A REAL CLASSIC
Il Divo’s David Miller is delighted to be back in Australia and intends taking in all the sights this time during the pop opera band’s Timeless tour
David Miller hopes his tour through Australia with pop opera band Il Divo will be a little more memorable than last time. The classically-trained tenor and one quarter of the internationally renowned vocal group says his memories of our country are stored in a video camera.
“During 2012, I had this crazy idea that I wanted to film a little bit of what goes on in a day in the life of Il Divo, from every single day, across the entire tour of 140 cities,” David says.
“The funny thing is, I was so busy having my camera pointed at everyone all day long, I don’t remember being in Australia.
“The camera is not in my hands anymore. Time for me to be present and enjoy things.”
Il Divo, originally formed by UK producer Simon Cowell, consists of tenor David alongside Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin and French pop singer-songwriter Sebastien Izambard.
By the time the group play HOTA tomorrow night, they would have seen Australian cities Perth and Adelaide on their Timeless world tour that includes shows in Europe, Asia, Africa and Mexico.
David says Il Divo’s unique classical crossover sound, sung in Spanish, Italian, French, English and even Japanese, resonates globally with millions of people.
“By and large, music is something that goes beyond language, and it goes beyond culture, and it goes beyond personal preferences,” David says.
“When people listen to our music, we create a soundscape. Each one of us has a different musical background. Some of our songs are standard ballads, some of them are pop songs.
“We go through this huge progression of musical colours, because we include so many elements.”
That diversity and mixture of genres is distinctly encompassed in album Timeless, a collection of covers of the band members’ favourite songs from the early 20th century to now.
“When we talk to fans and when we get feedback, one of the most recurring words is timeless,” David says.
“We launched into that. All four of us combed through lists of songs from all the different decades.
“We whittled it down to 10 songs.
“Hola, the Adele track, is the most iconic of the album.
“My favourite song, in terms of the connection, is Smile. I love Charlie Chaplin, and this music comes from that movie ( Modern Times).”
Il Divo’s show will take the audience on a musical journey with classical, opera and brass band music, as well as softer moments where each singer takes to the stage on their own.
“There’s going to be a lot of great music,” David says.
“We’ve also got dancers coming on to the stage. And, of course, there’s always the screens and the lights, an evening of spectacle.”
Pop opera band Il Divo are headed for the Gold Coast to perform at HOTA tomorrow night.