NG News: Radio a significant part of David Myles’ career

November 2, 2014

East Coast artist set to play New Glasgow

The first time David Myles heard himself on the radio, he was in a library, filing – a job at the Barrister’s Society while trying to break into the music scene.

He had headphones on, listening to a public radio station in Alberta where he had been living before his move to Halifax.

“I was just getting my career going here and I remember hearing it for the first time. It was hilarious because I was alone in a library. I kind of jumped up and shouted. I was so excited. But I was in a library. I couldn’t make any noise. I couldn’t get too excited, but it was this moment of very private excitement,” Myles, who is returning to New Glasgow for a show mid-November, says about the moment, noting that the thrill of hearing himself broadcasted has never been lost despite having released several albums as well as won ECMAs and a Juno with Classified since then.

Part of the joy for him comes from hearing himself in context, his songs played after artists such as Lorde and Beyonce – a recent line-up he heard on a Halifax station.

His belief in the power of radio has translated to a new gig for him – The East Coast Music Hour on CBC Radio.

The recently-launched show has given Myles the chance to showcase the music fan in him, recognizing the diversity of local musicians, and to pay tribute to the broadcaster who helped him at the beginning of his career.

Myles says Stan Carew of CBC’s Weekend Mornings ‘went to bat’ early for him, giving him lots of airplay and causing people to notice him.

“That was a neat thing to see how one DJ being supportive of a song could really have an impact,” Myles says. “Over the last 10 years of playing, I’ve just come to realize how much I care about the music scene on the East Coast. It’s something that means a lot to me … To be able to have a radio show where I get to be the cheerleader and enthusiastically get behind these artists and share them with people who might otherwise not hear them is a really cool job for me.”

Myles, who hails from Fredericton and now resides in Halifax, is set for another Christmas tour in support of New Brunswick food banks as well as the release of his first holiday album – a collection of classics and his own writing recorded while still in the spirit last Christmas.

Before he heads to malls in the province next door, he’s returning to New Glasgow, where he has performed both at Glasgow Square and the Jubilee, without the seasonal songs – a regular set scheduled for Nov. 15 at Glasgow Square.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Get your advance tickets here.

by Amanda Jess, NG News