DAV!D&CLARA is an Electronic/Industrial act out of Phoenix Arizona. I guess you could call this act a duo – David and his computer CLARA, I would say make a great pair. Inspired by Gwen Stefani’s “What you waiting for?”, self taught singing along to Roisin Murphy’s “Overpowered” album, NIN and 80’s music for inspiration. We got to know this eclectic “duo” in the interview below, asking about the fruition of the project, some of the meanings of tracks, and what is in store for David’s future- enjoy!
Entertwine: Could you tell us about your musical background? What inspired this particular project (DAV!D&CLARA)?
To be clear, I’m David, and Clara is my computer. The inspiration behind it is a multitude of factors. 1, I was inspired by Gwen Stefani’s 2004 solo single “What you waiting for?”. Then I was inspired to produce my own music after hearing British Producer Richard X, his album “X-Factor Vol.1” in 2006. Since then I’ve produced songs, none as good as what is on “H/U/M/A/N/” or the previous album “Emotion Machine”, but they still had a flare to them. I really have no musical background. For years I had been listening to Nine Inch Nails and didn’t know it, Trent Reznor is an inspiration. However with my music I’m trying to aim for electroclash styling, with industrial in the mix. 80’s music as well plays a big part of my sound and inspiration. However during “H/U/M/A/N/” and the other songs that were batch loaded with it, I was listening to a lot of 90’s grunge as well as Sky Ferreira’s album “Night time, My time”, which is funny because initally I didn’t like that album. It grew on me. Vocally I’m self taught from listening along and singing along to songs, the album that helped me hone the skill was listening to Roisin Murphy’s 2007 album “Overpowered”. She is a huge inspiration as well.
What is it like living in Phoenix, Arizona? What are the music scenes of Phoenix like?
Living in Phoenix Arizona, is weird sometimes. The sound is predominantly acoustic, folk, rap, and rock.
What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your album “H/U/M/A/N/”?
Life in general. Each track tells a different story or fantasy of mine. I do write fantasy sometimes because it’s just more fun, and if someone wants to know if a song is fantasy or truth, just ask. “Las Vegas” is talking about the city of Las Vegas Nevada as a woman. Everytime I’ve found myself in Las Vegas it’s been very interesting to say the least. “Blisters” is a sexual fantasy, unspoken, but sang about someone looking at them. “Roborok” is my obsession with electronic rock music and what it’s done for me in my life. “One and only” was inspired by true events, it was also written while listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey. “Unconditionally” was written after a situation I encountered a very disgusting level of racism. Truthfully in my life I’ve dealt with a lot of that kind of crap. The song itself carries a message of acceptance, no matter who you are. I’ll give my love to anyone who wants it. Love, not sex. “Drop it” is my taking of dance music of now. There’s a lot of bass drops, and I just wanted to try it and I think I did pretty good. “My darkness” is a follow up to a song I made in 2012 called “Only My friend the night”. Sometimes there’s a darkness in the light, and a light in the darkness and only those seeking will find both. “Robotic” is a song written about how I make music with Clara. It’s pure magic, and it’s magical how you bond when making music. Musicians bond with their favorite guitar or their favorite drum set. For me, it’s Clara.
What inspired the visual presentation of the album?
Really the Human nature within us all.
How does this album differ from or expand on your previous release (“Emotion Machine”)?
It expands because with “Emotion Machine”, I described it as a test album. “H/U/M/A/N/” expands because it’s much more raw, cutting to the bone.
What does one of your recording sessions look and sound like?
I couldn’t tell you exactly. Songs, the magic of inspiration hits me like a freight train and then I just make the songs.
What does 2015 hold in store for DAV!D&CLARA?
More promotion for “H/U/M/A/N/” and maybe some more projects. I’m working on a few songs for a friend to bring attention to laws passed in Phoenix Arizona
that make it illegal for the homeless to ask for food or money, which I don’t think is right. My opinion is that Phoenix is trying to clean up only because of the
coming Superbowl in 2015.