English musician, singer, and composer David Sylvian rose to fame in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and chief songwriter of Japanese bands. The band had a significant impact on the British Neo-Romantic scene in the early 1980s thanks to their androgynous appearance and increasingly electronic sound.
Sylvian began a solo career with his debut album Brilliant Trees following their breakup (1984). His solo work features collaborations with musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Fripp, Holger Chukai, Jon Hassel, Bill Nelson, and Finnis and has been dubbed “deep and esoteric” by AllMusic. cooperate.
In contrast to his records from the 1980s and 1990s, which combined ambient music, avant-garde experimentalism, and pop music, his more recent work has become more reliant on minimalism and free improvisation.
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In Beckenham, Kent, England, David Alan Bart was born, becoming David Sylvian.  He was raised in a workingmen’s home in the South London neighborhood of Lewisham. His mother Sheila was a housewife, and his father Bernard worked as a plasterer. He has a younger brother named Steve and an older sister. Later, Sylvian said that his upbringing in Lewisham in the middle of the 1960s was primarily to blame for his inability to enjoy childhood. He and Steve were competitors in the 1966 Mattel action figure advertisement by Major Matt Mason.
Through his sister, who brought Motown and soul recordings into the home, he developed an interest in music as an emotional release and a means of escape from discomfort. He met Mick Caan’s friend Anthony Michael Eades while both were students at Catford Boys’ School. The three of them began composing music when David received an acoustic guitar from his father and a drum set from his brother for Christmas.
Bassist Mick Karn, guitarist Rob Dean, keyboardist Richard Barbieri, and drummer Sylvian’s brother Steve made up the original lineup of Japan. While they were teenagers, they used music as an outlet, playing Sylvian two-chord repertoires that were occasionally Kahn- or Sylvian-dominated. Sylvian, a supporter of the New York Dolls, adopted Sylvain Sylvain as his stage name, and his brother Jansen adopted David Johansen.