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David Premieres “Need A Break” — Exclusive Acoustic Video on Guitar World
I dare you to sit still while you watch this killer video from award-winning Nova Scotian singer/songwriter David Myles for his song “Need A Break.”
It’s a toe-tapping acoustic rockabilly-ish delight chock full of clever lyrics and some pretty sick riffin’.
The song appears on Myles’ US debut So Far which released September 25th.
Myles shares, “”I loved doing this video! It’s us in our most natural habitat: standing close, one mic, no amplification, just the three of us and the song. I’ve played with Alan and Kyle for years now all over the place and we have such a blast together. Nothing like playing music with your best friends. Especially when they rip like this! Ha! For years we searched for how to reflect the vibe we got playing live, and then we realized the key was to set up and play just as we would on stage. No messing around with head phones, no studio separation or anything like that. Once we did that, it just all made sense. We could just play and sing naturally and let the music really do its thing.”
So Far is a collection of David’s songs over the years, re-recorded and re-imagined in an acoustic stripped down format evocative of the late ’50’s folk/roots/swing era with an energy that somehow combines the cool of Chet Baker with the ruckus of Chuck Berry.
Myles grew up in a musical household on the east coast of Canada. Even though his parents were avid music lovers, they insisted that he seek higher education which landed him on the path to a political science degree. When studying Chinese in China with plans to go to law school, he began writing songs with a $30 red and green plywood guitar and started deviating from his education. He broke the news to his family that he’ll be pursuing music full-time upon his return home and promised his disappointed father that he’d wear a suit to work every single day (hence the reason why David wears suits when he performs).
More than a decade later, Myles has a thriving career as a musician, hosts a CBC radio show called “East Coast Music Hour,” and tours the country winning many accolades and awards. He’s had a tremendous amount of success traversing across musical genres as well, most notably his collaboration in 2013 with hip-hop artist Classified on “Inner Ninja” which became the best-selling rap single in the history of Canadian music.
“I Wouldn’t Dance” makes Finals in 2015 Unsigned Only Competition!
David’s song “I Wouldn’t Dance” was selected in the finals in the Folk/Songwriter category for the 2015 Unsigned Only Competition. Out of hundreds of applicants, only 2% of songs were chosen for the finals. The song will now be judged by celebrity judges and we will find out the winning song at the end of August.
Finalists have also been invited to take part in UO2015’s “Fandemonium” Contest where they have a chance to win a bunch of awesome musical prizes. Click here or on the button below to vote for David daily until August 22!
The Bluegrass Situation premieres ‘When It Comes My Turn’ from David’s upcoming US release, So Far
Nova Scotian singer/songwriter David Myles has an interesting palette of musical colors from which he paints. On one cut, he brings the folky finesse of James Taylor. On the next, he’ll turn to the cool jazz of Chet Baker. On still another, he might inject the raucous rock of Chuck Berry. Add on a political science degree and some fluency in Chinese, and the combination is what has turned Myles into an award-winning artist in his homeland.
Down here in the States, Myles makes his debut on September 25 with So Far. It’s a collection of songs culled from his catalog, deconstructed and built anew. That sort of shape-shifting is what makes Myles so popular. In fact, his 2013 “Inner Ninja” collaboration with hip-hop artist Classified is the best-selling rap single in Canadian music history. So Far doesn’t go quite, well, that far. One track, “When It Comes My Turn,” is about as far away from rap as you can get.
“I often say that ‘When It Comes My Turn’ was written during my quarter-life crisis,” Myles says. “I was on a really slow bus through Alberta. I was feeling old — feeling like I was turning the corner into adulthood, settling into the next stage of life. So I was thinking, if I’m gonna be an adult, I want to do it right. I don’t want to go down a path of cynicism and unhappiness that can so easily happen as life wears on. So I wrote myself this little memo. And it became the song. Now I sing it at shows every night. It reminds me to stay focused on the important stuff. Now I can’t become that old cynical grump I may have one day become.”
Myles continues, “The other interesting part of the song is that, though I thought it would be mainly 20-somethings going through quarter-life crises in mind that would feel a connection with the song, it’s resonated most significantly with my parent’s generation. Those who are transitioning into retirement or the later stages of life have really grabbed on to this song, and I’m so happy about that. Shows you that the word ‘old’ is such a perfectly relative term. It’s all in how you think of it.”
“I Wouldn’t Dance” selected in Semi-Finals for 2015 Unsigned Only Competition
David Myles’ song “I Wouldn’t Dance” has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Unsigned Only Music Competition (UO). Congrats, David!
Finalists for Unsigned Only 2015 will be announced on or before July 24, 2015. To see the complete list of semi-finalists, click here.
David to Release Official US Debut Album So Far – First Single “Need A Break” Premieres Exclusively on Diffuser.fm
On Sept. 25, Nova Scotia’s own David Myles will celebrate the release of his official U.S. debut, So Far. In a unique spin, So Far isn’t exactly “new” music; rather, it’s a collection of Myles’ work over the years, reinterpreted in a stripped-down environment. Today (June 30), Diffuser is ecstatic to team up with him to unveil the first track from the collection, “Need a Break” — take it for a spin in the audio player below.
As you can instantly tell with “Need a Break,” the stripped-down environment that So Far lives in is essentially little more than Myles and his acoustic guitar; that doesn’t mean it lacks energy, though. In fact, when listening to the record, it’s obvious Myles is sinking his whole heart into the reimagining of his music. “These are some of my favorite songs, ones that I’ve played live all over the world,” he explained when So Far was first announced. “It is a really clear reflection of who I am as a musician.”