Los Angeles based rocker DAVIS is on a mission to unapologetically inject his own brand of bold rock and roll to the music scene. We recently caught up with DAVIS to chat about his latest sizzling single and music video for “Peace Love and Rock n Roll”, his month’s residency at The Wayfarer and his experience playing for music legend Stevie Wonder.
SR: What was the inspiration for your newest track, “Peace Love and Rock n Roll”? What were the recording session like?
DAVIS: “Peace Love and Rock n Roll” is the mission statement. It’s everything I believe in. I didn’t realize it at the time but the song was kind of like years in the making. I spent years being told by the music industry to write music that was more pop, more mainstream, up the middle, etc. Hearing that over and over and over again finally took its toll. So I sat down and wrote the first thing that came to mind. It was freeing. It reminded me why I got into music to begin with.
Recording this song was the most fun I’ve ever had making music. This was the first song I produced myself, with complete creative control. And it felt great.
SR: How did you come up with the music video concept? What was the filming of the video like?
DAVIS: Haley Reed came up with the video and art direction. We did everything at my home studio so it ended up feeling like this art factory with creative energy fueling the whole process. I’d be recording the song in one room, and filming the video in the next.
The concept of the video was simple:
People say rock n roll is dead. Well then here it is, straight from the dead.
SR: While making a new track, do you imagine what it would be like to perform the song live?
DAVIS: Absolutely. The song was mostly recorded live. All the vocals are one take, all the guitars are one take, etc. I like to go into the studio and knock out songs quickly. I just let my instincts take over and do what feels right.
SR: You recently started a month’s residency at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa, what has been your favorite show so far?
DAVIS: Each show is more and more fun. Every week is a different setlist, so it keeps things interesting and fresh. I’m playing brand new music, the band is sounding great, and the audience has been awesome.
SR: Do you have any pre-show rituals before you do a live performance?
DAVIS: Just hanging with my band.
SR: What’s your most memorable fan encounter?
DAVIS: Stevie Wonder. I played for him at his birthday party at Sayers Club. He said he dug the show! That blew me away. Does that count?
SR: What artists and bands are currently motivating you?
DAVIS: I like the DMA’s, Mac DeMarco, Gorillaz, Arctic Monkeys, Lil Wayne.
SR: What is next for you?
DAVIS: More rock n roll
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Photographer Credit: Haley Reed