Today we are sharing an interview with DAV!D&CLARA: self-taught singer, songwriter and producer. He is the voice. She is the machine. Comprised of singer songwriter and producer David Castillo aka “DAV!D”, and his trusty laptop, miss CLARA.
1. First of all, tell us about how did you start your music career?
- I started by simply wanting to make music. It's always been a desire. I come from a family of musicians, many in country music. So a bit of a surprise that I love electronic music. I tried to learn how to play guitar but it never stuck. I also had some instructors that didn't wish to expend time with me which also impacted my music beginnings. I started with an idea. I was first inspired by Gwen Stefani's first solo single "What you waiting for?", then the rest kind of fell into place over 15 years. First started as writing lyrics and then moved to composing melodies with the help of a music program. And each step isn't as simple as it sounded, but if you love what you do, the difficulty doesn't matter at all.
2. Who are your music inspirations?
- Gwen Stefani sparked the fire in me. But my musical inspirations are all around as I've gone on in life. I recently noticed that listening to more Britney Spears has inspired me. Then sometimes Sky Ferreira. It all depends. I have a very picky music taste, and I tend to mix it up just cause life is a buffet and I want a bit of each. It surprises some to know that I have a love for folk music. Lissie (Elizabeth Corrin Maurus) is my ultimate favorite, her albums are just pure perfection when I'm in that mood. And each element inspires me. Something I ate, some movie I watched, how physically active was I that day? It all factors in, but I still roll with the punches.
3. Our readers would like to know more about your music. Any interesting facts?
- Well I have fans as far as Buenos Aires, it kind of floored me. I started writing lyrics in my bedroom in my parents house when I was 14, and then to have a fan send a picture of them playing my stuff across the world really made me feel cool. What I want fans to know is that I just like to have fun and challenge myself as a lyricist, composer and performer. I put my best effort into it.
4. What opinions have you recieved about your music?
- For me, the opinions don't matter. Of course I appreciate the constructive criticism, and respect if someone doesn't like it. But at the end of the day I'm not signed
to a label. I can really do what I want to do without going through a committee to approve of my decisions. This may hurt me in the long run, but I'm having to much
I choose to focus on the positives that I'm blessed with the ability to be able to make music, and music I like. That's how I really got started, I was tired of hearing
what I said was bad music on the radio. So a friend challenged me, when I was 17, "then make something better". It's not about better, it's about what I like. And that
is precisely what I endevor for.
5. What do you like to do more: songwriting or performing?
- I like both, because I learn from both. I learn what works, what doesn't , what needs tweaking, I love it all.
6. Which countries do you want to visit with tour?
- If I was blessed to tour internationally I would love to go everywhere I possibly could. I've never done a tour, but would be excited to do one.
7. How do you deal with haters?
- "Haters"? Well, as the saying goes "we project our insecurities onto others". So if my actions or words irritates your inner demons, then you need to deal with your
demons. You're an adult, not a child. Fix yourself before you tell me anything. And I do the same. The stem of that really comes from the abhorrent nature, the
lacking of empathy and compassion for your common man. For those who have a blessed priviliged life, they don't consider things can be harder for others.
The path to success isn't linear, it's unique to each person in many cases. Adding negatively helps no one, and in the long run we'll all do better without it.
8. What would you tell to your fans?
- I love you all. Though I love my music by itself without other people needing to appreciate it, I appreciate that we can share this love together.