Underground Interview With David Hope
David Hope blends experiences and music into his own vehicle for storytelling. He combines the intimacy of his rural coastal upbringing with a Nashville sound to create a sonic perspective that is original, yet familiar.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound? Genres are a bit of an antiquated thing. Modern country is essentially pop music, maybe with a lightly blended banjo or mandolin thrown into the mix. What used to be country is classified as Americana, but so is folk music and basically every other American music that no one wants to put into it's own little box. What used to be heavy metal is now classic rock. People are even making up their own genres when they submit their music to streaming platforms. Music genres have evolved and split into so many branches that it's hard to nail down what someones sound actually is. If I'm forced to store my music in a file cabinet of genres, something in between Folk, Pop, and Rock would probably hit the mark.
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How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
That's pretty simple, I was born with it. My father DID want to name me Angus.... for no other reason than it's a good type of beef. Thank God my mother put a halt to that. Angus Hope does have a ring to it though....
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Theres a lot of influence that is subconscious. Everyone goes through different musical periods in their life. My earliest ones come from my family. Music always filled the house.My first live concert I remember was The Beach Boys. My mom and brother got me really into Greenday, but The Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Jackson Brown, Linda Ronstadt and ZZ Top would regularly escape the open windows of our house and echo into our neighborhood. Slivers of anything I've listened to has a hand in whatever I create. But knowing other songwriters has developed my style, the way I write, and my work ethic. I have befriended some amazing musicians over the years and they influence me more than I can give proper credit.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
The Global Pandemic has put a few things on hold. When I return to Nashville in August Ill be finishing up a few songs for release, hopefully before the end of the year. You might see a song with myself and another Nashville writer, Tony Kubek, around the same time. Im stoked for that because he's not only a great songwriter but he can make his guitar TALK.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I just want to write good songs. If Im going to be the one going out and presenting these things to the world then so be it. I love performing and figuring out arrangements as to get the best version of whats in my head into peoples ears. I've been trying get into more Sync Licensing. Music can make or break a show or a movie, and people are looking for a specific product so it can be challenging.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
It's a song called "Californias Got My Heart" which is one I'm hoping to release this year. Im just proud of the style of sound it reflects and the honesty in the lyrics. It was one of the first songs I wrote that sounds like "David Hope", which is a strange sentence to say. I put myself into that song, so thats what people are going to hear.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Just figuring everything thats not music out. Since Im the one displaying these songs, I want to do it right, but Ive done it alone so far. Making and maintaining social media outlets, building websites, booking gigs, working to pay for all things things that go with that, and then finding time to go out and enjoy life to have experiences that contribute to the reason for all this madness.....writing songs. Its a beautifully frustrating thing to learn how to be self operational, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Each song is a little different. I have so many notes with lyric ideas and voice memos with melodies on my phone. Most just sit there until I find something musical to compliment them. But Ive had lyrics come before the guitar (my main songwriting instrument), and vise versa. I guess it's just what the song calls for. Ive had a few of those moments where everything just flows naturally and a complete song comes out In about an hour. Those moments are so exciting, It's like the Universe is just handing you a gift, but you still have to edit and revise like any other song.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Lets look at Instagram. Their analytics are crazy cool. To see who's engaging on posts and figuring out why, what time of day, and what contents gets the most reaction has been fascinating. I find myself not willing to post certain things because I hyper analyze what people could find interesting. If that happens I have to take a step back and remember that I am the artist, this is my music, and if people want to engage in my life then this is what they're going to get. I can't not be me, Im the best me there is.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
"Brokedown Part 1 and 2" by The California Honey Drops has made its way onto basically every playlist I have. I'm waiting for myself to get sick of it but that day probably wont come for a while. "Lonely Eyes" by Charlie Oxford has been an every day listen along with "Will We Talk" by Sam Fender. Both those guys are damn good. I just finished one of Willie Nelson's autobiographies so i've been diving into his stuff along with the late great John Prine. Both of them are a treasure trove of stories that hit right in the feels.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've worked at Harley Farms, which is a goat dairy in California for the last 10 years. I've done everything from milk the goats, hang the cheese, give tours, do deliveries, and work in the shop. I cant go home without picking up a few shifts, it calls to me the same way songwriting does. I wouldn't be the person I am today if I didn't stumble into a job there which is why I think I hold a special place in my heart for the people there....and the goats of course.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
I really don't know if I'm qualified to give any advise since I'm figuring all this out as well, haha. I just think a person can't go wrong with being unapologetically who they are.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
There is a lot of good work being done for representing more good female artists, especially in the country music scene. The Highwomen helped bring attention to how under represented women artists are, but theres still so much work to be done. If executives stopped trying to figure out what they think people want to listen to and got back to just helping great artists create great music, the musical world would be a better place.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Why would I want something original? I want to listen to the same old stuff that doesn't break boundaries, doesn't innovate, and isn't exciting....said no one ever. Originality is the cure for stagnant monotony.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I grew up in a small coastal farming town called Pescadero. After traveling around South America to find myself I moved to Nashville to pursue Nursing at Belmont University. It took a year of that to realize why I actually ended up there. Music majors were way more fun than Nursing students anyways. I stopped going to classes and started writing and playing around town and haven't looked back since.