Jesse Davey - Big Blues


Wat een veelzijdig artiest is Jesse Davey toch.

Naast een begenadigd gitarist is Jesse Davey ook schrijver en producer. Als mede oprichter van ' The Hoax ' loopt jesse Davey al geruime tijd mee in de muziekbusiness. Samen met een aantal muzikale vrienden is het prachtige album Big Blues gemaakt. En de titel van het album dekt in dit geval volledig de lading.  We horen op tien nummers inderdaad grootse blues nummers. De passie voor de muziek die Jesse Davey heeft is echt voelbaar op het album.De vocale medewerking van o.a Ian Siegal, Ash Wilson , Hugh Coltman ( zanger van de Hoax) en Pete Gage ( zanger van Dr. Feelgood) mag er natuurlijk ook zijn.

Voeg hier het magistrale gitaarwerk van Jesse Davey aan toe en

het resultaat is ' Big Blues ' . Wat mij betreft een absolute aanrader. 



JESSE DAVEY INTERVIEW


Who are your musical and non-musical influences?


I have been hooked on blues music for most of my life. There is something about the soulful expression that draws me in everytime.

Albert King and B.B. King have been so inspiring to me, they have infinite finesse and soul. John Medeski is a player I listen to a lot, I think of him as the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond organ, amazing! I also listen to a lot of 70s music, there is something about the sound and feel that is missing from a lot of modern music. Stevie Ray Vaughan was certainly the guy that inspired me to play guitar, he is untouchable.

When writing music I always find a walk in the forrest or up in the hills helps the inspiration flow.


What inspires you to do what you do?


Just listening to and watching other musicians, it’s all about sharing.

I think being creative is something I need to do and I am honored if other people want to listen to it.


What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?


Live Wire Blues Power by Albert King, it blew me away when I first heard it, wow! It still blows me away today!



What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a recording? How did the qualities of that place affect the show/recording? 


We played a show on top of a mountain in Switzerland. We had to load our equipment up on rickety old cable cars one amp at a time.

All the snow made it seem amazingly peaceful, well, peaceful until we started playing, haha.


What has been your most memorable moment in your music career so far?


Getting to play with Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger, it was a very humbling experience,

It was also a real confidence boost, Those guys are the real deal!


Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?


I was walking in a shopping mall when I heard a voice asking me to stop, I looked around and there was a policeofficer

shouting at me to stop. Everyone around stopped and started staring. The police officer approached me,

reached into his pocket and pulled out one of my CDs, “Can you sign this” he said. 


If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?


When music becomes too entangled with money or business it loses its soul. The motivation should never be financial.


What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?


Wow I have too many, I go through phases of listening to a lot of pop music.

There is something about a great pop melody.


What does the next 6 months look like for you?


The new album comes out on the 25th of September,

I will be making some crazy and strange music videos for some of the songs and getting ready to tour.


What can people expect to see at your live performances?


I feel a live show should be a conversation, A great audience can bring the best out of a band.

I never feel its right to play the same solo two nights running, otherwise you are just cheating the crowd, it needs to be fresh and for the moment. It needs to feel special. Both you and the audience have made a big effort to be there, you have to give all you got.


What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?


We toured the USA with Buddy guy, that seemed like a different world at the time.

I live in California now, so playing Europe seems a long way away.

A gig on the moon is what Im aiming for ha ha. One day!


Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?


When I hear my music has inspired people to start playing an instrument that is very flattering.


Best track you've ever written and why?


I am like a lot of musician and can’t stand to listen to any songs I’ve written, as time passes it becomes easier to listen to them but you always feel you could have done it better in some way. I think some of the collaborations have been quite rewarding.

I think 2 Steps Back, which I wrote with “The Hoax” and “Big Blues” from the new album are quite good, if you like that kind of thing. :).