Canadian Modern/Electro-Pop artist David Browning has just released a sensational new EP entitled, "Now You See It." The tracks are all refreshingly different from one another, adventurous and exhilarating.
Although based in Vancouver, David is South African born. He began to write music at an early age. He derives his inspiration for music from his vast travels, personal life experiences, and medicine, as he is currently also a family physician in Canada. His lyrics carry a message, his music is creative and exciting, and his vocals are over-the-top. The music from this EP was produced by Grammy winner Ian Prince.
I spoke with David regarding his inspirations and musical journey as well as his future endeavors in the world of music.....
I love the accent, where is it from?
It's kind of a bit of a hybrid. It's South African but I've been living in Canada now for about six years.
What are your musical influences because the three songs that are on the EP are all very, very different from one another?
That's an interesting question. Growing up I studied the piano and I was a big fan of Radiohead in high school, as well as Alanis Morrissette. I also went through a phase where I liked Madonna's "Ray of Light" a lot. I also studied classical music. There are some musical theater elements as well. So, I think I took from all of them.
What inspires your songs?
From an early age I used writing more as a therapeutic capacity. It was always a way of expressing myself. So, it's always been a tool I've used to create something. Growing up in South Africa was somewhat of a restricted environment, in terms of a young fellow growing up there. It just became how I started processing my thoughts. I'm always writing something.
Your actually also a doctor?
Yes. I'm a family physician in Canada, but I've had quite an extensive background. I started specializing in psychiatry in South Africa. Then I worked with Disney Cruise Lines as the ship's physician.
So, I did that for two years. But then I've been in Canada now for about six years and I'm a family physician here, but I've just recently started doing more addiction medicine in the downtown Eastside.
Do you plan to tour in support of the EP?
I'm planning to start performing locally in Vancouver, but I don't have any immediate plans.
Is there a project that will follow this one?
My goal is to produce a full album and then support the singles with some videos and then some interviews and then do some local performances. Hopefully after that to start touring abroad.
You also composed the soundtrack for the LGBT award winning short "Meet Cute." How did that come about?
A friend of mine was the producer. They were looking for a composer, so they asked me to get involved. So, I wrote it. It was part of a project that they were doing for some crazy eights festival. Everything was done in this highly accelerated time frame. So, I wrote the whole thing and produced it in 48 hours or something. It was a short film, the whole thing was about 15 minutes. A lot of my audience is sort of aimed at the gay market.
That's a great market to be in musically. I would love to hear a full album from you. I listened to your EP and I definitely wanted more.
It was produced by Ian Prince. He was a Grammy award winner. So, I would love to do a full album, that's the goal, in the next year or so.
Where do you want to be musically in five years, what are you hoping for?
I would love to have an audience that I can produce music for and to release music and perform. I would love for it to be self-sustaining. In five years, I'd like to have a couple of albums out.
When did you begin writing music?
The first time I wrote something I was seven or eight. Probably around eight.
If you could have me ask you any question in the world, what would that be? Keep in mind that you are going to have to answer it as well.
That's an interesting one. I guess it would be based on what kind of message I would like to portray and what would it mean to audience members? And so, my answer would be I think we live in a world that is so traumatized. I would like to be an example of someone who has managed to overcome that trauma thereby sort of inspire and help people to see a bit of the possibilities to evolve past their trauma.
Written by Eileen Shapiro
I work with Jimmy Star and am a NY Times best selling author and rock star journalist....currently write for Get Out Mag, PureM, Classic Pop, Huffington Post, and several others....I write pop culture interviews with well established talent and up and coming great talent...look forward to working with you....