Dani Filth

Dani Filth (born Daniel Lloyd Davey, born 25 July 1973) is the lyricist, vocalist and founding member of the metal band Cradle of Filth.


Yes, to Toni.

One Daughter, Luna Scarlett, twelve, going on twenty.

Residence :
Midian, England

Own life

Filth was born to Susan Janet Moore and Lawrence John Davey in Hertford and is the oldest child of four. Dani has two sisters, Amanda (b. 1975) and Rachel (b. 1978), and a brother, Philip (b. 1981). He married his wife, Toni, on 31 October 2005 in Ipswich. The two have a daughter, Luna Scarlett (b. 8 February 1999).

Career with this band

Dani Filth’s present and primary band is Cradle of Filth. His earliest bands were Carnival Fruitcake, The Lemon Grove Kids, PDA and Feast on Excrement, and he named Judas Priest, Venom, Emperor, Destruction, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Sabbat, The Misfits, Paradise Lost and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas among his major influences. At the age of eighteen, Filth took up a job at a Chinese restaurant. He later chose his career in music over an internship at a newspaper, although his “Dani’s Inferno” column ran for two years in Metal Hammer during the late 1990s.

He has co-written and released The Gospel of Filth with Gavin Baddeley. The book, which Dani describes as an “occult study”, features contributions from Clive Barker, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pierson. He had been accused many times of being a Satanist, but has denounced such rumours, claiming instead to being “more of a Luciferian.”

Away from Cradle, Dani appeared on the Roadrunner United CD in 2005 (contributing vocals to “Dawn of a Golden Age”), and his high profile has also led to a handful of film and television roles. In 2003 he provided the voice of the eponymous main character in the feature-length animation Dominator.

He was ranked 95 in the Hit Parader’s Top 100 Metal Vocalist of All Time.

Filth recorded a song with Claudio Simonetti and Simonetti’s band Daemonia, the song “(She’s) The Mother of Tears (Mater Lacrimarum)”, is on the soundtrack of the film The Mother of Tears.

Cradle of Fear

In 2000 he appeared in the movie Cradle of Fear as The Man, a deranged psychopath taking revenge on his father’s persecutors. The film also starred David McEwen, Edmund Dehn, Emily Booth, Eileen Daly, Rebecca Eden and Emma Rice. An homage to the cult Amicus anthology Asylum, Cradle of Fear unfolds four stories all linked by the thread of an incarcerated child killer wreaking vengeance on those responsible for his imprisonment. The movie’s tagline on some posters was, “It’s not if they die… It’s how…” He also wrote songs with mundo ayala.

Writing, watching scary movies, collecting (toys, books, DVD’s, antiques, unusual objects), driving, poetry, shopping, reading, partying, eating healthily, cleaning my cars, sports (go-karts, bowling, shooting, snowboarding, skydiving- all when the opportunity arises).

Musical background:
Used to sing for bands like Feast On Excrement, The Lemon Grove Kids, Carnival Fruitcake, PDA, Blez, back in the day before I was any good.

Throat and wireless shure SM58 (live), Neumann (studio).

Idols in Music:
Diamanda Galas, Liszt, Hank Sherman, Jeff Wayne, Danny Elfman, Wojciech Kilar, anybody else.

Best CoF show so far:
Los Angeles, 04, Bulgaria ’08.

Fave CoF songs to perform:
Funeral In Carpathia, Queen Of Winter Throned, The Death Of Love, Nemesis, Under Huntress Moon, The Black Goddess Rises.

How do you kill time on tour:
Relaxing, shopping, sight-seeing, reading, poetry, meeting friends, sleeping. Indulging.

Strangest experience on tour:
It’s all strange!

Place you would like to visit, but haven’t:
Egypt, New Zealand, Maine, Iceland, the Serengeti.

