With loads of experience that can’t ever be bought, David Deutsch opens up the door and shows us deep emotions through his eyes. Packed with quality stories and information to ponder over a cuppa tea, this is authenticity at its best from a 90’s soul who appreciates so many genres of music.
Hello there David. Thanks so much for your time. How have you been and please tell us about how your music career started?
David Deutsch: Hi! Thanks so much for having me, I appreciate it. I’m doing really, really well! I feel like my music career started all the way back when I was really young, like 3 or 4, when I was begging my parents for a piano. I immediately started lessons, and writing, and then from there started playing in bands when I was 12, playing weekly gigs at clubs, bars, festivals, and venues since I was 14, and then going to school, touring the world, eventually moving all around and landing in Los Angeles.
Please tell us more about your new release and the process?
David Deutsch: Prism, is an album I feel like I’ve been writing my entire life. I’ve been trying to live through all of these experiences, moments, memories, and relationships just to be able to write this music. Each track on the album is an incredibly deep and emotional interpretation of life.
Free Shavocado is more or less a deep dive introspection on what it means to experience happiness and joy.
As The Wind Blows is a song that represents standing and being still in a time when it feels like the whole world around you is constantly moving at an incredible pace.
Iceland represents the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and tremendous amount of personal growth and realization that occurred while on my solo travels there.
Alone is a window into my own interpretation of what it feels like to be alone, but not lonely all the time. It also is a reflection on our time spent indoors during Covid, where at the end of the track there is a huge crescendo to a jarring climax, that represents just simply wanting to scream because I felt so isolated and helpless during quarantine.
I Knew You is a track meant to be a reflection on knowing who you were in the past, to now knowing who you are in the present. It signifies all of the growth and effort it takes to better yourself, while also remaining true to who you have known yourself to always be.
If a new musician came up to you and asked for some advice on how to navigate these choppy waters, what would you say?
David Deutsch: Quite simply, be as authentic as you possibly can. There will always be someone better at music than you, but no one will ever be better at being you, than you. So be the best version, and most authentic You, you can be.
How would you describe your music style?
David Deutsch: Hmm this is a very tough one. I’ve been fortunate enough to be influenced by such a wide variety of genres and musicians. I’d say my sound is an emotional rollercoaster with hints of live instruments blended with lots and lots of synths and sound-designed elements. My music leans more on the cinematic, storytelling aspect because I believe that every song needs to move you, and needs to impact you emotionally. It’s be like if Jacob Collier, Pat Metheny, Tennyson, and Skrillex all had one baby.
If animals could play music, who would be better at playing guitar, cats or dogs?
David Deutsch: Hmmm. I think dogs would be your go to guitar playing friend at parties. Someone who knows songs, can jam, is fun to hang around with, but not necessarily the greatest artist or musician. And I think cats would be more niched, specialized, and unique creative individualists on the guitar.
What kind of music did you grow up with?
David Deutsch: Ooof, such a loaded question. Literally everything. I was playing and listening to classical music since 3, studied jazz in high school and college, film music, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s music. I grew up in the 90s, so all punk post-pop sounds, tons of folk from my parents, lots of Stevie Wonder, EWF, Fleetwood Mac, honestly the list is endless.
Last, what are your goals for the rest of the year?
David Deutsch: This year I am focused on releasing more emotionally driven music. I have a couple more albums ready to release. I’m working with a couple artists, producing lots of music, and still scoring films. Looking forward to a very creative, collaborative, and energetically positive 2023.
Interview by Llewelyn Screen