This week, I had the privilege of interviewing (via our lovely tool known as email) singer/songwriter (and sometime actor) David Homyk. Here’s what he had to say:
1. What got you started in music? When did you start singing?
At a very early age I knew that music would be central to my future,
but the spirit didn’t move me to start singing until I had also gained
interest in the guitar. The two seemed to go hand in hand for me. I
had already been playing piano and organ in the church since I was
about 9 years old, but my first vocal performance of original material
came around 10th grade at Baja Bean in Charlottesville, VA.
2. How would you describe your music? Who are your influences?
I usually explain my style of music to people by referencing those
artists I most often get compared to: Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, One
Republic, Gavin DeGraw, James Blunt, etc. Ironically, the artists who
have influenced me don’t necessarily sound like me at all. To name a
few: Soundgarden, John Coltrane, Pink Floyd, Mobb Deep, Pearl Jam,
Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and many others you wouldn’t expect.
3. If you were a spice, what spice would you be?
4. On a great day, what do you listen to? On a bad day, what do you
listen to? On a day-ish day, what do you listen to?
Great day – Soulja Boy
Bad day – Elliott Smith
Day-ish day – Tom Petty
5. If you could tour with any musician/band in the world, who would
you want to tour with? Why?
Well for practical purposes, if I toured once with U2 I’d build an
international fanbase so rapidly I’d be able to tour with any
subsequent artist after that.
6. What’s the first song you remember learning the words to?
Jesus Loves the Little Children
7. Where do your ideas for songs come from?
They basically come from my subconscious, woven out of the vowel sound
changes that emerge from chord progressions and riffs I compose on my
guitar or piano. I start pivoting on the vowels with consonants until
I have words and phrases that work musically (i.e. theyâ€™re
unbelievably catchy; you hear them and say “Yes that’s perfect,
couldn’t have said it better”). From there I’ll have a hook, hence, a
theme. With my anchor plunged into that the rest of the song will
ultimately unravel itself in my mind the more I obsess over it. It’s
almost as if the song IS its own spirit possessing my body and mind,
using both of them to come alive and be manifested.
8. My blog talks a lot about books, so do you have any
recommendations for my readers? What books should they read? (Skip
this one if you don’t have much time to read; I understand.)
Indeed, I don’t have much time to read these days. However, when I
travel I squeeze in my reading, and over time I’ve accumulated quite a
library. The one book that has changed my life above and beyond the
many is Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now.” I discovered and began
studying this work a very long time ago, probably about 6 years ago.
More recently, Oprah has taken public interest in Eckhart and has
begun promoting his work, which I am totally thrilled about. I’m so
grateful that millions of new people are learning about his work now.
9. If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
I would have to be some type of animal that a) flies, b) without
dependency on a flock, c) in an uncluttered biosphere such as a
desert, d) without the burden of lengthy migration. So I’d have to be
either a hawk or an eagle of sorts.
10. If you were to put together the ultimate mixtape for my readers,
what would be on the tape? Give me about ten songs and their artists.
Not necessarily in this order:
David Homyk – “Longer Stronger”
Pink Floyd – “The Great Gig in the Sky”
Beyonce – “Halo”
Nirvana – “Lithium”
Nina Simone – “Feeling Good”
Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song”
R.E.M. – “Radio Free Europe”
Mary J. Blige – “Be Without You”
Pearl Jam – “Black”
Birdman – “What Happened to that Boy”
Check out David’s music at his website, and you can even download a free song there, too. Good stuff for a snowy weekend (that is, if you’re blessed to be in the snowstorm, as I am, that one friend reminded us was “a snowstorm, not the apocalypse.”)