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Davey J Interview


When did you decide that a career in music was for you?


I don't think there was ever a definitive moment when the decision was made. I think when you fall in love with something early on, and then habitually continue to do it, it feels like that thing chooses you.


Who are your musical inspirations and why?


I draw inspiration from a bunch of different places. I often hear a local artist and get inspired, I'll catch a Bad Bunny song that inspires me, a Ye record, or a Weeknd track or a 6lack song. I'll cut on an Adele record and let it play.

But musically my biggest inspiration is the artist I'm both working to be and going to be 6 months from now, that I'm going to be next year, even 5 years from now, and so on.


Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?


I try to be an open book in my music. My music is therapeutic and as a form of therapy its hard to come up with things I haven't put out already or am actively open about.

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What song of yours best describes you and why?


Possibly "MJ" off my latest project "The Off Story" 

This song off first listen is speaking to a girl who I've never had and maybe thought I'd never get. But metaphorically speaking and as I get into the verses it's deeper than just a girl. It's all the things I was told I'd never be, and all the things I saw that I'd never have. The things that rooted themselves in me as insecurity which caused me to make mistakes which made it harder to obtain the things I was looking for. But later in the song, I start speaking on some real spiritual experiences that brought me to the realization I am enough. Those things I seek can be mine if I believe they can.

I'm just a canvas that hasn't been finished yet. 


What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?



There's a few that stand out, but anytime I get a chance to stand in front of people and perform my truth with everything I have to offer, it's a blessing and I'm grateful for every opportunity I've had to share my art in a live format.


If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?


A sold out Madison Square Garden. The world's most famous arena, in basketball they call it the Mecca. It's one of the biggest stages in the world all while being located in my home state. 

I can't speak for every artist but performing at Madison Square Garden is one of the greatest feats an artist can accomplish in my opinion. 


What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?


My biggest achievement is still doing what I love. In the pursuit of this music thing I've watched artists I deemed more talented than myself both start and quit, and it was heartbreaking. Still being able to do what I love and love what I do is hands down my biggest achievement so far.

As for what I want for the future? Whatever is meant for me. I see myself accepting the highest awards I can earn, while also assisting in getting other artists to the heights they dream about. 

I'm working to build something not only for myself but for anybody with an artistic inclination, so that what I build can be used as a tool for success however they themselves measure it.


Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?


When I hopped off the stage after doing the Famous Food Festival on Long Island. I saw all the people that showed up for me, embracing my family and extended family was one of the most raw moments I've ever had. It hits different when the people you love are genuinely proud of you and you can feel it without the words being spoken. I think about that feeling everyday.


What do you like best about being a musician and why?


Music is therapy for me. I step in that booth and release all my pain, all my trauma, all my inner feelings and let it bleed into the verses. It feels good to be able to express myself in a way that helps me but also resonates with others as well.


If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?


I hope I never have to find out.


What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?


I was a big concert goer at one time. I've attended shows with less than 20 people and shows with more than 20 thousand. The best show was Kanyes "The Life of Pablo tour" From the show production, to the energy in the crowd, nothing compared. But what really stood out to me was the demographic. All ages, all races, young, old and everything in-between. All there for the same reason.


What would your ideal festival line up be and why?


Kendrick, The Weeknd. Kanye and Miss Adele.

Although these are all mainstage artists, and a festival may limit their shows, I view these artists as ones that really love the idea of putting on a production and giving the fans something to go home with.


What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?


THIS is probably my favorite question. But somebody I highly respect once consoled me in one of my lowest times, after I felt like I threw everything away. They said  "good judgement comes from experience, but experience comes from the moments of bad judgement." 

So when you do make a mistake, don't treat yourself as if you're the mistake.


What things make you happy and what things annoy you?


I'm at my happiest when I'm laughing with long term friends who've become family, and the laugh is so great it's like you're experiencing the whole relationship in one moment. It's something spiritual. 

Not too many things annoy me though, but for sure you need to keep your word and stand on the morals and principles you say you stand for. I don't care if it's good, bad, evil or all of the above, your words must match your actions. 


