David McAlmont

Tips for Existence
‘I just know how I got here. So I wonder what inspiration has to do with it. I’m a singer. I sing’.

David McAlmont
Tips for Existence Episode 21
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David McAlmont is a singer, songwriter, essayist and an art historian. He has performed with a huge range of bands and artists over the years, finding his first major success as part of McAlmont and Butler in the early nineties, particularly with their huge hit Yes. He has collaborated with the likes of Paul Weller, Duffy and Michael Nyman, releasing an album with the later in 2009 titled The Glare. David also lectures in art history and writes on many topics of art and politics. His most recent project was Hercules: a Pictorial Jazzification which spliced together the mythical legend to the music of Duke Wellington in an immersive performance presentation.


Once the meaning of it all was simple, if at times also cruel and/or barbaric. The Universe was made by a god, sometimes omnipotent, sometimes fractious, sometimes both. Now, as we explore the Universe and start to explain ourselves, the Universe has started to lose it single meaning and we have to find individual meanings ourselves. This is Tips for Existence where Robin Ince talks to cosmologists, composers, astronauts and authors about what gives them meaning.
Clips included in the show: How to Sing Yes from Drowned in Sound, Either by David McAlmont, Bring it Back by McAlmont and Butler, The Glare by McAlmont and Michael Nyman, Morning Has Broken by Yusef, AC Grayling The Unconsidered Life, Falling by McAlmont and Butler, Toy Story, Fuel by Metallica, Living with Ricky Gervais II, Improv in an MRI, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Fly, Take the Money and Run by David McAlmont and Michael Nyman

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