David Addison Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I’ve dreamed of making music ever since I was a kid, but I didn’t truly decide until I started my audio engineering degree last year and fell in love with running studio sound.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
My biggest music inspiration is Pink Floyd, the sound quality of those old records is amazing, and I love how they capture such strong imagery through their songs.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I write, record, produce, perform, mix and master all my music. I love looking at art and learning about artists although I have no talent for visual art. I love nature and being outside.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
My song Illusion off my new album “1971, Demo Tape” describes me best because it is musically upbeat and carefree, this contrasts the lyrics which describe a failed relationship. This contradiction reflects me because I often present a carefree, upbeat attitude while I’m dealing with more complicated emotions.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
The best gig I’ve done was a show at in downtown Columbus, OH because it was the first time I signed an autograph. A little kid asked me for my autograph which really made my day
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
I would perform at the Chicago Stadium, performing on the same stage that Led Zeppelin played their legendary two and a half hour show with no opening act or intermission in 1975 would be a very surreal and almost spiritual experience for me.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
My best achievement is releasing my first album “1971, Demo Tape” my hard drive failed when I was over ¾ of the way finish and had to completely start over but I think this was for the better and I’m happy with the finished product. In the future, my biggest goal I want to achieve is opening my own recording studio.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
I love the feeling when I first start a brand new song, knowing I can take it in whatever direction I want musically or artistically is very freeing.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I’m currently a self-employed student so I would hopefully be working in a studio.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
The best gig I’ve been too as a fan was Travis Scott. The theatrics of the show were incredible with the lights and the pyrotechnics. The set was also insane, there was a roller coaster on stage that went out over the crowd.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I’ve ever received is to say yes to as many opportunities as possible and to always use your connections when you need help or a favor. It’s okay to not be an expert on everything as long as you can problem solve, use your resources and come up with a reasonable solution.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Some things that make me happy is being outside, spending time with my family and loved ones, playing music, and my dogs. Not many things annoy me off the top of my head but one I can think of is the sound of forks craping on a plate.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I love to go to parks, being outdoors is very refreshing for me especially now with lockdowns and school starting again. It’s nice to get out of the house and be in nature.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
I think it is a great thing for connecting with supporters, networking, and finding other artist but it is also a terrible thing in that if you spend too much time focusing on how other people perceive you on the internet then you can start to lose track of who you truly are.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
I think it is much more important than it really should be. Presentation means a lot when it comes to earning people’s interest and trust in your product. In some levels of the music industry presentation almost means more than the music sometimes which should never be the case in my opinion.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I have one tattoo on my left arm, it doesn’t have any special significance in the artwork itself but the memory is very dear to me. It was one of my last days living in New York and I went with my best friend to get our first tattoos together.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I would change the minimum wage, I think it is completely unreasonable that we have full grown adults making less than a livable wage for doing the hard labor that other people don’t want to do.
What would your ideal day consist of?
My ideal day is walking my dogs, and playing music with no school work to worry about..
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations. Can you tell us how this has affected you personally, how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Personally, Covid 19 has really put a lot of obstacles in the way of my education. It is much harder to attend a university and get a good educational experience when you can’t attend classes. Professionally, it has completely halted my gigs. It’s just not safe to be going to venues to play music right now. My message would be tell your family and friends you love them, check up on them, call them, do whatever you can to strengthen your circle in these uncertain times.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
I would just say thank you, for the support and believing in me when other people didn’t because it’s that genuine connection with people who support me that keeps me going.
How would you answer the question Who is David Addison and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
David Addison is a Rockstar. Me as an artist and me away from music are actually very different. Personally, I am very introverted and somewhat shy but when I’m working on music, performing, playing the part of “David Addison” my confidence sky rockets and I feel like I can express my music in an outgoing way.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
The first record I purchased was Purple Rain by Prince because I loved it as a kid and Prince music wasn’t easily accessible in digital forms back then.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
I would say to trust yourself and don’t be afraid to suck. If you believe you have the potential to be in the industry then you do, it all starts with believing in yourself. Trust yourself through the learning curve and don’t give up when things get hard. Everyone sucks at one point.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I would choose 070 Shake, her music is amazing and she is a big inspiration to me when it comes to work ethic and following through with your ideas.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
I would have written” Breathe (In The Air)” by Pink Floyd because I love that song.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Social situations where I have to meet a lot of new people at once.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
I would be sure to put all the resources I used to learn my craft. The audio engineering community is often unwelcoming and overly convoluted and the good resources can be hard to find.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you and can you tell us about any gig date changes or where we can find the info?
This year is a little uncertain for me, it’s unclear at the moment when I can start playing gigs again. You can follow my Instagram @_david_addison_ for updates on me and my music.