Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
My name is Dave Connis, I was born in the USA on April 16th, 1990 and I wrote my first song at the age of 6. It was called “My Hart” and was utterly horrible.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
My music career is a strange beast that I still don’t understand. What constitutes a career? Can anyone tell me? If so, let me know. I’ve played in bands off and on since high school, but never played the same instrument. In one I played drums, in another I played bass. In another I played electric guitar. I’ve always just tried to fit where I’m needed. I’ve been writing music since I was six, and all throughout high school recorded songs on the built in recorder on my computer. I’ve attempted to make music work for me since high school, but I find success in music pretty liquid in that you can’t pin it down and it seems like a random game. So, instead of chasing whatever success is, I just attempt to write music I’d want to listen to.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
My genre started out straight folk, but has since evolved into I guess what the kids are calling electrofolk or neu-folk. Well, I’d like to think that’s what I’m making. At the moment I’m a little too dumb on electronic music to claim those genres entirely. I’ve always liked layered music, where the ear is consistently picking up something new. Of course, this is why I’ve moved out of straight folk. I want more.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Honesty time. I don’t know what I’m doing. Easy. I have no idea what to do with my music outside of make it the best it can be. I don’t even know if I can speak to the ups and downs outside of the fact that I’ve never really “broke in” to the music business, which maybe is my ups and downs.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
My backing band is made up of 5 of my favorite musicians. David Henry, John Michael Forman, Joel Harris, Noah Barnett, and Sammie Brown. Between them, they cover trumpets, bass, drums, vocals, electric, cello, and pretty much any instrument I could ask for. We recorded this song along with the rest of the album over two years of long nights.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve been writing songs for a long time, but I don’t think I can claim I’ve been in the music industry. I think my future goal is to have a fanbase that cares about the music and not having to talk media outlets into covering me. It’s exhausting doing that all the time.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Anything. I plagiarize the world.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I wish I could! If I find out, I’ll definitely tell you!
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Hi, I’m Dave Connis. I hope you like the tunes. I made them for you.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Be honest. Be kind. Share others music if you enjoy it. Don’t fall into the keep the “secret sauce” mindset.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
I would if I could, Broadtube. I would if I could.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
I think my mom is listening right now!
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I typically write lyrics first and then write music around it, but not always. Sometimes I wake up with a melody in my head. Other times I record little riffs on my phone. Composition looks a lot like messing around with any option I think of until I come up with something I like more than the others.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Damien Rice. Does a lot with a little.
Sufjan Stevens. Amazing instrumentalist. Amazing layers to songs.
Josh Ritter. Storytelling skills are on point. If I could write a song as good as he does, I’d be happy.
Jon Foreman. Knows how to make good tunes about everything including his faith. He balances art and faith in a way I want to emulate.
Gregory Alan Isakov. Simple but beautiful. Plus, I’d die of bliss if I ever got to play my songs with a full orchestra.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’d love to collaborate with:
Jed Whedon. PRODUCE ME, MAN. PLEASE.
Kate Davis. Her voice. My lord. Her voice.
Chance the Rapper. Indie Folk meets his style of rap? Yes please.
Tycho. I want this so bad I’d sell my house. Probably not, but I still want it bad.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Dave_Connis_Looking_for_Eden?id=B5fnen64vwcrcd5oxnadap2vpxu
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Yesterday. October 16th, when the album I’d worked on for four years released and my dad passed away only two weeks before. He didn’t get to hear it.