- Posted on 1/25/2010
Entrepreneur, First Artists Bank
Los Angeles, USA
Bob Dylan once described Dave Stewart as “a fearless innovator.” It is that approach to his life and work that has led Stewart to become one of the most sought-after writers and music producers today. It has also given Stewart the freedom to extend his talents well beyond the music studio and become a multi-media entrepreneur, leading his company, Weapons of Mass Entertainment, to the forefront of innovation to link creative ideas to a host of projects in film, television, books, theater and new media.
In 2008, Stewart launched the Rock Fabulous concept brand that embraces the empowerment of rock and roll, and its attitude for both men and women. The Rock Fabulous brand fuses the very best in high-end fashion, luxury goods and music. Stewart has partnered with luxury streetwear designer Christian Audigier to create a luxurious line of Rock Fabulous Apparel for men and women. In addition to the Rock Fabulous concept, Stewart is hard at work creating a musical adaptation of the 1990 Jerry Zucker film Ghost, originally starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Stewart has partnered with songwriter and producer Glen Ballard for the project.
In August 2008, Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Surfdog Records released an album of newly recorded versions of some of Stewart’s most celebrated material. The 21 songs have been with recorded with his touring band and full orchestra. The aptly titled “Dave Stewart Songbook, Vol. 1,” is accompanied by a book of the same title. In addition to songs from Eurythmics, the book includes information on timeless tracks penned by Stewart including Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” No Doubt’s “Underneath It All,” Mick Jagger’s “Old Habits Die Hard,” and Celine Dion’s chart-topper, “Taking Chances.”
This is a mere glimpse into the eclectic life of Stewart who, at the age of eighteen, was given a publishing contract at Island Music by legendary impresario Chris Blackwell. A record contract followed one year later, through Sir Elton John’s Rocket Records imprint. Over the past 25 years, Stewart has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide with Eurythmics’ partner Annie Lennox. Driving ten releases to multi-platinum sales levels, the duo was behind such inventive rock as “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Who’s That Girl,” “Would I Lie To You,” “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves” (with Aretha Franklin) and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Continuously recognized and celebrated for their contribution to the music world, the Eurythmics were inducted into the UK Hall of Fame, along with Mick Jagger and Sting, in 2005. Stewart and Lennox have received numerous awards, including the very prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brits (the UK equivalent to the Grammy’s). Stewart has won Best Producer four times, as well as numerous Grammy’s, MTV Awards and Best British Songwriter awards. Stewart is considered one of the pop world’s greatest guitar players and has shared the stage with everybody from B.B.King to The Edge, from Eric Clapton to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
There are no boundaries to Stewart’s creative endeavors. Stewart has written numerous film scores for directors such as Robert Altman, Paul Verhoeven and Ted Demme. In the world of publishing, Stewart produced “Walk In” (2007) a Virgin Comics graphic novel about a parallel universe, and the Virgin Comics graphic novel, “Zombie Broadway.” Stewart produced the award winning documentary, “Deep Blues” and has directed numerous music videos. His first feature film, “Honest,” starring Peter Facinelli, was described as a “cult classic” by the UK Times. As a photographer, Stewart has exhibited solo and in group shows at The Paris Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum NYC and the Saatchi Gallery in London. In 1997, Stewart founded “The Hospital” in partnership with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Located in London's Covent Garden, The Hospital is a private social and professional network for those working in the media and creative industries. That same year, Stewart was approached by Nelson Mandela to help fight against the AIDS epidemic. Featuring performances by Beyonce, Bono, Bob Geldof, Queen, Peter Gabriel, and long time partner Annie Lennox, along with many of Africa’s legendary artists, Stewart helped stage a 4 ½ hour concert, which was broadcast live in South Africa (SABC) and worldwide on MTV on World AIDS Day, to over two billion people.
Stewart was recently hired as a consultant for Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone company, where he was given the unique title of “Change Agent,” charged with ensuring the artists' point of view is represented in the “new world” and creating new content business paradigms for the entertainment industry.
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KEYNOTE Dave Stewart
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The Kings Of Songwriting