David at Yours & Owls Festival 2018. Photo: Pat O’Hara.

Known colloquially as “DJY” among friends, David James Young is an experienced music and arts writer based on the south coast of New South Wales. Despite only being 28 years old, David has over a decade of experience in journalism, covering the country’s biggest festivals as well as Australia’s hottest new artists and internationally-renown superstars.

Just a few of the bigger names in music David has interviewed over the years include Alice Cooper, At the Drive-In, blink-182, Bring Me the Horizon, CHVRCHES, Courtney Barnett, Cypress HillDeath Cab for Cutie, Fall Out Boy, Foo FightersGang of YouthsIron Maiden, Jimmy Barnes, Judas Priest, Macklemore, Maynard James Keenan, Mick Fleetwood, Missy Higgins, Mumford and Sons, Muse, The National, Noel Gallagher,
Peter Hook, Refused, Sleater-Kinney and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

David with actor and singer Rob Mills.

David’s current bylines include work for JunkeeLNWY.coMusic FeedsRed Bull AustraliaAustralian Guitar MagazineThe Big IssueBeat MagazineThe AustralianSecret Sounds and Mixdown Magazine. He also spends time as a Super Reviewer on triple j Unearthed, which has done since 2016.

Previous bylines include The BragHysteria MagazineBlunt MagazineTone DeafThe AU Review and TheVine.

An avid gig-goer, David averages around 200 shows a year, ranging from DIY house shows to huge-scale stadium and arena performances.

This was brought to national attention in November of 2017, when triple j‘s Drive presenters Gen Fricker and Lewis Hobba interviewed David live on air.


David with IDLES vocalist Joe Talbot.
Photo: Bree Wilkinson.

David also makes music and performs live as the frontperson of Australian band Nothing Rhymes with David, who are currently working on their third studio album.

Outside of music, David is passionate about stand-up comedy, film, theatre, podcasts and pro-wrestling. He has written about each extensively in his professional career, both interviewing subjects involved and reviewing works from these fields.

David is also the host of two popular Australian podcasts, All My Friends Are in Bar Bands and Hottest 100s and 1000s. You can find out more about those here.

David is on the Autism spectrum and is an “Aspie” (a person with Asperger’s), which has also lead him to be an outspoken advocate for those that live on the spectrum.

If you’ve read this far, he’s thankful for your time.