Born in Vienna to Kenyan parents and ultimately settling in London via Edinburgh and Paris, Dave Okumu grew up surrounded by music enthusiasts. Mixtapes from siblings and friends would sow the seeds for dynamic and diverse creative expression taking the forms of songwriter, producer and performing musician.
Best known for fronting his critically acclaimed band The Invisible, whose eponymous debut was nominated for a Mercury Prize (2009) and was also selected by iTunes UK editorial team as 'iTunes Album of the Year'. Dave has also collaborated, performed or recorded with numerous artists including Adele, Lianne La Havas, Grace Jones, Anna Calvi, Eska, Paloma Faith, Kwabs, Lilly Wood, Jordan Rakei, Amy Winehouse, St Vincent, Yoko Ono ("Double Fantasy", Meltdown Festival), Beck, Savages, Jane Birkin, Sara Creative Partners, Brigette Fontaine, Theo Parrish, Tony Allen, King Sunny Ade, Omar, Matthew Herbert, Dani Siciliano, Toddla T, Bilal and Jack De Johnette.
In 2010 Dave met Jessie Ware and the pair began to write and record her debut album 'Devotion' - named after the opening track, which Dave co-wrote. 'Devotion' led to Dave's second Mercury nod, this time as producer and co-writer. Dave and Jessie continued to work together, with Dave featuring as a co-writer / producer on Jessie’s ‘Tough Love’ album, and blockbuster “50 Shades of Grey” soundtrack. He has co-written and produced Rosie Lowe’s debut record, released in February 2016 through Wolftone / Polydor. He continues his work as writer/producer/collaborator with Rosie Lowe (producing her second album due for release in 2018), Jessie Ware, Lexxx and Paul Epworth.