Backstage with Peter Cetera (Chicago) in 2015 at the State Theatre with Sydney Symphony Orchestra- alongside Paul McCartney, Peter is my favourite bassist/singer/songwriter


I’m 6′ 2″ and Mick Fleetwood dwarfs me! At the Genesis book launch for ‘Love That Burn’ 2017. What a great drummer and band leader for 50 years!


With Neil Finn in 2013 – a great songwriter


At the Vortex in London 2015 with the great Steve Swallow who is a champion of the electric bass in jazz. An incredible composer who is a great influence!

Will Lee2

Dinner with bass supremo Will Lee after the Letterman Show in NYC 2013



The Man – Nick Cave December 2019 – 3 sell-out shows playing Nick and Warren Ellis’s film scores on electric bass with Sydney Symphony. A highlight!



Steve Gadd

With my favourite drummer – the legendary Steve Gadd after the Steve Gadd Band show at The Basement, December 2016


The great composer and vibraphonist Gary Burton at Birdland in NYC 2013


James Taylor

The one and only James Taylor! February 2017 backstage after JT’s gig the ICC Sydney

Sarah Blasko and her bass section of “Daves”: orchestra bassists David Stratton and David Ellis and Sarah’s regular bassist Dave Symes, after her gig at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 18th February 2013.

Warwick Bass at World Youth Day 2008

David performing with his Warwick bass at World Youth Day, 2008.

David with Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine, backstage at the Sydney Opera House, 2012.

Marvin Hamlisch

David with the late composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch.


David, Chantelle & Alfie with Burt Bacharach – we named ‘Alfie’ after our favourite song. Hard to argue Burt is not perhaps the greatest composer of 20th C popular music

With James Blake at the Sydney Opera House after 3 sold out shows –


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