Rich Davis

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My name is Rich Davis, a musician from Stoke On Trent in England. I am primarily a pianist but also play electronic keyboards and enjoy singing. I have played the piano since the age of 12 when I first started having lessons. Over the past few years I have been entertaining elderly residents in care homes, providing a mix of classical and easy listening piano with singalong and wartime songs. I have found this really rewarding as it makes such a difference to elderly people to have music in their lives especially those suffering with dementia. More recently I have been composing original piano solo compositions resulting in the completion of my first album called 'Piano Chillout'. I have really enjoyed making this album as all the pieces on it are inspired by personal experiences and life events. I would describe the album as easy listening and hope it will provide relaxation and comfort to many. Since completing 'Piano Chillout' I have composed a number of new piano solo compositions all based on different themes. One of my most recent pieces 'Flowing Stream' was inspired by the beauty of water running down a mountain side. Prior to that 'Northern Lights' was inspired by the beautiful Aurora Borealis which is totally unique and something I wanted to put into music. The compositions 'Thankyou' and 'Now I Understand' are both piano and vocal tracks with lyrics that are very close to my heart. I hope you enjoy my music.

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

Music is a real tonic to me as I have a degree of disability which effects my mobility. It motivates me and gives me a real sense of satisfaction and achievement when I compose a new piece. It is really nice to be able to share my music with other people and to discover other artists music as well. I cant imagine life without it and will continue to create new compositions for as long as I can.

What is your music dream?

To bring as much pleasure to other people through music as possible.

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

For everybody to live together in harmony and to stop all wars.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Mr Blue Sky By ELO.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Electric Light Orchestra, Dire Straits, Ludovico Einaudi, Yiruma, Alexis Ffrench.

What inspires you to make music?

To bring pleasure to other people as well as myself.

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

To bring hope and happiness to others.

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

I feel grateful to be asked to play and a real sense of satisfaction when the audience join in and reminisce about the songs.

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

I think all musicians deserve to have their music heard and all genres need to be catered for not just the most popular ones.

What do you think of Drooble?

I've only just started using it but I'm sure I will have a satisfying experience with it.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

When people don't give your music a chance and decide not to listen to it based on it not being in one of the most popular genres.

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

I try and support local musicians on social media as much as I can.

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

I would say you need two qualities in particular. Patients and perseverance. You need to stick at it and accept that there will be ups and downs along the way.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Louise Wight boycott, Sabine Alexander and Robert Paterson the composer. I discovered these three musicians on SoundCloud and their music is superb in my opinion.