Nashville alt-pop artist Megan Davies stops by theaussieword.com.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? I first picked up the guitar when I was 12 and fell in love with it – basically never put it down. I eventually moved to Nashville when I was 19 to study guitar in college and hoped to play professionally one day. Flash forward a few years and I found success in the most unlikely place – doing covers on YouTube. Since then I’ve enjoyed writing and playing and making music for people all over the world.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Connecting with people is what drives me. There’s so many artists who have been the soundtrack to my life and I love the idea that I could be that for someone else.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? I would love to be able to sell out a theatre anywhere in the world.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? I toured quite a bit this past year. So right now, I’m focusing on writing new music and producing new videos for the summer. There’s a lot of new content on the horizon.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music? The newest single “Doesn’t Matter” is a bit more pop and cinematic. My past releases have been very live and acoustic sounding. “Doesn’t Matter” has a story to tell, so it was really cool to find a production that matched it.
Success, what is the secret to it? I think a lot comes down to being yourself and finding your own confidence.
What has been your biggest career highlight? Singing for the cast of the Greatest Showman last year. I got to meet Hugh Jackman!
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Ed Sheeran and John Mayer. I love how they can hold an audience with just an acoustic guitar.
Any new projects in the pipeline? I have a few new songs that I’m excited about. They’ll most likely be released as singles over the next few months.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? Hopefully continuing to write songs and play shows. There’s not a lot of certainty in the business, but as long as I’m doing those two things – I’m happy.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. I love Sia – her songwriting is incredible. Also Tommy Emmanuel is one of my favorite guitarists.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? The internet is incredible for artists in that you’re able to get music directly to your fans. There’s no gatekeepers anymore, and it feels very liberated. That being said, social media can be a mixed bag. It’s made image is more important than ever, and I would say that’s my least favourite part of it all.
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? Thanks for the support! I hope you all can check out the new single “Doesn’t Matter” and music video!