Photo Credit: Mat Dunlap
David Myles has recently released his tenth album, Real Love. To promote the album, he’s hitting the road and taking it across the country on tour, starting in Paris, ON, before ending in his hometown of Halifax, NS. The album features 12 tracks and an interlude where Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley influences are shown through and through. Real Love is said to be a “rejuvenation” of rock ‘n’ roll’s dramatic power”.
We got the chance to chat with David about the album, his tour, and more! Interested? Check out the interview below.
First off, congratulations on releasing your tenth album! How does it feel to have an album count in the double digits?
Thanks! I honestly don’t think about it too much. I’ve always just worked on projects and followed my instinct as much as possible. It’s really all I’ve got to go on. So I just go where my heart is telling me and dive in as full on as possible. And once it’s done, I generally already have something cooking in my head for the next thing. It’s actually never felt rushed or anything like that. Just been a very steady pace of work. I feel super lucky to get to work like this. I love it.
Looking back, what aspect of your music do you think has grown the most since your first release?
Probably my imagination. I don’t feel restricted really and the landscape of what I imagine musically has really expanded. At first, it was just me, my guitar, an upright bass and a bit of piano. I still love the minimal stuff but now I imagine things in a bit more of a creative way. I don’t hesitate to dream of what a song can really become.
What has stayed the same?
I’d say the thing that has stayed the same is that, though the songs may have more instruments and are more fully realized on record, they all start with me and my guitar. Always. I really believe that the song has to work like that first in order for it to work for me no matter how it is produced. It starts with me and my guitar. If it works like that, it’ll work. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter what I throw at it, it won’t really work.
“Real Love” has a 50s/60s rock ‘n’ roll influence that is strongly backed by legends like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Why did you decide to take this spin on it?
To be honest, it kind of just happened. I was listening to lots of that stuff over the last few years and it just snuck into my writing by osmosis almost. It’s funny. There was a certain point in which I kind of started seeing a musical theme in the stuff I was writing and I started to see that theme in album form and realized it could really make a great project. I felt like those sounds were sounds we weren’t hearing much of these days and I wanted to draw on that. Songs where there was this real rock n roll energy, where it was danceable but at the same time the singing was really strong and more country influenced. It’s really all about those worlds coming together and I thought it was a vibe we could really do well as a band. I knew it would be a blast to play live. I want to make pop music, fun accessible songs that people can rock to, but that didn’t sound like modern pop per se and suited the band well. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Plus, I was right, it is super fun to play live.
What has the reaction been like from your fans?
The reaction has been great from fans! I think it surprised some folks but it’s been a pleasant surprise. It’s a fun record and I think people are really responding to that. Though it does have a retro vibe for sure, I think it comes across as fresh sounding, so I’m really thrilled people are picking up on that. I certainly didn’t just want to make a throwback record. This was meant to be a modern record, just with a retro vibe.
You’re embarking on tour once again this month, how do you think the live shows will compare in sound to the studio tracks?
I think the live show is going to be very much like the record, which was totally the goal. I’ve made a lot of music that is tricky to reproduce live (notably the stuff I’ve done with Classified, cause of all the beats etc) but I really wanted to get back to making something that was built for the live show. That we were going to be able to jump right back into on stage. I wrote these songs with the band in mind and we played most of them a bunch before we hit the studio. I wanted to make sure they were going to work. By the time we got into the studio, we were ready to go. I’m a big believer in pre-production, doing the majority of the work before you hit the studio. It makes such a huge difference. In this case, it really was a huge part of it. Then we got in the studio, Dan Ledwell, the producer, listened to us, went around turned all the amps up, cranked up the distortion a bit and hit record. He knew the vibe and he nailed it. It was so fun!
What are you most looking forward to about the tour?
I’m really looking to finally getting a chance to really rock out a bit and play these songs for a whole month with a great band. I’m so lucky to get to play with the guys I do, and we’ve been playing together for a long time. It’s going to be a real blast. Hoping they’ll be lots of dancing going, it’s definitely a high energy show!
After the tour, what are your plans for the rest of 2017?
I’m doing a Christmas tour with Symphony New Brunswick which will be super fun. I can’t wait. Other than that, it’ll all be about maximizing family time. Looking forward to it.
Do you already have ideas brewing for album eleven?
It’s already done!! I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. I made a French record with my band and Francois LaFontaine, of Karkwa. That’s all I’m gonna say about that for now. But I can’t wait for you to hear it. It’s crazy ambitious and I’m not sure I’ve ever been so proud of anything I’ve done.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Do you have anything you would like to say, or a message to the fans?
I love my fans. I feel so lucky I have so many folks that follow me through all these musical inspirations. We’re on the ride together and I’m honoured. Thank you, thank you, thank you.