David Sebastian Boyd is a Danish/American vocalist who is presently affiliated with the Danish alternative rock band 'New Politics.' The son of a Swedish/Danish mother and an American father, Boyd grew up in Copenhagen. He developed an interest in music quite early in life and co-wrote songs with Søren Hansen for their respective solo albums, which were never released. They started performing together in 2009 and later hired Poul Amaliel as a drummer and percussionist. About a year after the group’s formation, Amaliel left New Politics, and Louis Vecchio was brought in to replace him. In July 2010, they put out their debut self-titled album through RCA Records. In the ensuing years, the group has released four more studio albums, including ‘A Bad Girl in Harlem’, ‘Vikings’ and ‘Lost in Translation’. Boyd is also a gifted breakdancer and performed in a post-apocalyptic dance version of Rudyard Kipling's ‘The Jungle Book’. He is known for displaying his exotic dance moves while performing on stage with New Politics. He has even choreographed a dance movie called ‘Boyding.’
David Boyd began his career as a singer sometime in 2002. In 2006, he began collaborating with Søren Hansen. They composed songs together for their respective solo albums. However, those were never released. They soon came to believe that they needed to form a group. In 2009, the two friends entered their songs ‘Stress’ and ‘Money’ into the Danish National Radio P3's Karriere Kanonen ("Career Cannon") competition. A total of 973 bands took part in that competition, and New Politics was among the 42 bands chosen to give a performance. They were not even officially a band at the time and had not decided on the final line-up. They subsequently brought in Poul Amaliel to serve as their drummer and percussionist. The trio ultimately finished the competition as one of the top four winners and later performed in a major music festival in Denmark.
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In November 2009, New Politics signed a record deal with RCA. They then embarked on a brief UK tour, after which, they toured the United States of America. As they had entered into a contract with a US-based record label, the group shifted their base from Copenhagen to Brooklyn and began living in a loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In March 2010, the band performed at the South by Southwest festival. On 9 July (13 July, according to some sources), they published their debut self-titled album. Comprised of ten tracks, including the popular singles 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' and 'Dignity', the album was listed at the number nine spot on the US Heat chart. Not long after the release, the group went on a 30-day US tour.
In autumn 2010, Amaliel quit the group and went back to Denmark. Not long after, Louis Vecchio joined the group to fill the void. On November 26, 2012, New Politics released the single ‘Harlem’, the first song of their second album, ‘A Bad Girl in Harlem’. A few months later, on May 21, 2013, the album itself was released, and it subsequently topped the US Heat chart. It also had ten songs and was put out through RCA.
Between May 28 and June 26, 2013, New Politics opened for the pop-punk band Fall Out Boy during their Save Rock and Roll Spring Tour. In early 2014, they embarked on their first US headlining tour. On August 14, 2015, the group put out their third album, ‘Vikings’, through DCD2 Records/Warner Bros. Records. Comprised of 11 records, it reached the 16th spot on Billboard’s US Top Rock Albums. They put out their fourth album, ‘Lost In Translation’, on October 6, 2017. In April 2019, Boyd and others celebrated their band’s 10th anniversary, hinting at an upcoming release. The single ‘Comeback Kid’ was put out on April 16, 2019. Their fifth studio album, ‘An Invitation to an Alternate Reality’, was put out on November 1, 2019.
As an accomplished breakdancer, David Boyd has been featured in modern dance productions choreographed by Steen Koerner and in a post-apocalyptic dance version of ‘The Jungle Book’. While performing with New Politics, he often does headstands, “Boyding”, as he calls it.
Family & Personal Life
Born on February 6, 1988, in Copenhagen, Denmark, David Boyd is the son of a Swedish/Danish mother and an American father. He spent much of his early life in Copenhagen before relocating to his father’s native country in 2009 with other members of his band and eventually settled in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2014, he began dating American actress Christian Serratos. Best known for portraying Rosita Espinosa in AMC's ‘The Walking Dead’ TV show, Suzie Crabgrass in the Nickelodeon series ‘Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide’ and Angela Weber in ‘The Twilight Saga’ series, Serratos appeared at #65 on Maxim's "Hot 100" list for 2010. She also appeared in the “After Hours” section of the March 2015 issue of ‘Playboy’ magazine. In March 2017, Serratos announced that she and Boyd were expecting a child. She announced the birth of her daughter on Instagram on May 14, 2017.