Iva way it’s still music
Iva Davies has never understood the divide between the classics and rock, writes Siobhan Duck
FOR many years Iva Davies lived a double life. By day he wore a dinner suit and played the oboe in a classical wind ensemble group; by night — after a quick change in the back of the car — he was a scruffy musician playing acoustic guitar in smoky clubs.
Davies, who rose to fame as the frontman with 1980s rock band Icehouse, says he has never understood why musicians must be forced to specialise in one genre.
‘‘People seem to feel the need to pigeonhole you,’’ he says. ‘‘As a result I have never been able to establish full rock and roll cred because of my training as a classical musician.
‘‘At the same time the classical fraternity have kept me at a distance because I dared to dabble in rock.
‘‘I have never really understood the need to choose one music discipline over another. It’s all music to me.’’
Davies is appearing as a judge on Channel 7’s new reality series Battle of the Choirs.
The show, as with Davies himself, straddles two different musical genres— reinventing the traditional view of choirs as slightly-daggy, psalm-singing church groups to rock ’n’ rollbelting musical performers.
Davies, who grew up in a musical family where both his parents were avid choir singers, was eager to be part of the new show.
He says he has been asked to judge several musical reality shows before Battle of the Choirs but refused because he wasn’t interested in being part of programs that were celebrity vehicles or aimed at manufacturing stars.
‘‘I have been approached a few times to be part of these sorts of television judging panels over the years,’’ he says.
‘‘What I liked about this one was that it was about people who were doing it for the love of it, not for their own success.’’
Davies joins former Hi-5er Charli Delaney, Choir of Hard Knocks mentor Jonathon Welch and choral music expert George Torbay on the judging panel. The series is hosted by Sunrise’s David Koch.
Davies says Battle of the Choirs will revolutionise people’s perception of choirs with groups singing popular songs by Pink, Queen, AC/DC and Kylie Minogue. Battle of the Choirs, G Channel 7, 7.30pm, Sunday Singing contest Duration: 1 hour
Iva Davies says he’s a Battle of the Choirs
judge because people are doing it for love.