David Bennett is a professional pianist, published composer, and YouTube educator. His YouTube channel has 700,000 subscribers and his videos are viewed by millions worldwide who are interested in learning about music and music theory. David joins Jack in an hour long discussion about the world's most famous musical group, The Beatles. David and Jack discuss The Beatles' most structurally impressive song, details about how The Beatles created "Strawberry Fields Forever", if "With a Little Help" was on a different Beatles album, his thoughts on the future of pop music and The Beatles place there, and more.
David is a professional pianist, published composer and YouTube educator. His work in music has taken him on many exciting adventures: from a residency at Monaco's Casino de Monte Carlo, to recording at Abbey Road studios, and even starring in an episode of WDR's 'Wunderschön!' with his band.
David started taking piano lessons at the age of eleven. At thirteen, he ditched the lessons and started teaching himself and by twenty-one he was a professional, full-time working musician.
In 2018, David decided to start a YouTube channel where he could share his passion for music. His videos use music theory to analyse and appreciate some of the most revered music of the last one-hundred years and, as of 2021, he has gained a following of over 500,000 subscribers. David's favourite artists are no secret to his audience, with The Beatles and Radiohead making regular appearances in his videos.
David's first love in music is composing. His style is meditative, minimalist and, very much, piano-focused. His new EP, "The Longest March", was released November 2020 and is available on most streaming services.
Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles evolved from Lennon's previous group, the Quarrymen, and built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over three years from 1960, initially with Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their domestic success after signing to EMI Records and achieving their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. As their popularity grew into the intense fan frenzy dubbed "Beatlemania", the band acquired the nickname "the Fab Four", with Epstein, Martin and other members of the band's entourage sometimes given the informal title of "fifth Beatle".
By early 1964, the Beatles were international stars and had achieved unprecedented levels of critical and commercial success. They became a leading force in Britain's cultural resurgence, ushering in the British Invasion of the United States pop market, and soon made their film debut with A Hard Day's Night (1964). A growing desire to refine their studio efforts, coupled with the untenable nature of their concert tours, led to the band's retirement from live performances in 1966. At this time, they produced records of greater sophistication, including the albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and enjoyed further commercial success with The Beatles (also known as "the White Album", 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). Heralding the album era, their success elevated the album to the dominant form of record consumption over singles; they also inspired a greater public interest in psychedelic drugs and Eastern spirituality, and furthered advancements in electronic music, album art and music videos. In 1968, they founded Apple Corps, a multi-armed multimedia corporation that continues to oversee projects related to the band's legacy. After the group's break-up in 1970, all principal members enjoyed success as solo artists and some partial reunions have occurred. Lennon was murdered in 1980 and Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain musically active.