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The spectrum of soul with Billy Davis and Andrew De Silva

The Australian artists talk bridging the generational divide in the name of R&B

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This year, the PUMA Suede celebrates its fiftieth anniversary—a singular achievement in the sneaker world. As PUMA looks forward, we’re inviting young artists thriving in their field to meet and celebrate the established artists they admire, paying respect to the idols who shaped their journey today.

Although Melbourne producer Billy Davis is more than 10 years Andrew De Silva’s junior, the pair share the same passion for R&B. We asked the pair to come together to represent two generations of Australian music, but this isn’t the first time they’ve connected. Davis is a part of Melbourne’s blossoming bedroom soul scene, and had the opportunity to play keys for De Silva’s 90s R&B outfit CDB on their reunion tour. Since then, De Silva has acted as a mentor to Davis, sharing first-hand insights into the days of old soul; which Davis is infatuated by. While both occupy different places in the soul landscape, they share a deep love and passion for their craft.

Watch the video, and scroll through the gallery above to find out more about Billy Davis and Andrew De Silva, and how their kinship came to be. 

Photography: Yasmin Suteja of Culture Machine

Photography Assistant: Declan May

Videography: Michael Danischewski & Tom Hitchcock

Styling: DOC G

Special thanks to: 170 Russell, Enjoy

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