What things do you like to do when you are away from music?


I like quiet time to myself. Thumbing through a book, expanding my vocabulary and knowledge.

A lot of people get to a certain point in their lives and stop trying to sharpen their iron. I embrace a challenge of any kind but especially the ones that make my mind work.


Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?



For some it is, for some it isn't. It absolutely has become a powerful tool in reaching your fans, connecting with them and giving them more content than ever. It's also a beneficial way to gauge numbers. Artists labels and fans can see who's gravitating towards what, organically, or artificially. This helps me target my most active demographics while also letting me know what the people believe I do best and what I can work on.

But the flipside of that, it isn't just music industry related but the insecurity of constantly comparing ourselves to what we see on social media. Nobody's life is perfect but the only thing that's shown is the highlight reel. Amazing artists are in states of constant defeat not realizing how great they really are. I've done it to the point I almost quit. But only when you stop seeking validation from the crowd, is when you'll receive the validation you've been craving. Whether it be from yourself or the same ones who shunned you.


How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?


If not most of the time, then a lot of the time aesthetics in this industry matters more than the art.

HOWEVER, my advice to any artist who may sway off their path, you can always work on your look, but you can't get back the time to work on your art and sharpen your skill.


Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?


My hourglass is a constant reminder that sometimes blessings aren't being denied, they just may be delayed. But don't stall and don't waste the time you've been given, because it's the one thing we can't get back.


What would your ideal day consist of


Everyday is an ideal day when you're above ground. Waking up is always a sign of an ideal day. The next sign of an ideal day is finding excitement in not knowing what the day holds for you.


If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?


I'm not perfect, nobody is. Thank you for constantly supporting me and sending me all the good energy and love that I receive. I'm sorry for the times I've let you down and can't promise it won't happen again. I'm a work In progress. I've made mistakes, I can't wait to make more and learn from those and I'm okay with that. If you're a fan of DaveyJ you're a fan of yourself. And you should never stop believing in yourself.


How would you answer the question Who is Davey J and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?


DaveyJ is a combination of every energy he's been blessed to interact with. Good or bad. Real or fake. An artist not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, to wear his traumas as a badge of honor and speak his truth as he sees it. They won't always like you for it but they'll respect you for it. 

A true people's artist. The same way I am in the booth is the same person I am when I step outside. There is no difference. And the love I experience when I go outside and interact with my people, is a testament to that.


What was the first record or song you purchased and why?


Wiz Khalifa, "Rolling Papers" He was one of the first artists I felt like I was a part of the fan base that supported him getting to where he got too. It's also the only record I've ever purchased. My mom saw the receipt and nearly had a panic attack when she thought her child was buying rolling papers!


What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?


Be ready to experience every emotion and then some. Be okay with failing, be okay with getting everything and losing it. Be okay with losing friends, family, and going through mental games you'd never imagine. Commit to finding yourself and be okay with reinventing yourself. Sometimes you need to let go of the past to make room for what's in your future. If you love your art, then make the art you love.


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?


Miss Adele is one of my favorites, that would be an honor to make music with her. I've become a fan of Billie Eillish too. I would love to lock in and really create something of substance with her.

Those are two artists who I believe in their creative process, and consider helping the audience feel something.


What things make you uncomfortable?


This might sound silly, they might say this doesn't make sense, but what makes me uncomfortable is comfort. Or even complacency. Growth comes from putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. When I get uncomfortable, I know I'm ready to grow or I've already started. So in times when I feel too comfortable in whatever situation I'm in, I fall into a deep discomfort because I no longer feel like I'm pushing myself to find growth. Never stop evolving. 


If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?


As far as a book? I might be working on a little something already so we'll have to wait and see. But for now if you'd want to know, check out DaveyJ "The Off Story" project out now on all streaming platforms!


What has the rest of the year got in store for you? 


I always have plans but things never go according to them, I know even though things dont always go how you want them to go, they go how they are supposed to go. I dont know what the year holds for me, and thats the most exciting part.


Thank you for this Interview Paul, shoutout Electric Music Magazine. 

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