Your fave bands:
Mercyful Fate, Danzig, The Misfits, Hanzel und Gretel, At The Gates, King Diamond, Dissection, Immortal, Craft, Satyricon, Destruction, Emperor, Bad Religion, Philip Glass, The Prodigy, Limbo, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest, HIM, Morbid Angel, Paradise Lost, The 69 Eyes, Fantomas, VNV Nation, The Sisters, Mayhem, The Spook, Type O Negative, Wojciech Kilar, Diamanda Galas, Wumpscut, CKY, HIM, Danny Elfman, Jeff Wayne, Infected Mushroom, GGFH, Rammstein, Carpathian Forest, Eighties thrash- Sabbat, Blood Money, Sacrifice, Darkness, Testament, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies, Violent Force, Exorcist, Slayer, Razor, Bathory, Possessed, Metallica, Celtic Frost, Sodom, Venom, etc; classic American hardcore-Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, Dagnasty, Uniform Choice, Fear etc; Pompous classical music, European darkwave, dark vampyric funeral marches, nocturnal war anthems and heart-rending melodrama.
Soundtracks-Sleepy Hollow, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Omen trilogy, Stargate, The Mummy, Interview With The Vampire, Van Helsing, Hellraiser, Death And The Maiden, The Ninth Gate, Gladiator, 1492, Dracula Rising, Edward Scissorhands, Nightbreed, Troy, Candyman, Mythodea, X-men 2, The Mephisto Waltz, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Elizabeth, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Frighteners, Perfume, From Hell, Hallowe’en, The Third Mother etc,etc.

Fave films:
Curse Of The Demon, The Pit And The Pendulum, Coppola’s Dracula, Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Nightmare Before Xmas, Underworld(s), Blade, The Howling, Dog Soldiers, Dracula Rising, Nightwatch,Van Helsing, Aliens, Sleepy Hollow, From Hell, The Masque Of The Red Death (in fact all Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations), The Omen trilogy, X-men films, The Ninth Gate, Pirates Of The Caribbean, good Zombie movies, Cradle Of Fear, Saw, A Company Of Wolves, Star Wars et al, The Devils, Hellboy, Frontieres, Storm Warning, Haxan, House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects, The Host, The Hills Have Eyes, The Exorcist, The Wicker Man, The Abominable Dr Phibes, The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari, From Dusk Till Dawn, Deep Rising, V For Vendetta, Dagon, Candyman, 16 Tongues, Corpse Bride, The Ring, Darkness, Brain Dead, Tales From The Crypt, Tenebre,Suspiria, Dreams In The Witch House, Event Horizon, In The Mouth Of Madness, Hallowe’en, Ilsa-She Wolf, Interview With The Vampire, Psycho, Sin City, 28 Days Later, 28 Months Later, Singapore Sling, Texas Chainsaw, Don’t Look now, Irreversible, Constantine, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Troy, Kingdom Of Heaven, Brotherhood Of The Wolf, The Libertine, Lemony Snicket, Descent, Hostel, Murder-Set-Pieces, Snow White, Salon Kitty, Withnail and I, Rosemary’s Baby, Nightbreed, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Hot Fuzz, 300, Hannibal, Prince Of Darkness, The Thing, Hammer Horrors, Universal Monsters, Hellraisers 1and 2, Carry On movies, Fifties B-movies, modern B-movies and stylish, good looking secretary porn.

Fave food/drink:
Green smoothies, traditional English Sunday roast, seafood, vanilla soya milk, Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurant food, children-burgers, champagne; salmon, scrambled eggs and garlic-fried spinach. Parma violet sweets.

3 favourite books to take with you on a lonely island:
The Gospel Of Filth
Baudelaire’s Fleur Du Mal
Blood And Roses – Various vampire stories

Your religion:

Any favourite drug:
Madcap rollercoasters

Where do you gain sexual pleasure from:
My erogenous zones and my wife

With which character out of literary and cinematic history could you identify with the most:
Roderick Usher, The Daleks, Darth Vader, (Capt) Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Bathory, Lord Byron, Frankenstein’s Monster.

If you had a time machine into which epoch would you travel:
The Victorian era, the late Cretaceous period, the Ramses dynasty, future vampire mutant world.

Which inscription would you like to see on your tombstone one day:
‘Gone But Not Forgiven’, ‘I Told You I Was Sick’ or ‘Denn Die Toten Reiten Schnell’.

And which 5 albums do you take with you into eternity then:
Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Wojciech Kilar
Emperor – In The Night side Eclipse
Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break The Oath
Destruction – Infernal Overkill

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