Davey Squires here! I’m a singer/songwriter, pianist, and drummer hailing from Akron, Ohio who blends rock, jazz, swing, and blues to create a sound as smooth as velvet.
Have you always been interested in music? What is your story and how did you start making music?
I’ve loved music ever since I was a small fry playing drums and percussion in the middle school concert band. I wasn’t ever really listening to one genre either and I remember specifically my mom, dad, and brothers would always listen to a mix of pretty much every genre. I think being around so many genres in my household made me open-minded in my listening habits. By high school I had become a pretty okay drummer and I picked up choir and show choir, along with my continued lessons in percussion. Right after I graduated high school in 2015, I gave songwriting a shot after so many years of reading music and started taking piano classes at Bowling Green State University. A year later I continued my education and lessons, transferring to Kent State University, where I am currently one semester away from attaining a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology. Since 2016, I’ve been in and out of several bands playing percussion, set, keyboard, singing, and doing whatever people let me do. That being said, through the ups and downs of the music industry I am overjoyed that 1.) my sanity has stayed somewhat intact, 2.) I am able to write and play my own material, and 3.) I am able to tour with said material. There’s something precious about opening your heart to an audience and singing what you want to sing, and saying what you need to say.
What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look forward to?
Funny you ask because I will be releasing a Christmas single entitled “COVID Christmas” on Sunday, December 6th! It will be on all streaming platforms, so I hope ya’ll enjoy my COVID themed Christmas song.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry?
I don’t really have an ultimate, end-all, be-all goal, but I do have a constant goal. My constant goal is to always be inspired, but never try to imitate. I don’t have to love what I do all the time and I certainly don’t have to be getting any attention, but as long as that inspiration to keep being musical is there, my goal is met. Oh yeah, and having fun is important to me too.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
I’d say the largest and most important challenge to me personally is to be a 21st century independent musician. By that I mean obtaining the skillset to write, play, produce, and market my music. Of course for me, it’s still a work in progress and I don’t expect myself to be a genus at all of these steps, but as an entertainer I think it’s an important and smart challenge to have.
How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it or what’s Your typical songwriting process?
I don’t really have a set process, but more often than not it will involve me playing the music theory game of seeing what sounds cool with what and saying, “Hey! That works!” There are some instances though where I have lyrics in mind even before I write the chords.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet definitely continues to change the music landscape. The way an artist markets themselves revolves almost solely around the internet and social media from where their music can be streamed, to their website, even to how artists book shows. Of course, during this time of the pandemic the Internet is whole lot more important for streaming shows and keeping in touch with bands and artists.
List some famous musicians currently on your playlist?
Some of my all-time faves include; Ben Folds, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, and R.E.M. Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of Barry Manilow, George Harrison, Alan Parsons, and my usual amount of Japanese jazz, rock, pop, and ska.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was in fourth grade, so I’m assuming playing with LEGO’s and not paying taxes.
Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Just be you, be inspired, and have fun! Just like anything else it takes time to find your sound, but as long as you have your inspiration to keep going; you’ll do great!
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
I would change the mindset that you have to be popular to be incredible at what you do. A lot of people think that’s true and I just don’t agree. I think if more artists today took the time to find their own sound instead of following popular musicians, the overall sound of the music industry would be more diverse.
How do you feel about originality?
It’s so important. Obviously everything you write isn’t going to be all original, but finding what makes yourself different is all the better when you’re writing music.
Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something that you would like to add?
My favorite food is tacos and I hope I’m able to tour again soon and see everyone’s bright, shiny faces 🙂