On the Couch with Daniel Holdsworth

Daniel Holdsworth AAR On the CouchWho is Daniel Holdsworth?
I’m a multi-instrumentalist, composer, theatre maker and audio engineer. I am the creator and performer of the show, Tubular Bells for Two – where two men attempt to play over twenty instruments to recreate Mike Oldfield album, Tubular Bells, live on stage.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’m pretty happy with where I’m at. I have forged a career doing what I love every day.

Who inspires you and why?
Richard Branson. He has great vision, completely understands his own strengths but more importantly, he understand his own weaknesses. He uses that knowledge to do amazing things.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Get solar panels installed on my house.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Edinburgh is one of my favourite places. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an experience like nothing else. Over 3000 shows every single day for a month. Tubular Bells for Two has won three awards there following multiple sell-out seasons. It’s a place where artists across all forms of the performing arts come together and celebrate every year.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I come from the Blue Mountains, just outside of Sydney. I love showing people the incredible natural wonder it is, from iconic valleys, to off-road adventures into the wilderness.

What are you currently reading?
David Byrne’s book, How Music Works. It’s a fantastic exploration into why people make music and how their environment and culture shapes their creativity.

What are you currently listening to?
I’ve been getting into the UK band, Public Service Broadcasting. They’ve got a great concept album about the space race, called, obviously, The Race for Space.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m really looking forward to touring Tubular Bells for Two around Victoria and NSW throughout June and July. Later in the year, I’ll be releasing an album called Darks Common Underground, which I’ve been working on the past couple of years.

Daniel is one of two multi-instrumentalists presenting Tubular Bells for Two at Arts Centre Melbourne on 15 & 16 June 2018. Throughout June & July, Tubular Bells for Two will also be presented at selected venues in Victoria and New South Wales. For more information, visit: www.tubularbellsfortwo.com for details.

Image: Daniel Holdsworth (supplied)