Denny singer David rocks out online

As online solo gigs go one of the best is always going to be David Bateman – of that there should be no debate man.

Sunday, 17th May 2020, 8:50 am
Updated Sunday, 17th May 2020, 8:54 am

David launched into his extensive repertoire – including a spine tingling rendition of Ocean Colour Scene’s The Day We Caught the Train – for the COVID-19 local charity support initiative last Saturday night.

He’s back tonight on his Facebook page for two full hours of music and patter to provide some welcome relief to all the depressing medical news and box set burn out.

Speaking yesterday, David said: “There was a time three years ago when I stopped playing music – I had a family and I thought it was either gigs or work. It was a short lived though because I missed it so much.”

Denny singer David Bateman is now performing online for music fans during the COVID-19 lockdown

Before the coronavirus lockdown David was going great guns in the top tribute band Ocean Colour Scheme.

“We played 02 gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle and we had gigs lined up for this year, but those will have to wait until 2021 now. I’ve been off work for 10 weeks now, my family went from self isolation in March right into lockdown.”

Now with everyone and their dog going online to entertain people at night and over weekends, David admits he was initially reluctant to join the new Facebook gig movement.

“I’m trying to space it out a bit so I don’t bore everyone, but some people are on playing every week. I don’t think I could do that, but I’ve had a great response from the gigs I have done and I’ve been able to help charities like FDAMH and Home-Start.

“I’ve had some amount of friend requests every time I’ve played a gig so I suppose that’s good.”

David admitted the actual “gigs” themselves have taken some getting used to.

“It’s very bizarre to say the least. You get really nervous five minutes before you put the camera on and then you’re singing into a camera lense and playing the song without anyone there.

“You see the comments, but it’s not the same as people hearing the music at an actual gig.”

At the moment David is happy to just sing into his device without a microphone or any effects and only his acoustic guitar or backing recordings as accompaniment, but some of his friends and fellow musicians have been employing more gizmos and gadgets than a Roger Moore-era James Bond.

“It seems like everyone I know is doing these online gigs now and asking have you tried this or tried that. I heard about an i-Rig – I didn’t know what that was before all this.”

For tonight’s gig David promises a “retro” night of songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s along with “maybe the odd indie number thrown in”.

Tonight’s gig starts at 6pm.