Interview with Talented Dave Starke

Dave Starke

I first heard about Dave Starke on Coastal Radio SA, I was hooked! Shamelessly, I am a big fan!!! I attended his gig at the Kloof Country Club on 31 January! He has a mesmerizing voice that just makes you want to stop what you are doing and take it all in!  David answered a few questions so we could get to know him better because I had a sneak peek at his latest song and it is going to be a hit!

Dave Starke

When did you discover your love of music and how long have you been doing gigs?

I grew up with a musical mother and my siblings and I all took music lessons from a young age. From age 9I played the violin but stopped after a few years.

I think my obsession with music really got going with the discovery of my uncle’s old guitar on top of a cupboard at home when I was about 12 years old. I taught myself for a while and then did guitar as a subject for a few years at high school. From then on it’s just gotten bigger and bigger…

Do you remember the first time you performed on stage?

That story has two parts… The first time I performed on stage was not music, it was magic. I attended the College of Magic for a few years in the 90s and my first stage appearance was in a show called ‘The World Of Magic’ when I was 11. The first time that I can recall playing music on stage was in a heavy metal band that I played in when I was in grade 8.

Who are your main musical influences?

James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and Josh Ritter.

Three things nobody knows about Dave Starke?

1. Most nights, if I don’t have a gig, I go to bed around 8 pm

2. I collect Nat King Cole Records

3. I studied Classics (Greek and Roman history) at UCT.

Where to find Dave Starke’s music?

His first solo album, Duende, is available on all digital platforms:



His forthcoming album, Shifting Boundaries, will be released in March this year.

“We have been holding on to something that is bigger than our fears” Dave Starke-  Calling out to you

He will be opening for Arno Carstens on Saturday the 8th Feb in The Midlands!

Other Events


7th – Lifestyle centre Ballito

8th – Canelands Beach Club

20th -27th – Cape Town Album LAUNCH TOUR

Just remember the name, Dave Starke! He is a true artist and his music is beautiful!! If you get a chance you have to go to one of his gigs to see for yourself! He is on social media on Facebook as well as Instagram. This is a beautiful song by him on youtube, have a listen and enjoy!

“I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.”- Nat King Cole

When listening to Dave it truly is like listening to a folk tale and being drifted off to another land. He is really gifted with his jazzy, almost Frank Sinatra but uniquly South African sound. Utterly beautiful!

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