3 Sep 2019
Metro interview Steve Davis about The Utopia Strong
Mr Interesting: How Steve Davis went from Snooker Loopy to modular synthesisers
OF ALL retired sports stars, Steve Davis has to have one of the most fascinating post-retirement careers. Having initially maintained his competitive edge via pool, poker and chess, the six-times world snooker champion (below) has become a musical adventurer. The soul boy and prog-rock enthusiast has become a DJ of all manner of weird and wonderful records, and is now also a member of electronic trio The Utopia Strong, with Guapo guitarist Kavus Torabi and multi-instrumentalist Michael J. York, who has also played with Coil and Teleplasmiste. Not bad for a man once dubbed ‘Mr Boring’.
Having begun spinning krautrock and experimental records for a community radio station, he could surely not have envisaged how things would take off. ‘Kavus and I started DJing in the back room of Redchurch Brewery in Bethnal Green on a Friday night and we had a great laugh,’ Steve says.
‘We bumped into the guys who ran Bloc Weekend and they said come and play. BBC iPlayer did a feature on it and then the phone started ringing. Within two months we were DJjing at Glastonbury. You couldn’t make it up; it spiralled out of control.’...
Read the full piece here: Metro