Artist Spotlight: David Gorman
David Gorman is a singer-songwriter based in Manchester, England. After performing around the UK for 5 years, David Gorman has honed in on his folk influenced singer-songwriter style and is now jumping from strength to strength!
We were able to chat with David and learn more about how he got his start with music, what he’s doing to maintain his online presence and what artists we should all be giving a spin.
First off, thank you for taking some time to chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you discovered your passion for music?
I’m an acoustic singer-songwriter from Manchester, England. I mostly write indie-folk/country songs but I enjoy listening to and writing in a lot of different styles. I studied Music Production at University and it has had a huge impact on me and what I have done in music.
When I was around the age of 9, a few of my friends were learning how to play guitar at school and I thought it seemed pretty cool. Sadly, there was a waiting list and I never got chance to join. I tried teaching myself but I gave up instantly! A few years later when I was 13/14, Green Day’s American Idiot album came out and I just fell in love with it. The melodies, the power, the grit, everything! A classmate of mine brought his guitar in to school and he started playing that iconic intro to the title track. Seeing him play those chords made me think ‘if he can do it, why can’t I?!’. I tried teaching myself again and stuck at it. I fell in love with everything music from then on.
You have been writing songs for Songfinch for almost three years now. What do you like most about writing for Songfinch?
As I have grown up, I have a found a new side to my passion for music. The stories that songs can tell, the connection it can make with people, it’s such a phenomenon! That’s what I love about writing for Songfinch; working on something and knowing that it is going to mean so much to some one. The genre that I write is one that gets a lot of anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, or ‘just because’ gifts. It’s so nice to hear peoples stories and have the chance to create something so personal.
The world, but more specifically, the music industry has been at a literal halt for the year. What have you been doing to still connect with fans and maintain your online presence?
I’m really lucky to be part of such a great music scene in Manchester. Before lockdown, you could find a great open mic most nights of the week. All the artists on the scene are really supportive of each other and it really is more of a community. I have done a few live streams on social media, played a virtual charity ball (everyone was eating and watching me on Zoom. It was definitely a new one!), and taken part in virtual gigs. I have been working on a lot of new material and recording at home.
You recently released a new song called “Isolation” on Bandcamp. Are you planning on releasing any more music in the near future?
Ah, Isolation. So, this song was a complete product of a bored Saturday afternoon in the first week of lockdown. I think I just had an idea for a silly little lyric and just ran with it. I posted it online and got a nice reaction. A few people were asking to download it so I just put it on Bandcamp. I have, however, a few songs that are really close to completion and I think this lockdown will present some interesting challenges but I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of it.
What is your favorite moment or experience from your music career so far?
I don’t know if I have that one moment that stands out amongst others. Some of my favourite moments have been where I have organised my own gigs. Booking the venues, support acts, and seeing everything come together has been a great highlight. I also love the travel between gigs! Seeing different parts of the country, playing to new people, it’s all part of the experience!
Who are some of your favorite artists right now? Who is dominating your playlists?
Gregory Alan Isakov – I adore his work. I’m an absolute sucker for catchy melodies and thought-provoking lyrics and he is a master of both! If you haven’t listened to him before then I recommend his album ‘The Weatherman’ and songs like ‘If I Go, I’m Going’ and ‘The Stable Song’.
Blaze Foley – When John Prine sadly passed away recently, I revisited his music and my favourite; Clay Pigeons. I found out that it was a cover and that the original artist was Blaze Foley. His live album ‘Live at the Austin Outhouse’ is so beautifully raw. It encapsulates the live acoustic scene feeling. His songs were so beautiful.
Toria Wooff – This is an artist from Manchester that I have had the pleasure of working with many times. We have played the same live nights, recorded together, and have supported each other countless times. Her music is beautiful. Her songs ‘For Liam (Souhja)’ and ‘Collision Course’ are by far my favourites.
What tip or piece of advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
This is tricky. I believe that personal experience plays a huge part for musicians. I could say ‘don’t worry if it’s not a packed out room’ but that wouldn’t make you feel better when it happens. It’s all part of the journey! All the artists are in the same boat. It’s not a competition. Support each other, promote each other’s work, go to each others gigs, and be happy for everyone’s achievements.
One of the most recent things I have come to terms with is that social media is essentially a highlight of the best moments and not everyones day-to-day diary. You might see artists posting about the continuing success they seem to be having. It’s rare you get see their mistakes, their rejections, or their embarrassing moments. I can guarantee if you post something, those artists are thinking ‘why isn’t that happening for me?’. It’s kind of an unspoken cycle. It’s not healthy. Don’t beat yourself up and compare yourself to others, just do what you love doing.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
If you are reading this and I have written a song for you then I want to say it’s been a pleasure to hear your stories and create something for you. I hope you, and the person the gift was intended for, have enjoyed what I have written and cherish the memories in it.
You can find my original music on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/
I will have more music coming out very soon so head over to Facebook and Instagram for updates!
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