Davis IL - Half-Wild
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From Lemons to Lemonade: Davis IL’s newest album

What do you do when you’re down and out and the pandemic strikes? You create a rock n’ roll album—at least that’s what Davis IL did. While he’s already released a few singles, his first album, “Half-wild”, comes out this August…on Friday the 13th no less! I love those good old fashion spooky vibes. After moving to LA from San Francisco to pursue work as a touring sideman and studio co-writer, and not being able to find much work due to the pandemic, he went within and produced an album that expressed the sentiments he –as well as the world– was experiencing. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty fucking cool. Let’s not forget: “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” We’re all connected, whether through emotion, music or even our thoughts. It’s always fun to throw in some occult and esoteric references for good measure. Come back for more of that.

Davis IL
Davis IL

While you hear clear 70s influences, Davis IL doesn’t stick to one genre; the album incorporates all 70s elements from heavy rock to pop-disco. It doesn’t stop there either—there are contemporary singer-songwriter elements as well as sprinkles of 80s new wave thrown in. In numbers like “Queenie Pie” and “All That’s Solid”, pop rock influences reminiscent of the Scissor Sisters, the Darkness and even Mika shine through. Oddly, in “Queenie Pie” I also pick up the heaviness of early Black Sabbath covered in a more contemporary spacey-pop blanket, which means it doesn’t really sound dated. Other numbers like “West Coast” or “Look at You, Look at Me futuristic in feeling. To tie it all together, ‘” are a bit more existential and Dawn of the Red” combines all of these elements—it’s happy, sad, clear yet confusing, calm yet nerve-racking, upbeat, downbeat and everything in between. If you’re up to take this wild ride of a listening experience, check out Davis IL’s “Half-wild”, coming out this August on Friday the 13th!

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Live Video “All That’s Solid” – Davis IL

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.