Vancouver, BC-based Desmond Day is back with a brand new single and video for “Do The Right Thing” from his recent EP, Space Between The Stars.
Check out the video below and find out more about this rising Canadian artist in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, my name is Des and my latest album “Space Between The Stars” includes a list of memorable songs I recorded alongside Vancouver-based producer/songwriter Jeff Dawson. Dawson is best known for developing and producing the debut, self-titled album of Daniel Powter which included the Grammy-nominated (best vocal performance) hit single “Bad Day”.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I am fascinated by the “it factor” that makes songs timeless and memorable. As a child, I would love to sing and dance to songs on my grandma’s record player. I recall there was something drawing me back to the same records – a voice, a rhythm and a melody. Later I came to revisit these songs and learn about the songwriter behind the recordings. And not even the greatest songwriter in the world could generate a “hit” every time. So, what is it that made these songs so memorable and cherished? In my own experience, I’ve come to learn to serve the song justice with whatever process that might be. I love writing music. It takes me on a ride every time.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has seen you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Honestly, I perform to high-class drunk people in lounges and hotels around Vancouver. I keep to an intensive performance schedule. Some days perform twice a day, running from venue to venue. I think what keeps me so busy in such a competitive circuit is my ability to disappear. I know that sounds awful. But for the most part, a lounge musician is best when played in the background. Adding to the atmosphere and to the night of entertainment. And for that, I am grateful to provide. However, that is much different than how I got my start performing concert dates on Vancouver Island. Where the music is very much in the foreground. High energy, dynamic and engaging! That aspect of live performance is aching in my soul and I find great joy in sharing my music with people. For now, I do what I can to sustain myself. I have decided to go all in, pushing my music to new audiences.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I had so much fun filming my new music video for “Do the Right Thing”. I can’t wait to share it with everybody. It was done quick and efficiently on an extremely tight budget. And I think it turned out great! Big shout out to Jony Roy for accomplishing the overall concept and vision.
Who are your favourite Canadian Bands?
I would have to say first, my roommate Luca Fogale is phenomenal! He won’t be living with me much longer if he keeps doing what he’s doing. His career has really taken off. And I can’t leave this interview without giving a shout out to Canadian boy Shawn Mendes. I have really enjoyed watching his career grow from his origins on Vine to international POP sensation. I love artists who take avenues taken. (Applause)
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.