Dubbed a 'genius' and a 'downtown ringleader' by The New Yorker, Spottiswoode is the son of an American opera singer and an English clergyman. WNYC’s legendary DJ John Schaefer describes him as 'one of New York’s more colourful band leaders for more than a decade.'
His music travels the gamut, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Jim Morrison. Still, he’s very much his own man. He 'evokes real emotions, sometimes different ones in a single song' (Dan Reed, WXPN).
For the past two decades, the Anglo-American has been the frontman of Spottiswoode & His Enemies, a septet that has become a New York institution. With the band, Spottiswoode has released six acclaimed records, performed numerous Manhattan residencies, and toured extensively from SXSW and Lille Europe to Lincoln Center. The band’s gothic rock opera, ABOVE HELL’S KITCHEN, was presented in 2010 to sold-out crowds at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.