Davis & The Love Talks of Beginning's, Music, and More!

Diversity band DAVIS & THE LOVE has been active for sometime, releasing their debut album just last year! New music is already in the works as well too. The band has been playing shows and has much more to do come this next year coming up! The band talks of these plans and more below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Well, it all started when a friend of mine, Jordan Hawley from my hometown in Indianapolis, IN sent me some music that he was producing and it really reflected the type of music that I wanted to make moving forward. It had a throw back soul feel, but with current drum sounds that would still allow it to fit into the modern pop soundscape. We, along with his brother Matt Hawley as our engineer, ended up cutting 8 songs fairly quickly in their basement, and then I reached out to a number of musicians that I respected to put their flavor on it and give it a more "live" sound. Once I had the demos, I shopped the idea out to some musicians in Atlanta and my manager put an ad out in Craigslist and found our keyboard player, Nelson Puello. I really feel like fate stepped in on that one, because finding someone online that you can vibe with and that is as committed as you are is fairly hard to come by. And, especially someone that's not a weirdo lol. From there, I reached out to a drummer friend of mine D'andre Thigpen, who had sat in on some other projects of mine, and then a local booking agent recommended Cory Welch on guitar. We rotate in different musicians on bass (Troi Buchanon and Ken Smith), percussion (Luis Madrid), and horns, etc. I also had some amazing contributions from good friends Jay Jones (keys), and Benito DiBartoli (guitarist who toured with Eddie Money) whoe are based in Indianapolis and contributed some amazing stuff on the album, and who I enjoy playing out live with whenever our schedules allow it. I love the idea of a collaborative effort and I'm always looking to see what different musicians can bring to the table to keep evolving the sound. 

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Well, I had decided on the name before I actually had any core band members. I really wanted it to be something that felt positive, and something that made people immediately want to feel good. And what's a better feeling than love? I also knew that I didn't want to just make it about me, that it was going to be important to have talented musicians that had similar interests to the sound that I was going for. So instead of Nate Davis, I decided on Davis & The Love because, when it started, it was just me and my love of music and I was hoping that eventually it would become, me and people that loved to PLAY music. I guess I sort of just spoke into existence and luckily it ended up working out. 

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Atlanta, GA ...there's a great scene here with a lot of different styles. I think a lot of people know Atlanta for it's influence in hip hop, but there are a lot of different genres. You've got hard core bands, country influences, pop, funk, all kinds of cool stuff. I like Jacob Blazer, Funk Cake, Hannah Zale, Nobody's Darlings...too many to name really.

4. How would you describe your style?

It's like a mash up of playlists that would feature Otis Redding, Hall & Oates, and Bruno Mars. I love old soul and funk. I love 80's pop. I love classic rock. I love hip hop. And, I think you can see those influences in my music. I really wanted it to feel like my own lane and sound new and fresh, but one that still brings back familiar feelings. It's hard to put into a category which is kind of a gift and a curse. One song might sound more indie rock, and one more pop, but I think it's consistent in it's passion and themes. And, I hope people dig the diversity and eclectic ness of it.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We released our first full length album called "Future Retro Love Story" last year, and I'm really proud of it. It's a great place to start to get an idea of the sound and range of styles. I think you can expect songs that really resonate with your heart and soul, and also something you can jam out to when you're ready to be in a good mood. It's great for a drive, a workout, or a night out.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We have a ton of new music in the works! We're really just getting started. Our next single that we are releasing is called "Change the World" and it's really a call for us to be better as people. And, by focusing on being better as individuals, those ripples can eventually change the world and how we treat each other as a whole. We also have a live album that we are finishing up and a bunch of new music in the pipeline for the rest of the year and into 2022.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We play shows all the time! Our calendar is on our website www.davisandthelove.com and we are looking forward to doing even more in 2022, so check in and see when we'll be in your city.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

The main plans are to continue making music that feels great to us and hopefully others. Music that really resonates and inspires people. We also love performing, so we want to perform as much as possible because there is truly no greater feeling in the world than to have people singing along and dancing to your songs and feeling that collective energy.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We're on all platforms, so just type in Davis & The Love anywhere you listen to music. And, you can buy gear or learn more about us on our website www.davisandthelove.com.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

How it made them feel and what the song meant to them. Remember that it came from people who truly love what they do and hopefully we can make them love how they feel, get inspired, let off steam, or give them music for whenever they need to put them back in a good place and to pay that love forward.

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