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Intimate and Interactive With David Homyk

Not long ago, Jeanne was fortunate to come across the music of David Homyk and had the chance to get to know him better thanks to Twitter. She then introduced me to David and his music (you might even recognize him from a few T.V. shows!). Right away, I knew he'd be a great fit for Daily Grommet.

Today we're thrilled to be hosting David on the Daily Grommet blog , and he's even offered to give a few of our lucky commenters a copy of his album, True Story! (Find it here on iTunes)

Leave a question for David below - he'll be checking in throughout the day. We'll randomly select one person out of every 20 who comment to WIN A FREE CD! (See rules at the bottom of this post)

Here's a video message from David with a sneek preview of a song that's not even published yet - our interview follows below:

Daily Grommet's Interview with David Homyk:

Ok, let's start with an easy one: Tell us what instruments you play?

I play guitar, piano, saxophone, bass guitar, and I’m a singer (the voice is my favorite “instrument!”) Most importantly, though, I’m a record producer. This means that if I happen to imagine the texture of a new instrument within the soundscape of an as yet unrecorded song, I’ll tinker with that particular instrument until I can play it.

When did you first realize you would be a musician - and how did you get your start?

On Christmas day when I was three years old, my dad recorded an interview with me and my brother ... He started the tape, spoke into the microphone, and then passed the microphone to us. After a few questions I asked him to play the tape back. When I heard myself speaking, my first thought was “We need to rerecord that, I can make it sound better this time.” This was the dawn of my fascination and obsession with recording.

At age eight I got my first boom box. I had already been taking piano lessons for one year and was now composing and recording my own songs. I learned to dub tracks in and somewhat multi-track on tapes, but by the time I had picked up the saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, and had been writing and singing, I needed more equipment to produce myself playing all the various instruments as well as singing multiple parts on the recordings of my songs. I purchased and learned to use a professional multi-track analog studio recorder.

I recorded my songs and ultimately got them on local radio. At this point, not only was I a singer-songwriter, but a seasoned record producer. I took a cappella tracks of Beyoncé songs; just her voice, and produced rich and very sophisticated pop symphonies underneath them which rivaled the original radio productions. This ultimately let to a meeting and eventual business relationship with Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé’s father, who quickly started throwing other projects at me, capitalizing on my composition and production skills. It was a lot of work but that’s when I really “cut my teeth,” as they call it.

Who are you inspired by?

Ironically, the artists who have made the biggest impact on my life and who have shaped my choice to become an artist tend to sound little like me at all. In no particular order: Nirvana, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, Mobb Deep, Nas, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Portishead, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and The Doors.

What’s currently playing on your ipod?

I’m listening to Parachute’s new album “Loosing Sleep,” which is an absolutely excellent record in every aspect; writing, performance, composition, and production. I’m also listening to The Mars Volta, Ne-Yo, John Mayer, Elliott Smith, Peter Bjorn and John, Ashlee Simpson, Mat Kearney, I’m From Barcelona, Uncle Kracker, Evanescence, Lil Wayne, The All-American Rejects, Buddy Holly, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mraz, The Midnight Appointment, OneRepublic, Daddy Yankee, Drake, audio recordings of Eckhart Tolle, Soulja Boy, Clipse, Bellringer, Colbie Caillat, Mastodon, and Yael Mayer.

Do you write all of your own lyrics/music. If so, do you find the process to be easy or difficult for you?

Yes, I write and compose all of my own lyrics and music. On a good day it's almost effortless. The process can be better understood as a creative experience that's coming through me, rather than my own arduous pursuit of, and determination to create, something outside of me. The difficulty, however, often lies in the highly specialized art of engineering and producing a hit recording which, unlike writing and composing, comprises myriad tedious steps and formulas.

Who would you collaborate with if you could choose anyone – dead or alive?

I know I would certainly have very fruitful and productive collaborations with Lil Wayne, Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Amy Lee, Lupe Fiasco, Sara Bareilles, Miley Cyrus, Jo-Jo, and Taylor Swift. And I would jump at the opportunity to collaborate with John Coltrane or Jimi Hendrix if they were alive today.

What other interests do you pursue in life other than music? Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy?

I love hiking, long boarding, rollerblading, skiing, TV acting, and being young in NYC if that counts as a “hobby” - haha!

I’m also avidly into recycling, energy efficiency, and environmental protection. In fact I look forward to endorsing innovative products of that particular ilk, namely environmentally concerned grommets; “Green Grommets.”

What's your favorite thing about social media? Do you tweet? Or is social media just something you have to do?

