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A Dirty Dozen with DAVID SHAW – October 2020

| 20 October 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician and producer David Shaw has released his first-ever solo singles “Shaken” and “Promised Land,” from his forthcoming studio album due out in 2021 on Yokoko Records/C3 Records. A brand-new video for “Shaken” accompanies the two tracks. With his new music, The Revivalists front man and enigmatic talent follows the direction of his own internal compass as a solo artist, riling up his raw rock ‘n’ roll impulses as he opens up like never before as a lyricist, poet, and storyteller.” We get David to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

Photo credit: Alysse Gafkjen

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

There are quite a few things that made it into the final master recordings from the demos. The vocal that you hear on “Promised Land” is the demo vocal in fact. It just had a feeling to it that we didn’t see any reason to change.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’m not sure if it was any one thing or person but I do know that my sisters were always listening to a great deal of music when I was little and sharing their tastes with me. I have a distinct memory of driving around with my sister Christy and blaring the song “Opiate” by Tool and thinking to myself, “I wonder if I could do this?!” I had lots of little seeds like that planted in me throughout my journey.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I’ve gone through a bunch of different phases as a listener and musician. I used to play in punk bands and only listen to punk like The Casualties, Total Chaos and NOFX so that influence is in there along with my love for Chuck Berry, The Grateful Dead and Chris Cornell. I’ve also watched a tonnnn of live concert footage from Bruce Springsteen to Bob Marley to hone my craft. I’m all over the place I guess. (Laughs)

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Bill Withers, Chris Cornell, Citizen Cope, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I would have loved to write a song with Leonard Cohen. I can only imagine what I could’ve learned from that process.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Hmm…that’s a tough one. I just want people to really feel something when they listen to my music. I haven’t gotten any comparisons yet that are cringe worthy but I’m sure it’s gonna happen! (Laughs)

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I’m gonna have to say that I’m the cook and also the one that gets the drinks rolling (even though I don’t drink myself). PJ would be the one to start the sing along!

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I did a writing session with Tom Morello recently and that was a trip. We had a blast and wrote a great tune but I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t freaking out when he busted out his “Arm The Homeless” guitar! (Laughs)

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part about being an artist and songwriter is the freedom and chance to connect with people on a higher level than what’s normally there on the surface. If I wasn’t a musician I’d probably be an entrepreneur of some sort. I love the adrenaline and feeling of the chase.

10. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I’ve been very fortunate to not have any major missteps, but I did bust my head wide open one time at a show in Florida and had to get 8 stitches in my head. That was a misstep that lead to some interesting things happening in my career. I’m grateful for that one in many ways!

11. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’d die to go back to the Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magic sessions. They set up shop in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills with Rick Rubin and made an incredible piece of art. That was a defining moment in their career. 

12. Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

I thoroughly miss going out to eat and seeing some live music with my lady and all of our friends. That’s been really tough but we’re making the best of a bad situation. Sending love to all of my people out there. We will get through this and be better for it! Love you all.





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