Together with wife Julie, Tony is the owner of Davis Music, one of the earliest suppliers of musical instruments to Melbourne’s West. This year, the business celebrates 25 years of operating in Footscray.
What is your musical background?
I’m a drummer. I played drums for 20 years in a romantic restaurant band, where we played to Melbourne’s high society. My last band was called the Town Aires. We would perform in four languages.
Why did Davis Music move to Footscray?
We came to Footscray from the CBD in 1990. I was seeing more and more customers from Footscray come into the city, as there was only one music store servicing the area. I realised the West needed two music stores. As we stocked different products it gave the area a wider range of instruments, books and sheet music.
What sort of products do you sell?
We specialise in string instruments – we stock a big range of Fender guitars, bass guitars and violins. We also sell digital pianos, drums, PA equipment and sheet music. Unlike the big stores, we sell instruments with one year of free service and ongoing advice. We also have a music school and repair most instruments.
What is your advice to budding musicians?
We have three specialists who can advise about which instruments are the most adaptable to serve students as they grow. In the case of violins, we can ensure a proper fitting.
What are your hopes for Footscray?
I hope there are increased venues for musicians to play in and an improved nightlife. I’d like to see more specialised stores and the locals supporting these stores to avoid takeovers by big companies.
We’ve got great potential with the university here. We’re near the city. We have a great new train station. Music wise, we’ve got everything to make it something exquisite.
27-35 Byron Street