David Hawkins

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

I would like to quote Ray Charles here, on what music is to me. “I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water” ― Ray Charles

What is your music dream?

To be able to produce a song from the words of every non musician - man, woman, and child on earth!

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Getting rid of politics as they are now in the U.S. and replacing them with kind, empathetic, good hearted, cool, musicians. Everyone would benefit and everyone would be dancing.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Silver Convention - Fly Robin Fly (1975)

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

The Band, The Grateful Dead, Vulpeck, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Motown, too many to list. I like just about every genre and it's rare that I don't like something or find beauty in the actual melody, rhythm or vocals.

What inspires you to make music?

Just about everything. I hear music in everything. Like a lot of you it's my passion and I am constantly inspired by situations, other people's lyrics, and emotional interactions or situations.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Feel good. Life is too short. Make it memorable, make it emotional, make it sound good.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Energized and happy. Like I'm "home". It's like no other feeling on earth.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's all relative. Music and artists are always changing and flowing. "What could be improved" feels sort of wrong to me to ask. I would prefer "what's great about music today"? Positivity is the way man.

What do you think of Drooble?

I just got on. Too early to tell, but so far so good.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The compensation from the establishments. Seems like the pay has not gone up at all since the 70's. Also, I'm a musician and a producer. When I see and hear people who regard themselves as musicians today - without knowing how to play one instrument (their vocals included), but only pushing buttons... that makes me a little frustrated.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. I pay to see live music. I know the money from the door goes to the band. Support your local music folks!

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Good question. You need to stand out and work hard. They need to have grit, persistence, be social media savvy or have someone working with them who is, and never give up. Be a road worrier. But also listen to honest critiques of your music.