Hi Neil, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! Thanks for having me. I’ve been good!… busy with all the newness!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Chasing You”?
For sure. Well… it’s a really fun, energetic feeling summer song about chasing both relationships as well as career goals and big dreams. You can really feel that ‘chase’ in the backbeat of the song, which i love. I actually recorded it before my last single ‘not better’ but I put it on hold since I suddenly lost my dad. So I didn’t feel that it was the right timing (or even relevant) to release it. But now it feels more right than ever.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yeah. I think being in new york city especially, we’re all on the go. the hustle is real! and genuine relationships have become harder to find. So the song started mainly about searching for real, genuine relationships. but it was also inspired by the constant grind i’m on with my music career. and not letting those closed doors get me down.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
YES! We shot such a fun music video for this song, i’ll just say … beach vibes for sure. i can’t wait to release it. We’re in the final editing stage right now, but it should be out very early August.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was fairly quick and easy. Some songs that i write happen quicker than others, and ‘chasing you’ was a quick one. I remember just sitting at my piano and writing it almost in one sitting. Then i recorded it, along with a bunch of other new songs – and it just naturally felt like it should be the first release out of the bunch.
What was it like to work with Christian Medice and how did that relationship develop?
It was great! He just gets pop (which is my world) – and he knows how to take a song and make it sound finished. I just randomly messaged him years ago after hearing some of his mixes – so he actually ended up mixing/co-producing my single ‘See You Again’ with me back in like 2014. For this new bunch, i recorded it live in a studio first – and then i felt like it just needed an extra spark. So i took it to Christian, which is then where we made the final tweaks on this mix.
Do you feel like this new release was a whole new direction for you?
eh, not really. It’s definitely a different vibe than my last single ‘not better,’ that’s for sure! but ‘chasing you’ almost feels like an elevated take off my first album ‘ In My Mind’, which i like. it’s me. Organic pop, with rock and soulful elements.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Yes and no.. I try to still stay true to what i’m envisioning for the song. As soon as i write it (or actually, while i’m writing it), i see a picture and a story in my head for it. So that really sets the tone, before i even go into the studio. But then i also try to be open to new ideas, and branch out wherever possible. i arrange/executively produce all of my stuff – so it has really been more about collaborating with people (whether it be musicians or engineers/mixers) who are on-board with my sound but who can also help me grow as an artist.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! For sure. Lots of new music in the works. as well as new videos too. I have a bunch of new material recorded and ready to roll. I’m so excited about it, I just want to make sure i have the right visual elements ready for them too.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Late fall of 2019, you can expect another new release. But for now, stay tuned for the upcoming ‘Chasing you’ music video – it’s gonna be really fun!
Any plans to hit the road?
I hope so! That’s really my next goal- is to get on the road. atleast even just in a few major cities. Especially if there’s demand- let me know where you are! You can always connect with me on instagram, @neildavismusic, and let me know what city you’re in.
What else is happening next in Neil Davis’ world?
hmm. lot’s of coffee. haha. Other than that, lots of music right now. I’m currently on a few days of filming for the upcoming West Side Story film. I’m not even sure if i’ll even make it in the final cut of the actual film, but it’s been so fun to be on set and ofcourse casually be in the company of director Steven Spielberg. I’m exploring tv and theatre opportunities as well. My new music definitely has me pretty focused though for right now!