David Myles, enjoying the ride
By Amanda Mihaljev, Arts & Life Editor
November 16, 2011
Life is all about taking risks and pursuing dreams. When one is passionate about something they should follow through with it, and Canadian songwriter, performer and recording artist David Myles would agree.
There was a point in Myles’ life when becoming a musician seemed like nothing more than a far-fetched dream. After receiving a job offer after university, Myles was close to accepting the position until his brother reminded him of where his true passion lied. From that point forward, Myles embraced his love for music.
“It’s funny because it’s totally a dream that I am living and I don’t really take it for granted,” said Myles. “I went to university, I studied political science, I thought I was going to have to become a lawyer and I always dreamed of playing music, I just never really thought that it was a possibility. As I got into songwriting I began to see that I didn’t really have a choice because everything was getting more and more real.”
Most recently, Myles released his 2011 album entitled Into the Sun on Oct. 4, which incorporates Brazilian and African music, both of which are significant to him. The inclusion of these genres proves Myles to be a versatile and risk-taking artist, since he is known for his blues and folk music.
“It was an interesting thing, I’m a really avid listener of music and I wondered if there was a way for me to incorporate some of the stuff I’d been listening to in the same way that I like to incorporate soul music into what I do,” Myles said. “I ended up leaving the songs open enough, not defining them before I went into the studio, which allowed me to experiment with different sounds.”
For the track “Turn Time Off” on his previous album, Myles won folk recording of the year at the East Coast Music Association [ECMA]. Myles acknowledges the opportunity of working with fellow Canadian musician Joel Plaskett on this album as a learning experience, which taught him about risk-taking in the music industry.
“I think the fear factor is what you eventually lose, you just kind of realize that you’re into what you’re doing and you want to see it through, you want to experiment and you just go for it,” said Myles.