Some would say that, “rock music is dead,” but to 15 year old singer/songwriter, Eddy Davis, this is not the case. Hailing from Daytona Beach, this native Florida rocker discovered his voice at a young age and has been working on developing his sound ever since. Eddy’s music is true “raw” rock and roll – with raspy vocals and driving guitars, this young artist is destined for success in the coming years. After being discovered by NYC-based producer Matty Amendola of 825 Records, Eddy began to work on a few projects, including his recent in-studio performance at Gibson NYC. This recent video release showcases Eddy’s talents in a live and real environment, leaving little room for error – yet Eddy yet again took this opportunity to shine the light on his superior and unique sound. We had the opportunity to sit down with Eddy, and his producer Matty Amendola to discuss a little bit of his musical background, as well as the process of recording, getting discovered, and exactly why we haven’t seen him on national TV…yet. Enjoy the interview below!
Entertwine: Thanks for joining us today Eddy! We were so impressed with your talent when we first heard your music – such a distinct voice you have. When did you first discover your voice? When did you know that pursuing a career in music was the route you wanted to choose?
Eddy Davis: My dad had a VHS of The Beatles playing live at BBC from the mid 1960s. I would stand in front of the TV for hours and mimic the entire concert verbatim for all four Beatles. I was well aware of my voice from as far as I can remember. I was able to carry a tune before I could walk. As time went on, I sang as much as I could, and I naturally got smoother and raspier. I was five years old when I knew this would be my life.
ET: What message are you working to convey through your compositions? What are you hoping to achieve or accomplish through your releases and live performances?
ED: I want to use my music to convey the innermost thoughts and feelings without any reserve. I want to make rock and roll. REAL rock and roll. I want to use my music to speak for me with no interruption of conscious external influence.
ET: What are your long-term goals as an artist and songwriter?
ED: Besides having my music played consistently around the world, my goal is to change the way people think. I want listeners to feel stories from every perspective possible.
ET: Could you tell us about your involvement with 825 Records?
ED: I signed an artist development deal a little under a year ago with 825 Records in Brooklyn, NY. Owner and producer (my producer) Matty Amendola, discovered me one night in NYC and insisted that I come back to NY to record with him. It was an instant connection and the path I was looking for; someone with a lot of heart, fight, and the team to help me every step of the way.
ET: You play some true rock and roll, but is rock music dead? With the mass influx of pop/computer-generated music over the past two decades, is it too late for rock to be revitalized? Do you feel that people still appreciate true musicianship?
ED: Well… It has seen it’s better days, but it’s certainly not dead. I’m here rocking my ass off, and I’m not the only one… Rock and roll is one of the few genres that hasn’t died off or mutated into something completely different. I think the reason behind this is because of the overall musicianship. You can’t make rock and roll on a laptop. You need to know how to play, use your ears, and break barriers. I think that kind of real musicianship is completely unappreciated by the masses nowadays. There are packed rock shows and festivals around the world all the time, yet it’s not good enough for the radio? It’s all political BS and is frustrating beyond belief for REAL musicians.
ET: What can you tell us about the video you and the band recorded at Gibson NYC? How did this opportunity come about?
ED: My producer Matty Amendola reached out to Gibson on my behalf about a possible promotional affiliation. I was ecstatic that a company I love so much invited me into their family. They gave us full-reign access to their showroom in NYC, and Matty thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get a band together and try these songs in a live environment for the first time. Matty played rhythm guitar. Mike MacIvor from Candiria played bass. Julio Arias from Hope Kills Fear played drums. Van Baram played keys and percussion. It was tiring but the band was incredible. It annoys me that all Matty has to do is call these super well respected musicians whenever he wants [Laughs]. I can’t wait for the days where I can have them around a lot more.
The video, which is a live performance of my song “She Has Everything,” is what I hope people will watch and realize that this is what I do. I’m not your typical 15-year-old kid who walks in the studio and has an engineer auto-tune vocals or copy and paste guitar parts. This is real music.
(Eddy Davis Performs, “She Has Everything” live at Gibson NYC Studios)
ET: Thats incredible, we we’re totally impressed – loved how ‘raw’ it was. So tell us what is like working with Matty? Have you worked with any other producers? How is working with Matty different than anything else you’ve been a part of?
ED: Working with Matty is like putting Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein in the same room with a blackboard and a light bulb for an indefinite amount of time. We are crazy productive together! He managed to give my music its own “signature” twist. I’ve worked with a few people in the past but nobody like Matty. When we’re together, he forces me to use my imagination for every waking minute of the day. It’s a process that makes me feel more useful to society in some weird way.
ET: So now, Matty, we want to get your thoughts and ideas on what was it like working with Eddy on this project, and overall as his producer. Have you found that Eddy has inspired you, both personally and musically, as well?
Matty Amendola: The first time I ever saw Eddy play, his voice brought me in instantly. I couldn’t wait for him to get off stage so I could introduce myself. He was 14 at the time, and the songwriting he presented to me shortly after meeting made me a believer. The kid has everything. The voice, the songs, the look, and most importantly, talent and knowledge for days. He reminds me a lot of myself when I was that young, and it has inspired me in more ways than I can express in words.
I’ve been lucky enough to have my foot in this business for a long time. The fact that not one “big-shot” has stepped up and given Eddy what he deserves as an artist, despite how long he’s been doing this, just shows the dismal state the music industry. Nobody is taking chances and nobody is putting talent or the art itself first. Things will turn around and when they do, Eddy Davis will have his major shot, and I’ll be right there telling everyone: “I told you so.” “
ET: Have you considered auditioning for The Voice, American Idol, or America’s Got Talent?
ED: I remember considering auditioning for one of these shows when they first started, until I realized nothing of any sustainable value were coming from the “winners.” The overall “idea” is not for me, and at this point, we all know it’s just another reality show. Since signing with 825, producers of “The Voice” have called twice securing auditions for me. 825 turned down each offer much more politely than I would have… They want to keep me away from any gimmicky shortcuts, and I really appreciate that support.
ET: What do the remaining months of 2014 hold in store for Eddy Davis? Do you have any upcoming performances scheduled?
ED: I’m hoping to get some phone calls back before the end of the year to be honest…[Laughs] We have so much stuff in the works and I’m impatient, but I’m learning that this really is the business of “hurry up and wait.” I look forward to booking some shows here in Daytona Beach, FL while Matty and the 825 team gather larger opportunities for me in NY.
ET: Awesome, well we are on your side here at Entertwine and are totally rooting for you, we wish you all the best!
ED: Thanks guys!