Darcy Davis

In 2021 Darcy collaborated with the stArts with D artists to create original songs recorded for the Strong Feelings program. ‘Strong Feelings’ was then exhibited in 2023 with the short films component (featuring some of the tracks created with Darcy) also being exhibited by the National Portrait Gallery for ‘Portrait: 23 Identity’. The multi-arts exhibition ‘Strong Feelings’ was the winner of the Project category for the 2023 Northern Territory Arts Access Awards.

Born in the “middle of nowhere” and the “centre of everywhere”, Mparntwe (Alice Springs) export, Darcy Davis, has been on the quest for musical mastery since beginning lessons at age 4 in his hometown, Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in Central Australia. 

Since graduating from Melbourne Polytechnic with a diploma in music performance, Darcy has performed at countless music festivals around Australia, produced multiple records and honed the craft of sequencing and synthesis from the remote desert studio, Red House Recording.  Seeking to improve his skills even further, he applied and was accepted into the Music Production and Engineering Degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he could continue to grow as both a player and producer. 

In the summer of 2018, he returned to his hometown for the first time after almost 2 years away. Applying his newfound skills in composition and production learned at Berklee, Darcy, with the guidance of his father, set up a recording studio powered by a generator on West Bore Camel Station, outside of Fregon community, South Australia, around 400km southwest of Alice Springs. After 8 weeks of solid recording, mixing and session playing, he finished one of his proudest and most meaningful works to date: UPK#6.