November 12, 2009
David Wilcox Interview
Coming up next, we’ll meet North Carolina based Acoustic Folk artist David Wilcox. David may be a man of few words, but put him behind his guitar and he will let you know what he really thinks. Over the past fifteen years, David has perfected the art of writing meaningful songs and is fiercely dedicated to his craft and musical honesty. We caught up with David and asked him about life on and off the road, as well as how people are responding to songs with a real message.
1. What is it about your work that makes terms like musical medicine come up a lot?
Musical medicine is just a fun name that I give for the experience of songs guiding my heart to clarity. It’s also a term to describe succinctly some people’s reaction to my music.
2. How old were you when you became interested in playing music?
3. North Carolina has a rich musical heritage. How do you stay rooted in Carolina with all the traveling you have to do?
I don’t as well as I wish I could, but I love my family and I love the musical community in Asheville and I love the views. I love to get out in nature, away from the city. It’s a pretty quick bike ride up the Parkway to some places that still inspire me.
4. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
It’s hard to narrow it down to individuals, but some of the folks that have been inspiring over the years are: Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne.
5. Falling For It makes a bold statement. How have people across the country responded to what you have to say?
There have been mixed responses, most positive, including a standing ovation for the song itself. There have also been a few isolated cases of people leaving the show as a result of hearing the song. The liner notes on that record describe my process of writing that song and my decision to speak my heart in a direct way. I was frustrated by how polarized we were getting as a country and I didn’t want to succumb to that fear of speaking out.
6. What do you try to accomplish with your songwriting?
World peace, personal enlightenment and contagious transcendent joy. I also fold paper airplanes with a dream of landing one on the moon, but you have got to have a dream!
7. You recorded your most recent record on studio equipment that some might call vintage. What advantages did you find in that process?
It keeps me honest because there’s no computer tricks and it makes the recording process more like an inspired performance.
8. Do you think digital recording and other computer based applications have decreased the quality of musicianship?
Yes, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot also make a great record through those means, but they can act as a crutch.
9. You seem to tour the entire country regularly. Do you have a favorite part of the country to play?
I have different favorites for different reasons. I love the beautiful quiet venues where the audience can really hear. But I also love the challenge of the clubs where you’re up against some serious distraction. For the sake of the music you come out in warrior mode.
10. Where can people go to find out where to see you live?
Thanks, David. We all look forward to seeing you hit the stage in that warrior mode. Check out the David Wilcox website to find out where you can see David live, befriend him on MySpace, subscribe to the YouTube channel and you can follow him on Twitter. Chances are he’ll be hitting a town near you soon.
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