Ryan: Band names are one of the hardest decision to make. How did you come up with this name?
Davey K: Many years back we were looking to rebrand, so we looked to our resident literary genius DPA for a new name. He had a couple of ideas and the one that really hit me was Turning Virtue. I thought it sounded really cool and it had that beautiful ambiguity that I so love.
Ryan: Speaking of the band, what is the story behind your formation?
Davey K: Here’s the story; Dpa and I have been playing together since high school, from 2006-2011 we decided to take a hiatus after many years of banging away at it. In 2011 I felt personally renewed and extremely motivated to write a new album, but before getting the guys back together I decided to enlist my all-time favorite drummer the one and only Mark Zonder. Once the guys heard the tracks with Mark on them we were off and running. Turning Virtue was ready to rock again!
Ryan: Your current single “Transcend” is a great choice for a single, what made this song the one that you chose to be shown first?
DPA: Seemed like a perfect single for a spring album release, with its awakening qualities, great groove and positive vibe. (LISTEN HERE)
Ryan: You have a music video for “Transcend” as well, how long did this video take to make?
DPA: We actually shot both the Transcend video and the video for Theody at the same time. We used our own production company Gazing Rabbit Productions and it took two 18 hour days to complete. It was a lot of fun. (WATCH HERE)
Ryan: And as for your impressive album A Temporary Human Experience, how long did the album itself take to make?
Davey K: From inception to full completion it took about 3 years.
Ryan: Where does the band gather inspiration from?
DPA: Some things that inspire our songwriting are emotion, questioning our existence, nature and humanity, or the lack thereof.
Ryan: What does your song writing process look like?
Davey K: Usually just an acoustic guitar, maybe some lyrics maybe not. I always think if it sounds good acoustically it will really take off when we give it the full treatment.
Once an idea flourishes, I will call our engineer and right hand man Spicoli over to get it into Logic and start banging it out.
Every band needs a Spicoli, someone so dedicated and so smart that he removes some of the workload from our shoulders, and that in turn allows us to write and record effortlessly. This album would not have happened if not for Spicoli.
Ryan: At this point in your musical career, what are some of your musical highlights?
Davey K: This is our musical highlight. Watching the amazing response that we are getting from fans and critics alike.
Being able to work with the creme de la creme of the music industry. (Mark Zonder, Tim Palmer, Andy VanDette)
It just doesn’t get any better. We are extremely blessed and lucky.
Ryan: What advice do you have for starting musicians looking to make their own album?
Davey K: Write the best songs that you can, in this moment and then move on. Don’t go back and rewrite, otherwise you will never put anything out.
Start today. Technology allows anyone to record a really good album in their bedroom. And above all don’t compare your band with other bands, it is not a competition! The only competition is within, to write the best fucking album you can.
Ryan: Does the band have anyone that they would like to collaborate with in the future?
Davey K: Begin dream sequence…First and foremost would be the guys I respect the most and that would be Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief and Steven Wilson. They are amazing songwriters and that’s what I consider myself a songwriter.
I also think it would be cool to head to Norway, live the Scandinavian life and work with Leprous.
Ryan: How would you describe your sound to someone that has not heard your music before?
DPA: The word eclectic keeps popping up when discussing A Temporary Human Experience and I’m cool with that. We are just trying to write the best songs that we possibly can, songs that will move the listener in some way, in any way. And if they are moved we have done our job.
Ryan: Lastly, and thank you for your time. Do you have any news that you would like to share with your audience?
Davey K: No news, if you want news turn on CNN. But if you want music, really good music you needn’t go any further. You have arrived at Turning Virtue. So grab a CD for your car and a download for your phone and enjoy!