been active for several years in cinema, writing numerous film scores for Director's such as Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, Ted Demme also writing and producing the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years. Along with close friend Mick Jagger, Dave wrote and produced the Score for Charles Shyer's movie Alfie starring Jude Law. They won a Golden Globe for best original song as well as USA film critics award and World Music Soundtrack award. Dave produced the award winning documentary, Deep Blues and has directed many music promos. He has also written numerous scripts and his first feature film, "Honest", premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2000. Dave was Guest of Honor for the Opening Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival in 2002 at the "Why are you Creative" Exhibition.

Stewart's work as a professional stills photographer has been well documented. He has worked on worked on numerous major ad campaigns and magazine covers and lectured on creativity for the UK Government and the advertising industry. He has exhibited solo and in group shows at Paris Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum NYC and the Saatchi Gallery London. Stewart created with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen "The Hospital", a multi media creative centre in London's Covent Garden. Visit www.thehospital.co.uk

In 2003 Stewart was approached by Nelson Mandela to help fight against the Aids epidemic. Mr. Mandela gave Stewart his prison number 46664 to use in some way and Stewart not only came up with a whole Global Campaign using the number for telephone donations but went on to write songs with Bono, Paul McCartney, Queen, The Neptunes, Anastacia and many others, then launched into organizing the biggest concert ever staged in South Africa appearing on stage with Beyonce, Bono, Bob Geldof, Queen, Anastacia and longtime partner Annie Lennox. The concert went live to over 1 billion people, Oprah Winfrey devoted a week to this special event and the foundation is now fully established. Visit www.46664.com.

Dave Stewart now resides in Los Angeles where he has a joint venture label with Interscope Records, a childrens cartoon being developed at Nickelodeon and two HBO series in development. He has recently formed a partnership with Frank Nuovo (vice president of NOKIA design) and a partnership with Simon Fuller 19 Entertainment. Deepak Chopra and Dave Stewart have launched a creative consultancy at www.deepstew.com.

2006 saw the launch of Stewart's new band with Kara DioGuardi visit www.karadioguardi.com
For Platinum Weird on Intersope Records visit www.platinumweird.com.

In February 2008 Dave was appointed as Innovation Advisor and Chief Disruption Officer and joined forces with Tero Ojanpera, Executive Vice President and head of the new Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Entertainment & Communities business group, to create The Nokia Artists' Advisory Council, tasked with helping to create an artist friendly environment inside the company, ensuring the artists' point of view is represented in creating new content business paradigms.

"Dave is a truly rare figure in the entertainment industry," said Ojanpera. "His ability to integrate new thinking and technological innovation into the creative process makes him the perfect person to join our team and help us move our entertainment properties into a new era of interactivity and community collaboration."

"As mobile devices and the world of entertainment have converged, the proposition of working with Nokia is very exciting," said Dave Stewart, Nokia Advisor. "My first project with Nokia will focus on sharing my experience as a musician, songwriter and producer to help move our industries forward together, as digital entertainment expands its reaches through new technologies. This will also be a great forum for the artists participating to explore how technology is being leveraged to help support the causes that many of them care so deeply about."

Over time, the distinguished group of artists, musicians and producers plans to expand. Through a series of events, the group will also serve as a think tank to explore the convergence of the creative process and social responsibility with the innovations in the world of technology.

On April 7, 2008 known for his visionary work in the recording studio and his creative entrepeneurship, Euyrthmics co-founder Dave Stewart shook up the world of comics with ZOMBIE BROADWAY, the outrageous horror-comedy-musical graphic novel. With the un-dead causing mayhem and New York City in shambles, the President has his finger on the button – ready to nuke Manhattan Island. There remains only one hope, one way to avert another disaster and save the city – a good cheery new musical! Unlike the zombie films of yore, ZOMBIE BROADWAY imagines zombies as not so different from regular folk; they eat candy and junk food and even enjoy a nice evening out at the theater. Somehow, Broadway show tunes sedate their violent ways. Could a Broadway show starring singing and dancing zombies be the key to saving the City? You’ll have to read the book to find out. Click here to see a sample and for more information


Cameron Diaz joined Dave and Bob Geldof to record a song that the musical duo wrote for Pangea Day (10th May 2008) when Bob spoke at the TED Conference in Monterey, USA in March 2008.


Testimonials:

"Captain Dave is a dreamer and a fearless innovator, a visionary of high order, very delicately tractable on the surface but beneath that, he's a slamming, thumping, battering ram, very mystical but rational and sensitive when it comes to the hot irons of art forms. An explosive musician, deft guitar player, innately recognizes the genius in other people and puts it into play without being manipulative. With him, there's mercifully no reality to yesterday. He is incredibly gracious and soulful, can command the ship and steer the course, dragger, trawler or man of war, Captain Dave." Bob Dylan.

“When I met Dave in September of 2000, he talked for 12 hours about the impact of digitalization on the production and distribution of media. As a banker, I didn't know what the hell he was talking about - nor did anyone else. Over the next five years, we all found out" Michael Philipp, (Chairman and Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East and Africa)

"Dave knocks me for six every time I talk to him. Whatever's going to be important to people in the future, Dave's thought it, and usually done something about it. He's a truly extraordinary blend of creative genius and business person with flair. When he spoke at one of our client evenings, he even brought his sound team, and people of all levels and disciplines were spellbound - with the added thrill of appearing on his web site the next day..." Rita Clifton: Chairman of Interbrand

"Dave is the ultimate expression of effortless spontaneity in the field of infinite possibilities, it is a privilege to hang out with him, I'm always learning something new about the world of art and music but even more important, I'm always having fun when I am with him." Deepak Chopra.

“Dave Stewart’s mind balances the interest and concerns of the artistic community with the goals of the business community while preserving the integrity of both” Les Bider :- Chief Strategist ITU Ventures Inc. (Former Chairman and Ceo of Warner/Chappel Music Inc.)

"Innovation requires vision, intuition, courage and ability to see what's other's don't see. Dave has them all." Tero Ojanpera (Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nokia)

“Dave is who we all want to be - living his dream and actually changing the world every day with his gentle inspirational genius.” Janice Vandenbrink (Senior Vice President of Global Systems at Visa International)

"Real creativity has me in awe, and Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) is one of the most thrilling creative minds I have ever met." Anita Roddick (Founder of The Body Shop)

"For over 30 years I have been working with creative people the world over; but none compare with Dave. His creative cup overflows with originality, profusion and, most importantly, generosity. He is undoubtedly a genius." Andy Law: Worldwide Chairman, The Law Firm

"Jack of All Trades Master of All of Them" - The Sunday Times

“Dave Stewart is one of those special people who inspire creativity. If you are a song writer and you collaborate with Dave, great songs will just flow. If you are an entrepreneur and you spend time with Dave, you will know exactly what your next business idea should be, if you are a philosopher and you get talking to Dave, your mind will suddenly have clarity like never before. If you are a student and you listen to Dave, immediately you will believe in yourself and know exactly what you need to do next. Dave is a creative genius in his own right........but he's also great to have around”! Simon Fuller :- Founder and CEO of 19 entertainment (creator of American Idol)

“He’s a One Man Advertising Think Tank” - The Daily Telegraph

"He’s like lightning in a bottle." Dennis Hopper

“He’s the Mount Killimanjaro of Music” Robin Willams

“Dave is a true idea man for the 21st century, meaning that he's often having three ideas simultaneously, all of them original. Sometimes it seems that half the high-tech innovations of our time were created just so that Dave' mind could move at a higher speed.” Alan Poul:- (Executive Producer /Director HBO “Six Feet Under”, “Rome”)



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