I love the luxury of being able to connect personally with exponentially more fans and the ability to have many small conversations with fans. The old paradigm of the music industry sequestered the artist behind a veil of mass media produced layer, which exacerbated the feeling of disconnect between artist and fan. Now the long lost element of human connection between artist and fan has returned through the ever developing efficiency with which those connections, even with the most popular artists, can be made.

I use Twitter, and I tweet about real life here in NYC or on the road. I’m on the daytime TV show “All My Children” and tweet behind the scenes happenings. I go on “The Tyra Banks Show” from time to time and tweet about what’s going on off camera. Things such as what happened coming out of an important meeting, what’s going on behind stage at one of my shows, and even more personal details can be unveiled for the world with the push of a button. And to all “Daily Grommet” readers, I’m looking forward to speaking with you here as well. Hope you'll follow me and say hello:

http://twitter.com/davidhomyk

http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Homyk/22626730663

http://www.myspace.com/davidhomyk

https://www.youtube.com/davidhomyk

About your current album what’s the story you want to leave behind?

My current album is called “True Story,” which details real events in my life which were fertile enough to give birth to a wealth of songwriting, often leaving me in despondent situations of complete loss and heartbreak, as well as situations of ineffable joy, where totally relinquishing attachment to all worry and expectation created a crack in my psyche where all the circuits went haywire and infinite light came pouring through.

Buy the True Story album on Amazon.com
Download the album on iTunes.

You're working on a new album; do you have anything exciting that you want to share about it?

The themes of this upcoming record span everything from how the human spirit can prevail in the face of maximum and unforeseeable adversity, to progressive and forward-thinking relationship dynamics of the twenty-first century. I’m aiming at a formal release Spring 2010 and will keep you updated!

Thanks for dropping by Daily Grommet, David! Not only were you gracious enough to answer all of our questions, but we love the video you sent as well-- it really lets your personality shine through!

David will be checking in throughout the day to answer any questions that our readers might have. Ask a question below and you'll be entered for a chance to win his CD. The contest will remain open until 5pm and we'll use Random.org to pick a winner. What are you waiting for?

General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age. No purchase necessary. The winners will be randomly selected by Daily Grommet and we will select one person to win a CD for every 20 people who comment (one entry per person). Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 9am through 5pm December 3, 2009.

Comments

  • Intimita and Interactive with David Homyk | Dutch Blitz Says:

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  • Adam Says:

    I love this song and this artist! After reading this post I immediately bought his CD on iTunes. A full CD of singles. All radio friendly, no filler songs, brilliant album!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • julespieri Says:

    David....you threw in a reference to your being on "All my Children"...I can't say I've caught the show anytime lately. Are you playing a recurring character? A singer songwriter?

  • David Homyk Says:

    Thanks Adam :) I'm so glad you discovered me and are enjoying the tunes!!

  • David Homyk Says:

    I'm a dayplayer on the show, so it's sporadic. Last month I was one of Susan Lucci's finalists in her Pine Valley dance marathon, but I'm usually doing under-5s in ConFusion. I have been pushing actually to perform on the show:) but of course there are a lot of moving parts, it would have to make sense within the context of the script.

  • Tori Says:

    Hi David, I find it so interesting that you write and compose all of your own lyrics and music. I would love to know if this song is about someone in particular. It really is lovely, any juicy details?!

  • Heather Says:

    David, I'm so glad more artists are coming onto the scene who represent the "good" and who my kids could listen to and watch.

    Thanks,
    Heather

  • Carissa Says:

    Srsly?? He'll be back to answer questions.. did we find out if he's single oh yeah he is.. wait I'm married. Dang... CUTE guy. I've never heard of him so where have I been does that count as a question?? :)

    Where did you grow up? Do you expect tweens to like your music (as a mom of a new tween who is SRSLY into music lately)?

    I'll be tweeting him!

  • JulieFBT Says:

    Hi David - You're very talented! I love listening to people play the acoustic guitar. Both my daughter and husband play, but are self-taught. How long have you played the acoustic guitar and do you have any advice for beginners? Thanks!

  • David Homyk Says:

    Hey Tori, it is, indeed about someone:) Without going into too much detail, the storyline of the song is true. The only part in my imagination is when I actually go to the club with my guitar and serenading the young starlet (stripper) who has captured my heart, cutting through layers of social identity and role playing, and vow to steal her from her currently lifestyle. This is again my recurring theme of true human interaction and connection prevailing in the face of a world defined by rules and labels.

