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INTERVIEW: Jacob Davich

Hi Jacob, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been stellar thanks for asking! Definitely looking forward to a little vacation like everyone else.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Father’s Gun”?

Let’s see My Fathers Gun… You’d like to know more about it you say? Like many of my favorite songs there’s a good deal of information that you frankly can’t fit into a 3:30 timeframe. This reminds me of how Don Henley and Glenn Frey were fans of “hidden deeper meaning.” Henley would say as a writer that there are some things in your songs that are “just for you.”  There’s bound to be a couple lines that mean one thing to somebody, and one thing to another. That being said I’m surely not the first one to hop on a westbound train headed for the promised land. Who hasn’t dreamt of that?

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

When I first sat down to write this song my Mind was in a very different place. I was beginning to feel like I was writing the same song over and over again. Mid tempo folky finger picking with a positive message. I was getting tired of it! So I decided to buckle down and force my self to come up with something completely different. A sort of cowboy ballad… but not. A sort of a blues tale… but not. I turned out sort of a motion picture story song, like some sort of far out movie title and I’ve been digging it ever since!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I haven’t decided if this song has a video in it’s future, we’ll have to wait and see!

The single comes off your new album Between The Lines – what’s the story behind the title?

Between The Lines is a song that hasn’t been released yet but I’m really looking forward to it being heard. Sometimes I write from a distance, keeping my thoughts to myself. Sometimes I love from a distance as well, which obviously can be quite frustrating. Between the lines is more of a personal point of view I have with life that I want people to understand about me. I have a lot love for people, I just don’t always know how to show it that’s all. Maybe love that lives between the lines where people can’t see it is no love at all, maybe it’s no good. I don’t know. But it’s still there damn it!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for this song was typical of me; sitting in my apartment with a guitar on my lap in front of a pen and paper sweating until I finally squeak out the lyrics just the way I like them. But the recording process… Wow that was so much fun. The record was produced by my father Martin Davich, and a brilliant young musician named Jesse Siebenberg who hails from the Supertramp family.

How did the studio environment get to influence the music?

I like to let everyone do their thing in the studio and not stir the pot too much, and a lot of those little production value items like the male background singers in the verses and the incredible instrumental section was their idea. Listening to Paul Cartwright lay down all those string arrangements, and Lee Thornburg lay down the Super Bowl worthy horn parts… nearly knocked my pants off in the studio… Hopefully they knocked your pants off as well.

How has your acting influence your music and the other way around?

It’s hard to put a finger on how my acting career influences my music directly, but I know it has one way or another. 10 years of your life is significant no matter what chapter you’re talking about, but the teenage years maybe most significant of all. I learned a lot about myself standing in front of people trying to make them feel something. I learned a lot about other people too. I try to bring about different understandings and perspectives to my music, and I have a feeling living a series of different but convincing lies for a 10 year living probably helped!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration is a tricky thing. Frankly I’m trying to teach myself not to NEED inspiration in the way I used to. Great composers say that inspiration is for amateurs. While I find that notion a little un-appealing I really respect the principle. The principle of being a pro. No matter how you’re feeling or where you are or what you’re doing, you can write.

Any plans to hit the road?

I haven’t been on a full blown TOUR yet in my life but I have a feeling the inspiration I’ll get from being on the road will be quite different than that of trying to put my imagination to the test here in L.A.

What else is happening next in Jacob Davich’s world?

In the meantime I’m going to keep working, keep playing, and keep writing. Doing the only things I’m good at. Thanks guys!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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