David Sylvian (real name David Alan Batt) was born 23rd February 1958 and is one of the leading British New-Wave and Jazz fusion singer-songwriters.
He first had success with the his first band, Japan, a glam-rock band which was formed in 1974 with the band members Mick Karn (bassist), Rob Dean (guitarist), Richard Barbieri (keyboardist), and Sylvian's brother Steve Jansen (drummer).
The band produced six studio albums and was part of the New Romantic scene which was styled on the likes of David Bowie and T.Rex amongst others.
During the early ‘80s, David Sylvian collaborated with Japanese producer, songwriter and musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto and created the albums Brilliant Trees (1984), Secrets of the Beehive (1987) and Dead Bees on a Cake (1999). His style had changed to a more jazz-pop fusion, leaving behind his glam rock roots.
In the ‘90s, David Sylvian went on to work with guitarist Robert Fripp and other Japanese artists. He brought out Manafon (2009) and Died in the Wool - Manafon Variations (2011).