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Melancholic eyes, mysterious smile, raw music and magic fingers… Meet David Hirst! This German fingerstyle guitarist welcomed us into his world and shared with us his passion for music and some anecdotes. Don’t be fooled by his serious face though, this young artist is one fun guy!

Portrait of fingerstyler guitar player David Hirst

What’s your name?
My name is David Hirst.

What’s the name you always wanted to have?
My mom apparently considered naming me James instead of David, but I’m good with my current name.

Where are your based?
I’m based in Berlin.

What should we know about your art?
The music that I write and play is a type of guitar playing that is called “Fingerstyle Guitar”. It involves a lot of open tunings, percussion, and rhythm. It’s a style of playing that’s communicated best when performed live.

What is your favorite swear word?

A perfect Sunday?  
Playing frisbee with friends at Lietzensee or Viktoriapark.

What’s the background image on your phone?  
It’s a picture of some palm trees at the Botanical garden in Rio de Janeiro.

What can you be impressed by?
I’m impressed by people who have the courage to follow through with what they want to achieve in their life. It demands a lot of patience and time follow to through with your goal, bu I admire people who can embrace and grow with the struggle.

David Hirst playing fingerstyle guitar
David Hirst playing one of his songs from his EP “Eileen”

Which language would you like to be able to speak?

What is currently illegal, but should be legal?
Peeing in the pool.

If there was one dead artist you could hang out with for a day, who would that be?
Jeff Buckley.

When did you realize you wanted to make a living out of your art?
Ever since I picked up the guitar.

What is the best stage experience you had?
Probably playing the Acoustic Guitar Night at Prachtwerk last year. The crowd was really attentive and responsive.

What is the first tune you learned?
“About a girl” by Nirvana.

Sweet or sour?