© Words Siane Daley
Dave Barbarossa’s Mediterranean good-looks are still very evident; the once curly dark hair has been replaced by a shaved head, but the dark penetrating, intelligent eyes remain the same. He looks impossibly young for a man in his early fifties, but his eagerness and passion for music remains undaunted. Dressed in a smart black shirt with red collars, trousers and smartly polished shoes, Dave has an interesting tale to tell about his many music incarnations from “Adam and the Ants”, “Bow Wow Wow”, “Beats International, “Chicane”, “Republica”, “Driza Bone”, “The Horse Brothers” and his current-band “Cauldronated”.
© Words Barry Cain
I stopped listening to ‘pop’ music in the mid ’80s. I simply heard it. It had become a means to an end, a way to make good, quick money. The musical notes had turned into £ signs as I cashed in on any new kid in pop town by publishing one shot poster magazines.
I received a last minute message on 5th January 2011 telling me to throw on some eighties makeup and hot foot it down to Proud Camden, where Elysian Nights were putting on a night of music and burlesque, which incidentally included a secret set by Adam Ant. How could I refuse?