Today’s Feature, January 22-23: David Saw

January 23, 2008 at 2:18 am (Today's Feature)


Every night that I drag myself upstairs to my bedroom for some much needed shut-eye, I play a portion of my “sleep” playlist off my iPod to rock me to slumber… and I hardly ever remember hearing the end of the first song selected. Definitely not a bad thing; the tunes on the list are there for a reason: I love em’ because they’re calming. It’s a list of songs that rest the mind performed by, among others, Colin Hay, Nick Drake and today’s feature, David Saw.

While David’s reasons for getting into songwriting aren’t nearly as relaxing as his melodies (he was accidentally kidnapped by a roving band of adolescent female cellists with nymphomaniaical disorders… so he says), he still produces songs that will clear your head and rid the fog. Ideal for an evening’s rest or long drive into the night.

Saw’s music career truly started moving after meeting his good friend and musical partner, Ben Taylor in London right outside his hometown of Aylsberg. David’s latest full-length album and U.S. debut, “Broken Down Figure” is full of “very simple but honest songs that are about Saw’s life over the last three years.” It is with Taylor’s help that the collection “doesn’t have any massive production to hide behind,” work that belongs to the artist, not the record company.

The album is due out in March, so prepare for purchase. Of course shows will follow in support, so also check out the web page for a show near you. Jump into the XXQ’s.

XXQs: David Saw (PEV): How and when did you first get involved with music?

David Saw (DS): When I was a young boy, I was accidentally kidnapped by a roving band of adolescent female cellists with nymphomaniaical disorders. Needless to say I was easily influenced…

PEV: Growing up in Aylsberg, outside of London, England, what kind of music where you listening to? Do you remember the first album you ever purchased?

DS: My friends were listening to the latest thing in the charts; I was really into James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a profession rather than a just a hobby?

DS: As soon as I began to realize how dangerous and fickle being a male escort was turning out to be.

PEV: What were your first years in the music business like? When you were first starting out? Did you ever think you’d be where you are now, then?

DS: My first few years were hard, holding down day jobs to go out and play at night then get up the next day and go back to work. Yeah it was tough, but worth it.

PEV: Tell us about the story of meeting your good friend and musical partner, Ben Taylor?

DS: I met Ben in London about 3 years ago at a gig. He was up on stage, let’s say after having one too many to drink. After he came off stage I said to him, “I think you’ve had one too many.” He laughed and said, “I think you’re right.” We met up the next day and became like brothers.

PEV: When you came to the United States with Ben, what was your initial take on the American music scene?

DS: Well, I came out to Martha’s Vineyard where Ben and his mum (Carly Simon) live and met some amazing people, mostly his mum who is an amazing songwriter, as we all know.

PEV: What can fans expect from your full-length album and US debut, “Broken Down Figure”?

DS: Very simple but honest songs that are about my life over the last three years.

PEV: Having wrote and produced this album, how is “Broken Down Figure” different than others out today?

DS: It wasn’t just me who produced this album. Ben and Larry (Ciancia) played a major role. This album doesn’t have any massive production to hide behind. It is what it is and it’s me, not some major record company’s idea of what should be successful.

PEV: How is “Broken Down Figure” different from your previous works?

DS: This album is based around my guitar playing and how I link that with my vocals, which I didn’t have the chance to do before.

PEV: Is there a certain environment you surround yourself in when you sit down to write music?

DS: Not really. I write songs like conversations. I just come back to them and put them to music.

PEV: Having traveled everywhere, what city do you think offers the best appreciation for music? Why?

DS: Scotland is amazing. People are so into music there. But I must say being on tour with Ben, people in the States really do want to listen. I like that a lot.

PEV: What is life on the road like for you? Best and worst parts?

DS: The best part for me is the playing. The last tour I did, I opened the night on my own, then played for Ben and for Sonya Kitchell. I was playing for three hours a night for two months. The worst part is being away from family.

PEV: Is there an “up and coming” artist right now that you think we should all be listening to?

DS: A girl in London called Carrie Tree – voice of an angel. Yeah, check her out on MySpace for sure.

PEV: Having worked with some of the most talented artists in music (Ray Davies, Ben Taylor, Robert Cray, Carly Simon, Patti Griffith, Eric Bibb, Paul Carrack, and Chris Difford to name a few), is there someone you have not had the chance to work with or collaborate with, that you would like to?

DS: My dream would be Jackson Browne, love him.

PEV: When you are not traveling or performing, what can we find you doing in your spare time?

DS: I like to spend time with friends and family.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to you hear about you?

DS: That is a malicious fabrication; I don’t even know that woman! Did Steve tell you that?

PEV: What’s one thing that you miss about England that you can’t find when you come to the United States?

DS: A good cup tea and my Mum and Dad.

PEV: What is a live David Saw performance like?

DS: Well, I like to not take myself too seriously. I like to have a laugh on stage. Too many people try too hard to be cool. I’m me – that’s all I can be.

PEV: In one word, describe David Saw.?

DS: Saucy, ha-ha.

PEV: So, what is next for David Saw?

DS: My album is gonna come out in March, then I’ll do some shows. I’m also working on Ben’s new record, and Carly’s, so I’m pretty busy, just how I like it.

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