Q: I am always curious about the artist’s upcoming. Was there a specific person or event that inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
DAVID: I grew up in the music industry. My dad had a remote recording truck and engineered many live records. I went to a Conservatory for classical piano and then got interested in electronic music and composition. I had a mentor, Gershon Kingsley, whom I met while in college and he taught me a lot about being a professional in music.
Q: The lyrics on “Stardust” brought out beautiful depths to the song. Can you walk us through your creative process?
DAVID: I wanted to write a space love song with hints of psychedelia. I always loved the 1960s-70s sci-fi and wanted to do something that had that sort of fantasy about it. My close friend Kevin Kadish played guitar and it combined beautifully with the analog synthesizers. I played a solo on a real Minimoog through tape echo. All the instruments are real – not plugins – and that really inspires me.
Q: What were your favorite moments making this record?
DAVID: I loved recording with Fiona. I have recorded music with her since she was 9. She’s now 18. She’s a brilliant singer with a gorgeous sound. And her family usually comes to sessions with her so it gives us a chance to hang out. I’m a talker. So are they.
Q: How do you think your music has evolved since the beginning of your musical journey?
DAVID: I started out in advertising music and television. I’ve written all kinds of logos (Verizon, ABC, CBS News) and jingles (JC Penny It’s All Inside, Target Love & Efficiency). I started working on records seriously when doing orchestrations for Lenny Kravitz. I shared a studio with him for years. I almost exclusively produce my own and others’ music now. I’ve worked with great artists like the Lumineers, Bat for Lashes, Matt Maeson, and Vance Joy.
Q: Even the greatest writers can battle with creative blocks at times, how do you deal when there’s a lack of inspiration?
DAVID: I came from being a ‘writer on demand’ and have never faced writer’s block.
Q: What are you doing when you are NOT making music?
DAVID: I live in a beautiful rural area. I like to bike and play with my dog Sputnik.
Interviewed by Alina Tran