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DAVIS FETTER: PLAYING LIVE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS SONGWRITING INTERVIEW BY PAUL HASTINGS

 
When we heard that the excellent Davis Fetter was releasing another song we knew that we would be in for a treat. It is therefore no surprise to learn that "I Won't Let This World Break My Heart" is an almost perfect, pop, rock n roll song with a hint of glitter and a retro charm. This is just the last in a fine collection of songs, many of which we previously reviewed (www.mudkiss.com/april2013albums.htm). Paul Hastings therefore grabbed the chance to catch up with Davis to discover more about this unique artist.

PAUL:Tell us a bit about your background and what got you in to playing music

DAVIS: I grew up in the California desert. I first picked up a guitar at age 12 when I heard Chuck Berry for the first time. Something about the way he played just made the guitar sound fun. Then I heard The Strokes and knew I wanted to write songs.

PAUL: I first heard about you via a rockabilly website, whilst I can hear traces of that influence I certainly wouldn't put your music in that genre. How would you describe your style?

DAVIS: Rock & Roll. For me, Rock & Roll is freedom. It's the only genre of music that has no limits. From Elvis to The Clash to The Smiths to Nick Cave to John Lennon, there's really no way to categorise what makes music Rock & Roll, but every time you hear it you get the same feeling: euphoria.

PAUL: Who are some of your main influences and why?

DAVIS: John Lennon is the best songwriter of all time. And he has the best voice of all time. I feel I can relate to everything he ever said musically, he was completely fearless. I also really like David Bowie, Buddy Holly, T Rex, and James Brown. For me, good songwriting gets me hooked. There's plenty of songs out there that make you say "Ok cool" but I'm drawn to the ones that make you say "Fuck yeah." "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones is a "Fuck yeah" kind of song.

PAUL: I know that songs are like children but which are your own favourite tracks?

DAVIS: My favourite song I've released is "I Won't Let This World Break My Heart" because it literally wrote itself. The best songs I write are always the ones that write themselves. Musically it's somewhere between Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan, who are two of my favourite artists.

PAUL: You seem to release singles rather than albums, is this just due to meeting the needs of the "I tunes generation", or is there some other philosophy behind it?

DAVIS: Releasing singles one at a time is purely because I love it. It keeps me excited. And I can only hope it keeps others excited too. I grew up collecting vinyl singles one at a time, so I release music the same way I discovered it.

PAUL: Does this mean we will never see a Davis Fetter album?

DAVIS: I never say never and I never say never again.

PAUL: In terms of the releases so far, what has been the process? I.e. Who plays on them, who produces, how are they released and distributed?

DAVIS: I really like traveling to different studios and working with new people. My song "I Loved You So" was recorded in Joshua Tree with Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) as producer. "I Won't Let This World Break My Heart" was recorded at Sound City in Los Angeles, and Matt Chamberlain (Morrissey, David Bowie) was kind enough to play drums on it. I've also recorded in Nashville, TN with my friend Elliot who runs a studio out there. Usually I ask friends or my bandmates to play on the recordings. All of the songs are released independently by me.

PAUL: How can people in the UK check out your music and purchase your songs?

DAVIS: They can visit iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

PAUL: How important is playing live and what can people expect if they come to a gig?

DAVIS: Playing live is just as important as songwriting. The live show reminds us that music is a visceral experience. I discovered so many of my favourite bands from seeing them live for the first time, and it keeps me coming back for more. My goal on stage is to win people over. I want people to love what I'm doing just as much as I do.

PAUL: Finally, what's the chance of you getting over to the UK some time soon so we can experience that?

DAVIS: I really hope to make that happen very soon. If all goes to plan, it will be within the year.

Well let's really hope that opportunity comes sooner rather than later. Davis Fetter is certainly doing something which is unlike anything else that is around at the moment. For now, you should definitely check out his stuff because, if his talent and dedication gets the rewards it deserves, he should end up being huge.

www.davisfetter.com
https://twitter.com/davisfetter

Interview by Paul Hastings
Photos by Haley Reed