This time, we get to know Dave Mohan in this exclusive interview and insight into his beautiful music.
“Songs driven by a sense of human fragility and a wider social conscience. Working collaboratively with a range of international artists (US, Russia, Argentina)” -Dave Mohan
Where are you from?
What is your main genre?
Varied, from Indie folk to progressive and cross-over
How long have you been making music?
Can’t remember when I haven’t. It’s been a gradual drift from a classical conservatoire starting point to the multi-genre mash-up that I’m into these days. Still, there’s only two types of music: the good kind and the ‘other’ kind.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background behind it?
Time and Tides (re-vox version). Following one too many tragic tsunamis I was moved to release a song some time ago. In light of the troubled times of more recent years it seemed worth revisiting the theme of love and loss again with this revised vocal duet ballad. If you’ve learned to value those close to you a bit more in these troubled times. Or known something of the enduring loss of so many – this one’s for you!
What do you think of the music industry after 2022?
For indie artists the music industry is not a place for the faint hearted. I’ve never written music for financial returns or status. If anything I’ve written and recorded resonates and moves others in any way I’m happy to call that success enough. So, maybe that makes me an industry agnostic. I’m fine with that!
Who is the most influential artist in your life?
Well, Judee Sill once said her musical inspirations were: Pythagoras, Bach and Ray Charles. I sure can’t better that. So, I’ll just add Guillaume de Machaut and Weather Report (there could never be just one musical inspiration for me – would be a different one every day!).
How do you think you differ from other artists?
Well, having started out studying Baroque Harpsichord whilst side-lining in jazz/rock/folk outfits of many dubious persuasions, I guess I’m an artist without genre. So, if you can find any others similar out there, let me know – never too late to find common ground no doubt!
Who would be your dream collaboration?
Oh, definitely J S Bach (though that would most certainly require more than a little retrograde divination).
What was the first album you bought?
Andres Segovia plays (you guessed it) BACH!
What is your favorite song at the moment?
This one isn’t so recent – just seemed to escape me till recently but I’ll go for “Nina Cried Power” (wonderful song recorded by Irish singer-songwriter Hozier)
What is your favorite words?
Session over – great take – nailed it – party on!
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Reading, writing, tuning harpsichords (actually, this leaves precious little time for the first two in any case)
Tell us more about your upcoming project?
Working on a cross-over work up ahead (lips tightly sealed)
Any comment 🙂
Thank you kindly for the chance to share some musical thoughts with you Chieri. So grateful! Been a blast.
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