RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST DAVID TARO
Hiya David, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
It was when I realised that getting up on stage with a guitar made you infinitely more attractive to the opposite sex. My wife will confirm that she only considered going out with me once she’d seen me singing with my band.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m David Taro. A singer-songwriter and producer who makes indie pop, rock and blues with heart and humour. I come from a musical family, have played in bands for most of my life, and nowadays spend the majority of my time writing and recording original music in a tiny bedroom studio in deepest South London.
What was life like for you before music?
I literally can’t remember life before music! One of my earliest memories is being allowed to stay up late to watch a Billy Joel concert on TV. And yes, I do still love Billy Joel.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
Well, the first single I remember buying with my own money was ‘Oh Carolina’ by Shaggy. So perhaps that. Naturally, Shaggy remains a huge influence on my music to this day.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
Hmmm. I’m not terribly sure. Perhaps somewhere in the gutter, but looking up at the stars.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
Don’t bother releasing albums. On an unrelated note, my new album This Is Not The End comes out on November 24th!
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I’m half-Japanese and rubbish at lying. I also have a pet giraffe called Brian.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
A social media manager who’s prepared to take payment in cups of tea.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
Aliens. I mean… they’ve got to be out there, right?
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
My dad was a pop star in the late 1960s! His band ‘Grapefruit’ were signed to the Beatles-owned Apple Publishing, and their debut single peaked at number 21 in the Hit Parade.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
All you can do as an artist is try and be authentically you. That alone should make you stand out. And I think I’m getting closer to that on my new album than I ever have before.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
That’s right. I have a new album called This Is Not The End, and it comes out on Friday 24th November. It’s the most personal set of songs I’ve ever written – there are songs about me, my family, and life in general – it feels very true to myself, and I’m really proud of it as a result.
What was the recording process like?
I record, produce and mix pretty much everything myself in my tiny home studio. The only exception is drums, where I use some really cool drumming software. It’s incredible what the technology allows you to do these days. Finally, the mastering was done by Phil at Marsden Mastering – he’s an audio wizard, who also does a brilliant podcast called The Savvy Producer, which you should definitely check out.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
The song I’m most proud of, musically speaking, is the last track on the album called ‘Whole White Moon’. The progressions and melody are a bit more sophisticated than I’d normally go for. There’s a very subtle key change about halfway through. I felt like I’d written a proper ‘grown-up’ tune!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Not one single thing. Hopefully, I’ll make even better music in the future, but right now this feels like a set of songs that really expresses where I am in my life and as an indie artist.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I’d simply quote Bill & Ted: “Be excellent to each other”.