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INTERVIEW: Davis Mallory of Real World Denver

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

I’m great. I just had a cowrite today at SESAC with a talented singer named Olivia Bey writing over an instrumental for a producer in Argentina named Fernando Yanci and an instrumental by a producer in Sweden named Steerner. Tonight we are filming the music video for the song I have out right now in France called  “Because of Love”  produced by Parisian duo Vorden. After my co-write today I had a voice lesson with Kati Hendricks my vocal coach who is prepping for an upcoming concert I am performing at Milwaukee Pride on June 11th which includes choreography, video elements and band, while I will be singing over these pop/electronic tracks. Other artists performing at Milwaukee Pride include Betty Who, 10,000 Maniacs, Steve Grand, Todrick Hall & Har Mar Superstar.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Loud”?

I wrote “Loud” with artist Mitchel Rose (check it out his song “Candy”) in summer 2016. “Loud” is one of the more sexual songs I’ve probably ever written and I would compare it to my version of George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” or Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.” At the time when we wrote it Zayn’s “Pillowtalk” was charting and I recall that we included the word “fuck” in the lyrics thinking if he can get away with it on radio, so could we. The song is about telling someone the things you want to do to them and at the time when I wrote this I had a crush on a guy who I wrote songs with. Unfortunately for me though turned out to be straight and now has a girlfriend.

How was the film experience?

I filmed the music video for “Loud” with Derrick Lipschitz who is a longtime friend of mine and a videographer I met when I lived in New York City working for Astralwerks Records (we had hired him to do a video for the label’s 20th anniversary). Derrick and I became close friends and when I moved to Nashville in 2013, Derrick visited me in 2015 to film my first music video ever for a song I released called “Anyone Would Know.” When it came time to make a video for “Loud” I wanted Derrick and I flew him down from NYC. Derrick started off by showing me music videos that he thought were creative to inspire us. One of which was by band called ONWE for their song “In The City”. We filmed the video at The Nashville Film Institute with Silas Phillips a recent graduate and film student I had worked with on another music video (a cover I did of Estelle/Kanye West’s “American Boy”). Silas & Derrick both shot the scenes and worked the room lighting. I casted 2 girls (Emma Outlaw who is a Nashville Predator Ice Skater Cheerleader and Kayla Poyner who stars on the Nashville TV Show) who act as my “Bond Girls” The producers of the song (Ricca Vita & John Hanna) also cameo in the video. I am a Leo (zodiac sign) so I purchased lion and wildcat masks and brought my himalayan cat Xena to the set. I also casted American Idol’s Hector Montenegro who now goes by Arlo and actor/singer Manny Sandow to tie in a gay couple nodding to my LGBT ties in a scene we actually shot nearly 4 months later and I have a much different look, we used up close shots of my mouth in a George Michael manner. I edited the video.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song has 3 versions out – Landis’ version came out first in January 2017 signed to Armada Records’ Delecta label founded by Cedric Gervais (known for his Lana Del Rey “Summertime Sadness” remix). It was my first song to ever be signed to a record label. Landis is a Miami based producer and someone I had been writing songs for over his instrumentals. I sent him an early version of “Loud” produced by Ricca Vita & John Hanna and Landis asked for the stems and began producing a really cool version of it. I reached out to a friend of mine Shane Blankenhorn who is LA based artist manager and works for Diplo. Shane paired me with BPT’s manager Lisa Posso who was on Skrillex’s management team for 8 years. BPT really knocked it out of the park on his version of the song in regards to what I was looking for – an upbeat summery feeling version in the vein of Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)”

Does acting influence your music and the other way around?

Music has always been my biggest passion; however, when I lived in New York City I befriended actress Laverne Cox at a GLAAD event and Laverne invited me into her acting school. This was before she was cast on Orange is the New Black. I wasn’t sure if I was a good actor but the class and teacher said I was and the method of the school (Act Out which helps gay actors find themselves) really stretched me in regards to improvisation and trusting myself. Upon moving to Nashville I signed with an agent and began taking part in several student movies at The Nashville Film Institute and Watkins Film School, all of which furthered my development as an actor and my ability for performing monologues and scenes. In regards to my music videos I apply these into the character I want to portray, acting out the lyrics to my songs. For instance with the video for Bull Frog I song I co-wrote with Grammy winning songwriter Scot Sax I took a cue from Elvis and channeled that into my performance.

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

I am in a musical city that is known for Country music; however, the style of music that I write is more variations of pop, electronic and dance. I write over EDM instrumentals sent to me from around the world but I also write songs over guitar/piano in co-writes with Nashville writers. I have written songs with Country artists and songwriters including Matraca Berg who is 3-time Grammy nominated writer with songs recorded by Dixie Chicks and many artists; Raquel Cole who is a Canadian artist ranked next to Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes as one of the top Canadian artists under 25, Bonnie Bishop whose new album was produced by Chris Stapleton’s producer Dave Cobb, and Scot Sax a Grammy winning songwriter for Tim McGraw/Faith Hill’s “Like We Never Loved At All”. I have written a few “country songs” but I seldom originate a Country idea. Nashville is a great city to be a musician.

How’s your new EP coming along?

My EP will be out on July 7th titled LOUD and includes 3 versions of Loud (original mix by Ricca Vita/J Hanna, Landis’ & BPT’s versions) as well as 7 other original songs: “Not that Far Away” a song I wrote with pop producer Jon Santana about going to heaven, “Distance” I wrote with Bay Brooks from The Voice (Team Blake Shelton) about making a long distance relationship work, “Be Without You” produced by Sean Myers who has produced with Cheat Codes & NERVO, it’s a song I co-wrote with Bridget Caldwell who guest vocals on the song and I wrote it after my boyfriend and I broke up, “Help!” I wrote over a future house beat by a producer in Turkey, “Because of Love” I wrote for Parisian duo Vorden over an upbeat electro house track, “Ocean Blue” I co-wrote with Lockwood Barr a Nashville Music Industry award winner for best live performer, it is produced by 2 Brazilian producers who live in Nashville named Paulo Ventura & RDR, and the final track on the project is John Dahlback’s recreation of my song “Anyone Would Know” which I had first released a demo version of in 2016. John has produced for Lady Gaga, Avicii & Swedish House Mafia and his version of “Anyone Would Know” will be out this June. It’s an awesome track.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next single off the EP to be released will be ‘Be Without You” and other standout tracks from the project include “Not That Far Away” and “Ocean Blue” with videos in the works as well as ‘Distance.’

“Under Your Spell” “Loud” and “Because of Love” are also out now!

www.Fanlink.to/UnderYourSpell

www.fanlink.to/LOUD

www.fanlink.to/LOUDBPTREMIX

www.fanlink.to/BecauseOfLove

Any plans to hit the road?

I am working hard on this show in Milwaukee on June 11 at 3PM and when it ends I will be in LA June 18 – July 2 to promote my EP as well as write and record new material. After LA I will be in NYC July 6 – 13 during the release week of my EP. I would love to go on the road and perform more after this Milwaukee Pride show. I have been creating special video for each of my songs and working with a talented choreographer named Aldonus Thierry on a routine for my show, as well as a drummer Frank Legeay and guitarist Dean Purificato. The show is going to be awesome and I hope to take it to more places.

What else is happening next in Davis Mallory’s world?

I am writing a lot of new songs this year, I have been writing a lot of top-lines over EDM tracks, hoping to get more songs out this year as a featured artist while also writing for my followup album. I have several songs already in mind for the next project!

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