Sep 14, 2012

Davis Fetter - KROQ Interview

It makes me so happy to see Davis Fetter getting recognized for his talent and this article plus video interview  give you an insight into what he is all about... definitely worth a read:
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A Locals Only favorite, retro-coiffed Davis Fetter pays homage to his musical heroes as brilliantly as the brilliantine sheen that keeps his hair in place. For one, not many can pull off an aesthetic that would make Morrissey proud and couple that with a personality so alive and luminous that anyone would fall in love with him.
And that’s sort of the point. With each one of his singles dedicated to different stages of the process of love, Fetter is the nice guy that steals the girl-next-door after her bad boy motorcycles away; the reason why he can do this is that under the artistic allure is a whip-smart young man with an edge that peeks through in his love of director Werner Herzog’s dry sense of humor and Queens of the Stone Age’s Song For The Deaf. 
Just like the raw edge of his voice at the end of his lyrical phrasing, Fetter himself has a raw edge despite what seems like an aura of absolute romanticism.  Fetter cites “Go With The Flow” from Queens of the Stones Age’s “bad ass sexy rock ‘n roll record” as his favorite make-out tune because it’s really “driving.”
His dark side was enough to appeal to Bauhaus veteran Peter Murphy who asked Fetter’s old band, Venus Infers, on the road after a chance performance with at the House of Blues on Sunset.  One day, the band was opening for the goth hero and the next day they were on the road to Emo’s in Austin, Texas.
Without jobs, Fetter said they had nothing to lose, plus Murphy, who Fetter says he still e-mails with and has expressed interest in producing one of Fetter’s solo songs, was more than willing to hook the broke band up with rock ‘n roll road perks.
“We were trying to sell enough merch just to make it to the next stop because the gigs weren’t even really paying—even in gas money, you know, to make it. Just kind of barely getting by,” explained Fetter, saying that every night on tour was a crazy story with Murphy. “The coolest thing about Peter Murphy is that he always hooked us up. With his catering, his food. He gave us the keys to his hotel room and said, ‘Go shower. Do whatever you want.’”
The “I See Love” singer credits the extensive vinyl collection of his parents for the knowledge it imparted, influencing him in a variety of music, all whom he gladly refers to on his website unlike many other artists.
Fetter says the some of the best artists he looked up to wore their influences on their sleeves, like Kurt Cobain who obviously loved the Pixies, John Lennon who was a “Buddy Holly freak,” and Roy Orbison, the singer of Fetter’s favorite break-up song “It’s Over,” who was Elvis’ favorite singer. When people tell Fetter that his music sounds like Jesus and Mary Chain he gets “stoked. “

“I really like bands that kind of carry the torch of rock ‘n roll,” said Fetter. “With all the bands that I like there’s definitely like a nod to kind of the classic crooners and some of the Motown pop structure.” Doing this with his own music as a solo artist, Fetter makes music that is easily personal, but also musically polished.
“As a solo artist, I think it’s really important to have a kind of personal relationship with an artist and the guys that I look up to I feel like I know. Even if I’ve never met them. I feel like I know him. Just by listening to his music. There’s a reason for that…Everything is kind of thought out artistically to support that intimacy,” said Fetter, explaining his songwriting process. “It’s definitely something that is on my mind when writing or, at least, when releasing a song to people…It’s definitely conscious.”
So, when Fetter leads us on a journey along the perfectly cobble-stoned pathway of his single releases, he is consciously letting us into his heart, blending together the euphoria of both the negative and positive aspects of love. Fetter said that the first time he ever felt like he was in love was at 18-years-old, but that, much like his individually-released songs, his amorous adventures are unfolding slowly, as little life-changing vignettes.
“I thought that I was in love many times. But when I wrote ‘Euphoria,’ of course it was just after kind of my heart was broken or whatever, but I feel like there’s a love in my mind, there’s an idea I have of love that I haven’t yet experienced, you know? A certain connection that I’ve yet to feel with someone,” Fetter explained.  “There’s this vision. There’s this ideal concept that I believe in. You know, I’m kind of a romantic so I believe in love, but I don’t feel like I’ve found yet, exactly what I’m looking for. That kind of connection.”
–Nadia Noir, KROQ Los Angeles

You can check Davis Fetter out at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival this weekend. His singles are available on iTunes. For more on Davis Fetter, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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