In Session: Liam Davis

ALBANY – Liam Davis, with his latest release, “Make Me Cry,” shows listeners just how much information you can pack into a song that is three minutes and forty-two seconds. Starting off as a relatively mellow number – arpeggiated guitars that are lightly being played make up the initial backbone of the track – the song soon takes a sharp turn. With a wonderful chord progression that is highly reminiscent of George Harrison, and a well-thought-out orchestral section, there’s a lot going on in this tune. It’s a great rock number through-and-through that builds until its abrupt end.

It was great to get a chance to sit down with Liam to discuss his latest single, as well as delve into his upcoming plans. To catch the interview, continue reading the article. You can support the artist by following the links near the end of the article.

Lucas Garrett: Thank you, Liam, for taking the time today to sit down and chat about your music! I’m really digging the newest single! Tell us about it.

Liam Davis: Thank you for having me! I have the new single out, as you know. It’s called “Make Me Cry,” and it came out January 28th of this year. I’m very excited about it. I wrote it in 2018 and then recorded it a part of my senior project, as a demo, in 2019. For it to come out four years after it was written is very, very special…

LG: Right. There’s a lot going on in that song. It’s really quite something; it’s very orchestral.

LD: Thank you, thank you! There’s a string quartet playing on there, and we took the strings and duplicated the hell out of them. It almost sounds like there’s a full orchestra back there.

LG: When I first started hearing the song, I thought I knew where it was going. Then, around a minute-thirty, it just flips on its face.

LD: Right!

LG: It started sounding really different!

LD: There are times when I do write very methodically with the intention of creating a whole thing that sounds a certain way, but with this one I just let the wind take me, you know what I mean?

LG: Yeah.

LD: I just started playing around with that riff in the beginning; the arpeggiated acoustic guitar thing. I had to go back and figure out what all the chords were. At the end of that section, I had this line, “But not tonight,” then it goes into this whole other thing…

LG: I wasn’t expecting that at all when I first heard it. I was like, “What the hell is this?”

LD: Ha! I’m glad I could catch you by surprise.

LG: It’s almost like you have two songs in one…

LD: Right.

LG: When I hear it now, I know what I’m waiting for, you know? But, it’s really something else. I like it a lot.

LD: Thank you very much. I’m glad you enjoy.

LG: What are your plans going forward with the music? I know the world was so uncertain with COVID.

LD: Yeah. I play in a few bands. Primarily, my main focus is my own band where we play my original stuff and a bunch of cool covers. We actually just played at 518 Craft the other night in Troy. We got a bunch of people out; it was very fun. I also play in a band called Ten Most Wanted. We do parties and weddings and stuff like that; it’s my living. COVID just messed everything up.

Basically, for an entire year, most of my gigs were cancelled. Even the studios. I couldn’t get into certain studios to get recording done. But, COVID’s not affecting too much, anymore, at this point.  I’ve got gigs lined for the whole year and I’m very excited about that. The plan is to get back into the studio as soon as I can. I’ve been doing this single-music video sequence, thing.

LG: Yeah.

LD: Eventually I’m thinking of doing an EP or album, but I think with everything the way it is with Spotify and the digital world right now… it just seems to be – for me, promotionally – working for me. But, I am looking at recording an album, so we’ll see.

LG: I feel like even though COVID is kind of winding down – as far as its effect on the industry – I don’t recognize the industry anymore, as much as I used to. I feel in just two years it is completely different.

LD: Absolutely, for sure.

LG: As far as how people are even consuming their music. It’s totally changed. But, with Spotify and things like that, what I’ve seen come out of COVID is that the disparity that a lot of artists face between being able to get by and struggling with their music has gotten worse. I feel that we, as artists, are severely underrepresented with Spotify and platforms like that, you know?

LD: Yeah, it’s pretty awful. I’m just trying my best to accept the way the world is with streaming and everything… So, yeah, I don’t know. I don’t see it changing any time soon. I’m just trying to learn and adapt the best I can without sacrificing my music – that’s the biggest thing to me, you know?

My thing is, if I can record two or three singles a year, consistently, that’s going to grow into something bigger. I’m not going to sacrifice quality – I’m not a producer, I’m not doing this stuff out of my house. My producer lives in New Jersey; we do all the mixing and mastering remotely. It takes a good amount of time to really get something polished and done. But, it’s worth the time, for me.

LG: Well, I really liked your latest song, and I can’t wait to hear more from you.

LD: Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked it!

LG: As we wrap the interview up, is there anything else you’d like to discuss?

LD: I encourage people to check out my Instagram, Facebook, and website. That’s where all my gigs that are coming up will be posted.

LG: Thank you, Liam, and have a great day!

LD: Thank you so much. You as well. Bye.

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