Dave Wright


I'm David Wright, founding member of Riff Reign. I began playing guitar and bass guitar in 1962 aged 14. My Uncle Ken wanted someone to play bass with his son Jim, and he bought me a Rosetti Lucky 7 bass. I played semi-pro in bands from 1964 until 1981 when my local government career took precedence. At my first gig, aged 16, we took our equipment on the bus! At our second gig girls pulled our hair out! Never happened again though. I resumed playing in 2012 aged 64. In my younger days I'd done some song writing and a couple of my songs were played on the John Peel Show on BBC Radio One, so I thought I'd try my hand again. I've written around 120 songs in the last seven years. I formed Riff Reign in 2014 to develop and record my songs at Swanyard Music, Retford, England. I've been very fortunate to have brilliant musicians working with me. We have Linda and Russ (vocals), Chris (guitars & vocals), James (keys & hand percussion) and Richard (drums). We're also fortunate to have brilliant guest artists join us on our recordings. Musical styles include Americana, blues, country, dance, funk, jazz, pop, rock, hard rock and retro rock ‘n’ roll, plus the band’s own indie rock style. Much of the music has a USA influence - in 1963 my eventual wife, Gwen, joined the Beatles Fan Club and got herself a Yonkers New York pen friend, Danielle. Their friendship, which continues to this day, has led to extensive travels through the USA and Canada. Examples of songs with a USA influence on here are Country Store, Down To The Town, I'm Goin' Home To Tennessee, John Wells, Outlaw and Touchdown London. I've also played in two rock bands during the last five years. One of them, East Side Rhythm Aces, recorded a song of mine called Rio Grande. I got the idea for the song from witnessing a Seattle bar-room brawl in 1982. The other band was Plain Shame. Low quality phone videos of us playing Free's Mr. Big and Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love are on my page. Riff Reign has self-released eight albums, two Christmas singles, a blues rock EP and a retro rock EP. All are available as CD or digital download at riffreign.bandcamp.com. All tracks are on Spotify and the other main platforms. We're currently working on our ninth album. We've been featured five times on BBC Introducing East Midlands.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is very important to me. I've lived a life, and many of my life's experiences can be expressed in music.

What is your music dream?

To have a song of mine recorded by a known artist.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Reducing the amount of plastic in the oceans.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Runaway by Del Shannon.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Jethro Tull, Free, Graham Parker and The Rumour

What inspires you to make music?

A glass of beer in my garden on a warm summer's evening, strumming acoustic guitar.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

That it's good stuff!

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Great, but anxious to give a good performance.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I think everything is fine. There are some amazing artists out there.

What do you think of Drooble?

It's excellent and I'm delighted to be part of it. It's wonderful to get reaction to my music and do likewise with other artists.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not being able to play slap bass.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. I recently went to see new band Hit The Brakes, and I'll soon be going to see The Rough Cuts.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?


Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Graham Parker and The Rumour, Patto