David: It’s a real pleasure to do this with you Jessica!
Jessica: Recently, I know you were working on music for some student films. Tell us about this involvement. And what else are you working on now?
David: Yes – I recently composed and recorded the musical score for five student films at the Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, who were in the Digital Character Animation course – and it was a real eye-opener for me with regards to writing music for orchestras and all the different voices that are used to convey emotion without words! A lot of fun, a big challenge for me because its completely different than writing pop songs and extremely satisfying to see the final product!
As for what I’m doing currently…I’m preparing for a couple of music videos – one is for the single “You Make Me OK” from my latest album Things Left Unsaid, and the other is for a brand new single that I just recorded for my upcoming album which will be entitled “Stay In Touch”! I’m extremely excited for both – they take a lot of work but they are always rewarding!!
Jessica: Your first break came after you were chosen as a finalist for a Demo Listen Contest by Vancouver radio station 99.3 The Fox. As a result of this, three of your songs were placed on a compilation album and you got local radio airplay. You also opened for Nickelback and The Barstool Prophets. Wow, what an amazing achievement! What three songs of yours were placed on the compilation album and is this album still available for purchase? And what was it like opening up for Nickelback and The Barstool Prophets? Describe your experiences.
David: You’ve done your research!! haha That was a long time ago but there are some real fond memories of that time! I can’t remember all the three songs that were placed on the album, but one of them for sure was “Not Alone” which was our most popular song from our album Satisfaction Guaranteed of my first band 69KM! Back in the nineties I was into rock and roll – Nirvana style – but because of some pop influence on my end we had some Blink 182 style to our sound as well when I listen to the album now! At that time we opened for Nickelback several times because we had the same management and they weren’t huge then!! haha Barstool Prophets were actually bigger at that time – so when we opened for them we were so excited!!
Jessica: I know you’ve had classical training in piano and you also play various other instruments. At what age did you start playing the piano? And what other instruments do you play and how long have you been playing them?
David: I started playing piano at around three years old – my mom always wanted to play piano and so she put me in lessons at a young age! I hated it forever but I eventually came back to it later in my life! I took lessons for long enough that I never really forgot everything I learned so I was able to practice and keep a fair amount of my skill! I was self taught in guitar and bass for the most part with the odd lesson in each here and there and as well with vocals!
Jessica: In 2006 you released an EP called Songs of Love and Introspection, which won several songwriting awards and three honorable mentions from Billboards World Songwriting Competition. Then later you came out with an album called Hard to Control. This album picked up the Best Contemporary Album award and you were runner-up for Best Adult Contemporary Male Artist for Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards. Your latest album is called Things Left Unsaid. Tell us about this album and why did you call it Things Left Unsaid? I recall it took some time for you to come up with a name for it.
David: Yes – Things Left Unsaid is all about the words of love, appreciation, and encouragement that we often don’t say to people that really count in our lives until our friends are either dead or married, and I think it would be cool if people were able to say those things more often. So when I started looking at what my songs were about – they were really about moments that aren’t spoken about for the most part, and so I thought that title summed up what I was trying to say in the album the best!
David: I often dwell on certain situations going on in my life and while doing so I’m provided with lyrics to describe them! When I’m really emotional is when I can really write well! I also rewrite lines and constantly come back to what I’ve written before, and tweak them to get them right but I like to capture as much raw emotion as possible, and then edit later.
Jessica: You’ve earned various achievements – most recent one being a Top Twenty finalist on Shore FM’s Sounds of Summer Contest. You also showcased music at several music festivals around the world and toured widely across America. Some of your notable performances include: 2010 Break Out West (Western Canadian Music Awards), 2010 Shore FM Shorefest Festival and 2010 Winter Olympics for the athletes. What was it like performing at the Olympics?
David: The Olympics were nothing short of fantastic – I’ve been an athlete myself my whole life, and love and admire professional athletes! So to be in the presence of the best in the world was awe inspiring – I actually wrote the song “Stronger, Higher, Faster” for the athletes to hopefully inspire them! It was amazing! Meeting Sergei Federov, Ovechkin and the Russian Hockey team was a real highlight for me!
Jessica: Who are some musicians you admire and look up to?
David: I’ve always admired the songwriters more than performers, but sometimes they are both. Here are the ones that stand out the most to me: Brian Wilson, George Michael, Jackie Wilson, Bobby Darin, Paul McCartney, Diane Warren, Babyface, ABBA and the Beegees were amazing too!
David: That’s a big question – is that a human power thing like if I was King or President, or super power thing like superman or magneto? haha If it was a superpower thing – I wish people couldn’t steal anymore. That would be awesome if nothing was ever stolen again – almost can’t imagine living in that world…if it was a human power thing – then whatever country I was President or Prime Minister of, I would do whatever I could to make the simple things in life available to everyone again – starting with school, teaching a balance of art, athletics and academics – freedom and independence being earned by a less taxed and more educated public – and hopefully making the pursuit of happiness easier for people!
Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
David: “Whatever thy hand chooses to do – do with all thy might”- the bible and “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” – Churchill
Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and to purchase your music?
David: This year I’m really wanting to create as much entertainment as I can for my friends and fans – so for those interested, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/davidblairmusic as I will be posting new videos and video blogs from my travels around North America. I will be posting a lot more to YouTube this year and I can’t wait to do it! Also to support my efforts one can go to http://www.davidblairsongs.com/ and find my songs there to download from Itunes or get the cd mailed to them from CDbaby! It’s going to be an amazing year this year, and I’m really excited to be writing and creating new content as much as possible!
Jessica: Thanks again for doing this interview. I’m looking forward to your next album and wish you the best of luck with everything in the future.
David: Thank you Jessica – I appreciate your continued interest and support! 🙂