"amazing snapshot of music"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
I first had the privilege of hearing David Gergen this Summer as he sent IMD his latest release “The nearer it was, the farther it became.” To say the least this fourth release from Gergen is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It has no notable weaknesses that I can see under my microscope. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius that is David Gergen. He possesses enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, & is full of amazing musical soundscapes that come at you from every direction. The messages are passionate, honest, & melancholy – all from the artist’s perspective. The true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content, & is not so easily pinned down the first listen. Song for song, not for note this CD possesses an amazing amount of sonic layering & a wide variety of musical instrumentation. Overall it’s an amazing shapshot of music. I really admire artists out there who are themselves & just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real & genuine beneath their veil of vanity. David Gergen is one of those artists. Make no bones about it this is a dark record - so be advised you may not want to listen to this CD on the day you get fired, or the night your wife leaves you, But if your looking for dark, tripped out musical experience that offers up an alternative & acoustical Americana rock aftertaste then I highly recommend you jump head first into “The Nearer it was, the Farther it Became.”
IMD How would classify the music of David Gergen?
DG I think Electro-acoustic music is a close description but to me it’s more of a hodge podge of sounds and melodies tied into good songs with meaningful lyrics. Each song I write comes about in a different way and being that I am not a slave to a certain genre I feel free to go from heavy to soft and all in between without hesitation
IMD Who are some of your top 5 musical influences as far as bands & composers go? Starting with the most influential?
DG John Lennon for his inventive songwriting, Bob Dylan for his lyrics, Jimmy Page for his recording technique, Pink Floyd for just a beautiful overall soundscape and Hendrix for his far out guitar playing
IMD I hear everything from The Doors, to Pink Floyd, from Tool, to Jeff Buckley. If I had to guess you listen to a wide range of music. Am I off the mark?
DG You are right on the mark….I listen to a very wide range, from every genre. I can be a bit moody so I need music to fit those moods. I am a true lover of music and I hear things that I like in every type of music from classical to country. In my heart and soul I love the free spirit of rock and roll and that’s where my heart lies but my CD collection has everything you could think of in it from metal to folk and beyond
IMD What inspired you to start writing & composing in the first place?
DG When I started playing guitar in my teens I bought a small 4 track recorder almost immediately. I sort of knew the guitar was only a portal to writing songs and creating a sound of my own. I felt that just being a guitar player wouldn’t be enough and that I had much more inside of me that needed to be said both lyrically and with composing songs in their entirety.
IMD This is your fourth release, how does it differ from the others?
DG The current one has a wider range of sounds and moods. I wanted to make a CD that encompassed all the types of moods I would want to hear on an album. A complaint I have about most CD’s I hear is that they can be one dimensional. I like to be taken on a ride when I hear an album so that was my intention. My last release was more acoustic, a bit more melancholy. I think what makes the new one stand apart is that I had more time to create the sound I was hearing in my head and lay down the tracks accordingly
IMD How’s the music scene in Southern California these days?
"I am not a slave to a certain genre."
DG Kinda weird honestly. There isn’t really a scene or a distinct kind of music being played. It’s all over the board so I feel there is almost a disconnect with people going out to see live music because there is so much variety. You have the singer/songwriter scene, there is the Silverlake Indie scene…It’s all over the board so I feel like L.A is looking for another musical identity but hasn’t found it yet. You still have a lot of pay to play venues. What I don’t see are a lot of bars/clubs with built in crowds. Everyone comes to a show to see their friend and support them but it’s hard to find a good built in crowd so it usually takes a lot of promoting to get a good turnout.
IMD What is the best concert you have been to over the years?
DG That’s tough, I saw The Secret Machines in a teeny club and they were great, the drummer was just pounding the skins like I hadn’t seen in a while. U2 under the night sky of Honolulu was great. Radiohead always gives me what I need live. Also Wilco at a small club was amazing.
IMD I especially enjoyed the piece ‘Ore De Electro” what else can you tell us about that particular piece, what inspired that one?
DG It started with a drum beat I programmed. I started adding bass and was trying to make the rhythm “thump” a bit. I was trying to create a sonic template with soaring guitar in the backdrop. For the vocals on the chorus I really raunched it up with odd settings on my preamp to get that distorted distant sound that you are hearing
IMD How about “Your Letter” Could you tell us more about that piece of music?
DG That was the last song I wrote. I was looking for one final piece to close the album. I sat at the piano and played a melody and the lyrics came to me instantly. I recorded it in about an hour. I do recall that morning I was feeling pretty melancholy about my past and what things I lack in a relationship. I was trying to get inside of myself and speak to another person about my true intentions. There was a letter I had received a while back and I guess it haunted me enough to write this song, years later.
IMD What’s next for David Gergen?
DG Hopefully bigger and better things. I would like to tour, continue making albums and growing as an artist. I would like to add a few professionals in my corner to help me achieve the things I can’t on my own. Good contacts and honest people who believe in what I am doing can only help me achieve my goals of reaching further into the musical universe.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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