Artist Spotlight – David Homyk

Artist Spotlight - David Homyk

“Singer, writer, and producer all in one, David Homyk’s music can be described as a blend of Maroon 5 and James Blunt, often mixed with a Timbaland-style production.” ~ Ariel’s Cyber PR

Zack Daggy: Where are you from?

David Homyk: NYC  (by way of Charlottesville, Virginia).

ZD: How does living there affect your songwriting?

DH: The energy is turned up on every experience here. The highs are extra high and the lows are extra low. Being fraught with such extreme vicissitudes gives rise to extreme tension and frustration, which is the fertile ground of good songwriting.

ZD: How long have you been playing and what was your first instrument?

DH: My first instrument was violin at age 3, but I dumped it too early to consider it my real first instrument. I picked up piano at age 7, strayed from it, and then came back to it as my skills as a record producer developed.

ZD: How much has heartbreak contributed to your songwriting?

DH: Quite a bit. Sometimes the heartbreak isn’t from a tangible scenario with a female, sometimes it’s from the stark feeling of waking up in a world and being beset by infinite unsolvable problems.

ZD: What are your main musical influences?

DH:,Nirvana, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, Mobb Deep, Nas, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Portishead, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and The Doors.

ZD: Who do people say you sound like?

DH: Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, James Blunt, and Gavin DeGraw

ZD: What’s the song you’re most proud of writing?

DH: It’s currently unreleased but will be on my next album. It’s called “I’m Just Standing Here.”

ZD: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you on stage?

DH: I was playing a show with American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis last year and I lifted up my piano stand in between songs… it was beneath a boom mic stand and it catapulted the stand and mic into the front row of the audience. I literally launched the thing into mid air and hit a lady (who wasn’t hurt). Of course on stage you can only see the first few rows and the hundreds of other people behind those rows are blinded out by the bright lights on stage. I couldn’t see them, but I heard a chorus of hundreds of witnessing people go “WOOOOHHH” all at the same time. Not a single person that night missed seeing me hurl a boom-mic contraption from the stage into the audience.

ZD: If you’re life was a song, what song would it be?

DH: “The Great Gig in the Sky” by Pink Floyd.

ZD: What is your guilty pleasure band?

DH: How about guilty pleasure artist…? I love JoJo. In fact, I freaking love JoJo!

ZD: What’s your favorite artist and album?

DH: Whew… that’s a tough one. I’ve always thought if I were stranded on a desert island or something and could only have one album, it would have to be Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy.” But I hope that never happens, after a few months it would quickly become my least favorite album haha!

Catch David Homyk On…

Mothpod 160 – Inconceivable

Mothpod 161 – Dude, Where’s My Podcast?

Mothpod 162 (Available November 16th, 2009 at Mothpod.com)

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