Megan Davies – Bad Poetry
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) How would you describe your sound?
A) My sound is definitely rooted in acoustic music. I write all my songs on acoustic guitar and frequently tour with that setup. That being said, I’m not afraid to throw electric guitars and drums on top. But at the core I’d say it’s raw and singer/songwriter-esque.
Q) Who are some of your musical influences?
A) I grew up listening to a lot of really cool female songwriters – Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann and Ani Defranco. Later on, I got really into experimental rock and bands like Radiohead. Nowadays, I listen to a ton of different styles. I love Chance the Rapper and Bon Iver.
Q) Talk about the story behind your new song “Black and White.”
A) It’s about learning to be okay with where you’re at in your life. I’m a millennial who’s now technically an adult. I always thought that at this stage things would be very clear cut, but I still don’t have everything figured out.
Q) What do you think it is about the song that fans connect to?
A) It’s very honest and showcases a lot of sides to myself that I don’t like to admit to. I talk about how easy it is to lie and how sometimes I rather stay inside than be out trying to change the world. And I think people relate to that. We’re all complicated people.
Q) What is your song writing process? Do you need music before you can create lyrics?
A) My songs usually start with a guitar lick or chords I find interesting. I draw emotion pretty quickly from that and can start fleshing out lyric and content ideas.
Q) How much of hand do you have in the production of your music?
A) I produce all the acoustic music I release, including all the music on my YouTube channel. This EP was the first time I worked with outside producers. But I’m definitely a control freak and like to be involved on every level.
Q) What can fans expect from a live Megan Davies performance?
A) Definitely solid guitar playing. For some reason there seems to be a stigma around being a YouTube artist, that maybe you can’t back up your skills live. Guitar is what I studied in college so I feel comfortable and confident with a guitar. I’ll play all day long haha.
Q) Where are some of your favorite places to perform and what makes those locations so significant to you?
A) Rockwood Music Hall in NYC is one of my favorites. I’ve played there quite a few times and it’s always a great time. However, I always feel like the audience makes all the difference at a show. I’ve played rooms that weren’t on paper huge venues but were some of my favorite shows.
Q) Your new EP is Bad Poetry. How did you celebrate the release?
A) Lots of champagne and a pizza!
Q) What do you hope listeners take away from playing the album?
A) I hope they connect with it and can relate it to their own lives. That’s my favorite part about music – how it can draw lines between separate people.
Q) Who would you most like to collaborate with on a song in the future?
A) There’s quite a few, but I would love to collaborate with Ryan Lewis (Macklemore’s longtime producer).
Q) What album/band are you currently listening to and why do you dig them?
A) I’ve been obsessed with Emily King since I saw her in concert here in Nashville last spring. Her music is just so vibey.
Q) You are a part of social media. Why is that such an important way for you to connect with your fans?
A) It’s huge for me. However, I’m not great at all the platforms. But I’m thankful for the audience it gives me. I literally finish editing videos, click upload and then that’s it. It’s amazing when you think about it.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) Thank you for listening and following my journey. It’s because of you I’m able to do what I love.
The ‘Bad Poetry’ EP is out NOW! Check it out here: http://smarturl.it/BadPo
Listen to Lead single “Black and White”