  • David Homyk Says:

    Hey Heather, you bet:) Glad to be a part of the "good" lol! I'm happy you're enjoying my songs, and moreover, sharing them with your kids! Do you have any favorites? My most comprehensive list is - http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Homyk/22626730663

  • David Homyk Says:

    HAHA I am indeed single Carissa! I'm still holding out for the right girl for me to adore and sing to:) I grew up in Charlottesville, VA and went to university there too (UVA). Yep I def hope and expect "tweens" to like my music! Certainly share me with your kids, and have them add my fanpage and share it with their friends - http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Homyk/22626730663

  • David Homyk Says:

    Hey Julie, guess what I'm self taught as well:) Some of my fav guitarists are also self taught, I guess it comes down to the fact that really wanting to play and practicing will naturally develop into a skill. Advice for beginners hmm... I believe the biggest hurdle when I was starting out playing (9th grade) was changing chords quickly. If you put a lot of attention into that and memorize your chord charts you will be amazed at how quickly you pick it up!

  • Kayce C Says:

    This is a nice song. Love the range.

  • David Homyk Says:

    Thanks Kayce:) I'm actually in the studio right now producing the full blown recording as we speak . It also has a full range of harmonizing saxophones, which of course I'm playing and layering on. Can't wait to share it! Have you joined my facebook page? - http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Homyk/22626730663

  • Angie Says:

    I don't watch AMC but David looks familiar! David - what other shows (if any) have you played on? And, if given the opportunity, what other TV Show would you like to play on?

  • Marilyn Wons Says:

    What a wonderful artist. Where was he discovered?

  • David Homyk Says:

    Hi Angie, do you happen to watch the Tyra Show? I've been on there 3 times recently... as well as a few other non talkshows:)

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VSAdnMaRFM&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

  • David Homyk Says:

    Thank you Marilyn. Well, I guess overall I'm still relatively new so there are people out there discovering me everyday:) I'm glad you did! Are you on facebook? I have many more songs on my page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Homyk/22626730663

  • Michele Says:

    I'm a music fanatic. My parents had the radio on all day long, everyday when I was growing up. I feel like the radio is so limiting right now. Every station plays the same songs over and over (even though I like them - I like "new" too). Where do you go to find NEW music? The good stuff. The indie stuff. Enjoyed your performance! Thanks.

  • David Homyk Says:

    Hi Michele, well I guess there's no real formula these days for discovering new artists. I'm in the music scene so good stuff gets my attention all the time by word of mouth; I'm just immersed in it. But for listeners, I'd say the best way to discover new music is to look at the clubs in the major cities. The best new artists and breaking musicians are getting booked at these places.

  • julespieri Says:

    Marilyn--I'm pretty sure Jeanne at Daily Grommet first connected with David on Twitter. Connect me if I am wrong David and Jeanne.

  • David Homyk Says:

    That's right we first connected on Twitter - For everyone who's on I'm simply @davidhomyk

  • jeanneconnon Says:

    Hi Marilyn – That's right, I found David out there on Twitter. There was lots of chatter about him, so we knew we were onto something big and couldn’t wait to introduce him to everyone. It’s fun reading everyone’s questions getting to know even more about you, David. (We’re getting closer to giving away our first CD … stay tuned!)

  • jeanneconnon Says:

    Congratulations Marilyn - you're our winner! I'm sending you an email right now so that we can send you your CD.

    Thanks David and everyone for stopping by today. Stay tuned and we'll post information about David's new album as soon as it's available.

    Have a great night!

  • Amy Adriance Says:

    Hi David,I love your new song...You are an awesome guy who truely deserves all the success you work so hard for.I loved reading your blog...learning all about how you realized your gift and all the awesome things you have done with your career.I still make daily trip to Youtube so i can listen to my favorite "Knock,Knock,Knockin" song. Thanks for keeping us posted on Facebook,i wouldn't miss any of your performances for all tea in China.I have become a huge All My Children fan and loved you on Tyra Banks as well as Bartender Wars back in October.Hope You and your family have a very Happy Holiday...

  • David Homyk Says:

    Congrats Marilyn!

  • David Homyk Says:

    Aww Amy thank you!!!

  • KirkRyan McFarland Says:

    Your music is refreshing for today's market. The lyrics are meaningful, thought provoking, and I can see you working with artists like Jason Mraz for collaborations. Looking forward to hearing more of your work.

    KirkRyan

  • Amsoil Alan Says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this. I found this post by following a link that looked interesting from Propeller.com, and I'm glad I did. :-)

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